After I Retire!

Raven was looking out of the window watching the seagulls take away their meal one by one. The sea was silent today but the birds were violent and noisy. There was no shore visible, only a vast limitless pool of water, ‘Just like my life’, he thought! Florence put her hand over his shoulders and he turned around. “What are you thinking?”, she asked slowly. Raven took a deep breath and said in a low tone too, “ Weeping at the funeral of our dreams!”.

He stopped and looked at Florence, she only seemed to be confused for a second and then her face showed empathy too. “If only we would have not waited for the retirement and enjoyed our life back then as well. Compromising those vacations, those fun moments, everything for the retirement has robbed us of our dreams.” Florence wasn’t listening to him now. It has always been painful to talk to Raven these days. And then she pulled his wheelchair back and carried him to the breakfast table.

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Say YES to Happiness!

Rosa dropped her freshly baked cookies in waste bag. They were not as crisp as they were supposed to be. And the sugar was a little less. She started preparing another batch. When she was finished and satisfied by the taste, it was already late afternoon. She cleaned up the kitchen till not a single stain remained. Another hour went by. Then she went ahead with her next task of drying the clothes. She found a light stain in two of them and hand washed them till they were perfectly clean. She had already cleaned the center table but passing by she found some dust and sat to clean it again. The clock rang her bells loudly and showed that it was 7 in the evening.

The doorbell rang. She went to open the door. It was her husband. He tried to hug her but she refrained him. Holding him by shoulders, she exclaimed furiously, “Hey, where did you get those stains on your shirt? It is supposed to be perfectly white. Remove and give it to me right now!” His husband sighed and disappointingly did what she asked for. Till she had finished washing the dishes after dinner and cleaning the the kitchen once again it was already midnight. She was tired but now restful feeling a relief that everything was perfect at the end of day. She was excited to tell his husband of how she had performed her day chore to precision. When she entered the bedroom, the lights were ON and her husband had slept with a book open on his chest. She looked at him for long, suppressing her urge to wake him up. Perhaps he had tried hard to stay awake till she come to bed, she thought. He looked tired and sad even in his sleep. And she realized she wasn’t actually happy herself. In-fact there was not even a single happy moment in the day. She hadn’t had time for herself nor for her family. Only anxiety and desperateness to get things done perfectly!

Where is happiness

 

Where is my money?

He was calling his friends and relatively one by one, for almost 2 hours now, desperately wanting to hear a positive reply. But everyone failed him. Even his best friend! Already frustrated and tired, he was feeling on verge of extreme anger. How can just everyone say him ‘No’? He was a famous actor after all. The only difference now was he was completely broke. Rupert will be needing money as a beggar now to fulfill even his daily needs. His stardom had left him a long back. He was old now and on verge of bankruptcy. Double tragedy it was and a deadly combination known for destroying life. He banged down the phone furiously and sat down on his luxurious couch.

Everything just had happened so quickly for him. Rupert never had prior intimation that his money was getting smoked so fast till his credit cards were blocked by the bank a today morning. He tried to contemplate what was actually happening. He called up his manager and furiously directed him to mail his old bills to him. A beep on the desktop made him get up the couch and he soon he was opening the bills. As they started making sense, Rupert was almost stunned. His eyes were filled with disbelief. His heart began sinking deep in pool of sadness. It was not a mistake after all, he has truly spent his entire earnings, in millions they were. Instead of living reservedly after his retirement from Hollywood, he has been spending like a king. He remembered his old financial handler David whom he has fired. David always had asked Rupert to live modestly but he would never listen to him. He called David but there was only one reply he could give, “I am sorry Rupert, There is nothing I can do. You have no money to save now!!”

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They met again! All thanks to ‘Forgiveness’!

Her daughter’s head was on his laps. She was trying hard to breathe. David kept looking at her and then at the traffic signal. Honking horns were giving more reasons for his heart to pound heavily. The lights went green and he sighed some relief. He told his driver to drive faster. His driver nodded his head and tried to increase the speed. But before he could do that, there was a loud bang! David’s head bumped to the front seat, but he managed to hold tight her daughter. When he recovered from the shock, he saw that his driver was already pulled out by the mob. There was a bike lying in front and the biker was down trying to get up. David put her daughter’s head down and told her not to worry. He got out of the car.

