Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Book:Goals...The 10 Rules for Achieving Success

Hi Good day!
Remember my earlier post about Goal setting & Mind power?
http://nav-justanyrandomtopic.blogspot.com/2009/10/mind-power.html
http://nav-justanyrandomtopic.blogspot.com/2009/10/forgotten-your-dreams.html

Last post I was mentioning, intention fulfillment. I have managed to fulfill or more than 50%, 4 out of 20goals using these methods.

Read this short introduction to a book on Sale by Simpletruths & thought about sharing it with you.

Dear Nilima,

If you were to ask the experts to select the #1 key to success, most would say...clearly defined goals. Because without goals your dreams have no chance to become a reality.

Gary Ryan Blair is one of the nation's top authors on the topic of goals. For the last 20 years, his 14 books and training materials on goals have been used by more than 80,000 organizations and 4,000,000 employees world-wide. He teaches that your life will not go according to plan if you don't have a plan.

Our new book with Gary, Goals - The 10 Rules for Achieving Success, is one of the most important books we've published at Simple Truths. Why...because it is about one of the most important topics. It's loaded with nuggets of wisdom and "a-ha" moments that will bring the power of goals into focus; and it has the potential to change your life.

Today, I'd like to share Gary's introduction to Goals. Enjoy!

Excerpt from:
Goals...The 10 Rules for Achieving Success,
by Gary Ryan Blair

On everyone's short list of things to do during their lifetime are the accomplishment of worthy goals and the fulfillment of one's purpose.

Achieving a goal is like opening a combination lock. You need the correct numbers in the correct right, left, right sequence. There are thousands of possible combinations; and if you are aware of the settings but not the sequence, your efforts will prove futile.

The Ten Rules of Goal Setting is the combination that opens the lock of success. Each rule is one piece of the combination; each seamlessly integrates with the other nine; each one counts!

This book provides the goal setting information you need in a straightforward and systematic manner. You will be hard pressed to find a goal that does not require each of these ten rules.

Not all goals are equal, but all goals contain the same foundational elements. When it comes to setting goals, we often don't know what we don't know. And, what you don't know can - and most likely will - hurt you by limiting or compromising your success. Each rule calls for and requires know-how of multiple disciplines. No one is born with all the talents to achieve a goal - you learn as you go on the fly!

If I could carve ten rules for achieving a goal into the walls of your mind, they would be the ones contained in this book. The ten rules work because they are simple, and they are simple because they work.

Success, of course, is individual. Your definition of "the good life" may be very different from mine. Yet the underlying steps toward that end are the same. That similarity helps you to understand what success really is.

Success is the ability,
first
, to recognize opportunity;
second, to form plans and strategies that leverage opportunity; and,
third
, to develop the necessary skills needed to execute those strategies.
The ten rules, like anything else in life, operate best if they are self-enforced!

Success is beautiful because of how it looks to you, how it works, how it feels and how it represents the fulfillment of goals pursued.

Grow accustomed to prosperity and confident in the process of achieving a goal. Embrace these ten rules of goal setting and give witness to a powerful transition in your life.

And finally, my goal for this book is to simply...help you reach yours.
(Gary Ryan Blair)

Mine too :). Same sweet. :D

What do you say??? ;)

What are your new year resolutions?


Bye.take care. Let me know your list.

Incidents 2-Your take on this?

Hi Good day Everyone!
How was the Long-extended celebration weekend? :) I had planned lot of things for this & it all worked out Just great. Did a lot of stuff which at end-of-day made me feel: Wow, I am Living Life to the fullest & helping/motivating others too to do the same. Fulfilling! :)

I came across 2 incidents which led me to spontaneously act. Dont want to brag, but want to know what do you do in such incidents?

I and my mom were passing a locality where we crossed a lady whose dupatta was literally sweeping the street & she had both her hands full with vegetable filled bags. I told her about the dupatta, but she said 'As you can see, I cant help it.'. I offered to help & placed her dupatta on her shoulders so that she could manage it till she got home.
Here the feeling to help & execution was instant. But also the point to note is the ability to ask or take help. Generally people just thank the person & dont take help when offered. Is that RIGHT to do all time?

Again mom & me were shopping in a vegetable market. Mom was busy buying the vegetables, I was observing people & the market scene. Just then a lady with slightly high heels carrying a 7-8month old baby walked by & her feet got entangled in a string. Crash she went flat on the street, baby,bags all flying & crashing on the street. I tried running & catching the baby but its head hit the concrete & it started wailing loudly. The lady must have hurt herself coz she couldn't get up for a few minutes. She had a few ladies with her who came to help, but even they were clueless about what to do. The lady got up, mom & me asked her to sit down, but she insisted she was fine & again wanted to carry the crying baby all by herself.

This is the opposite reaction to help I got. Sometimes when someone is offering help & advising, why not listen? It wouldn't hurt, instead it might help :)

Exciting, knowledge gaining,productive, intention fulfillment weekend it has been for me. What about you?

Would love to hear about your incidents too.

Waiting for your reaction/opinions/comments :)

Bye.Take care. Have a great week ahead!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Comfort Zone!!!

Hi good day PPL !!!

How is LIFE? :)
For me gr8, action packed. This entire month has been & the next too adrenaline pumping one.

I am taking efforts to make it so. Thought, now enough of sitting back & doing the same old stuff.

Lets just shake-off the laziness, boredom & do something exciting & make Life interesting.

Will be writting a post about my trip to Nashik last weekend & 1 more after 1st jan about my trek to Raigad on new years eve :). Aint my Life thrilling ? ;)

Came across this picture-mail from my archieved mails. Relates to all of us- COMFORT ZONE!



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What say? :) Change!!!

bye.TC.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Short Story-3,900 Saturdays...!

Hi good day ppl! :D

WEEKEND is here!!! Read this story from the newsletter of Simple Truths- about the weekends in one's life. A great read, got me thinking & I am going to try out the method they have mentioned in this.

Read on, sorry its a long one, hope my friends who suggest I shorten my writings will try to read till end or at least in parts. :) ;)

3,900 Saturdays from the book Charging the Human Battery.

Dear Nilima,

Not long ago, I received a letter from one of our customers. She said, "Mac, I love getting your newsletter and had to send you this beautiful story. I don't know who wrote it, but I hope you can find a way to share it with your customers."

I did love it, and thought it would be a great ending to my book titled, Charging the Human Battery. It's called: 3,900 Saturdays.

The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday morning. Perhaps it's the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it's the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.

A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the garage with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it:

I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the band on my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net. Along the way, I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. You know the kind; he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business. He was telling whomever he was talking with something about "a thousand marbles." I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say.

"Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job. I'm sure they pay you well but it's a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. It's too bad you missed your daughter's dance recital," he continued; "Let me tell you something that has helped me keep my own priorities." And that's when he began to explain his theory of a "thousand marbles."

"You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years.

Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3,900, which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime. Now, stick with me, Tom, I'm getting to the important part.

It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail," he went on, "and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy. So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round up 1,000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear.

Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life.

There's nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight.

Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure that if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time.

It was nice to meet you Tom. I hope you spend more time with your family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band. This is a 75 year old man, K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!"

You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on the antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter.

Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. "C'mon honey, I'm taking you and the kids to breakfast."

"What brought this on?" she asked with a smile.

"Oh, nothing special, it's just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. And hey, can we stop at a toy store while we're out? I need to buy some marbles."

What I love about stories is that they can speak to our soul. This is only one of many great stories in my book, Charging the Human Battery...50 Ways to Motivate Yourself.

Sometimes, our greatest challenge is getting inside our own heads to determine...what makes us tick? (lovely statement isnt it)That's what this book is all about!

:) So how are you going to spend your this Weekend?

I am spending it learning music, spending time at home & relaxing.

Let me know how you spent, sorry UTILISED yours :) :D

Bye.take care. Have a grand time!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Music-What a feeling!

Hi good day!
How are you all? Anything new & exciting you have done or tried? I am doing lot of interesting things these days. Will let you all know about them soon(once I get to know how they work out) :).

