Sunday, 19 March 2017

Get Engaged to Your Dreams

Get Engaged to Your Dreams

Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam once said: “Dream is not that which you see while sleeping, it is something that does not let you sleep.” When eyes are closed, dreams are mere illusions. They are made of unreal stuff. They are our disguised wish-fulfillment. The dreams which we see with our waking eyes are, in fact, our goal, aim or target. They are our vision. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty and truth of their dreams. If you have dreams in your eyes and courage in your heart, the sky is the limit for you. Chase your dreams. Go confidently and relentlessly in the direction of your dream. Like Arjuna, you have to hit the eye of the revolving fish. Patience, perseverance and perspiration are the three arrows in the quiver of a veteran archer. So dream big. See lofty dreams. We need dreamers. But we need such dreamers who are also doers. Dreams, if not translated into reality, will be mere castles in the air. Desiring to get the moon is one thing and getting the moon is another thing. Hence, give a strong foundation of hard work to your dream-building. Otherwise it will crumble like a house of cards with the slightest gust of wind. All dreamers are not achievers but all achievers are great dreamers. As you dream, so you become. Memories take us back. Dreams take us forward. Novelist Longston Hughes had this to say: “Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” So, love your dreams, get engaged to your dreams and marry your dreams.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Come Out of Your Comfort Zone

Come Out of Your Comfort Zone

Difficulties defeat the weak. The brave emerge stronger in odd circumstances. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said: “Difficulties in your life do not come to destroy you. They come to help you to realize your hidden potential and power. Let difficulties know you too are difficult.” Paper boats drown; wooden boats sail. Adversity awakens you. It makes you realize your dormant strength. If difficulty is a mountain, you have to be Dasrath Manjhi. If it is a dancing floor, you have to be Sudha  Chandran. Books are replete with thousands of examples of people who have excelled in life despite great difficulties, disabilities and deformities. Like Shakespear’s Caesar, you have to proclaim: “Danger knows full well that Caesar is more dangerous than he. We are two lions littered in one day and I the elder and more terrible.”

So, do not fear dangers and difficulties. They are like sand paper. They scratch you and hurt you. But, in the end, you get polished. Come out of your comfort zone, dare and defeat difficulties. The harder is the conflict, the more glorious is the triumph. There is an old saying that a pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity but an optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty. Easy times do not make you better. Hard times test your mettle. Pressure enhances your performance. “A diamond is merely a lump of coal that has transformed itself under pressure.” What a brilliant idea for achievers, winners and victors!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Be a Fan of Yourself

Be a Fan of Yourself

            Like others but love yourself. It gives an impetus to improve. Instead of seeing one’s face and finding faults in others, people should find their faults and see the beauty of others. All time is a great time for a new beginning. In the journey of self-discovery, you have to shed your masks and identify your true self. Figure out your limitations and weaknesses. Re-invent and re-define yourself. Small modifications everyday can bring big changes in life. It is very easy to click a selfie but it is very difficult to create a long lasting image. It takes years to build a reputation but it can be tarnished or ruined in a few minutes. Reputation is like a glass house which can easily be broken by a throw of stone. Even if it cracks, it gives an ugly look.

            Be a diehard fan of yourself. Go on improving your personality and refurbishing your image. Change not only from outside but also from inside. Keep spiky hair. But, at the same time, make your brain sharp, pointed and witty. If your body is six packs, your mind should be eight packs and heart not less than ten packs. Follow fashion freely but don’t compromise with your culture, tradition value and character. Enjoy the delicious pizzas of Dominos but don’t forget the taste of your mother’s hand. The worth and flavour of Mac Donald’s burger lies in its rich stuffing. Internal material is always much more important than external appearance. A book is judged not by its cover but by its contents. Poor quality is never the hall mark of big brands. You can also become a mini-brand if you don’t compromise with quality and standard. Mediocrity should be unacceptable to you. An awesome life is awaiting you. Just stake your claim.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

