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1. Emotional Wounds Thesaurus Entry: Infertility

When you’re writing a character, it’s important to know why she is the way she is. Knowing her backstory is important to achieving this end, and one of the most impactful pieces of a character’s backstory is her emotional wound. This negative experience from the past is so intense that a character will go to great lengths to avoid experiencing that kind of pain and negative emotion again. As a result, certain behaviors, beliefs, and character traits will emerge.

Characters, like real people, are unique, and will respond to wounding events differently. The vast array of possible emotional wounds combined with each character’s personality gives you many options in terms of how your character will turn out. With the right amount of exploration, you should be able to come up with a character whose past appropriately affects her present, resulting in a realistic character that will ring true with readers. Understanding what wounds a protagonist bears will also help you plot out her arc, creating a compelling journey of change that will satisfy readers.

NOTE: We realize that sometimes a wound we profile may have personal meaning, stirring up the past for some of our readers. It is not our intent to create emotional turmoil. Please know that we research each wounding topic carefully to treat it with the utmost respect. 


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Definition: Being unable to bear children, either with or without medical interventions.

Basic Needs Often Compromised By This Wound: esteem and recognition, self-actualization

False Beliefs That May Be Embraced As a Result of This Wound:

  • I’m less or a man/woman because of this.
  • This is a punishment for something I’ve done in the past.
  • There must be some reason why I can’t have kids.
  • God knows I would be a bad parent; that’s why he won’t let me have kids.
  • People will pity me if they find out.
  • Without children, I’ll never be complete or fulfilled.
  • Why bother taking care of yourself if things like this are going to happen to you anyway?
  • I’m going to grow old and die alone, with no one to care for me.

Positive Attributes That May Result: discreet, empathetic, optimistic, patient, persistent, private, resourceful, 

Negative Traits That May Result: callous, cynical, evasive, irrational, jealous, martyr, needy, obsessive, pessimistic, resentful, temperamental, ungrateful, withdrawn 

Resulting Fears:

  • Fear of growing old and being alone
  • Fear of one’s spouse dying
  • Fear of what others think
  • Fear that one is incapable of parenting or caring for others
  • Fear of other latent illnesses or conditions within one’s body
  • Fear that one will never find happiness or contentment

Possible Habits That May Emerge: 

  • Becoming obsessed with conceiving a child, regardless of the inconvenience or cost
  • Tirelessly researching and trying new or unusual fertility methods, treatments, and remedies
  • Becoming obsessed with one’s health
  • Lying to others about why one hasn’t had children
  • Struggling with depression
  • Self-medicating
  • Distancing oneself from couples with children
  • Throwing oneself into a job or hobby
  • Clinging to one’s spouse or parents out of fear of losing them and being alone
  • Avoiding children
  • Building relationships with other childless couples
  • Joining support groups

TIP: If you need help understanding the impact of these factors, please read our introductory post on the Emotional Wound Thesaurus. For our current list of Emotional Wound Entries, go here.

For other Descriptive Thesaurus Collections, go here.

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2. छोटी बातें

ऐसा भी होता है …!!!!

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छोटी बातें

शीना और गीता बहुत अच्छी सहेलियां थी. पर अचानक एक दिन ना जाने क्या हुआ क्या नही पर दोनो की आपसी बोल चाल बंद हो गई. यह बात लगभग 2 महीने तक चली और जब उनका आमना सामना हुआ तो हकीकत जान कर दोनो बहुत झेंपी. असल मे ,हुआ यू कि एक शाम शीना बाजार जा रही थी और गीता अपने घर की बालकनी मे खडी थी. मुस्कुराते हुए शीना ने उसे हाथ हिलाया पर उसने ना तो कोई जवाब दिया और ना स्माईल.

शीना को बहुत गुस्सा आया और मन ही मन उसने उससे कुट्टा कर ली कि बहुत अकड आ गई है उसमे. एक दो बार गीता के फोन भी आए पर उसने जवाब नही दिया. वही एक दिन गीता को बाहर जाना था और उसने देखा कि शीना पौधो को पानी दे रही है उसने प्यार से हाथ हिलाया पर शीना यथावत पानी ही देती रही.बस दोनो मे दूरियां बढती गई.