Have you heard this song: What a feeling! by Irene Cara

It can sound like lot of shouting & banging to people not so enthu about English music. But its worth a listen ;)

Have liked this & 'easy like sunday morning' since long time.

Here are the lyrics for:
What a Feeling! by Irene Cara

First when there's nothing
but a slow glowing dream
that your fear seems to hide
deep inside your mind.

All alone I have cried
silent tears full of pride
in a world made of steel,
made of stone.

Well, I hear the music,
close my eyes, feel the rhythm,
wrap around, take a hold
of my heart.

What a feeling.
Bein's believin'.


I can have it all, now I'm dancing for my life.
Take your passion
and make it happen.


Pictures come alive, you can dance right through your life.
Now I hear the music,
close my eyes, I am rhythm.
In a flash it takes hold
of my heart.

What a feeling.
Bein's believin'.
I can have it all, now I'm dancing for my life.
Take your passion
and make it happen.
Pictures come alive, now I'm dancing through my life.
What a feeling.

What a feeling I AM MUSIC NOW
Bein's believin'. I AM RHYTHM NOW

Pictures come alive, you can dance right through your life.
What a feeling. YOU CAN REALLY HAVE IT ALL
What a feeling. PICTURES COME ALIVE WHEN I CALL
I can have it all I CAN REALLY HAVE IT ALL

Have it all PICTURES COME ALIVE WHEN I CALL
CALL CALL CALL CALL WHAT A FEELING

I can have it all BEIN'S BELIEVIN
Bein's believin' TAKE YOUR PASSION
MAKE IT HAPPEN

make it happen WHAT A FEELING
what a feeling BEIN'S BELIEVIN' (fade)


:) you can Have it ALL!
Being it, is believing it!

Carpe Diem! Seize the day & have it ALL!

Let me know about your live & its exciting things.

Till then bye.tc

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Music-Khavab ko Raag de,Neend ko aag de!

Hi good day!
Have heard this song many times few weeks ago. Didnt catch the lyrics that time, but the tune was catchy & hum-able & kept going in loop in my head the day throughout.

Today while returning from work heard it again & the lyrics sort of ignited a spark.

Describes beautifully what passion is, about following your dreams. What dreams are not. What should passion give you.

Read each line of the lyrics. Listen to the song here:
http://www.in.com/music/track-khwab-jo-383597.html

Khavab ko Raag de from movie London Dreams

Lyricist(s): Prasoon Joshi
Music Director(s):
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Singer(s): Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shankar Mahadevan

Jo tujhe jagaaye, nindein teri udaaye khwaab hai sachcha wahi
nindon mein jo aaye jise to bhul jaaye khawab woh sachcha nahi
khwaab ko raag de, nind ko aag de o o o

angaaron ko jagaaye, koyalo sa jo gaaye, khwaab hai sachcha wohi
leharein jo uthaaye -2 paaniyo ko hilaaye, khwaab hai sachcha wohi
khwaab ko raag de, nind ko aag de o o o

manjilon pe tyuahaar hai, lekin woh haar hai
kya khusi apano ke bin
hai adhuri har jeet bhi, sargam sangeet bhi
adhura hai apano ke bin

khaabon ke baadal chhaane do lekin
rishton ki lau ko bachaake barasana

kehati hai hawaayein chum le gagan ko
pankho ko khol tu chhod na tarasna
khwaab ko raag de, nind ko aag de o o o
na na na na na ra ra ra ra ra
la ra ra la la la ra ra

khwaab ko raag de, nind ko aag de o o o
khwaab ko khaab ko raag de, nind ko aag de, aag de o o o
live your live your live you, london dreams - (4)


Lovely!
This is going to my Song that describes me for sometime ;)

Bye.Tc.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Work & Enjoy !

Helloz Good dayz :D !
How are you all? Gr8, relaxing weekend? Yes? Good.

Ready to work the coming week?

I am. :)

Like I said in last post after a lot of conversations with certain of my friends, was able to come up with the question: Do I still enjoy my work?
Ya, I enjoy my WORK.
In fact I term it as my hobby & I am getting paid for it ;).

But lately this question is bugging me. Today had a gr8 brainstorming session with my meditation teacher about Life, goals, dreams, achievements, strategy, outlook/vision & most importantly WORK.

We discussed how we earlier used to take up each day as it came, give it the most & feeling glad, grateful, satisfied at the end of it. Now-a-days we work as if we gave taken a whinning pill & keep complaining,worrying, getting irritated about most things in a day & feeling tired,stressed out, disoriented, depressed at the end of it.

Why is this happening? Because we have lost THE PRESENT.

This old long archived mail for the Blog gave more insight to this:

You never have to choose between work and enjoyment. You can do both.

You can choose to do work that you enjoy. You can also choose to enjoy whatever work you do.

The work you do enables you to create value. The work you do while enjoying yourself enables you to create immense and highly meaningful value.

There is a reason why you have chosen to do the work you do. Explore that reason, connect it with your deepest purpose, and you'll find a way to enjoy whatever the task may be.

One of your most persistent driving desires is to make a difference. Enjoy the fact that you have the opportunity to work at things that will indeed make a difference.

Work with enjoyment and gratitude. Not only will your work bring rewards, you'll also find that your work is itself a great reward.

-- Ralph Marston

:) Find the reason: why you have chosen to do the work you do?
If you dont have a reason, then do something about it.

I have mine & going to work towards it, so that I ENJOY MY WORK :) ;)

Have a gr8, enjoyable, successful, productive, satisfying week AHEAD & you have GR8 WORK to do.

bye bye. take care. :)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Right to Lead !

Hi Good day!

To Lead or not to Lead,is the dilemma more prominent in my thoughts this week.
It has been since a long time now, but this week was trying to find a final solution.

Got it half-way, some peace & understanding due to talks with a couple of people I rely on.

Also reading this Simple truths newsletter excerpts from the Book:
The Right to Lead,by John Maxwell
has given a insight.

Would like to highlight 80% of the lines in this excerpt.

If your facing a similar mental block, read this:

Excerpt from The Right to Lead,by John Maxwell

WHAT GIVES A MAN OR WOMAN THE RIGHT TO LEAD?

It certainly isn't gained by election or appointment. Having position, title, rank, or degrees doesn't qualify anyone to lead other people. And the ability doesn't come automatically from age or experience, either. No, it would be accurate to say that no one can be given the right to lead. The right to lead can only be earned. And that takes time.

The Kind of Leader Others Want to Follow

The key to becoming an effective leader is not to focus on making other people follow, but on making yourself the kind of person they want to follow. You must become someone others can trust to take them where they want to go. As you prepare yourself to become a better leader, use the following guidelines to help you grow:

1. Let go of your ego.

The truly great leaders are not in leadership for personal gain. They lead in order to serve other people. Perhaps that is why Lawrence D. Bell remarked, "Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things, and I'll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things."

2. Become a good follower first.

Rare is the effective leader who didn't learn to become a good follower first. That is why a leadership institution such as the United States Military Academy teaches its officers to become effective followers first - and why West Point has produced more leaders than the Harvard Business School.

3. Build positive relationships.

Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less. That means it is by nature relational. Today's generation of leaders seem particularly aware of this because title and position mean so little to them. They know intuitively that people go along with people they get along with.

4. Work with excellence.

No one respects and follows mediocrity. Leaders who earn the right to lead give their all to what they do. They bring into play not only their skills and talents, but also great passion and hard work. They perform on the highest level of which they are capable.

5. Rely on discipline, not emotion.

Leadership is often easy during the good times. It's when everything seems to be against you - when you're out of energy, and you don't want to lead - that you earn your place as a leader. During every season of life, leaders face crucial moments when they must choose between gearing up or giving up. To make it through those times, rely on the rock of discipline, not the shifting sand of emotion.

6. Make adding value your goal.

When you look at the leaders whose names are revered long after they have finished leading, you find that they were men and women who helped people to live better lives and reach their potential. That is the highest calling of leadership - and its highest value.