6 Ways to Be Happy

6 Ways to Be Happy

People often ask me, "What is the key to happiness?" To them, I must say that there is no lock or latch on the door of delight. You just have to push or pull it. It will open wide and you can easily enter the treasure land of joy. Happiness is a mental state which has to be cultivated. It cannot be bought or sold, weighed or measured. It has nothing to do with your material possessions or your professional status. It comes from inside. It is the song of the soul and the music of the heart.
Here, in this article, let me take the privilege of suggesting some of the ways to be happy. It is my way. So don't get swayed away by my broad generalisations. Everyone has to discover his own way.
1.      Log on to inner net - Instead of fruitlessly searching the mysterious word on the google, it is much better to log on to your inner net. Probe your mind to find the feeling within. It is very easy to travel thousands of kilometres from one end of the globe to another. But the inner journey is very tedious. The smallest distance is the hardest to cover. But that is the surest way to happiness. Without inner connect, you cannot experience everlasting blissfulness.
2.      Follow your passion – Do whatever you like. Make your passion your profession. But many a time, there is a discrepancy between your choice and your career. In that case also, try to love what you do and find sometime for your hobby. It can be anything like games, music, painting, photography, travelling, sight-seeing, keeping pets or watching movies. Liking what you do & being satisfied with what you have — these are the two best sources of happiness.
3.      Read many things and write something – Reading good literature is also very enjoyable and pleasurable. It is informative as well as enlightening. Interaction with great minds of different ages always provides valuable insights and life-lessons. I know that everyone cannot pen down his thoughts and feelings in a creative and artistic way but I am sure that everyone can jot down his sweet and sour experiences in a diary. You will love your personal treasure as a child loves his crude and clumsy drawing.
4.      Be a nature lover and a beauty watcher – Watch beauty that is spread all around you so abundantly. “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever”, says Keats. Smell the sweet fragrance of flowers. It is more enchanting than perfumes. Feel the soft caress of the gentle wind that kisses your cheeks. Hear the musical melody of the winged wonders of the world. Dew drops on the colourful petals are prettier than pearls. In fact, beautiful things give more pleasure than functional things. When you are in the company of nature, a feeling of unity and oneness with the vast and varied forms of life suddenly descends upon you and a heightened sense of awareness engulfs your consciousness.
5.      Spend time with family and friends - Spend some quality time with your family, friends and children. I must suggest that everyone should marry because it is the most beautiful experience of togetherness. Re-live your childhood with your kids. Plan a holiday or go for outing. Snatch happy moments from your busy schedules to enjoy with your loved ones. Chat with your friends. Sharing old memories is like going into the flashback of pleasant times. Relaxation with close relatives and friends breaks the monotony of routine life and refreshes and rejuvenates you. Meet even strangers with a friendly smile. Don’t wear a fake smile like an air-hostess or a hotel receptionist. Genuine smile on your lips is a powerful weapon which can disarm even your enemies.
6.      Be a selfless giver – Real joy is in giving. Do something for others without any expectation. Service is the rent which you pay for your existence on this earth. Share with others whatever you have – whether it is knowledge, money or time. Even if you don’t have knowledge or wealth, you still have enough time to do some fruitful and philanthropic work. Nothing else is more satisfying and fulfilling than generosity. Winston Churchill rightly said, “We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.”
           Follow these principles and feel immense and immeasurable joy in life. Happiness is like scented sandal paste. If you apply it on the forehead of others as tilak, your fingers will also get fragrant.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Sparks of Greatness

Geniuses are rarely born. Great philosophers, scientists, poets, painters, musicians or statesmen are very few. The world remembers them with reverence for their extraordinary achievements. We, ordinary mortals, cannot do great things like them. But every one of us has the capacity to do small things with great love and compassion. Who knows better than a mother how many sleepless nights she has passed in upbringing her child? It is the love for her baby that enables her to do all sorts of things without any complaint. Mother Teresa said: “It is not how much we do but how much love we put in doing.” Doing becomes a burden because generally we do not love what we do. Doing a work with love and interest makes it enjoyable and satisfying. 

