Wednesday, April 6, 2016

E for ... #AtoZChallenge2016


Some days back when I was placing an order for Pizza, they told me that an offer is going on and I’ll be getting two Pizzas instead of one for the same price. Awe! What a happy thing to get something extra without much effort.

Who doesn’t like to a little bit of something extra in life? An extra off day, extra discount, extra chocolates, or just an extra hour of sleep. Anything much more than the usual are happy news for all of us. 

Then why not an extra effort to listen, to talk, to care, to sympathize, to empathize, to be kind or just to be good? The world definitely needs all this. We keep hearing stories about people ending up their life. Students, teenagers, celebrities, successful people, mothers, wives, entrepreneurs, and who not. Here in my locality, in the last one year more than five entrepreneurs committed suicide when they started seeing a downfall in their business. Three teenagers took their own life because they couldn’t handle the exam pressure. And recently a celebrity too. Why?

Is that because when the world is so advanced we don’t have a solution for certain problems? Or quitting is much easier than finding out solutions? Every nook and corner we got professionals to help us, we got thousands of friends in our network just a buzz away, hundreds of friends in our Whatsapp just a “Hey” away, close knit ones in our groups and family just around us. We share and tag and check in every small detail that’s happening in our life. When we eat out, we check in that. When we buy a new dress, a selfie is mandatory. When we are bored, even that is declared to the world. Then when hesitate when we really need help. Why withdraw when we are in need of that extra love in life?

We living beings need constant assurance from our loved ones that we are loved, cared and looked after. We need that extra hug at times. We need to have that extra time with someone we are comfortable with at some point of our life. I believe this world and the people around us are willing to give us that, if and only if we reach out. Only if we take that extra step to talk about our inner turmoil. 

No one is free of problems. But there’s always a solution for that, but that’s not giving up.
Reach out. That stranger who’s sitting next to you in the metro may have that extra bit of goodness, smile, care and ears to listen to you and give you comfort when you seriously need it. 

And to that stranger, maybe you can offer the extra comfort he/she needs. Be ready to give out and reach out when in need. 


  1. Beautiful words and thoughts Sheetal. We need to reach out for that extra bit of love that we need or dole it out to those in need. Annd yes, I love the extra topping on my pizza!
    @KalaRavi16 from

  2. Sheethal, that's so true. We share our joys and achievements more easily than we reach out to ask for help. Having friends and family or even just one person that you can talk to makes such a difference. I love how you end the post. It's more about giving of your time generously - you never know how you might help. :)

  3. What a beautiful philosophy.

  4. I agree, every problem has a solution ... all we need to do is find it, take a decision and stand by it no matter what. Life never promised to be all happy and glamorous. Ups and downs are part of it. Love your thoughts.

    A Whimsical Medley
    Twinkle Eyed Traveller

  5. Nice take on Extra Sheetal. Yes all of like a little bit extra of everything good and would be a good idea to Give extra rather than always look to receive extra :)

  6. Very true Sheetal. You are doling out some deep wisdoms. Great.

  7. Thanks for reminding us that it doesn't take much to go the extra mile and make a huge difference.

  8. This blog post is the best you've written in this series! We all love receiving extra goodies, but never giving them ~ how true a statement!
    Cheers, Sheethal!

  9. I so loved this, Sheethal. I thought about a very dear person as I read this!

  10. J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge - where I am part of Arlee Bird's A to Z Ambassador Team.
    April is here and I'm excited about it. Best of luck to us both on meeting our goals of posting and hopping to other blogs.
    My blog has a giveaway. There's a bonus a to z challenge each day to encourage people to visit more stops.

    You make an excellent point. I try to reach out extra in April by visiting more blogs than usual. I also added a "share of the day" to my blog to raise awareness for some people who have been good to me and/or my friends.

  11. Wonderful!!! u started with Pizza and ended with such profound philosophy!!! Too good!!!

  12. Just wow! So true that in the race of getting ahead of each other just to earn something extra, we have left ourselves behind. We often do not realize that we also need some extra care at times.

    Nibha @ Expressions

  13. Lovely lovely thoughts... If I am in need of extra love, I am too hesitant to ask. But giving, that is not an issue :)