Monday, April 21, 2014

Life's Jigsaw - Relationships

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle. Each little piece is an aspect of our journey through it. And when at last we find that last piece and fit it into place, we eventually see the meaning of this life.



UBC Day 21
The R Piece - Relationship

Poetry is the medium that moves a river within me and brings joy to my soul. But life cannot be lived in complete solitude and isolation. Our biggest joys and our biggest sorrows all stem for the relationships we have as we go through our journey. Relationships are also our greatest teachers.

I believe that all relationships are soul connections. Nothing in life is by chance. Everyone who comes into our lives whether they are there for a fleeting moment in time or for a lifetime, we have agreed to meet in this life and we have agreed to part at the appropriate time.

There are relationships that are meant to teach us, sometimes very harsh lessons.  These relationships provide us the greatest opportunity for soul learning. There are others that are karmic, that is they occur to pay off our karmic debts.

And then there are some soul connections that are very special and these I believe are the ones that bring us the greatest joy. There is an inexplicable bond that you share with these souls that transcend this physical existence. These are relationships that continue to exist across different worlds.

I truly believe that my father and I shared a unique relationship. His presence always had a calming effect on me. In the last years of his life, he lost his hearing and communicating with him became difficult. But just sitting by his side in silence was comforting. Even now just the very thought of him brings peace to my soul.

My children are my strength and joy. In the difficult moments of my life, they give me the will to carry on. And they are great fun to be with.

Each of my relationships (those that I still have, those that have ended) has taught me something about myself but more importantly has helped me progress on my spiritual journey. For the ultimate relationship is of course between you and the Divine.

 In the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
~ Mother Teresa

Enjoy your day with your loved ones. May each step you take be towards that ultimate relationship.


The Jigsaw Pieces of my journey so far

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66 comments:

  1. You have a lyrical tone to your writing that is very pleasant. This is probably because you are a poet, yes? I have to believe some meetings are by chance, otherwise I'd be feeling really punished this school year. I suppose at times for me it's a survival mode of thinking. via A to Z Challenge

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    1. Thanks Glenda. Yes I write poetry. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  2. Each relationship brings a specialness between us.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2014/04/atoz-musical-tribute-brought-to-you-by.html

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    1. Thanks Joyce. Each relationship brings something unique into our lives.

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  3. A very beautiful and profound post Suzy. Every relationship does teach us a few lessons. Thanks for this.

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    1. Thanks Prathima. Glad you liked my post.

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  4. So right you are. Relationships do tell us things about ourselves. Loved that quote from Mother Teresa. Wish we could remember it at all times.

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    1. Thanks Tulika. Her quote does put things into perspective. Life is for learning.

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  5. Very true...relationships do teach us a lot...especially the hard ones...

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    1. Thanks Peddlerofdreams. They sure do and the harder ones teach us the most.

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  6. Your thoughts resonate with mine Suzy.I do believe in karmic connections...whether to clear off old debts or a soul connection....nothing is a chance encounter.

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    1. Thanks Vinodini. Glad my post resonates with you.

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  7. So true. We have emotional excess baggage if the relationships go wrong.

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    1. Thanks Janu. We do carry some baggage unfortunately when we embrace relationships, baggage comes with that.

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  8. I loved every single word of your post today Suzy. You write so well about a subject close to my heart- because that is all life is about isn't it - moments we share - with the people we love and have a relationship with:-)

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    1. Thanks Eli. Glad you liked my post. So true life is all about those special moments.

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  9. It is the family and the relationships we have with our near and dear which give us the energy to keep going even during the worst phases of life !
    Well written Suzy

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    1. So true Afshan, You said it so well. Thank you.

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  10. I totally agree with you. Each relationship teaches us something. Some are harsh lessons but even they are necessary to build our character. I am what I am because of a lot of failed relationships and some rare ones, who stood by me through everything. :)

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    1. Thanks Juzta Mom. Adversity builds character. If we never fail, how will we learn?

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  11. I think you have good insight and I totally agree with you. I think the most important part of life is our relationships with others. We are touched by those around us and our lives change. Thank you for stopping by my blog . It is always nice to meet a new blog friend. I hope you will come back again.

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    1. Thanks Grammy. Glad you liked my post and agree with my thoughts. I will drop by your blog again for sure.

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  12. Loved this post especially ,the quote of Mother Teresa...so very nicely captured in your post !

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    1. Thanks Vasudha. Glad you liked it.

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  13. They are the first things to be taken for granted isn't it? Sometimes its guilty as charged when it comes to work but every step in the right direction helps.

    PhenoMenon
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    1. Thanks Pheno. So true, relationships are the first things we take for granted.

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  14. Suzy this is a very analytic view of relationships. I never thought about relations in this context. Now I will analyse my relations from this point of view.

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    1. Thanks Usha. Glad my post triggered some thoughts for you.