7. Give your power away.

One of the ironies of leadership is that you become a better leader by sharing whatever power you have, not by saving it all for yourself. You're meant to be a river, not a reservoir. If you use your power to empower others, your leadership will extend far beyond your grasp.

In The Right to Lead, you will hear from and read about people who have done these same things and earned the right to lead others. Because of the courage they found and the character they displayed, other people recognized their admirable qualities and felt compelled to follow them.

The followers who looked to these leaders learned from them, and so can we. As you explore their worlds and words, remember that it takes time to become worthy of followers. Leadership isn't learned or earned in a moment.

~John Maxwell

So when the going gets Tough, the Tough gets going :)

Let me know how do you work on the concept of Leading !

Would like to know your tips too.

Till then bye. Tc. All the Best !

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Incidents-Your take on this?

Hi good day!

This week in the rush to reach on time for work + the road blocks due to construction of monorail, are getting me more late. Yesterday reached the fast train platform at a run.

Witnessed this incident & got me thinking was there any other way I should have reacted?

Read on & let me know:

Fortunately the train was still to come, but saw a train stop at the opposite platform. A boy of about 12-13 wearing a municipality school uniform & bag, with a bandage on his foot, jump out of the train on the tracks. He jumped the nala/drainage gutter, crossed the other tracks & tried to climb the high wall onto the platform I was standing & stand right in front of me inspecting his bandaged foot.

I scolded him for not using the foot-over bridge. Told him 'You are hurt & still you jump across tracks, why cant you use the bridge. Its dangerous.'.

To that he replied, 'No didi, I am not hurt & if I cross the bridge the TC will catch me'. He hurried away to the next platform.

I was speechless + shocked.

Felt like calling back the boy & handing him some money to buy a ticket.

But then today after seeing some boys wearing the similar municipality uniform selling books,stickers in the ladies compartment & thought this is their daily schedule & mode of working.

So sometimes you feel sorry for such people & try to help. But then soon you realize, they either dont feel gratitude or they swindle you making you feel worse.

What do you do in such situations?

Let me know.

Bye.Tc.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Look Within !

Hi good day ppl!

Had a gr8 weekend?

I had one :). Did some of my pending tasks. One of them was start my reading habit & picked up once again 'The Zahir' by Paulo Coelho. It had the same effect, got me working on my pending tasks & understanding myself better.

This mail fwd-ed by my sis again was related & funny.

A short story, Read it:

A man feared his wife wasn’t hearing well as she used to and he thought she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach her, he called his family doctor to discuss the problem. The doctor told him there is a simple, informal test; which he could perform and give them a better idea about her hearing loss.

“Here’s what you do,” said the doctor, “stand about 40 feet away from her, and in a normal conversational speaking tone, see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response.”

That evening, when his wife was in the kitchen, cooking dinner, he was in the drawing room, standing about 40 feet away from her.

“Honey, what’s for dinner?”, he asked in a normal tone. No response! So he moved closer to the kitchen, about 30 feet from his wife and repeated “Honey, what’s for dinner?” Still there was no response. Next, he moved into the dining room where he was placed about 20 feet from his wife and asked the same question. Still further, he didn’t get his awaited response. He now walked upto the kitchen door which was another 10 feet away and asked “Honey, what’s for dinner?” Again no response! So he walks up and whispers behind her “Honey, what’s for dinner?” “Steve, for the fifth time I’ve said, “Chicken”. “Do you have some hearing problem?”


Sometimes, the problem may not be with the other person as we always think; it could be within us. Let’s look within ourselves before we find fault with others.

Need a magnifying glass now? :) :D

Have a gr8, successful, productive, satisfying week ahead !!!

Bye.Tc.

Friday, November 6, 2009

What do you FOCUS on ?

Hi Good day ppl !
A great unexpected, exciting, action-packed week it has been for me. So today I'll be updating you all in short about it & my thoughts on it.

Made a trip to elephanta caves.Want to write a travel post about it, but didnt get to visit the caves so no feel no point writing, will add in when I actually visit the entire spot.

Went to visit a dear friend of ours who delivered a baby boy last week. He is one cuddly,pink,sleepy bundle of joy like his mom :). But again I have been noticing that I am surrounded by kids & babies everyday. Everyday a baby/kid catches my attention due to their presence & innocence, its sort of reminder for me 'Wake up, Sid!' there is 1life,Enjoy.... why so grumpy all the time ;)

All kinds of surprising news/events happening which makes you feel 'LIFE IS GOOD!!!'. Again like they say it depends on your FOCUS. I am enjoying all different kinds of emotions from anger to fear to extreme happiness to gratitude to calmness,..... some of which are unexpected & with some understanding getting to know their root causes. My mom, dear colleagues are all good sounding boards in this understanding :). Thanks all of you.

So today will spare you the copy-paste of Stories from Simple Truths books on sale, but copy-pasting 2 mails I received since yesterday.

GOOD THOUGHTS in both of them:

I told GOD: Let all my friends be healthy and happy forever...!

GOD said: But for 4 days only....!

I said: Yes, let them be a Spring Day, Summer Day, Autumn Day, and Winter Day.

GOD said: 3 days.

I said: Yes, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

GOD said: No, 2 days!

I said: Yes, a Bright Day (Daytime) and Dark Day (Night-time).

GOD said: No, just 1 day!

I said: Yes!

GOD asked: Which day?

I said: Every Day in the living years of all my friends!

GOD laughed, and said: All your friends will be healthy and happy Every Day!

******************************************


Concentrate on this Sentence

'To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.'

When God takes something from your grasp, He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better.

Concentrate on this sentence...
'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you'

Something good will happen to you today; something that you have been waiting to hear.

This is not a joke; someone will call you by phone or will speak to you about something that you were waiting to hear. Do not break!
*******************************************************
This is one of those chain mails I so dislike receiving. But my sis forwarded warning me to ignore the unnecessary part & check out the quotes.

:) Have a great, relaxing, successful weekend. May all the activities you desire to accomplish during the weekend be Productive, successful & satisfying. ;) :)


Till next time. Bye.Tc.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Story:The Golden rule of Live

Hi good day people,
Now-a-days I am always at extremes of things. Laughing too much, depressed too much, feeling glad too much(if there is such a phrase), angry too much, mad at something/someone, in a hurry to do things in the fastest way, getting ready for work in at a snails pace ;) ......

Came across another beautiful story from the book The Power of Attitude, called 'Rule #1...It's Golden' sent through the newsletter from Simple Truths.

Beautiful story:
Rule #1...It's Golden

I grew up in Trenton, a west Tennessee town of five thousand people. I have wonderful memories of those first eighteen years, and many people in Trenton influenced my life in very positive ways. My football coach, Walter Kilzer, taught me the importance of hard work, discipline, and believing in myself. My history teacher, Fred Culp, is still the funniest person I've ever met. He taught me that a sense of humor, and especially laughing at yourself, can be one of life's greatest blessings.

But my father was my hero. He taught me many things, but at the top of the list, he taught me to treat people with love and respect...to live the Golden Rule. I remember one particular instance of him teaching this "life lesson" as if it were yesterday. Dad owned a furniture store, and I used to dust the furniture every Wednesday after school to earn my allowance. One afternoon I observed my Dad talking to all the customers as they came in...the hardware store owner, the banker, a farmer, a doctor. At the end of the day, just as Dad was closing, the garbage collector came in.

I was ready to go home, and I thought that surely Dad wouldn't spend too much time with him. But I was wrong. Dad greeted him at the door with a big hug and talked with him about his wife and son who had been in a car accident the month before. He empathized, he asked questions, he listened, and he listened some more. I kept looking at the clock, and when the man finally left, I asked, "Dad, why did you spend so much time with him? He's just the garbage collector." Dad then looked at me, locked the front door to the store, and said, "Son, let's talk."

