Wednesday, 28 July 2010

A bird sitting on a branch is not afraid of the branch shaking , because it trusts not the branch but its own wings ...

(I got this as a message from one of my junior friend (Aravind) in college at a much needed time, when every happening around me turned out to be uninspiring)

This weeks dosage of inspiration. Couldn't make it on the MMI column. Apologies .

Friday, 23 July 2010

The week that was ...

Corporate life seems to be so much more different than what I expected it to be.. My everyday routine .. no its not gonna be too long ..

7:30 am : I get up after so much of wake up calls from everyone at home ..
By 8:45 am: Get ready, have breakfast and leave home .. no its been I don' remember when I read newspaper .. not even to see which movie is screemed at which theatre
9:15 am : Reach work place
9:30 pm (+ or - an hour): start back from work place
10pm: reach home .. Dinner .. On the phone for a while .. and zzzzzzzzzzzzz.....

So many things I wish to do and so little time .. I truly value my weekends :)

Monday, 19 July 2010

Monday Morning Inspiration # 91

A group of frogs were hopping contentedly through the woods, going about their froggy business, when two of them fell into a deep pit. All of the other frogs gathered around the pit to see what could be done to help their companions. When they saw how deep the pit was, the rest of the dismayed group agreed that it was hopeless and told the two frogs in the pit that they should prepare themselves for their fate, because they were as good as dead.

Unwilling to accept this terrible fate, the two frogs began to jump with all of their might. Some of the frogs shouted into the pit that it was hopeless, and that the two frogs wouldn't be in that situation if they had been more careful, more obedient to the froggy rules, and more responsible.

The other frogs continued sorrowfully shouting that they should save their energy and give up, since they were already as good as dead. The two frogs continued jumping as hard as they could, and after several hours of desperate effort were quite weary.

Finally, one of the frogs took heed to the calls of his fellows. Spent and disheartened, he quietly resolved himself to his fate, lay down at the bottom of the pit, and died as the others looked on in helpless grief. The other frog continued to jump with every ounce of energy he had, although his body was wracked with pain and he was completely exhausted.

His companions began a new, yelling for him to accept his fate, stop the pain and just die. The weary frog jumped harder and harder and - wonder of wonders! Finally leapt so high that he sprang from the pit.

Amazed, the other frogs celebrated his miraculous freedom and then gathering around him asked, "Why did you continue jumping when we told you it was impossible?" Reading their lips, the astonished frog explained to them that he was deaf, and that when he saw their gestures and shouting, he thought they were cheering him on. What he had perceived as encouragement inspired him to try harder and to succeed against all odds.

It is all your constant encouragement and support that brings in the sense of duty into me to post the MMI here every week ( thou' I know its a little late for the day today). It truly is the words that make or break a person.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Monday Morning Inspiration # 90

A teenager lived alone with his father, and the two of them had a very special relationship. The father believed in encouragement. Even though the son was always on the bench, his father was always in the stands cheering. He never missed a game.

This young man was the smallest of the class when he entered high school.

His father continued to encourage him but also made it very clear that he did not have to play football if he didn't want to.

But the young man loved football and decided to hang in there. He was determined to try his best at every practice, and perhaps he would get to play when he became a senior.

All through high school he never missed a practice or a game, but remained a bench warmer all four years. His faithful father was always in the stands, always with words of encouragement for him. When the young man went to college, he decided to try out for the football team as a "walk-on."

Everyone was sure he could never make the cut, but he did. The coach admitted that he kept him on the roster because he always puts his heart and soul to every practice, and at the same time, provided the other members with the spirit and hustle they badly needed. The news that he had survived the cut thrilled him so much that he rushed to the nearest phone and called his father.

His father shared his excitement and was sent season tickets for all the college games. This persistent young athlete never missed practice during his four years at college, but he never got to play in the game.

It was the end of his senior football season, and as he trotted onto the practice field shortly before the big play off game, the coach met him with a telegram. The young man read the telegram and he became deathly silent.

Swallowing hard, he mumbled to the coach, "My father died this morning. Is it all right if I miss practice today?"

The coach put his arm gently around his shoulder and said, "Take the rest of the week off, son. And don't even plan to come back to the game on Saturday." Saturday arrived, and the game was not going well.

In the third quarter, when the team was ten points behind, a silent young man quietly slipped into the empty locker room and put on his football gear. As he ran onto the sidelines, the coach and his players were astounded to see their faithful team-mate back so soon.

"Coach, please let me play. I have just got to play today," said the young man.

The coach pretended not to hear him. There was no way he wanted his worst player in this close playoff game. But the young man persisted, and finally feeling sorry for young man, the coach gave in. "All right," he said. "You can go in." Before long, the coach, the players and everyone in the stands could not believe their eyes. This little unknown, who had never played before, was doing everything right. The opposing team could not stop him. He ran, he passed, blocked and tackled like a star. His team began to triumph.

The score was soon tied. In the closing seconds of the game, this young man intercepted a pass and ran all the way for the winning touchdown. The fans broke loose. His team-mates hoisted him onto their shoulders. Such cheering you have never heard!

Finally, after the stands had emptied and the team had showered and left the locker room, the coach noticed that the young man was sitting quietly in the corner all alone. The coach came to him and said, "Young man, I can't believe it. You were fantastic! Tell me what got into you? How did you do it?"

Young man looked at the coach, with tears in his eyes, and said, "Well, you knew my dad died, but did you know that my dad was blind?" The young man swallowed hard and forced a smile, "Dad came to all my games, but today was the first time he could see me play, and I wanted to show him I could do it!"


"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try."

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who
have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of
the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

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Sunday, 4 July 2010

Monday Morning Inspiration # 89

Charles Schultz Philosophy

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip. You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just read the e-mail straight through, and you'll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners .

Here's another quiz.

See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with .


The lesson:

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

W-E-E-K-E-N-D !

I would say tomorrow and the day after would me one of my most sought after weekend. A weekend that I get to do something that I want to or like doing after almost a month .. the last few weeks .. be it weekdays or weekends .. it was full time work. It hardly even mattered what day of the week it was.

But for the next two days I am really looking forward to doing I don know what .. but I'm goona have a lot and lot of time for myself, do things that I ve been wanting to do..

I have a DJ spinning songs in my mind .. A mini party is going on in my head thinking about the few good times I had during my Goa induction programme and the loads of good times waiting in the future :)

Wishing you all a great weekend too :) :)

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Thank you all :)

Thank you all for your wonderful comments for my last post - which was about my blog's 3rd Anniversary. It feels really good to have readers commenting on your blog posts and is wonderful in itself to know there are readers looking to read your blog leave apart commenting on them.

With the new template on my blog, there are two check boxes denoting like and unlike - in case your out of words you can use them to put forward your views.

I am looking forward to posting Monday Morning Inspirations as well. I always have this guilty feeling when a monday passes without me posting an MMI, which has happened quite a lot of times in the recent past. Jus' planning it out such that MMI's become a part and parcel of Random thoughts.

I'm open to hearing a lot more views from my reader. Thank you all for your enormous support, that keeps me going ..