एक दिन दोनो का अनयास ही आखों के डाक्टर के यहा आमना सामना हुआ.बातो बातो मे जब बात खुली तो झेंप इसलिए आई कि बात कुछ भी नही थी.असल में, दोनो की नजर कमजोर हो गई थी. हल्के अंधेरे मे दोनो को ही दिखाई नही दिया और एवई ही बात का बतंगड बन गया.
ऐसे ना जाने कितने उदाहरण है जिसमे बात कुछ भी नही होती और दिलो मे खटास बेवजह ही पैदा हो जाती है.चाहे माता पिता मे हो, बच्चो मे हो या दोस्तो मे हो या अपने दफ्तर मे हो.अगर ऐसे मे कभी भी थोडा भी संदेह हो तो बजाय बोलचाल बंद करने के खुल कर बात कर लेना बेहतर है. दूसरे लोग ऐसे मे ना सिर्फ मजाक उडाते है बल्कि आनंद भी लेते हैं तो किसी को क्यो मौका देना … वैसे आप तो ऐसा कुछ नही कर रहे होंगे अगर कर रहे हैं तो बिना समय गवाए बात कर लीजिए प्लीज … !!!




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3. Toilet paradigms and the sanitation crisis in India

Sanitation has evinced considerable interest from policy-makers, lawmakers, researchers and even politicians in recent years. Its transformation from a social taboo into a topic of general conversation is evident from the fact that one of the central themes of a recent mainstream Bollywood production (Piku, 2015) was the inability of the protagonist’s father to relieve himself.

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4. Preview: Creating Classroom Environments to Launch the School year Blog Series

Welcome to our first blog series of the school year! Join us as we think about ways to optimize classroom environments for the strongest start possible.

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5. From Chapter books to beyond......

Ok so schools our for summer, your child is bored, you suggest reading a good book. He puckers up his face and thinks of school starting .... so this is when you can get creative.  Here are some alternatives I can suggest to you that count as "reading"...

1. The Newspaper

The newspaper has many sections in it that might be appealing to you child.  There's world news, local news, ads, sports, entertainment, comics and the list goes on ....  sure to spark conversations too.

2. Magazines

Find out what your child is interested in and I am sure there is a magazine that covers that topic.  Magazines are colourful, educational, can include puzzles, quizzes, and a whole lot more. They are a perfect gift to give as a present as they come monthly right into your mailbox.  

3. Nonfiction books

Any summer events that you attend always have "reading" components to them ... from tickets, to booklets regarding the performance, to maps to guide you to your destination.  All these are considered reading and will be of great interest to your child.

4.  Poetry

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6. Hollins Graduation

Four of my students graduated this year from the Certificate in Children's Book Illustration at Hollins University. I'm so proud of them! Here are Julie Coyle, Kelsey Findlay, Kassy Keppol and Shawn Walton:

And Kassy with her ever-present and helpful brood:

And Kelsey and Shawn in "Otis" - the busy elevator in the Visual Arts Building:
      But before they graduated, they had to complete their final assignment, which was to read their book dummies to the class. Because, after all, picture books are a kind of performance art and are not completely finished until they are being read aloud to an enraptured audience. In this case, it was an audience of exhausted classmates, who assumed the role of kindergartners. Here's Marilyn Mallue to the right and Lucy Rowe below.
      As you can imagine, the lack of sleep and deep sense of accomplishment led to things quickly deteriorating out of control. The audience played their part well, shouting out random facts and observations. We were all laughing so hard we were in tears.
      What was clear was that everybody had done a great job, and had a great time in the process of creating their books. It was also clear how close they'd all grown over the last six weeks of late nights, sometimes tears, and struggles. I was lucky indeed to have such a group of kind, funny, and caring students this year. I'll miss them all but wish them well as they continue to chase their dreams! (And some are coming back next year to pursue the MFA in Writing and Illustrating Children's Books!) Here's Julie, Shawn, Kelsey and Shawn:

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7. Digital dating dynamics: age differences in online dating profiles

Online dating is becoming an increasingly prevalent context to begin a romantic relationship. Nearly 40% of single adults have used online dating websites or apps. Furthermore, the world of online dating is no longer confined to young adults; reports suggest adults aged 60 and older are the largest growing segment of online daters. Obviously, adults using these websites are motivated to find a partner, but we know little about why they want to date or how adults of different ages present themselves to potential partners.