He said, "I'm your father and I tell you lots of stuff as all fathers should, but if you remember nothing else I ever tell you, remember this...treat every human being just the way that you would want to be treated." He said, "I know this is not the first time you've heard it, but I want to make sure it's the first time you truly understand it, because if you had understood, you would never have said what you said." We sat there and talked for another hour about the meaning and the power of the Golden Rule. Dad said, "If you live the Golden Rule everything else in life will usually work itself out, but if you don't, your life probably will be very unhappy and without meaning."

I recently heard someone say, "If you teach your child the Golden Rule, you will have left them an estate of incalculable value." Truer words were never spoken.

What you just read is one of 28 short chapters in The Power of Attitude. It was titled: "Rule #1...It's Golden."

If you're a fan of Simple Truths, you probably know by now that I love to communicate through stories; stories that can speak to our hearts and bring ideas to life. The Power of Attitude is loaded with great stories that can give you a shot of inspiration when you need it most.

:) Love for everyone.God bless.

Bye.take care !

Monday, October 26, 2009

Story: Unforgettable Story

Hi Good day!
Came across 2 instances today about a person relying on others to tell them their own worth.

One was my friend who thought, she got the job by luck instead of she deserved it.

Next was my sister who was in the dumps & couldn't write a test she was well prepared for coz one of the professors gave the class a scathing lecture about how ungrateful a few of them were towards their studies,parents,teachers...

I am going to be spouting quotes here now:

If you dont think you are worth it, how will the Universe know what to give you.
Loreal products have a perfect punch line for this: Because I am worth it ! :)

No one can insult or hurt you without your permission.- Gandhiji

A favourite quote from a school orientations session:
I am Me and I am good, Coz God makes no Junk!

Had added this in the first few blogposts:
http://nav-justanyrandomtopic.blogspot.com/2008/05/some-short-stories.html

So since no 1 can tell you that you are Bad, nor can anyone tell you what you can achieve? how high can you reach?

Here is a short story from a book Simple Truths has on sale:

Unforgettable Story

The nest of young eagles hung on every word as the Master Eagle described his exploits. This was an important day for the eaglets. They were preparing for their first solo flight from the nest. It was the confidence builder many of them needed to fulfill their destiny.

"How far can I travel?" asked one of the eaglets.
"How far can you see?" responded the Master Eagle.
"How high can I fly?" quizzed the young eaglet.
"How far can you stretch your wings?" asked the old eagle.
"How long can I fly?" the eaglet persisted.
"How far is the horizon?" the mentor rebounded.
"How much should I dream?" asked the eaglet.
"How much can you dream?" smiled the older, wiser eagle.
"How much can I achieve?" the young eagle continued.
"How much can you believe?" the old eagle challenged.

Frustrated by the banter, the young eagle demanded, "Why don't you answer my questions?"
"I did."
"Yes. But you answered them with questions."

"I answered them the best I could."
"But you're the Master Eagle. You're supposed to know everything. If you can't answer these questions, who can?"
"You." The old wise eagle reassured.
"Me? How?" the young eagle was confused.
"No one can tell you how high to fly or how much to dream. It's different for each eagle. Only God and you know how far you'll go. No one on this earth knows your potential or what's in your heart. You alone will answer that. The only thing that limits you is the edge of your imagination."

The young eagle puzzled by this asked, "What should I do?"

"Look to the horizon, spread your wings, and fly."
Copyright 2001, Tom Reilly

Tom Reilly wrote this beautiful short story that I share in The Power of Attitude. I thought that it was an unforgettable way to communicate that our potential in life is only limited by our heart and our dreams.

:) Bye.take care. Have a great successful week & FLY HIGH !

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tata Jagriti Yatra

Hi Good day!
Today morning was reading the newspaper DNA. It had an interesting article about a 18day trip around India. Its called "Tata Jagriti Yatra". It was organised last year too, around 350 youngsters participated & the article lists down their experiences.

Swapnil Dixit, one of the founders and executive director of the Tata Jagriti Yatra explains:

The aim is to awaken the spirit of entrepreneurship — both social and economic — within India's youth by exposing them to such success stories and inspiring them to lead and develop institutions both nationally and within their communities.

It is a 18day trip round India, 400participants between age 20-25 years can register. The trip starts on Dec24. The last date for registration is 15th Nov.

For more details & to read the article:

http://epaper.dnaindia.com/epapermain.aspx?edorsup=Sup&queryed=7&querypage=9&boxid=30681652&parentid=102999&eddate=10%2f24%2f2009

The participants got to meet role models & interact with them which is life altering. The article has given experiences which show how the youngsters got ideas,motivation,direction to start something on their own due to these interactions.

If you know any 20-25year olds, please suggest them this excellent winter vacation package & also pass it around to as many as possible.

If someone plans this vacation let us know too. Thanks in advance.

Bye.tc. Have a great weekend.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Forgotten Your Dreams?

Hi good day ppl !

I feel like a politician :D.

Promising you to keep checking for the upcoming post on 'Dreams' & not adding it even though I just have to copy-paste it.

This one questions 'Have we forgotten our Dreams?' or 'Have we stopped dreaming?'.

The method I explained in last post on Mind Power is here all given in detail.

So do read on, this too is taken from the Simple Truths daily newsletter I get:

Dear Nilima,


Have your dreams gotten lost in the responsibilities of daily life? Are you achieving your life's goals? Many of us lose sight of what we had once wanted to accomplish, tucking those aspirations away while we're making sure the mortgage is met and food is on the table. But, it might only take an encouraging word or deed to get us back on track...giving us the fuel for firing up our passions once again.

That's why David McNally and I wrote our book, Even Eagles Need a Push: The Power of Encouragement. Kindness and encouragement can change someone's life forever. It can be the greatest gift you'll ever give....or receive. Today, I'd like to share one story from the book about how a supportive wife helped her rather famous husband back to dreaming big after being unemployed.
An Excerpt from:

Even Eagles Need a Push by David McNally and Mac Anderson

Forgotten Your Dreams?

After a change in head coaches at the University of South Carolina earlier in his career, Lou Holtz, then a defensive coach, found himself unemployed.

"I was unemployed for over a month, a long time for someone like me who had worked since he was nine. I felt very defeated. Our savings account was down to four figures: around $10.95. With a growing family to support, I was feeling pressure. It would have been an unbearable period, if not for my wife. She could not have been any more supportive or encouraging. Beth never complained. She went to work as an x-ray technician to help keep us in groceries. She also brought me the motivational book, The Magic of Thinking Big, by David Schwartz, hoping it would help me feel less depressed.

In his chapter on goals, Schwartz writes that anyone who is bored by life has probably forgotten his or her dreams. He invites readers to get back in touch with them. As a first step, we are asked to list all the things we have ever wanted to accomplish: I had a lot of time on my hands, so I took out a pencil and paper and divided my list into five categories:

1. As a husband/father
2. Spiritually
3. Professionally
4. Financially
5. Simply for excitement

It was the in fifth category that I let my imagination run wild. Here are some of the things I included:

1. Jump out of an airplane
2. Land a jet fighter on an aircraft carrier
3. Travel the ocean in a submarine
4. Go white-water rafting on the Snake River at Hells Canyon
5. Be on the Tonight Show, starring Johnny Carson
6. Attend a White House dinner with the President
7. Meet the Pope
8. Go on an African safari
9. Become a scratch golfer and play the top 50 golf courses in the world
10. Run with the bulls in Pamplona (provided I was matched with a much slower person)

And on it went. I had 107 goals on my original list. Suddenly, I was looking at my life differently and was excited about the future. When I told Beth that I was determined we do all of them, she said, "Gee, that's great, honey, but why don't you add "I want to find a job.?" Good note-the list expanded to 108. So far, we've managed to achieve 102 of those dreams-including dining at the White House and meeting the Pope. We're still working on the others. From the moment I made that list, we became participants, rather than spectators, in our life. You do the same and you'll find you don't want to spend so much time sleeping; you'll be afraid you might miss something! There are 26 other amazing stories in our Even Eagles Need a Push book. So, come explore the power of encouragement and see how it can change someone's life forever...maybe even your own. (*Excerpted from You Gotta Read This Book, by Jack Canfield and Gary Hendricks)

:) Beautiful isnt it. Come on everyone, get out your notepads & start penning down all the things u wanna do before you make the last bow. Remember you never know when it will be our last day here on planet earth. ;)

Try it out, plz.!

