Find a spot in the shade and reflect on what a summer its been. With only a few more weeks it’s easy to let it all slip by, take a few moments to savor it while it’s here!
It is perfectly acceptable to take up space in the world. You are an amazing and deserving of acceptance and respect. I have been really inspired lately, surprisingly, by recent sports events and want to share an amazing quote from an amazing woman:
Putting yourself out there is hard, but it’s so worth it. I don’t think anyone who has ever spoken out, or stood up or had a brave moment, has regretted it. It’s empowering and confidence-building and inspiring. Not only to other people, but to yourself.
Today’s goat was photographed at an amazing place called Rakhigarhi by my partner who is currently working in Haryana, a state in northwest India. Rakhigarhi is home to two villages, Rakhi Khas and Rakhi Shapur which are situated on top of an ancient city, 4,500 years old, part of a constellation of ancient cities belonging to what archaeologists call the Indus Valley Civilization. Unlike other ancient civilizations with clear evidence of social hierarchy such as pyramids, elaborate burials or elite palaces, the Indus left behind few traces of these markers. Needless to say, the people who lived in Indus Valley cities and settlements had standardised units of measurement, a system of writing, and networks of homes and workshops within centres that appeared to be in contact with one another and as far away as Mesopotamia. Archaeological investigations in 2018 revealed a cemetery that has been the subject of much debate. However, the villages carry on farming, herding buffalo and sometimes goats, and are quite welcoming to researchers and foreigners. I had the privilege of living in Rakhigarhi for a few months in 2012, and it was one of the most transformative and wonderful experiences of my life. I am happy to share this goat with you and to reflect on my time at such a special place.
Yo, it is the last Saturday of 2018, sit down, relax, have a delicious beverage, and ruminate on the year.
It is easy to skim things over sometimes or try to finish tasks and obligations quickly. Take a closer look, you might have missed an important detail or realize something new about something that may seem ordinary and everyday.
Disappointment and discouragement are unfortunately inevitabilities of everyday life. However, in the face of what might seem like the end or an insurmountable mountain to climb, there is always a glimmer of hope to be found. Today, regroup, stay motivated and keep fighting for what you want and what you think is right. There will be a tomorrow and things can get better.
There are some people who advise to never look back, cautioning against regret. There are other people who advise reflection and contemplation. So long as it does not strain your neck, it is useful sometimes to look back upon your achievements to find inspiration for accomplishing future goals. If you achieved something amazing in the past, you can achieve something amazing in the future.