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8. What can we expect at Japan’s 70th war commemoration?

As we approach the 70th anniversary of the end of Japan's War, Japan’s “history problem” – a mix of politics, identity, and nationalism in East Asia, brewing actively since the late 1990s – is at center stage. Nationalists in Japan, China, and the Koreas have found a toxic formula: turning war memory into a contest of national interests and identity, and a stew of national resentments.

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9. Overfishing: a bigger problem than we think

Many of us probably tend to take fish for granted, as it's a fairly sustainable resource—at least, that's what we'd like believe. It's difficult to imagine that we could even come close to depleting what seems to be limitless; after all, the earth is mostly covered in water. But as Ray and Ulrike Hilborn discuss in an excerpt from their book, Overfishing: What Everyone Needs to Know, there is reason for concern in our flippancy towards our complex ecosystem.

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10. Who’s in charge anyway?

Influenced by the discoveries of cognitive science, many of us will now accept that much of our mental life is unconscious. There are subliminal perceptions, implicit attitudes and beliefs, inferences that take place tacitly outside of our awareness, and much more.

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11. For Brian Tappin ~ two ~ clouds and mountains chatting close

for Brian Tappin ~ two ~ clouds and mountains chatting close 2

Filed under: Brian Tappin, journeys, love, one-tooth dog, sea

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12. WWE Legend ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper Dies at 61

Variety has some sad news http://variety.com/2015/biz/obituaries-people-news/roddy-piper-dies-dead-wwe-wrestler-1201554513/

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WWE legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper died after suffering a heart attack in his Hollywood home. He was 61.

Born Roderick George Toombs, Piper joined the WWE in 1984 after getting his start with the NWA in the late 1970s. He and Hulk Hogan met in landmark matchups including MTV’s “The War to Settle the Score” and the first WrestleMania, where Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff took on Hogan and Mr. T.

Piper’s agent Jay Schacter confirmed the news, first reported by TMZ, to Variety. “Rod passed peacefully in his sleep last night,” Schacter said in an email. “I am shocked and beyond devastated.”
Piper had suffered a bout of Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006 but was reportedly deemed cancer-free last November.

“WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Toombs’ family, friends and fans,” WWE said in a statement.

WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon also extended his condolences in a statement. “Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved by millions of fans around the world. I extend my deepest condolences to his family.”
The wrestler had also made a foray into film acting, starring in John Carpenter’s sci-fi pic “They Live.”

“Devastated to hear the news of my friend Roddy Piper’s passing today. He was a great wrestler, a masterful entertainer and a good friend,” Carpenter wrote on Facebook.

WWE stars and friends such as Hulk Hogan, Chris Jericho and the Iron Sheik also shared their condolences on Twitter.


He came to chew gum and kick-ass. And he was all out of gum.  A fun actor in The Live and other movies and a great laugh with the old WWF.  Yet another wrestler lost to "heart attack".

Tempus fugit

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13. Illustrator Challenge #11

Draw an object using a soft light source from above and and an angle.

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14. Best New Kids Stories | August 2015

For many kids, August is back-to-school month. The stories in this month's hot new release kids books will make back-to-school (and anytime) reading a breeze.

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16. बहुत बदल गया है वो


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बहुत बदल गया है वो !! हालांकि पिछ्ले कुछ दिनो
से उसमे बदलाव तो महसूस हो रहा था.सिर्फ मै ही नही मेरे आस पास के लोगो ने
भी इस बदलाव को महसूस किया पर खुल कर नही कहा. बस दबी दबी आवाज मे उन लोगो
की फुसफुसाहट सुनती रही.

