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Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes, I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can escape the madness, melancholia, and panic fear inherent in a human situation. ~Graham Greene.

I am a classic example of this statement. When arthritis struck me in every joint of my body, the plus side was that I became aware of all the joints that exist. Each step would be as laborious as a chain smoker trying to breathe. The pain was excruciating, and to date, I get the chills. The negative side was I was forced to go into hibernation mode.

However, my infant was being taken care of by my mom, who had traveled from India. At the same time, I had to make an effort to move to nourish myself, in short, to come out of hibernation. 

Weeks turned into months, and I finally decided to quit my corporate job since I had no hope of going back. It was a tough decision, but I decided to take charge of myself. No more blaming fate over it; thus, slowly, but with steady steps, I decided to fight this inflammation off my body while keeping a keen eye on my infant’s milestones in the background. 

This autoimmune disease was my turning point in my life. While the doctors had prescribed me pills to ingest every other hour, I decided to fill myself up with affirmative messages to get my limbs moving. 

 I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. ~Anne Frank

I started to pen down words since we all know that the society that we live in is filled with negativity. Dialogues from a distance such as, “Oh! How do you manage?” “Gosh! I feel for you.” “You are so young to get this?” 

The above conversations would put me in the ‘Why me?’ stage, and I would get into the loop of never-ending pity. That would incur all sorts of negative emotions and make me take a back step.

Some of the writing:

Life has many phases bestowed upon us. There will be happy while there will be challenges to overcome. Don’t become serious when there are challenges ahead in life; continue to do your part to solve the issue by being sincere. You being diligent, honest will take you miles. But by becoming serious and losing sleep on it will make matters worse. Since the saying goes, “All work and no play make a man all dull and lame.”

You can do it!! This is the mantra we should always be chanting. Man is born to have ups and downs in his life. In this period of life, we go through ups and downs, and we can stay motivated during our down period by chanting the above mantra. Positive thinking helps.

The power of a touch, a small act of caring, can blossom a plant. Life is like a plant. Just as the plant needs water, fertilizer, sunshine, and fresh air, we need to experience the power of a touch, a smile, have a listener beside us, or hear a compliment to keep us blossoming and going every day in our lives. 

Develop a challenge during a crisis. Keeping that attitude will make you confident; to try to overcome the problem, and you will be able to see through the smoky tunnel for light.

 Life is a grindstone, and it will grind us down. We can choose to get polished by the grinding and shine like a jewel, or we could get crushed by the grinding. 

Every minute our body creates a new cell. The cell divides, and a new cell is formed based on the type of energy we have. If we are bickering or complaining, the new cells formed are deformed and can have a derogatory effect on our health in the long run. No matter what the situation is, think positively. No problem can be as big as the kind of cell being produced in your body, which will reward us in the long run with good health. 

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The topic for the write-up would vary on my mood each day. But writing helped; I would go back to it; when fear, anger, pity would encircle me. These words would be gold then and would ground me and help me find light in the dark tunnel. 

Eventually, this kind of pattern became a habit, and today I cannot live without it. My body is quick to retaliate if anything negative encircles around, making me conscious of my breath and thoughts.

Amidst all the chaos and the turmoil of inflammation, I could sense the negative and positive vibes. That also made me recognize that universal energy is supreme; thus, I learned about Reiki and other modalities.

I eventually started penning stories and novels and entered the self-publishing world in 2013. Also, I blog at Abracabadra, which has inspired many because of the mantras attached to each feature. 

My 2 cents

Life is all about twists and turns. This detour in my life made me recognize the passion within, and I am living a fulfilled life.

Mantra for today: Man plans for his future, but only 1% of it gets executed. 99% is what destiny has in store for him. But the choice is yours to either drive it or let it drive you! 

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This post comes from Rough Writer Ruchira Khanna

A Biochemist turned writer who gathers inspiration from the society where I write about issues that stalk the mind of the man via tales of fiction.

I blog at Abracabadra which has been featured as “Top Blog” for five years. Many of my write-ups have been published on LifeHack, HubPages to name a few.

I can be found at:

https://www.facebook.com/RuchiraKhanna01

Twitter: @abracabadra01


31 Comments

  1. Norah says:

    Ruchira, I love your positive outlook and your “I can do it” attitude. I think those are the things that get us through the downs and carry us to the ups. Congratulations on all you have achieved and thank you for the positive ripples you share with the world.

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  2. beth says:

    this is such a powerful, positive, and life-affirming post. thank you

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  3. Jules says:

    Dear Ruchira,

    Thank you for your positive inspirational post! May you continue in leading the way for yourself and those who are lucky enough to find you!

    You bring to mind one of my grandmothers…(I wish I could have known her better). I believe she also had severe arthritis. But I never saw her frown. She walked up and down her homes inner staircase every day. I’m not sure if at one point when it became to difficult (before they moved to a one level home in a warmer climate) that they had moved a bedroom onto the first level of their old home.

    Unfortunately other health issues ended up taking her life. But I remember her gentle kind smile and I think that you to may have a similar one. Continued success in living life to the fullest. All the best, Jules

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  4. Simon says:

    Thanks for sharing, inspiring ✨🥂

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  5. Ann Edall-Robson says:

    Ruchira, your words “you will be able to see through the smoky tunnel for light.” resonate with me in so many ways.

    Writing, writing, writing. Always writing, is a gift that takes us past the forest and trees to clearing beyond.

    Thank you.

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  6. Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:
    Come read this!

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  7. Ruchira, you are truly an inspiration. Your two cents, “Life is all about twists and turns. This detour in my life made me recognize the passion within, and I am living a fulfilled life,” really hit home for me. We all have battles, don’t we? Yet from those battles we get to show our actual strengths. Thank you for a lovely motivational post. ❤

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  8. denmaniacs4 says:

    Ruchina, I was “twisting and turning” with delight…

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  9. How’s the old saying go, ‘Be careful how you see the world- it is as you see it’?
    I appreciate how you took on your own health holistically (why isn’t that spelled with a w?) and discovered a different fulfilling life for yourself.

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  10. A very timely message for me. Writing is becoming more and more important to me every day.

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  11. My Mantra has always been “I spend most of my life in Plan B” In others words Things aren’t going to work out the way I plan so why complain

    Laughter increases your face value

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  12. Charli Mills says:

    Ruchira, your writing seeks to inspire and explore the choices we have to empower our own growth and healing. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. Your words resonate with many.

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  13. Completely agree with you. Over the last couple of months I’ve had a constant question in my mind – why do I continue to write. Sometimes this motivation was about people leaving a comment or talking to me. At others it was just that Ive been doing it for such a long time. But of late I’ve been trying to resonate with writing to feel my emotions and provide them a platform to come out. Seems about right and it liberates me to an extent. Still early stages but i can feel a bit to relate to this topic

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