Even 10 goals also will do. I got my kid cousins to write down 5goals & they loved the exercise, will follow up & instruct them too. Dont worry I cant pester you people.

Till then. Bye. Take care!!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mind Power !

Hi good day ppl !
Happy Diwali (Belated) ;) !

How was the Diwali festival for you? For me awesome ! Lot of celebrations, socialising, give & take of gifts,greetings,..... Completed one goal & started working for 2more.

A month ago I attended the introduction seminar on Mind power by Dr. Sneh Desai. I liked the concepts & explained, so enrolled myself for the 2day session over the weekend. It was a great seminar. Explained some of the great concepts about Mind power.

The concept of the seminar was, we each of us are infinite beings, we have tremondous power within & can achieve/be/do whatever we want. But the one which can help us but 99% of the time which obstructs our success is our Mind. The culprit. So how to make the most of it. The concepts explained are given also in the 'The Secret'.

This is not about controlling the mind with chantings, meditation or other mind control techniques. Its about working with the mind, using its habits or changing them to achieve our goals.

The entire Universe works on 1 law: Law of attraction. Everything which comes to you is because you attract it. You think/feel about it & it comes to you. So you may say, I will attract all the good things to me. YES ! you can, but do you? Most of the time what we attract are negative things/situations/people.... So lets start attracting all the good things, shall we?

To practically do this we were asked to make a list of 30 things you want to do in this lifetime. List out all the things you have been meaning to do, put keep putting it off. It may even be a teeny-winny thing. The next step was to Visualise each of these goals in complete future tense. So if your goal is to buy a red Honda city car by 31st nov2009, visualise yourself driving out of the Showroom with your family in that red Honda city car on 31st Nov2009 shouting Hooray. :D

Its a great project to do. I have a managed to list down 20to-do-activities mostly for now to next 4-5years. They include buying family car by oct2009 end, learning tai-chi, basic giutar,2 & 4wheeler driving perfectly, good cooking skills ;) , going for parasailing,paragliding,skydiving, Money & investment related,...... & on & on. Have booked our family car last weekend. So 1goal achieved. The same weekend attended the trail session for Tai-chi joining it next weekend. Enquired for guitar classes on a family friends suggestion, checking few more institutes/places/people to train me with lot of patience :p. Other goals are in the works by phsycially working & visualising every morning.

These same activities we have done through our spiritual healing & meditation practises. Even experimented & come up with our own methods of doing the same things. So the session was exciting for me, was always waiting for whats next. We were taught a lot of things in the 2days session. The more important part was, it was not just theory, they got the exercises done from us there itself so we come to know how beneficial it really is. I was putting off making this list of to-do-things since 3-4years when my meditation teacher told us about it. Now that I have made it, will finish it off !!! Pray/intend/visualise/... for me that I achieve each of my goal. Thanks in advance ;).


I am thoroughly enjoying everyday since then. Once in a while tend to forget, but then start again where I left off. Had sort of forgotten about Enjoying Life, now its back to knowing there life outside of Work place too :D ;).

I have already attended his seminar on Dynamic Yoga. Read the blog post: http://nav-justanyrandomtopic.blogspot.com/2009/08/dynamic-yoga.html

Do try out the Goal setting exercise & let me know how it goes.

Will be adding a Simple Truth story on the same concept. Bye.tc

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Book: Living a Five Star Life !

Hi Good day people!
How was the one day holiday for Elections? Good, refreshing & productive? Yes for me, along with going for voting I could finish a lot of Diwali preparation tasks.

Today again using the content of the Simple Truths newsletter I get daily. In fact I was going to add another one received a few days ago about: Have you stopped Dreaming? But this one is related to the last post on the book: The Strangest Secret

This is about the book: Living a Five Star Life

Life coach, Betty Mahalik, tells you how in her beautiful book, Living a Five Star Life. She challenges all of us "to live a great life by discovering the life we have right now, instead of trying to invent a whole new life." This little book has more wisdom, common sense and inspiration than any I've read in a long time!

Today, I'd like to share her chapter titled: My Life Would be Perfect If..."

Enjoy!

Excerpt from:
Living a Five Star Life, by Betty Mahalik

In this day and age, we are surrounded by messages that virtually scream, "Your life would be perfect if..." My life would be perfect if I had a different job, a different house, car, nose, spouse, bank account (fill in the blank). Or my life would be perfect if I could be like some celebrity whose life appears so well-ordered and perfect-o. This week I encourage you to stop playing "my life would be perfect if," and start playing "my perfect life." What's the difference? Three things: being in the present, an attitude of gratitude, taking action with what's available now.

When we're caught up in the "my life would be perfect if" trap, we've lost touch with the present. And the moment we detach from the present, we can no longer practice gratitude. Think about it: it's difficult to be grateful for what you don't have...and what you don't have is always somewhere out in future-ville.

Look around you right now. Think of 10 things you're grateful for. Do you have a roof over your head and food to eat? I'm guessing the answer is yes. Do you have at least a few good friends or close relationships? Then appreciate them too, right now. Keep going, and practice being in the present and being grateful for what is here and now at least a couple times a day.

You're also probably sitting there thinking "yes but." Yes, but I want more money, a better relationship, more time to travel, to be thinner, happier or whatever. It's one of the great mysteries I'll never figure out. The minute you stop focusing on what you lack, start focusing on what you've already got, and add the "magic" ingredient of action, you actually begin to attract more of what you want. It's an amazing formula for really living your perfect life!

Let's say you want to lose weight or get in better shape, but you don't have an hour a day to spend exercising at the gym. Therefore, you've pretty well resigned yourself to not losing weight or getting in shape. What if you had five minutes though...just about everyone can find five minutes to exercise, stretch, walk around the block or walk the dog. Would you be willing to be grateful for five minutes and make the best possible use of it? Therein lies the beginning of your perfect life!

A simple formula may help you remember how to apply this principle:

* The present
* + an attitude of gratitude
* + positive action
* = my perfect life.

Try it for a day.

Each time you start dreaming about how perfect your life would be if...come back to this moment, give thanks for what is, and do one thing to perfect what you have and who you are right now. There's a saying that "when the student is ready, the teacher appears." If you're ready to start perfecting your life, your teachers are all around you.

What are you waiting for?


I would like to read the entire book. Hope to get my hands on it soon. Reminds of my favourite : The Present. Read the post on it: http://nav-justanyrandomtopic.blogspot.com/2008/06/gift-you-gift-yourself.html


Keep checking the blog for the next post about Dreams. One of the interesting things I am into doing these days.

Till then bye.tc. Have a gr8 week !

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Book:The Strangest Secret

Hi good day Everyone!

How was the weekend?

As I have earlier too added parts from the Newsletter I get from: Simple Truths, this time too pasting here the experts from the book The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale. A good piece.

Dont you want to know the Secret, do read it then :)

An excerpt from:

The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale

George Bernard Shaw said, "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, they make them."

Well, it's pretty apparent, isn't it? And every person who discovered this believed (for a while) that he was the first one to work it out. We become what we think about.

Conversely, the person who has no goal, who doesn't know where he's going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety and worry - his life becomes one of frustration, fear, anxiety and worry. And if he thinks about nothing... he becomes nothing.

How does it work? Why do we become what we think about? Well, I'll tell you how it works, as far as we know. To do this, I want to tell you about a situation that parallels the human mind.

Suppose a farmer has some land, and it's good, fertile land. The land gives the farmer a choice; he may plant in that land whatever he chooses. The land doesn't care. It's up to the farmer to make the decision.

We're comparing the human mind with the land because the mind, like the land, doesn't care what you plant in it. It will return what you plant, but it doesn't care what you plant.