पर देखते ही देखते अचानक इतना बदलाव आ जाएगा
विश्वास सा नही हो रहा.वही दूसरी तरफ बार बार मन एक ही बात कह रहा था कि परिवर्तन ही
नियम है और मुझे  सहज ही स्वीकार कर लेना चाहिए.

बहुत सोच विचार के मैने अपना मन पक्का किया कि अगर यही सही है तो ठीक है मैं भी तैयार हूं
और “मौसम” के इस बदलाव का स्वागत करती हूं. सुबह शाम की हल्की हल्की ठंडक
और शाम का जल्दी ढल जाना और सुबह का देरी से आना… सर्दी के “मौसम” के बदलाव की
मीठी सी दस्तक है. .. है ना !!

आक्छी !!! आक्छी !!!

अरे क्या हुआ? जी हां, मै तो मौसम के बदलाव की ही बात कर रही थी और आप कुछ और समझ बैठे !!!

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17. Release Day Extravaganza for Legend of the Timekeepers...

There is no moving forward without first going back.

About Legend of the Timekeepers:

Lilith was a young girl with dreams and a family before the final destruction of Atlantis shattered those dreams and tore her family apart. Now refugees, Lilith and her father make their home in the Black Land. This strange, new country has no place in Lilith’s heart until a beloved high priestess introduces Lilith to her life purpose—to be a Timekeeper and keep time safe.
Summoned through the seventh arch of Atlantis by the Children of the Law of One, Lilith and her newfound friends are sent into Atlantis’s past, and given a task that will ultimately test their courage and try their faith in each other. Can the Timekeepers stop the dark magus Belial before he changes the seers’ prophecy? If they fail, then their future and the earth’s fate will be altered forever.

Book Information:

Title: Legend of the Timekeepers

Series:  The Last Timekeepers, Book # 0.5

Author Name:  SharonLedwith

Genre(s): Young Adult, Time Travel

Tags: #‎YAlit‬ #‎timetravel‬

Length: Approx. 147 pages

ISBN: 9781619376236

Re-Release Date: August 1, 2015

Publisher:  Mirror World Publishing  http://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com/

Tour Host:  Sapphyria's Book Promotions  http://saphsbookpromos.blogspot.com/

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“Why are you here?” Lilith asked. “You’ve already got your life seal.” 

“I have more questions for Istulo.” She continued to stare at the disk. 

Lilith sighed. “My name is Lilith. What’s your name?” 

Her shoulders relaxed slightly. A hint of a smile broke out on her face. Her upturned nose wiggled. “She-Aba. I was born here in the Black Land. Both my parents arrived from Atlantis fourteen years ago yesterday. My mother gave birth to me the next day.”

Lilith perked up. “That would make today your birthday!”

She-Aba beamed. “Yes. That’s why I’m here. For my birthday last year, I had my life reading done by Istulo. But recently, there’s been a hiccup in my plans. It’s like my life seal rearranged itself, and now I’m confused. I’m here for a reaffirmation.” 

“What’s the problem?” 

She-Aba traced her life seal with the tip of her perfectly shaped fingernail. “My lifetime occupation was supposed to be to design clothing for the people of the various positions in the court and temples.” 

Lilith smirked. “That makes perfect sense.” 

“I know, right? So why, all of a sudden, would my life seal change from designing clothing to something completely different?” 

Lilith arched a fair brow. “How different?” 

“Well, instead of clothing people in lavish robes and gowns for others to appreciate, the seal suggests that I’ll be doing the opposite by covering up and hiding the truth. I don’t understand it at all. I thought my life was all planned out for me.” 

“I thought mine was too, until my country blew up and slid into the ocean,” Lilith muttered. 

“Hey, look at the bright side, at least your hair isn’t red like mine.” 

Lilith eyed She-Aba carefully. “What’s wrong with red hair? My uncle has red hair and it suits him fine.” 

She-Aba moved in closer. “If you haven’t noticed already, there aren’t many redheads around here. The natives think red is magical, and anyone with red hair is considered a freak of nature.” 

“That’s ridiculous!” Lilith said loud enough to cause an echo down the marble hallway. “Is that the reason why those artists were rude to you? Because you have red hair?” 