As soon as he got out. The mob started shouting at him too. He ignored them and went on to see the injured. He helped him stand up and made him sit on the sidewalk. He helped him take out his helmet. As his face became visible David found it slightly recognizable. The man too now, had come out of the confusion and for the first time saw David’s face. His eyes too widened and he gave a slight smile to David. Now David had no doubts. He knew this man. He was Rupert. They had both met a year ago under almost same circumstances. Only it was Rupert’s bike then and David was the injured. David had immediately resorted to forgiveness, “It is alright friend, you haven’t done anything intentionally. Only be more careful on crossings next time.”. Both of them were brought back to the reality by David’s daughter’s shriek. He said to Rupert “It is my daughter, she is ill critically.” Rupert wasted no moment and stood up determined. Giving no attention to his pain he reached the crowd and cleared them. He directed the driver to go inside the car. As the crowd cleared, David was relieved. The car passed Rupert, David looked at him and both of them were smiling at each other. It was a smile of gratitude!

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Passion.

She was A grader all throughout her graduation. Rosa was happy back then. Now it has been a year, being an employee of one of the best company. She was growing well, but not as well as a girl of her potential should have. Rosa just couldn’t understand what was pulling her behind. She had started feeling a deep hole inside her. But didn’t knew what would fill that up. Lying on her bed she was trying to solve the puzzle of her sadness.She remembered the days of her graduation when she would be super excited and happy on the result day, as if she already knew that she was going to top the class. Where was that confidence now? When did her power of focus lost her? Why has her productivity streak betrayed her? Where has that passion to exceed vanished? No answer!

Frustrated she got up. She wanted something to fulfill her desire of self esteem urgently. She hurriedly went towards the cupboard and took out her academics file. She opened and began turning it, admiringly touching each of her result certificate. As she kept on doing that, she came across a page hidden between her mark sheets. As she turned the page she saw a beautifully sketched women. A rush of excitement went through her. She hurriedly started turning the album for more and found more.  She hurriedly got up and went back to her cupboard and took out her old portrait book. Admiring each one she reached to blank page. To her surprise she felt a strong urge to sketch and went on with it. Next day when she got up she was feeling happier for she had found out her love and passion back again! She got up to get ready for the office. Now everyday she would sketch her way to success!

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Hello!! Are you friendly?

David was worried now. It was his 12th day in the Hotel. The high expenditure was beginning to pinch him now. He had to search for the accommodation as soon as possible, he thought. But to his dismay every morning since he shifted to the city, he has been thinking the same thing. It was very hard for a bachelor to get an independent house on rent in such a reserved community. But he needed it, so that he can write peacefully his new novel. He venture out of his room and went to the restaurant. He sat on the bar stool and asked for a beer. As he waited he looked at the person beside him. He seemed to be tensed and lost. David could not control his urge and his friendly nature overtook him. He said turning to the person, “Hello, Friend, My name is David!”.

His smile seemed to be so bright and contagious that the other person too replied with a shy smile “Hi, I am Ron!”. And as the bartender poured beer in their glasses, David started the conversation. When he asked if anything was worrying him, Ron replied, “Yes.. I would be moving out of the city in three days and I wanted to give my house on rent. But nobody seems to take it as it is quite isolated from the city center”. David was smiling now. Ron seemed taken aback by his expression. David said smilingly, “Can we drive to your house, I might be the one you are searching for!”. And then both of them had big friendly laugh together!

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The winds of my life!

Large number of hands were clapping now. It sounded a melody to her ears. Tears filled her eyes almost to brim and finally rolled down as Florence smiled. She bowed down and left the stage to seat between the audience. The neighbors congratulated her. She felt happy as she saw the respect in their eyes. There she was now with her name in Magazines and giving motivational talks to people all around the world. As the next speaker took over the stage. The lights went dark and she lost herself in memories. She was now reviewing her struggles through the challenges life has offered her.