Job-dissatisfaction is a serious problem of the modern generation. They get fed up with their work and working conditions. They often switch over from one job to another. Changing your work will not lead to satisfaction. Changing the way of doing your work can make it a burden or relaxation. You should not only like your work but also love it. “When you like a flower, you pluck it; but when you love it, you water it.”

If you are a teacher and you do not feel that God has given you an opportunity to train young minds and hearts and make them good human beings, you will not enjoy the task of teaching. If you are a doctor and you do not have the urge to serve the sick people and bring them back to health and happiness, you will miss the joy of healing and curing. Similar is the case with all the professions and businesses of the world. Mere money spinning will not lead to contentment and fulfillment. Everybody cannot bring happiness and prosperity in other’s life but all have the capacity to lessen the pain and suffering of their fellow beings. I read somewhere that if you cannot be a pencil to write someone’s happiness, be a nice eraser to remove his sadness. Your small acts of goodness and charity and little deeds of love and kindness are the sparks of greatness in you.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Doing Things Differently!!

Very few people know what to do in life. Even fewer people know how to do it. The way of doing a thing makes all the difference. Shiv Khera says: “Winners don’t do different things. They do things differently.” Work becomes worship if it is done with devotion. And worship becomes mere work if it is done like a routine affair. If you cage a bird, it can fly away; if you tame a squirrel, it can run away. It is much better to plant a big tree. Both will return to sing and play. This is what doing differently means.

If a tiny mosquito in the mosquito-net buzzes in your ears and disturbs your sleep, why cannot you, with your feeble voice, break the slumber of the world and wake it up? Even ordinary people can do extraordinary things. Small acts and deeds can also make a big impact on the world around you. But you have to adjust your focus and see things in a different light. Change your perspective and you will find a new purpose in life. Comforts and conveniences do not prove a man’s worth. Challenges and crises test the mettle of a man. So, convert occasions into opportunities, problems into possibilities and challenges into chances. If you have the ability to make your stumbling blocks as your stepping stones, you can be called a real hero. Winners never quit and quitters never win. You are born to win and you have to win the battle of life. Someone said beautifully: “Great people build monuments from the stones that their critics throw at them.” You can also build the Taj Mahal of your victory and triumph. Just start and do your part. Come out of your comfort zone, take calculated risks, plan and prepare, visualize and actualize and make a world of difference.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

नज़र बदलो, नज़ारे बदल जाएँगे

अलविदा  2016! अभिनंदन  2017!