“Red is a very powerful color,” a raspy voice said from behind both girls. 

Lilith and She-Aba jumped. They slowly turned to find Istulo hovering over them. 

Wearing the same white gown and orichalcum headband Lilith saw her dressed in before, Istulo nodded slightly before she said, “Red represents the essence of life—if we are drained of blood, we are drained of energy. The people of the Black Land understand this, and therefore red is reserved only for their gods and goddesses.” 

Lilith giggled. “Don’t tell She-Aba that, she’ll think she’s a goddess.”

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Giveaway Information and Entry Form:

One winner will be selected to receive the following prizes ~

• A signed paperback copy of Legend of the Timekeepers

• A custom crafted ceramic Spiral Life Seal

• A signed postcard

• Two ‘The Last Timekeepers’ wrist bands

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18. GROW by Marijke Buurlage


Submitted by Marijke Buurlage for the Illustration Friday topic GROW.

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19. Life in the Meadow with Madie: Mr. Earl’s Missing Eyeglasses, by Patty Luhovey | Dedicated Review

Participating in the rich tradition of parables that illustrate moral and religious teachings through animal tales, Life in the Meadow with Madie: Mr. Earl's Missing Eyeglasses presents the story of a community coming together to help out someone in need.

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20. Structure

Question After I organize my plot, what comes after that? Thank you. Answer: After that, assuming you have reached the point where you feel excited about

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21. समय बहुत बलवान

समय बहुत बलवान

बहुत समय से एक जानकार अपनी बिटिया की शादी का सोच रहे थे . बहुत लडके देखे, अखबारो के विज्ञापन और नेट पर भी सर्च किया पर एक साल होने को आया पर बात नही बनती दिख रही थी. आज फिर उनकी बिटिया को  देखने लडके वाले आ रहे थे. घर पर जबरदस्त इंतजाम किया गया था. परदे, मंहगे सोफे, भव्य शो पीस,क्राकरी और भी ना जाने क्या क्या.  दस तरह की मिठाई , बीस तरह की नमकीन और फल और ड्राई फ्रूट का तो पूछो ही मत.. यानि  शादी मे रुपया पैसा जैसी कोई रुकावट नही थी. करोडों की शादी होनी थी. लडके वाले आए. खूब खातिर दारी भी हुई  पर   पर पर बात नही बनी.

ना लडकी में कोई कमी थी और न ही उस परिवार का कोई क्रिमिनल रिकार्ड … तो फिर आखिर क्या हुआ कि बात नही बनी…

इसका बस  यही कारण था कि कमरे मे लगी महंगी दीवार घडी रुकी हुई थी और कैलेंडर भी फरवरी  महीने का ही लटका हुआ फडफडा रहा था. ये बात एक कमरे की नही थी सभी कमरों में महंगी से महंगी घडी थी पर सही समय कोई नही दिखा रही थी . जिस कमरे में लंच था उस कमरे में तो सन 2014 का कैलेडर टंग़ा हुआ था.

शायद  लडकी वालो के लिए रुपया पैसा ही सब कुछ था और लडके वालो की सोच  उनसे हट कर  थी.

वैसे बात शादी ब्याह की न भी हो तो हमें अपने घर का समय यानि दीवार घडी का समय और कैलेंडर सदा अपडेट रखने चाहिए … समय की कीमत समझनी बेहद जरुरी है … वैसे आप तो ऐसे नही होंगें … अरे आप कहां चले .. ?? ओह .. आज पहली अगस्त है और आपने महीना बदला नही था अभी तक :)

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22. July 31-Currently

reading:  I read I AM PRINCESS X by Cherie Priest this past week.  I really enjoyed it!  The cover, being all pink and purple, makes it seem like it's going to be a light hearted story, it wasn't.  But it was just good.
watching: The Walking Dead. This winter Scott started watching this series and although I had watched the first season, I stopped partway through the second season. So while he was watching it I kind of got interested again.  Spent this past week watching it and am not ready for the season 5 marathon in August.
listening: Start Up was a very interesting podcast about a guy starting a media company.  His company produces the podcast I was listening to last week, Reply All. This one was quite fascinating.
writing: I got some new pens this week so I of course had to write with every single one!