Now, let's say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand- one is a seed of corn, the other is nightshade, a deadly poison. He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both seeds-one corn, the other nightshade. He covers up the holes, waters and takes care of the land...and what will happen? Invariably, the land will return what was planted.

As it's written in the Bible, "As ye sow, so shall ye reap."

Remember the land doesn't care. It will return poison in just as wonderful abundance as it will corn. So up come the two plants - one corn, one poison.

The human mind is far more fertile, far more incredible and mysterious than the land, but it works the same way. It doesn't care what we plant...success...or failure. A concrete, worthwhile goal...or confusion, misunderstanding, fear, anxiety and so on. But what we plant must return to us.

You see, the human mind is the last great unexplored continent on earth. It contains riches beyond our wildest dreams. It will return anything we want to plant.

The Simple Truths team has created a beautiful gift book which also includes a CD of the original recording with the book.

So what are putting on your gardening gloves today for?

Till then bye.tc.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Thoughts: Depression :(

Hi good day people !!!!
Cheerful or depressed ?

Read this beautiful mail sent by my friend. It is again about a course on Why,How of Depression & how to overcome it.

I am not writing any of my inputs today, please read it & reply back.


When you Get and Forget – you are Depressed.

That is what Depression is all about. Those dark moments when we have forgotten in our life what all we have received...... Only when you forget what you have received, you do ask what I have in life. What do I have in life?

What is the purpose of my life? What my life is for? Such questions come only to a person who has ignored what he has received and also failed not only to pay-back but even acknowledge what he has received..

Ignoring, Forgetting, Overlooking what you have got only creates Depression and Suffering.

Never forget what you have received and “what is” for what YOU WANT.

When you Give and Forgive – You are Refreshed.

Similarly, we usually hold on to what we have given...... I have given so much..... See how much I have given....... Only when you Give and Forgive/ Drop what YOU have given.... will you feel Refreshed.

So for a Continuous experience of Rest, Relaxation and Rejuvenation in Life, hold in your awareness always what all you have received..... And what all you are continuing to receive..... Be in Humility and Gratitude.

Drop from your Awareness how much am I Doing or Giving. That only is NON – DOING

Akarmeva Moksh

Karma is holding on to the Thought, Feeling and Emotion of I am Doing/ Giving.

Moksha is Retrieving/ Erasing/ Cleansing that Thought, Feeling and Emotion.

Just doing it Simply and Playfully.

When you want more you are Depressed.

When you give more you are Refreshed.

Never give to get.

:) Simple & ringing with truth isnt it. Bye.take care.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Bicycle Project-Donate your bicycles !

Hi good day ppl !
It cant be a Good day, it should be great looong weekends. Isnt it? So what were you upto these long weekends?

I completed a task which was long pending. I donated my old bicycle to a project called 'The Bicycle Project'.
Do you remember the days when you were learning to ride a cycle? How you pestered your parents to buy you a bicycle or teach to ride? How you even today discuss in detail those days about cycling, accidents you met with, the expeditions you took to places, the cuts & bruises,...

These memories are from your schooldays, for some even college days. But after that the much cherished bicycles are forgotten & lay unused in garage corners, under staircases or sold off for scrap.

The same happened with me. I gave up cycling in school after taking a dread for it. Then resumed in college coz after bus that was the only option to avoid the long walk to college. My parents got me a new ladies bicycle which I used optimally for 3years. After that it just lay under our building staircase since my sisters nor any relatives kids had use for it. I used to remember it being there once in a while & ask my dad to sell it or give it away. But not even the cycle vendors would take it for free. So it again lay there for 6 years.

Then I read an article in Reader's Digest about a project called 'The Bicycle Project' : http://www.rd-india.com/newsite/other/facetoface_may09.asp
This project basically takes old unused bicycles. repairs them,makes them like new & gives it to village children who have to walk very long distances to reach school.

It was just what I was looking for. I sent a mail to the email id given, got a reply from them but it so happened that they didnt have anyone to pick up the bicycle nor was it near for us to drop it. So we were again back to square one.

Then few weeks ago read in Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/city/mumbai/Old-bicycles-new-journeys-Village-children-find-it-fun-to-ride-to-school/articleshow/5004442.cms about IIT student's bicycles had been donated to the same project & they mentioned a phone number. I called up Hemant Chhabra & told him about my wish to donate. He gave me the number of a lady staying very close to my colony whom I could coordinate. I called her up & we tried to fix a date. But I got busy those 2-3 weeks & then last weekend finally got it washed & cleaned. Today called her up & fortunately she was free & ready to pick it up in half hour. So I pushed the cycle to my colony gate, she got her big van & I had done a long pending task :). I still have to fill a form to show that I donated the bicycle, so will do that sometime soon too. The blog for this project: http://thebicycleproject.blogspot.com/

I hope it will help some girl to reach school more easily in all weathers as it helped me. I feel good about. I would encourage all my friends,family & readers to donate old bicycles if you have no use for them. Please spread the message.
So today Iam going to have a good night sleep after doing a good deed. :)

Till then bye.take care & Enjoy the week ahead.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Thought: Are You Listening?

Hi good day ppl!

Can you hear me ??

Remember during guide/scout meetings/camps when you wanted silence you were to keep quiet yourself & raise your hand up to signal others. After a little while everyone's hand will be up & there will be pin drop silence. Wish we could do that with our non-stop banter in our heads too ;)

This mail was sent by one of my best friends. It was a email introducing a session about Listening.

It contains quotes & a short story. I have highlighted parts which I liked.

Read it ! & Listen IN!


If you wish to grow in the spirit of understanding, you must let the other person talk and prove his point to his satisfaction.

Do not interrupt him, while he is talking.

You know how exasperated you become when someone interrupts you, while you are trying to prove a point.

At committee meetings, these words have been uttered quite often:- "But let me finish!"

Listen more, talk less.

You are made to listen.

That is why you have been given only one mouth and two ears.

If we were meant to talk more and listen less, we would have been given only one ear, right in front, and two mouths on the two sides.

How funny we would look! And, mind you, there is no door with which to close the ears: they are always open.

Before a word can be spoken, it has to cross two fences two rows of teeth and two lips.

Therefore, think twice before you talk. Never forget that of the
unspoken word, you are a master, of the spoken word, you are a slave.

Words, once spoken, cannot be got back.

A villager came to a town, to visit some of his relatives. In villages,
till today, they cleanse their teeth with wooden sticks. When he got up in the morning, the villager asked for one. They told him that in the cities they had only toothpaste tubes. The villager had never handled a toothpaste tube.
As he squeezed it, out flowed a foot-long strip of toothpaste. He was taken aback. "Is there a way to sending the toothpaste back into the tube?" he asked. They said to him:- "No way! Once the paste has come out, it cannot be sent in!" Likewise, words which have been spoken cannot be sent in.

Be a good listener. Therefore, listen not only with the ears, but also
with the heart. Better than talking is listening. And better than listening is to enter the silence within.

The great woman-saint of South India, Avvaiyar, prayed:- "O God,
what is happening to me? I keep on talking and talking, as though there were mouths all over my body! When shall I cease from doing this? When shall I enter into the silence within?"

Listen more !

Lets try this 2-3times a day when we are in meetings, on phone calls, during breaks,at home during dinner,... & see the change! Im sure it will be a positive one & rewarding.

Let us know your experience.

Till then bye.tc !

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Farewell !

Hi good day!
This post was started at end of last month, finally finishing it up & Publishing it. Read on! :)

Farewell !

It was a tough job to bid farewell to our head, mentor, a good friend. But we tried to take it with a positive twist. "Good Luck" for the next venture in Life.
Have come across some good incidences of bidding farewell. Some are positive, some not so positive :).

One of them I loved was when one of our best friend was getting married. When the time came to say Goodbye, the usual crying,sobbing didn't take over her family. Instead they were laughing,teasing & jovial. They sent her off with a smile on each of their faces. After she left, her mom,aunties,grand parents all started crying. We friends were confused, when we asked them whats all this, they told us
'We are celebrating a good thing in her life-Marriage, so why cry, make her cry & sad. Send her off happily, even though we will feel her absence. This is the way we send off all our daughter in the family'.
What say! Isnt it a gr8 way to say Bye.