नए  साल  की  नयी  सुबह  में  कुछ  खास  नहीं  होता वही सवेरा, वही  सूरज ।वही  ठण्ड, कुहासा  और  कोहरा एक दिन  का  क्षणिक उल्लास, उमंग और उत्साह। कुछ पार्टियाँ और  पिकनिक, कुछ घूमना -फिरना  और सैर -सपाटा , कुछ खाना-पीना  और  नाचना -गाना, कुछ रंगीनियाँ  और जश्न फिर सब  कुछ वैसा का वैसा ही वही  पुराना  ढर्रा,  पुराना  रूटीन  और पुराना  जीवन कैलेन्डर  की तारीख  बदलने  से समय  नहीं  बदलता मन  बदलने  से  मौसम  बदलता है  नज़र  बदलने  से  नज़ारे  बदल  जाते   हैं ज़िंदगी  के  मायने  और  इशारे  बदल  जाते  हैं जिस  तरह  लिफ्ट  हमें  इमारत   के  सबसे  ऊपरी  मंजिल तक  ले  जाता है  उसी  तरह  सही  नजरिया  हमें  सफलता  के  शिखर  तक  ले  जाता  है। जीवन में हमारी  हार  या  जीत  हमारे  दृष्टिकोण  पर  निर्भर  करती  है।  जीवन  को देखने, परखने  और  समझने  का  हमारा  अंदाज़  ही  हमें उपलब्धियों  की ऊँचाइयों   तक  ले  जाता  है  या  हमें  विनाश  के  गर्त  में  धकेल  देता  है  नजरिया   बदलने  से  बहुत  बड़ा अंतर  उत्पन्न  हो जाता  है यह  खेल  का  रुख ही  मोड़  देता  है  जीवन  और जगत  में  घटनाएँ  तो  घटती  रहतीं  हैं  परंतु यह  हमारी  सोच  पर  निर्भर  करता  है  कि  हम  उन्हें  किस दृष्टिकोण  से  देखते हैं अच्छाई  या  बुराई, खूबसूरती  या  बदसूरती  वस्तु   में  नहीं,  हमारी  दृष्टि  में होती  है
मैंने  एक  कहानी  सुनी   थी । एक  जूता  कंपनी  ने  एक  क्षेत्र  विशेष  में  सर्वे  के  लिए  अपने  दो  प्रतिनिधियों   को  भेजा । वापस  लौट  कर  पहले  ने अपने  रिपोर्ट  में  लिखा  कि  वहाँ  बिज़नेस  की  कोई  संभावना  नहीं  है  क्योंकि  वहाँ  कोई  जूता  पहनता  ही नहीं  है । दूसरे  व्यक्ति  ने  अपने  प्रतिवेदन   में लिखा  कि  वहाँ  व्यापार  की  सबसे  ज्यादा  संभावना  है  क्योंकि  अभी  तक  वहाँ किसी  ने  जूता  ख़रीदा  या  पहना   ही नहीं  है । सकारात्मक  और  नकारात्मक सोच   में यही  अंतर  है । सकारात्मक  सोच  वाले  व्यक्ति  असाधारण  अवसरों की प्रतीक्षा  नहीं  करते। वे साधारण अवसरों  का  सदुपयोग  कर  उन्हें  असाधारण बना  देते  हैं । वह उस  निराशावादी  की  तरह  नहीं  होता  जो  हर  अवसर  में समस्या  खोजता  है । वह  तो  उस  आशावादी  की  तरह  होता  है  जो  हर  समस्या  में  समाधान  ढूँढता  है । उन्हें  अपनी  क्षमता  पर  गहरा  विश्वास  होता है  और  उनमें  जीतने  की  जिद  और  ललक  होती  है कोई  भी  बाधा  उनके मार्ग  को  अवरुद्ध  नहीं  कर  सकती वे  विषम  से  विषम  परिस्थिति  में भी हार नहीं  मानते वे   सदा  संघर्ष  के  मार्ग  पर वीर  योद्धा  की  भाँति  डटे  रहते  हैं वे तो  समुद्र  के गहरे  और  खारे  पानी  से  भी  मोती  निकाल  लाते  हैं ऐसे  धुन  के  पक्के  लोग  ही  जीवन  और  समाज  में  बदलाव  लाते  हैं     
अतः  आवश्यकता  है  अपने  दृष्टिकोण  को  परिवर्तित  करने  का गुब्बारे  अपने विविध  रंगों  की वजह  से  ऊपर  नहीं  उठते  हैं उनमें  भरी  हुई  गैस  उन्हें  ऊपर की ओर  ले जाती  है। दृष्टिकोण  या  नजरिया  हमारे  भीतर  की  गैस  है  जो  हमें धरती  के गुरुत्वाकर्षण  से  मुक्त   कर   अनंत  की  यात्रा  पर  ले  जाता  है   
आइए, इस  नए साल  में  सकारात्मक  और  रचनात्मक  सोच  का  जादू  जगाएं और अपनी   जिंदगी को  खुशियों की  भीनी -भीनी  खुशबू   से भर  दें दुनिया  को  जरा हटकर देखो  तो  वह  बहुत  हसीन  नज़र  आएगी