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  15. Again a beautiful, poetic, wisdom-filled post Suzy that speaks to my heart! Good or bad, relationships teach you a thing or two and help you grow as a person! Lv :)

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    1. Thanks Aditi. Glad this resonates with you. So true, all relationships help us grow as a person.

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  16. Each relationship is precious either way we look at it..Some give us joy some teach us lessons...Beautifully piece this is Suzy..

    R for Ready-Random Thoughts Naba

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    1. Thanks Naba. Glad you liked it. Relationships teach us so much.

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  17. Thank you for this... you pretty much voiced what I feel.. every relationship in our life leaves a mark upon us in some way or the other..

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    1. Thanks Roshan. Glad you have the same thoughts on this. And you summed it up well too.

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  18. I used to be bound by relatonships. I felt tied down by some and fettered by others. Once I learnt to let go and relish the relationship without expectations, they gained new meaning for me. Yours with your father seems to have been really special, Suzy. How blessed, for both of you. <3


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    1. Thanks Shailaja. So agree with you. Relationships should be without expectations. My father was very special to me.

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  19. I loved the way you described your relationship with your father... my dad too has the same effect. He can make all my worries disappear :)

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    1. Thanks Rajlakshmi. We are truly blessed.

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  20. Suzy, I agree completely with your thoughts on relationships. Each one is meant to teach us something, and some are extra special. My relationship with my parents is also one I cherish a lot.

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    1. Thanks Cynthia. Glad we share the same thoughts. And we are blessed to have those wonderful parent-sibling relationships.

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  21. Suzy, agree with you on every line and every relationship teaches us something in this beautiful journey called life. Btw, love the opening line, Poetry is the medium that moves a river within me and brings joy to my soul.

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    1. Thanks Vishal. Glad you agree and like my words.

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  22. As I've grown up over these many years, I hold my relationships carefully, trying hard not to analyze any. I find that hugs, listening ears, journeys are ever so much more pleasant:)
    Thank you for your post Suzy.
    Visiting from A-Z Blog
    http://www.door2lore.com/3/post/2014/04/radio-storytelling-in-a-box.html

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    1. Thanks Sue, Agree with your comment completely. It's the analysis that creates problems. Thanks so much for visiting.

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  23. So true Suzy.. Some relations happen to teach us lessons while some last lifelong filling joy in us :)

    Swathi

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  24. You are spot on, Suzy! Each relationship teaches us a lot, and helps us grow too! :)

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    1. Thanks Shilpa. Glad you agree with my thoughts.

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  25. All relationships are soul connections - very well said. In a way this says it all :) Very nice post on R!

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    1. Thanks Beloo. Thinking of each one as a soul connection certainly changes one's view of the relationship.

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  26. Loved the Mother Theresa Quote! It's true at the end it's just between you and God that really matters... And loved what you said when each of your relationships has taught you something...Not everyone really does that!

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    1. Thanks Danny. I think as we grow older, and we look back on our life, we start to see how things fit together and how relationships shape our path.

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  27. Oh, I love this. <3 There are so many different reasons that people come in and out of our lives. Thanks for the reminder. :) And for stopping by my blog! <3
    Where Legends Begin

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  28. Some relationships are indeed inexplicably deep. There is no way to explain why you feel so much ONE with someone you've just met, or never met physically at all. It is fascinating really.

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    1. From a physical perspective it is fascinating, but I think from a soul perspective it is probably very natural. Thanks Dagny.

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  29. Your writing is lovely. Thank you. I think of relationships as the gift of the moment. Some moments may last a long time, others are very brief, all have a purpose and come from God. Love the quote from Mother Theresa.

    Visiting from A to Z Challenge Drusilla

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    1. Thanks Drusilla. Love the way you think of relationships as gifts. I love that.

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  30. Beautiful, and nicely written! All so true.

    Thanks for sharing that food for thought... have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thanks Teresa. Glad you liked it. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

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  31. Relationships come and go. Few stick around for our whole lifetimes. Those that do are rare and extra special. ♥

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  32. I agree with Glenda about your writing having a lyrical quality that is so soothing to read even when you're not writing poetry. Also your spiritual thoughts always leave me with something to think about and give me a peaceful feeling. I like thinking that all our relationships are for a reason and not just arbitrary. It makes me feel there is more to this life than just the mundane day-to-day actions that we do again and again. It means so much more than that. Thanks for the reminder. Always enjoy your blog and its gentle wisdom.

    http://cattitudeandgratitude.blogspot.ca/2014/04/r-is-for-reclusive-romance.html

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    1. I mean "I always enjoy your blog" Sounds like I'm telling you to enjoy your blog. Heheh! It's 6am and I'm sipping my first coffee. Please excuse me! ;)

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  33. Each relationship brings with it a lesson :)-- love the voice and spirit of this post!

    Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2014, My Latest post

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