Her eyes instantly closed tightly as she remembered the cold night when that unfortunate accident has happened. Florence has lost both her hands at the tender age of 15 years. How she has then ever since learned to do tasks on her own and made it the goal of her life to be independent. It was a big challenge. How she used to read and learn about the stories of inspiring people. How she has used this detour of her life to be her motivation and went on to record every experience and every new learning of her life. And today was the day when she had released third volume of her CD tutorials for those who are suffering with the same disability as hers. Her previous work has already received accolades and admiration from all over the world. It was now her turn to inspire people.

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Empathy!

David woke up to a heavy head. He couldn’t focus. His nausea was at extreme. He got up and managed to reach the Bathroom. The warm water on his body seemed to be giving him some strength. Wiping out his face, suddenly he was reminded that today his girlfriend’s parents were to come for the brunch. A look at the watch and panic struck him. It was already 11 o’Clock. He went out to the living room. The room looked pretty cleaned up then usual with fresh flowers in the pot. In the kitchen he saw Ron working on some dish.

He went to him and looked at the pot. It was Pasta, wonderfully smelling and almost done. He asked him, “Is anybody going to visit you today?”. Ron replied with a mischievous smile, “Yes, my roommate’s special guests!”. David was surprised. He gave a bright smile of relief and gratitude and hugged Ron instantly. To Ron’s amazement, the hug gave him a sort of energy supply, a positiveness flowing into his body. Ron suddenly started feeling happier. A sense of achievement bloomed inside him. And an enlightening smile spread on his face. He was thinking, ‘How simple it is to earn happiness! As simple as Empathy!’.

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A difficult decision!

She was walking for quite a long time now. Lost in herself, unaware of the surroundings. Rosa had decided to explore the nearby forest today, but her mind was engulfed by the wild storm of statements, each one contradictory. She had to convey her final decision by tomorrow morning. It was a big opportunity for her but the company was in New York. It meant shifting not only to other country but altogether to a new continent, where there was no one she could call her own. She was afraid. It was going to be a huge change. It was not until her sandal broke that she realized she had forgotten to put on her shoes for the walk. The path was full of stones and mud. She looked around and found that the forest was really dense there. She removed her sandals and began to walk. It was getting difficult for her now. She stopped and was thinking that should she return back or not, when she heard a slow sound of flowing water. The musical sound drew her towards it and she resumed her walk again.

Stones were now beginning to make their mark on her feet but she continued whatsoever. After a long walk, the darkness started reducing and she saw an opening from the trees. A crystal blue floor caught her attention. She paced faster and when she reached there she was awestruck. A small waterfall had emerged out of the cracks of mountains giving way to the a fast flowing stream. The water was beautifully blue. There were numerous flowers of such amazing colors that her heart felt astonishment and happiness at the same time. She sat down at a rock there and put her feet in the flowing water. It was only when she looked down at her feet, she realised that blood was flowing from many places. The path has pricked and injured them. But she didn’t care, for if she would have gone back, she wouldn’t have the opportunity to experience this heaven. She was feeling a sense of achievement and pride. She was now ready with her decision. Rosa was going to say ‘YES’ tomorrow!

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‘She is a …..’, Wait I am Judging her!

Raven looked at Florence with disgust as she entered the office. She was new to the company being appointed as the CEO. Raven whispered to his colleague mockingly, “Who is that foolish who appointed her as the CEO? I can’t even look at her! The ugly duckling she is. How can anyone think that she can bring back our company to highs!” Their company was in turmoil and their salaries were already cut down by half. The other added, “Ya and heard his father was sweeper and she was raised in the shanty downtown.”  They both laughed a little and turned back to their screens. Judging people were their everyday time-pass.

Days passed by and 1st of the month came. Everyone was excited and talking about their salaries. Guesswork was on the highs about whether the new Chief will be able to provide them with their salaries. Raven was ready for judging his CEO’s capabilities once again. Soon everybody’s cell phone beeped one by one. Raven looked at his phone and saw the message from his bank. His mind refused to believe but his eyes were seeing the right figures. It was not only his current month’s salary but also the previous month’s pending salary!

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