In my first blog for Sand and Stone, I wrote about how much I love Buddha – his look and outlook. Hotai is my favorite. He travels all the time, rub his belly and he will be happy to be of help. Lori Deschene is the author of Tiny Buddha, a beautiful compilation of lessons in all dimensions of life – physical, mental and spiritual. I draw the inspiration of my blog entry for today from Lori and also Marc and Angel from Stumble Upon.

For a change, I post a collage of pictures with thought-provoking questions on points to ponder on about how our lives have been so far, how far we have achieved in terms of how we are towards others and ourselves. We all live in “timed” lives, truth to the adage that in each day that we live and breathe, it indeed pays to render our best, as morbid as it sounds, as if it were out last.
Are you holding on to something that you need to let go off?
Tiny Buddha’s Lori Deschene said it well – “Most of us are really good at finding reasons to wait. We want to call good friends we miss because we assume we will have plenty of time. We wait to tell people how we really feel because we hope it will someday feel safer. We wait to apologize for the things we have done because we feel too stubborn or ashamed to admit fault. If we are not careful, we can spend our whole lives making excuses, holding off until a better time, only to eventually realize that time never came.”
Who do you love? What are you doing about it?
Here are pictures of reflections of seemingly common things that matter in our lives we seem to procrastinate upon, hoping for a “better” time to think about its answers – but if not now, then when?

Have you done anything lately worth remembering?
What makes you smile?

Do you celebrate the things you have?
When was the last time you tried something new?
Do you think crying is a sign of  weakness or strength?

When you are their age, what will matter most?

Do you ask enough questions? Or do you settle for what you know?