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23. The award Nim would be most proud of

The environment and children’s literature are two things I care about passionately, so I was absolutely thrilled last Tuesday night when, at a lovely event at the Melbourne’s Little Bookroom, Rescue on Nim’s Island was awarded the Widlerness Society’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature (fiction) ­– and the inaugural Puggles (children’s choice) award as well!
The Little Bookroom, photo by Elise Jones

When I first wrote Nim’s Island, I didn’t set out to make Nim a wildlife warrior. She just ended up one because if you live in a pristine natural environment, you have to care about keeping it pure. If you have a friend who’s a sea turtle, you care about whether she and her babies will survive. If you live on a small island, you know that every part of the island works together, and if you damage any part of it, it will damage the whole. We live on a big island in Australia, and other continents are bigger still, but the principle is the same.
Hollyburn School, Vancouver, using Nim as an environmental hero, 2008

But the good news is that every good thing you do for the environment can have big effects too ­– and it’s important to remember that we need to start with what’s right around us. You can sign a heap of petitions to save whales, but if you plant the rushes that indigenous butterflies breed in, you can help to save a species in your own garden. 

And that’s really what Nim does. You don’t have to be quite as dramatic as she is – it’s probably best not to look for dynamite to defuse, but I guarantee that you can make a difference. If you read the books on this list, you might find surprising ways to do it. I'm reading one of the shortlist right now: The Vanishing Frogs of Cascade Creek, by Emma Homes, and I'm learning lots! 
With illustrator Geoff Kelly, photo by Coral Vass
With author Emma Homes

for the whole list and more pictures of the great evening, hosted by the lovely Leesa Lambert, with an inspiring keynote speech by Morris Gleitzman. And a special thanks to Coral Vass for allowing me to use her photographs.
Meeting Rescue on Nim's Island illustrator Geoff Kelly for the first time,
photo by Coral Vass

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24. Rivers in distress

A river is a natural, living, organic whole, a hydrological and ecological system. It flows; that is its defining characteristic. As it flows, it performs many functions. It supports aquatic life and vegetation; provides drinking water to human beings, their livestock and wildlife; influences the micro-climate; recharges groundwater; dilutes pollutants and purifies itself; sustains a wide range of livelihoods; transports silt and enriches the soil; maintains the estuary in a good state; provides the necessary freshwater to the sea to keep its salinity at the right level; prevents the incursion of salinity from the sea; provides nutrients to marine life; and so on. It is also an integral part of human settlements, their lives, landscape, society, culture, history, and religion.

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25. अच्छी है नकारात्मकता


अच्छी  है नकारात्मकता  ..

अगर आप यह सोच रहे है कि मैने लिखने मे कुछ गलती की है तो निश्चय रुप से आप गलत सोच रहे है. सच में, वाकई में, जो लोग हमारे बारे में नकारात्मक सोच रखते हैं एक बार तो वो  बुरे लगते है बेहद बुरे पर बाद मे लगता है अरे!!!  यह  तो वाकई मे अच्छे  हैं. आज की तारीख मे भी ऐसे सैकडो उदाहरण है जो मेरी बात को सच साबित करते हैं.

अब आप फिर यही सोच रहे होंगे कि मै बडे बडे महापुरुषो या वैज्ञानिको  आदि का उदाहरण दूगी. जी नही. मै आपको आज की तारीख के ही उदाहरण दूगी और उन लोगो की वजह से लोगो मे कितना बदलाव आया आप भी सोच कर हैरान रह जाएगे.

कुछ समय पहले मेरी एक जानकार की बेटी को क्लास में उसकी टीचर ने सभी बच्चो के सामने बोल दिया कि वो तो एकदम नालायक है इस बार दसवीं मे फेल ही होगी.  उसने इस बात को इतना महसूस किया कि कुछ दिन तो स्कूल ही नही गई पर जब मन में आया तो उस टीचर को गलत साबित करने के लिए जी तोड पढाई की और अपने स्कूल में ही नही बल्कि पूरे जिले मे अव्वल आई. अपने साक्षात्कार के दौरान उसने उसी टीचर का नाम लिया कि अगर वो ना टोकती तो शायद वो सफल ना हो पाती.

