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If you want to feel empowered and discover your purpose, then let go of the events and people that have hurt you in your past and don’t let them continue to impact your actions going forward, which will only end up hurting your future dreams and the people who sincerely do care about you and want you around. But the decision is yours and yours alone to make. Nobody can do that for you but you. And when you make the right decision for yourself, it’ll change your behaviors, actions, and build the one thing that is vital to all success and joy in life, consistent action. ⠀
Why is that important? Because when you can be consistent, then you are someone that has faith that a bad day or old memory won’t take away from the good that is coming your way. All you got to do is decide to move forward. Trust me, you have whatever it takes to bring change into your life :)
~ Inder

Don’t live with the pain of regret because of the pain of rejection from others.

Most people doubt themselves because when they thought about doing something great in their lives, somebody close to them didn’t believe or think they had it in them to achieve that great thing. Or, maybe there just wasn’t anyone around that supported them when they needed the support. So many of us debilitate ourselves from the opinions or lack of support from those around us.

But you can’t let your ideas and dreams just sit there and collect dust. You have to understand that whatever dream you have in your heart, it was placed there for a reason from the moment you were born. Shake it off and make a mental and physical commitment to going after what you want without any expectation or need for approval.

If you do that, you’ll be amazed how quickly the right people will come into your life, and how quickly things can turn around in your favor. Don’t wait for anyone’s approval, and be okay with making mistakes, because mistakes will happen. Trust me, I know from experience :) All you got to do is just move in the direction of what it is you want and believe in your own purpose in life. That’s it, there is no secret formula, no need to have everything perfectly in place or completely figured out--none of that. The only thing you need to do is just start moving in the direction of your dreams and don’t wait for anyone’s approval. You got this!

inder singh

“The one who sees the Divine Light within each and every heart understands the Essence of Guru's teachings.” 📷: @22gstudios 🙏🏽

"Oh my Master, I am just a child who seeks your sanctuary." ਮੇਰੇ ਠਾਕੁਰ ਹਮ ਬਾਰਿਕ ਸਰਣਿ ਤੁਮਾਰੇ।। •beautiful artwork by @immersedinyou 🙏🏽

“you are the pool, and you are the soul-swan. you are the lotus flower of the day and you are the water-lily of the night. you yourself behold them, and blossom forth in bliss.”
~ SGGS, 23
📷: @nirmalbir_clicks 🙏🏽

"what shall i say? unto whom shall i speak? whatever i have to say, i say it to god. everything which exists was created by you. you are my hope, forever and ever. if you bestow greatness, then it is your greatness; here and hereafter, i meditate on you. god of nanak is forever the provider of peace; your name is my only strength." (SGGS, 382)
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Lost in history, this was ‘The Akalis’ Tower (Baba Atal’s tower) and painted by William Carpenter, 1854. This painting shows the tower that was part of a gurdwara built to commemorate Baba Atal Rai, the son of the Sikh Guru Hargobind Sahib, who died in his ninth year in 1628. The gurdwara no longer exists, and Carpenter’s drawing provides an invaluable record of what it looked like.
The tower is south of the Harmandir Sahib, or Golden Temple. ~ Victoria and Albert Museum, London

“Do not be so proud, and do not laugh at the poor . Your boat is still out at sea, who knows what will happen?” - Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
(there’s so much realization in this phrase from sri guru granth sahib. it’s the truth that nobody has final say or control over their lives; that to hurt others, physically or mentally, to lie and cheat, to talk down others and get joy about their misfortunes in order to make one’s self feel superior and significant, is laying the karma down on our own lives that is paid in full, and often in this life. there’s is no real control, we are all in waheguru’s hands and waheguru is our only source of protection. after all, who’s to protect you if not the creator of the entire universe? put your faith in god’s hands and live a life of good deeds and treating others with love and respect. ~ inder 🧡)

"The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes." ~ Joybell C.
📷: @poeticsinghphotography

totally in love with these beautiful watercolor hand drawings by @deepakrajiana 🙌🏽 you can literally feel the life energy of each person coming out of them. amazing 🧡🙏🏽

“In this world, the true Guru is the ocean of peace; there is no other place to rest and have peace. The world is afflicted with the painful disease of egotism; dying, it cries out in pain, only to be reborn. O mind, serve the true Guru and obtain peace. If you serve the true Guru, you shall find peace. Otherwise, you shall depart after wasting away your life in vain (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 603).” ~ beautiful capture by @gurtejsinghphotography 🙏🏽

"As our Granddad neared the end of his life we told our Father “even though people say only a male can perform one’s last rites, we will carry Baba’s casket and stand with you to greet the guests as they honor his life”. Our parents supported us – as they always have. When the day came, rather unexpectedly we were asked to walk behind the casket instead of carrying it. We were stunned and speechless.
What followed was a landslide of anger and hurt. It wasn’t the men in the family who laid awake with him countless nights at the hospital when he was in pain; who fed him and administered his medication; who slept with a baby monitor in order to monitor his breathing and cries at night; who sat next to him to hear the old folks tales he told so beautifully, and who finally held him during his last breath and told him “don’t be scared Baba, we are with you". It was us - his three granddaughters - fiercely loving him until the very end. Even this picture is of him in his hospital bed which we had transformed for a final photo shoot.
So why did the funeral assistant think it was acceptable to ask this of us? Comments like these set the entire community back. My sisters and I hope one day every South Asian will think twice before making a comment like that out of fear of being ridiculed and shamed.
Our Baba meant the world to us and no gender biased tradition stopped us from carrying him out of this world with our own two hands. We will cherish that moment forever. By sharing our story we hope that young women feel empowered to break sexist traditions. It might only take one person to say ‘no you can’t,’ but it also only takes one person to start a movement by saying ‘yes I will!’
We hope our story can provide support for other families without boys. Male-centric traditions and customs are just one way of trying to show women that they are nothing without men, but we know first hand that just isn't true - we hope that this picture and this story proves that." - Neetu Garcha, Canada” via @pinkladoo 🙏🏽🌺

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