Once upon a time……and lived happily ever after. That’s how most stories begin and end 🙂
Well today I’m trying to give my own interpretation and weave a tale around a small happy monkey family, the Dunstons! They lived in a small jungle in the city outskirts and had a flourishing monkey business there. Experts at all monkey tricks, Mr. D hit a jackpot with all that he touched. Being a shrewd business magnet, he wanted Dunston Jr. to see the big bad world outside the jungle and train him well to take on the monkey mantle.
So he called out to his wife “Honey! Let’s go on an outing to the nearby town. Our little champ needs to explore the world.” “But he is just a young lad now! ” Cried Mrs D, in vain ! All her pleas fell deaf to his ears. On getting to know of his day out, D jr. was excited with a bundle of emotions playing within him.
Early next morning the trio set out on the baby’s first expedition of sorts. Hopping and jumping, they finally reached the hillock. D Jr. clinging on to mama tight, casting a furtive glance at all in a trance. Fearful, apprehensive and on guard, he saw many figures who he came to know were humans. Things were very different here from the jungle. Slowly starting to relax, he began to soak in the surroundings.
People here were amused to see the monkey family. Some, shooing them away, while some kind souls offering them a meal. D Jr. enjoyed a sumptuous meal of spiced rice, which was an absolutely new taste for him, so different from what he had back home.
He was amused by the paparazzi trying to click them. Basking in all the attention they were garnering, he felt like a celebrity.
Finally it was time to head back. Enjoying the excursion thoroughly, Jr. asked his father, “Hey Dad! When is my next outing?”
Write a story for the above prompt photo in 100 – 150 words (+ – 25).
Here is my story:
Raj and Jai moved into the cottage away from the maddening city crowd. Both were veteran wildlife photographers and found the cottage close to the jungle perfect for their work. Both of them were excited about the new series they were working on, for the Wildlife channel.
They had worked on many projects together. This was their last one, after which Raj was moving to the US to join his son.
The next morning, Raj woke up early to saunter around the place. The earthy smell of the forest, the leaf carpeted path, calls of the animals echoing, he found the beauty of the forest comforting . He was at peace with himself.
Raj’s bloodcurdling scream shattered the peace of the morning. Rushing out Jai saw Raj lying at a short distance from the house. Sprinting across, he saw a venomous reptile slither away into the bushes.
If only they had listened to the local, who had forewarned them not to stay in that cottage, as it was haunted!
I visited my friend Riya one evening. She was all excited, wanting to share her experience at a recent meditation camp she attended. Enjoying a cup of freshly brewed coffee, we sat to talk about it. I wanted to get enlightened on it. I knew it! That I don’t know! The subject had always intrigued and fascinated me, so I was all ears to what she would share with me.
The two day workshop had opened up new vistas on her attitude towards life. Her thought process and ability to take on challenges had undergone a paradigm shift, she said.
I have so many doubts regarding the right approach to embrace spirituality. I am always confused, should I sound or should I echo? I asked her.
She explained that the power of positive thoughts has a tremendous influence in shaping the flow of our life. To live a wholesome life, it is very essential to detox our minds of all negative thoughts and energy.
Meditation sedates the ripples of our mind. Though, I have heard a lot about meditation and the unparalleled benefits it offers, what is the right way of meditating, was my question to her.
Her answer was simple. Sit in a serene place and try to calm your mind. Watch your thoughts. They are like a slippery eel – Thoughts- they do what we don’t ask them to. Initially the thoughts will be many in number, disturbing you. At times, we pretend to think on one and actually think everything else. But gradually you will be able to calm them. It may take time but do not lose patience.
She reiterated that regular practice of meditation and self-discipline prepares one to take on the trials we face with more composure. Many a time, life throws challenges at us and poses questions. Don’t be bogged down by them. You need not answer the questions. You can just laugh and laugh again. It helps us shift our focus from the trivial and mundane to more profound aspects of evolution.
It was a spiritually enlightening evening well spent. With a promise to dwell on this and start meditating, I left her place, until next time, Sayonara 🙂