ऐसी ही एक कहानी है मिस्टर शर्मा की. वो सपरिवार किराए के घर मे रहते थे. वहां की मकान  मालकिन बहुत तंग करती थी. बात बात पर टोकना आदि.घर धुसते ही उनको टेशंन शुरु हो जाती कि आज फिर  कोई बात होगी या फिर लडाई होगी. एक दिन उनके इस बर्ताव से शर्मा जी इतने दुखी और आहत हुए कि उन्होने मन बना लिया कि अब जब भी यहां से जाएगे  किराए के घर पर नही रहेगे अपना ही घर बनाएगे . और हुआ भी यही.आज वो अपने मकान मे खुशी खुशी रह रहे हैं. आपको एक बात बताऊ कि आज भी जो परिवार किराए के उस घर मे जाता है वहां से  वो सीधा अपने ही घर मे जाता है क्योकि किसी मे इतनी हिम्मत ही नही बचती कि ऐसे इंसान को झेलने की कल्पना मात्र ही कर सके तो मकान मालकिन हुई ना बढिया. नही तो आज के समय मे अपना घर बनाने के भला कोई सोच सकता है पर उस महिला की महानता देखिए … जो लोग कभी सोच भी नही सकते थे अपना आशियाना बनाने की ..अपने घर मे शिफ़्ट हो रहे है.

ऐसे ही मेरी सहेली की मम्मी है उन्हे उनके परिवार ने यह कह दिया कि दुनिया भले ही पलट जाए पर मम्मी कार चलाना नही सीख सकती. कुछ दिन तो वो मात्र मुस्कुराती रही पर जब पानी सिर से ऊपर चला गया तो बस उन्होने निश्चय कर लिया और आज वो इतनी बढिया कार चलाती है कि पूछो ही मत. वही एक जानकार हैं उन्होने अपने बेटे हाथ दिखाया और पूछा कि क्या ये डाक्टर बन सकता है .. इस पर पंडित ने कहा कि कदापि नही इसके हाथ मे डाक्टर की रेखा ही नही है वो पंडित की बात से इतने आहत हुए कि बस निश्चय कर ही लिया  जबकि आज वो पंजाब मे बहुत जाने माने डाक्टर हैं…

ये तो चंद ही उदाहरण है अब आप को लग रहा होगा कि ऐसे उदाहरण से तो आप भी दो चार हुए है .. है ना.

एक बार एक पहाड पर कुछ लोग चढ रहे थे.नीचे खडे लोग चिल्ला रहे थे बहुत मुश्किल है नही चढ पाओगे वापिस आ जाओ. डर के मारे काफी तो लौट आए. एक चोटी तक पहुंच ही गया. खुशी हुई कि देखा मना करने के विपरीत उसने कर दिखाया कि यह कर सकता है. यह है उसकी सकारात्मकता. पर जब नीचे आया तो पता चला कि वो बहरा था. तो आप क्या समझे… जिंदगी मे तरह तरह के लोग मिलते है टोकने वाले ,उत्साह ना बढाने वाले पर आपको अपने पूरे विश्वास के साथ, अपने को कम ना आंकते हुए,सकारात्मक सोच लिए  उन लोगो को साथ लेकर बस आगे ही बढते जाना है… इन्ही लोगो को मद्देनजर रखते हुए आप अपना एक अलग ही मुकाम बनाएगे … है ना !!! तो अब बताईए कि अच्छी है ना नकारात्मकता!!!!

वैसे भी कहते है कि अगर आप जिंदगी मे सफल होना चाह्ते है तो दोस्त साथ  रखिए और अगर आप और भी ज्यादा सफल होना चाह्ते है तो नकारात्मक प्रवृति के लोग साथ रखिए !!!!

बताईगा कि कैसा लगा ये लेख :)

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