The other good one was when our School organised Farewell parties. We were never spoilt by our school with fancy stuff or by emotional gatherings. We too as juniors had organised great Farewell parties, which instead described each students positive points, how they made a difference, thanking them, giving our best wishes for the future followed by dance,gifts,food, & all the gr8 things about partying.

One of the bad or not so good one happens during family gatherings especially I guess in India. You have gone to a family get together & when its time for you to leave, they just wont let you leave. They will coax,force,demand you to stay back for the night or stay for some more hours, forgetting that you may have spent the entire day @their place already & you might have other things to do when you get back home! This gets specially stressful as you cant stay any longer nor hurt anyone's feelings.

Have you come across any such good/bad Farewell incidents?

I like a Farewell song we sang & dedicated to our school during our Farewell: Hasta Manana till we meet again.
It means 'So long, till we meet again'.

Do you know anymore Farewell songs, any language will do?


Let us know. Bye. Take care.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Thought: Every second you are new !

Hi good day ppl ! :)
How are you all doing?

I have been having a great many things to learn these 2-3weeks. I attended a Dynamic meditation course week before this & this weekend went for Omkar mediation session. Both of them were very good.

Also had my birthday this week, so got a lot of good wishes, love.All in all a lot of Good Energy!

This weekend during the Omkar meditation session, the teacher in way to help every1 relax & laugh out loud narrated a story cum joke. It went like this:

Once a sardarji was traveling by train for a long journey. When he boarded the train 2more young boys also sat in his compartment. After a couple of station the boy sitting across sardarji got up & slapped him hard 2-3times & sat down. Sardarji just kept quiet.

After a few more stations the boy again got up & now along with slaps, punched him hard. Again sardaji just kept mum. The other boy was surprised & asked Sardarji why are you letting him do this. Sardarji asked him to keep quiet. Just as he said that the boy again got up & hit,slapped,kicked,punched sardarji very badly. Still sardarji didn't stop him. The other boy got impatient & yelled at Sardarji to make the boy stop or he would do something.

Sardarji yelled back at him 'Stupid boy, you dont know anything. Just keep quiet & mind your own business, like I am doing. This boy before boarding the train had an argument with a Sardarji who looked like me, he his hitting my body because of that. Now why should I interfere with this fight where nor am I still the similar looking Sardarji nor the body of me'.

Got it???

Summary of this: There is Change every micro second within ourself & outside. Every second we are new, so how can we say that so & so happened to me or so & so did this to me. We carry the happenings of past within ourself even though the past is well past us. :)

On Saturday was watching the movie: Matching Point. Couldn't see the entire movie.

Its about a guy who is blind & his friend is trying to get him a girlfriend. This blind guy meets an Indian girl & they both fall in love. But this Indian girl is engaged to an Indian guy & she feels that she cant let her family down, so tells the blind gut that they cant see each other anymore. The blind guy takes the rejection thinking that she is rejecting him coz he is blind.

His friend explains that to get the right kind of girl/guy who you want you will have to handle 10 no's & will then you will get the 1 single Yes which is Perfect for you. So you should be thankful, you are 9steps closer to your Yes.

What a concept ! :)

Wish I had watched the entire movie.

Doesn't this apply to a lot of things in Life? You desire a certain thing but while attaining it you will face a lot of difficulties which might make you give up the desire, but if you persist & continue you will see that those difficulties in fact were helping you get to your goal ! This may apply to getting the right job, designation, home, life partner, vacation, education,....

Till then Breathe Deep & Take care. :)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Thoughts: Are you Busy?

Hi good day PPL!!!
How are you all? Busy?

Read this, sent by our collegue friend & realised 'We are ALWAYS Busy'. Aren't we?

Do read it:

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 Hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar . . . and the coffee.

A professor stood before his Philosophy class and had some items in front of him.
When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.
He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full.
They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.
Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He asked once more if the jar was full.
The students responded with an unanimous "yes."
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand.
The students laughed.
"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.
"The golf balls are the important things - your God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions - things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
"The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car.
"The sand is everything else--the small stuff.
"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.
"The same goes for life. "If you spend all your time and energy on the small
stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
"Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
"Play with your children"

"Take time to get medical checkups".
"Take your partner out to dinner".
"Play another 18".
"There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal"
"Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter"
"Set your priorities"
"The rest is just sand."
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.
The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked.
"It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a cup of coffee with a
FRIEND "

What do you say? Chalo Canteen ;)

Take time out for things You love doing & the Golf balls :)

Bye.take care.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Movie: Yes Man !

Hi Goood day ppl !

Its Yes man, Not Yes Mam ;) !

This is about the movie Yes Man I saw over the loooong weekend.

A good Watch !

It starrs Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel & lot more characters. Apart from Jim Carrey's comedy & Zooey Deschanel's take Life as it Comes attitude, Its an awesome movie with a gr8 Message.

The message is about saying YES to as many things in Life as they come by. That doesnt mean you cant say No to things which you dont want to do, but try saying Yes to the things which you want to do in your heart but inturn say No.

In the beginning Jim Carrey is shown as he is in depression due to his divorce with his wife & trying to stay away from all social contacts & making life monotonous. He has let down his friends, just does his job without any interest, goes home watches movies instead of going out with friends or doing something in life.

Then one day he meets a friends who invites him to a show by a well known speaker & tells him about the new concept Yes. After a nightmare, that he is dead & his friends discussing He never lived his life, he goes for the seminar. There he is told to say Yes to everything he comes across. He starts by giving a homeless man a ride in his car, mobile battery down, his car runs out of fuel, now he is stranded. But as he goes walking in search of fuel, his life starts turning around as he starts saying Yes to everything that he comes across.

But at the end of the movie he comes to know that its getting out of hand. He hunts down the speaker & asks him why everthing is going wrong. The speaker explains that You have to say Yes to things which you want to do in your heart but wouldnt do & No to things which you dont want to. But the trick is in saying Yes to as many things as possible.

The side effects of saying Yes, Jim Carrey comes to realise is he starts going for bungee jumping, helping the homeless, learning to play the guitar, learning new language all of which comes to his aid unexpectedly. He realises first he didnt commit to anything coz he thought he never had anything to share, but after this experience he feels he is a unique person, has lot of things to share, has many friends & well wishers.

There are plenty of characters in the movie all of which have their own space & blend in beautifully.

The movie was refreshing. I tried to give the concept a try & ITs awesome ! :) I was complaining continuosly 'I am getting bored' since saturday morning. But after watching the movie in the afternoon, I tried to list down things I would LIKE to do & started by saying Yes to each of them. So over the 2days I have done min 1hour of walking each day, shopping, got things done which were pending & read Reader's Digest + helping mom a lil ;) !

Try it ppl ! Its a refereshing thing.

Till then Bye.Take care. Have a great Week !

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Dynamic Yoga !

Hi good day ppl !

When was the last time you practised yoga or any of its asans? I guess, when we were in school, right? :)

Now we just keep saying ,'In school, we could touch our forehead to our knees, or sit in vajrasan, bend backwards & touch our head to the ground,...' now nothing of this sort is possible. Now even sitting cross-legged (or palthi/palati/mandi ghalun) for more than 5mins is pain inducing.

The 4day morning sessions I attended for Dynamic yoga last week were nothing related to changing postures or any physical exercise, yet give the same effective results if practised regurlarly & much more.

They were conducted by Dr. Sneh Desai & his group at Fine Arts auditorium from 4th-7th Aug everyday from 6-8:30am. More about the speaker:

He is one of the youngest speaker in the world. He has been teaching since 11 years. He conducts many more courses. He has studied many more techniques from Astrology, Vastu shastra, Reiki, Hypnosis,.... Read more about him : http://www.snehhouse.com/


Now you would say, We have heard many such courses & sessions, all are the same. They teach you mantras & aasans & say they will give you great results!

