Five Minute Journal: Do You Believe in Magic?

Quote of the day:

[bctt tweet= “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. – ROALD DAHL” username=”mohitsawhney”]


I am grateful for…

  1. ..everything that sowed in me, the seed of being of service to others, and doing the right things. Rest of it may appear like magic, but in reality, it is nothing but natural principle. If we do good, the results can only be good.
  2. ..having a life that is rich with things and people I love. There is so much to look forward to every single moment, I feel blessed.
  3. ..being on the path to stoicism, and having tasted the contentment that comes with it. Bliss.

What would make today great?

  1. List down all overdue tasks and get them back on track.
  2. Write a draft version of my weekly blog, “5 Bullet Tuesday”.
  3. Celebrate accomplishments of the week and convert the challenges into opportunities. Yes you can.
Daily affirmations. I am … comfortable in my own skin.
Amazing things that happened today…
  1. It’s said that “what goes around comes around”, and today was another day when quite a lot came around. In more ways than one. It’s important to go around doing the right things
  2. I loved hearing this quote from the book, The Trillion Dollar  Coach, in an interview with one of the authors, Alan Eagle. The book is about the life of Bill Campbell who worked for companies like Apple and Google, for free. His famous dialogue was, “I don’t take money, I don’t take stocks. And, I don’t take shit!”
  3. Was able to get a lot more done using the principle, “You don’t have to be great, to serve. But you have to serve, to be great!” This shifts the focus back on serving and helping and touching other’s lives, rather than doing it all for oneself. 
How could I have made today better?
  • Got lured into checking the phone in the living room, every time there was a notification. Sad, I wasted the time I could have spent with my loved ones. Could have kept the phone away, in the fridge may be. Digital Minimalism, here I come…
  • If I recall the 2 x 2 time management matrix, apparently I’m drifting towards the urgent and important, and hence getting busier than ever (Do). Got to get my other boxes right especially the “Important, Not Urgent” one, which indeed requires some planning.

  • More to do towards becoming a Clock builder rather than a Time teller. This week was about building the systems which continue to work, even when us human’s feel lethargic (and the winter chill these days is just adding to it..). But got a road to cover in building systems to prevent the balls that are getting dropped these days. (Car break down today was an indicator!)

Will I Die Undone?

I believe we’re here for a reason,
but I’m scared each day of every season,
for clock is ticking fast, the baby we held is now our teenage son!
what if I can’t find it (the reason)
and die undone?

I am a writer, no a manager, crap… a painter, husband, papa and son,
all combined into one
but from all of the above, the sole reason for my existence can be none!
what if I can’t find it (the reason)
and die undone?

I seek God for an answer
… isn’t seeking God itself the reason?
I meditate: read Gita, Quran, Guru Granth and Bible
I was so close to the answer
but didn’t realize when it took me away from my dear ones

I was, after all, praying and reading from winter to fall
paying little attention to anything else
until my little two year old doll
was hurt on her face.. so badly, hit with a ball
that’s when I realized

I needed to come back to life, …my life.
and play the roles, all of them, even if I master none
I am a writer, a manager, a painter, husband, papa and son
and if I do justice to each of these one
There is no way I will die undone

I still believe we’re here for a reason,
and I’m living each day of every season,
playing all my roles well and having fun!
Alas! I found it,
I will not die undone!