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Monday, May 28, 2012

Dear Readers, 

I sincerely apologize for the year-long pause in my blog posts. 

In sixth grade, this blog was a requirement. Despite that fact, I enjoyed it and never thought of it as a homework assignment. 
Yet, when school ended, I lost the habit of blogging every week. I intended to blog more; but I never lived up to that intention. I deeply regret my procrastination. 

Last June I left off with wisdom, the second pentagon of the trio. The final pentagon, peace, is now completed and ready for all readers to read. Simply scroll down after this short post. 
During my period of absence online, I have accumulated quite a few concepts that I will blog and share with you over the summer. So keep checking for more posts and please share this blog with people you think may be interested. 

Once again, I apologize for the long delay. 'The Pentagon of Peace' blog post is below. 

                                                                                                                                    Rishika Padnani

The Pentagon Of Peace

"Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace."  -  Robert J. Sawyer 

The last part of this pentagon trio is Peace. 

Being peaceful is being happy; happy in a place where there is disturbance and unrest. Happiness is contentment. 
To be content is to be calm with the littlest of things, or the toughest of situations. To be content is to be unaffected or oblivious by matters. 

To be oblivious is to be detached.  


Trust -  Constant doubt. That it is the fuel that supplies energy for our mind to keep dwelling over the same negative thoughts. And eventually, by it's reckless driving in circles, it literally drives us insane! We need to slow down and focus on what is necessary. This isn't blind trust; this kind of trust involves common sense. Our judgement should decide whether a certain person or situation is worth being the cause of our troublesome day. In most (if not all) cases, we become the cause of an arduous day by breaking our heads over it. 

"There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills."  - Buddha

Respect - When we criticize people, it's not just by words. It's by thoughts, too. It's the subconscious doing it. Why? Because society (whether we realize it or not) has certain 'guidelines' on how people should look, behave, etc. When we see someone acting against those values, we flip out! We become restless and uneasy. It's like a mosquito bite that aggravates us even after putting the medicine. Let's not judge. Let's respect people as they are. When we see and smile, we forget and move on. We don't even scratch. We just let it be. We let them be. We are both at peace. 

"I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university."  - Albert Einstein

Freedom - To let go. To be detached. To live harmoniously. That is freedom. A peaceful life is acquired through the act of living in the will of those whom you love. State your position, but in a gentle, humble way. You'll find that not only do people stop and think about your humility, but they also consider your opinion more thoughtfully. 

"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth."  - George Washington

Order - Peace and organization go hand-in-hand. A well-planned day = a well-rested mind. When we know we have a million things to do, but no time for them, we multitask. I always thought that this saved time with the 'Kill two birds with one stone' theory. That was until I read this: "Workers distracted by e-mail and phone calls suffer a fall in IQ more than twice that found in marijuana smokers." Read more at http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/the-myth-of-multitasking.

"There is time enough for everything in the course of the day, if you do but one thing at once, but there is not time enough in the year, if you will do two things at a time."  - Lord Chesterfield

Truth - Lying is a chain reaction. Once it starts, it doesn't stop. You have to remember every single thing you said previously to someone and then speak based on that. Lying leads to worrying. It causes unrest, anxiety, and anxiousness. So why do it? Speak the truth. It keeps you at peace. It gives you the reassurance that you did the right thing. You listened to your heart. 

Think about it: speaking the truth is one of the simplest things on Earth. Just don't lie.

For life to be enjoyable, a little adventure is called for. Venture outside your comfort zone. 
Freedom, Order, Respect, Trust, and Truth. F.O.R.T.T
Climb that fort.