Friday, April 25, 2014

V | V for Value - Do you value these?

"A lot of what happens in your life is a function of what you truly value" Nischala Murthy Kaushik

By value, I mean
You really know it
You fully understand it
You truly appreciate it

15 Things that I believe you should value. If you truly value these, your life will never really be the same again

1) Yourself

2) Your Past Experiences

3) Your Failures

4) Your Time

5) Your Knowledge

6) Your Creativity 

7) People around you - especially family, friends, colleagues and well-wishers

8) Money

9) Everything that you have in life - Past and Present - Good, Bad and Ugly (purely in a materialistic / physical sense)

10) Your body and health

11) Your emotions

12) Your thoughts

13) Technology

14) Human Life

15) Nature and the World around you

Do you value all of the above enough? What do you value the most? Leave a comment to let me know

As I sign-off, I leave you with a few quotes

Thursday, April 24, 2014

U | U for Us

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when anyone says “U”. Most likely it is YOU :)

We are all a by-products of the environment (era and society) we belong to

And the kind of upbringing we’ve had

The environment affects our thoughts, words, emotions and actions

This makes us develop habits

We fall victim to these habits

And we become programmed to think in set ways

Which more often than not is really about OURSELVES

And hence life revolves around I, Me and Myself
Sometimes it is about my loved ones and dear ones, but beyond that ….it is a ?
And that is our world of US
For many of us, this way of thinking is a way of life and the way it has always been

Sometimes, just sometimes
If you stretch the boundary of US to include
An unknown face
A needy soul
A past foe
A person whose name you don’t know
A random stranger
A hungry child
A sad neighbor
A person in need of help
An ailing individual
A tired human
An emotionally low soul
A disturbed person
A person in debt
A lonely person

And give them
A smile
A hug
A shoulder
An advice
A gift
A look
A hand
A hearing
A touch
A prayer
A message
A support
A little care

How the world could / would be?
Imagine, if everyone of us expanded the circle of US, how different things could be / would be?

Do you agree / disagree? Leave a comment to let me know

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

T | 6 T’s which make all the Difference in your LIFE

“What are those T's which truly make all the difference in life?”

T1: Time
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” BY Carl Sandburg

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” BY Nelson Mandela

Your understanding of time, how much you value your own time and how much you value others time will make all the difference in your life.

Time is your greatest and most valuable personal asset.
Treasure it!
Value it!
Respect it!
And make the most of it!

T2: Talent
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” BY John Wooden

Everyone is born with some innate talent. What really make a difference at the end of the day is how soon you become aware of it, how much you value it, how much you use your talents and how much you enhance your talents in the journey of life! Those who are aware of their talents, appreciate it, are grateful for it and hone their talents will vouch for the fact that it made all the difference in their lives.

T3: Trials
Every test, every trial, every heartache that's been significant, I can turn it over and see how God has turned it into good no matter what.” BY Charles Stanley

Trials are integral to human life. What really make a difference is how you react to a trial, how you face it and how much you learn from it. For many of us, trials can sometimes be that "turning point" in our lives - which makes us stronger, more wiser, more confident and more true to ourselves!

T4: Tears
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.” BY Harriet Beecher Stowe

There is something about tears which evokes and stirs deep human emotions. We all get teary for different reasons - We all have different threshold points and different situations/ events / circumstances tend to bring out different thoughts and emotions within us. But there is something in tears that many times changes you forever. And that one tear sometimes compels us to make decisions, gives you strength, makes you stand for yourself or makes you give-in and completely surrender. Sometimes, it is only those Tears which truly make a difference in your life

T5: Technology
Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences.” BY Freeman Dyson

We live in the technology era. When technology can be the problem and solution for everything we do; and as a part of our daily lives. No matter what you do, where you live, how old you are – You cannot ignore the all pervasiveness of technology in our lives.

But what is important is to use technology to make your life easy, to propel you forward to achieve your goals and dreams; & to simplify your life. If you accept, embrace and adopt technology, the sky is the limit for what you can do or where you can go.

T6: Trust
Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” BY Golda Meir

Trust is one of the most important bonds in any relationship. Be it the relationship with yourself, your family, your organization, your society or your community. And hence, how much trust you place in yourself and things around you, and how trustworthy you are considered by others - makes an ocean of difference in your views, opinions, perceptions, actions, outlooks and reactions - for yourself and for others.

What are the T's which make a difference in your life? Leave a comment to let me know

S | The S Mantras of Life

Be Safe than Sorry

Say Sorry if it is your fault. Even if it is not your fault and the relationship means a lot, Say Sorry if it can save the relationship (Once in a way is OK!)

Save for the rainy days

Send some love and hugs to people who matter – once in a way

Simple Living is a good way to live

Sleep through the night, through the questions, through the stress – It is all good when you wake up! OK! May not be good. But you’ll feel better

Shine through. It is one life, and it is your life.

Skill / Re-skill / Cross-skill / Up-skill – Your skills define you.

Speak Up when you have to

Shut Up if you have nothing to say

Know when to Speak Up and when the Shut Up – This skill can take you to places you never knew existed

Store data and memories in an organized fashion – If not, Both are bound to become a mess

Stop when you think it is not worth going any further. It is OK to stop

Be Still. There is great value and learning in stillness

Be Sure or Not – Both are fine, as long as you know where to draw the line

Start doing that one thing you always wanted to do.. TODAY

Smile often

Solve problems more often. The more you run away, the more they will catch up on you

And as I sign-off, the thought for the day


Monday, April 21, 2014

R | It is all about Respect... Respect... and Respect

When I thought about what to write about for the letter R, only one word came in front of me. RESPECT

Respect is a tough word to generalize and explain.
Here' the thing about respect | What it means to you may be different from what it means to me. Your manifestation of respect for someone may vary significantly from my manifestation of respect.

As I read about what "respect" means, I came across a few words that I liked

Respect is how you feel about someone
* Having respect for someone means you think good things about who a person is or how he/she acts. You can have respect for others, and you can have respect for yourself.
Respect is how you treat someone
* Showing respect to someone means you act in a way that shows you care about their feelings and well-being.

Adding on,
 *   Respect is thinking and acting in a positive way about yourself or others.
 *   Respect is thinking and acting in a way that shows others you care about their feelings and their well-being.

Simple and well described.
The thing about respect is the more you give, the more you get. 
The more you respect yourself, the more other will respect you
The more you respect others, the more other will respect you

And yet, many of us don't pay enough importance to this. 

In this post I'm share things which I believe one should respect

* Yourself

* Your past

* Your failures

* Your successes

* Your parents

* Your friends

* Your siblings

* Your teachers / mentors

* People you work with

* Experiences - Good, Bad and Ugly

* All the good things you have in life

* People who work for you

* Privacy

* Technology

*  Feedback - Good, Bad and Ugly (in the real world and in the virtual world)