So would I ! But we are not the ones to go for any & every such session, coz may it be Yoga, meditation, healing or any other technique, We have learnt the basic steps of all these techiniques from one of the best teachers & practised them diligently.

These sessions were totally scientific based & insync with our modern life requirements.
The sessions were divided into 2parts: Dynamic yoga & the Universal laws of Life.

In the first part we are taught 7breathing exercises +1technique called as ATR & 1 more technique called as Yog nindra.

The second part explains The Universal Laws of Life.

The first part is totally of 15minutes & if practised daily will give you the same effect as a 1hour session of meditation or yoga would give you.

The second part shows how the Universe/Nature/God/Energy has created us & wants us to live harmoniously. The laws of Life are explained here & thier logical reasonings. There are motivational quotes given out to you, music slots which rejuvinate you & aspire you to reach greater heights.

We are taught along with Laws of Life:
Law of Money
Law of Relationships
Law of Attraction

& much more as once can grasp or take from these sessions.

This 4day session is just a trailer to their Mind Power course they conduct. Its a 2day course & is usually conducted over the weekends & is almost everytime house full & very expensive too. So when these 4day free sessions happen, people just queue from far away & many are forced to go back if they cant be fit in the auditorium/ground/hall wherever they are conducted.

It was a truly energizing session. Unfortunately couldnt attend the 3rd day, but guess didnt miss much coz they showed clippings from 'The Secret' & explained the Law of Attraction, which I have watched multiple times & try to practise everday ;).

On the 4th day you are given the CD of the teaching of the 4days, so that you can practise it at home too. All of this is totally FREE OF COST, there is no *Conditions apply anywhere.

Please do attend any of their future sessions if you can when they are conducted around you.

I am practising each day what was taught & feeling Good ! :)

One quote which was mentioned everyday before the Universal Laws of Life part was started was, its a beautiful & deep one, read it & repeat it slowly:

The Universe says to Man:
Tu Karta Hai vo Jo Tu Chahta hai,
Lekin Hota hai vahi Jo Main Chahta Hon.

To fir tu karna shuru kar vo jo mei chahata hu,
Aur hoga vo to Tu Chahta Hai!



Try it yourself if you can get the CD from someone who has already done it.

Till then Bye.Take care.

P.S : Thank you my friend, who introduced me to this session & for waking me up every morning ;)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

A WOMAN SHOULD !

Hi Good day especially Girls/young Ladies/Women :) !

Was chatting with my best friend in the US last week, she mentioned she hadnt made any friends even after being there for more than a year. Told her, she should & she would easily be able to make many True friends.

We all need friends, especially Females. Females can easily guess when something is wrong or good with the other & you can get the appropriate response from them too. They always stand by you even though far from you, no need to guess how they can give us support.

While I was mulling this in my mind since a couple of days came across these mails from my To-be read pending mails.

This one is a Poem by MAYA ANGELOU. Reading this reminds of the posters many girls in my hostel had something similar to this poem.


A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
enough money within her control to move out
and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ..
a youth she's content to leave behind....

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age....

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE .....
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE .
one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ....
a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal, that will make her guests feel honored...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
a feeling of control over her destiny.

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
how to fall in love without losing herself.

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
how to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend without; ruining the friendship...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
when to try harder... and WHEN TO WALK AWAY...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
that she can't change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
that her childhood may not have been perfect...but its over...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
what she would and wouldn't do for love or more...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
how to live alone... even if she doesn't like it...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW..
whom she can trust,
whom she can't,
and why she shouldn't take it personally...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
where to go...
be it to her best friend's kitchen table...
or a charming inn in the woods...
when her soul needs soothing...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
what she can and can't accomplish in a day...
a month...and a year...


This mail also had the note: Send it to 3/6women to be......
Put it up on this post, so I should expect a lot of luck, right ladies ! ;)

Bye. Take Care & as I tell all my friends: Love yourself first !

Friday, July 17, 2009

Amazing Power of Perseverance !

Hiii Good day everyone! :)

Hows the week going?

Hectic but successful for me :). Today while leaving from work saw The 6th bowl of Chicken soup book in a colleagues hand. I was like 'Wow, which one is it?'. She hasn't read any & told her
'Its like when your really tired, you have a bowl of soup & you feel REFRESHED, that how these series of books make you feel. I read 1-2stories a day & I am charged for a couple of days ;)'.

So while checking mails came across this Newsletter I have subscribed for : Simple Truths. It is describing the book : The Best Way Out is Always Through.
They have described the way the Chicken soup authors had to struggle to sell their first Chicken Soup book.

Do read it. Highlightingcertain quotes which I liked.



The Power of Discipline

Millions of people say that they'd like to write a book someday - a novel, their life story, a children's book, a murder mystery, or perhaps a self-help book. Of these millions, perhaps a million of them actually do it in any given year. In other words, once you write a book, getting it published is a long shot. And if you get it published, making it successful is an even bigger long shot.

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen learned this the hard way. They spent three years gathering stories and editing them for a collection they called Happy Little Stories. By the time they were finished, they were $140,000 in debt.

Then they found a literary agent who agreed to represent them and he set about sending the manuscript to publishers he thought might be interested. The response was unanimous: "no." One publisher said, "Nobody buys anthologies anymore." Another said, "It's not topical enough." Yet another said, "We just don't get it."

And finally, the worst "no" of all - their literary agent dropped them. After pitching the book to dozens of publishers he came up empty-handed. "I can't sell this book," he told them. "Nobody buys short stories."

That could have been the end of the story for Canfield and Hansen. Undoubtedly, most authors would have given up by now - but not these two. Instead, they decided to try to sell the book themselves.

They made 200 copies of their manuscript, stuffed them into their backpacks, and headed to the annual American Bookseller's Association convention (now called Book Expo America). They roamed the aisles of the huge convention center, button-holing every editor and publisher they could find. They handed out dozens of copies of their manuscript, but still no takers.

Finally, after two days of non-stop hunting and schmoozing, they met Peter Vegso, owner of a small publishing house in Deerfield Beach, Florida - Health Communications, Inc. (HCI) This publisher was in the business of doing primarily recovery books (12-step), but they had fallen on hard times, as the recovery movement peaked and waned. On the verge of bankruptcy, Vegso had put his company on the market to sell it.

In the meantime, he was still trying desperately to save it by expanding into a broader category of spiritual books. Vegso agreed to take a chance on this collection of happy stories. After all, he figured, he didn't have much to lose.

After much discussion, they changed the name of the book to Chicken Soup for the Soul, and in 1993 HCI published it. Then the hard work for the authors began in earnest. As Hansen says today, "Making your book successful is 5% about writing a good book, and 95% marketing."

He knows what he's talking about. He and Canfield lived it. For the first year after the book was published, both men lived, breathed, ate, and slept their book. They were monomaniacs with a mission. They had bet the farm on their book - mortgaging their houses to the hilt - working non-stop, day and night, to make their baby successful.

They went to their hometown newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, and walked through the newsroom one afternoon, handing out copies of Chicken Soup to every reporter and editor, hoping that someone would write about their book. No one did.

They spread the word: sending out press releases, doing book signings, promoting their book in their seminars and workshops, and hiring publicists and others to help them make their book successful.

Canfield and Hansen did everything they could to take their baby to the top, and in fourteen months they made it. They arrived at the Nirvana of books and authors - the #1 spot on the New York Times Best-seller list - where they remained for two years.

We all face adversity in our lives. It's not a matter of if...but when. And during those times we need encouragement and inspiration to get us through. The Chicken Soup story is one of many in BJ Gallagher's new book, The Best Way Out is Always Through...The Power of Perseverance. I love it! And it's gotten rave reviews since it was released a few weeks ago.

Have a collegue-friend who has gone through this entire cycle of getting your book published & selling it too. Hats off to their self-confidence & perseverance ! Its almost like giving birth to a child & then letting it go into the world to make its own stand.

What say ppl? ;)

Keep reading & growing !
Need to grab an entire Chicken soup book to keep me charged these couple of months ! :D

Bye.tc.