Wednesday, February 7, 2018


NARA’S NOTEPAD
VOLUME 14
FEBRUARY 2018

NUMBER 2

KEEP YOUR OPTIMISM
 WITHIN REASON

NARA’S NOTEPAD
THANK
MR. K. J. SUBBAN
JOINT DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE (RETD.)
10/3A Ramaswamy Nagar, Anjaneyar Koil Street, Marudhamalai Road, Coimbatore – 641046

for sponsoring January to March 2018 issues.

MEMO FROM NARA


Almost every town/city is situated on either sides of a river – big or small. River provides mainly water for the inhabitants. In some rivers we find water in only some seasons. In others water flows all through the year. Such rivers are perennial in nature. River Seine in Paris, Thames in London, Tyne in New Castle, Ganga in Varanasi, Coovam in Chennai are good examples. In fact, human beings preferred to settle on the banks of these rivers. Most of our human civilization originated on either side of these great rivers. River water is not salty so it is suitable for drinking and irrigation. Some kind of fishes also lives in river water. Rivers do bring silt along and deposit on the river beds. River sand is in great demand nowadays for the huge construction industry. The origin of river water is rain or melting snow/ice from mountains. Generally rivers do not flow straight. They flow according to the slope and often take a zig zag direction touching various spots delivering water to this thirsty earth.
The flow of river water is checked by check dams built by men at various points so that they can tap the precious water for farming, industries and human needs. The topography of the land helps in establishing big or small dams. These dams discharge the impounded water whenever needed. The water in the river is partly used and the rest, unused ones reach the sea and become salty! As the water scarcity is mounting everywhere on earth, people try to impound it in dams and tanks preventing it to flow into the sea. Some big rivers are used for transportation. Small boats are used to go from one place to other carrying goods or crossing river. A cheap way of transport indeed! Swimming and bathing in river is a real joy for all. In festival seasons huge crowds go to river to bath and wash off their sins.
Rivers travel across States of Nations and also across Nations of the world.
Scarcity of water leads to larger disputes between States and Nations. Filing cases in courts leads to complications. If more water is available, then sharing becomes easy. At times, when water becomes limiting all kinds of problems arise. Each State or Nation fully utilize the water for their use and the rest is let out to others. This is quite normal. River water problems exist everywhere on earth. When flooding occurs, rivers overflow and water enters either side of the rivers and damage crops and human settlements. In order to cross the river, bridges are being constructed at various points. Road and rail bridges are generally constructed across rivers. Some of the bridges are really engineering marvels.

Thus rivers are essential for all living organisms. Some of the rivers are damaged by dumping trashes and industrial effluents. But in certain countries like UK and Singapore I witnessed clean rivers with clean water. So it is possible to have rivers of such standard everywhere on earth if human beings want.

SUNDER PITCHAI SAYS


1.      Think about what is next.
2.      Empower people.
3.      Idea matters.
4.      Take risks.
5.      Be an optimist.
6.      Solve problems.
7.      Follow your dreams.
8.      Have a good morning routine.
9.      Do what you love.

10.   Push yourself.

GETTING MORE OUT OF LIFE


1. Stop resisting change and see it as a constant in life.
2. Learn to enjoy, and value solitude.
3. Never forget that friendship is a gift, not a possession.
4. Things are rarely as bad as they seem at first.
5. Do your most important tasks first thing in the morning.
6. Smiling seems to help with most things!
7. Schedule margin into your life – as something unexpected will often change your plans.
8. QTIP: quit taking it personally.
9. Define what’s necessary; say no to the rest.
10. Take a deep breath and wait before responding. Don’t react, and say something you’ll regret.


COPING WITH AN AWFUL DAY


1. Distract yourself. Let your mind wander and think about fun things you’ve planned; or watch a funny movie; or call up a friend.
2. Play your favorite music.
3. Try and balance out your terrible day by thinking of something that went really well recently.
4. Try and squeeze in time for exercise. The endorphins this releases will help to lift your mood.
5. Don’t isolate yourself. Research shows that we generally feel better if we spend time with others, rather than retreating and being on our own.
6. Try to maintain perspective. Ask yourself, “How much will this matter - a week, month or year from now?”
7. Try journaling. Many people find that just writing things down helps to drain away the negativity.
8. Go to bed early and try to fall asleep … And remember that tomorrow is another day.


JUST TO LAUGH


A man asks a farmer near a field, “Sorry sir, would you mind if I crossed your field instead of going around it? You see, I have to catch the 4:23 train.”
The farmer says, “Sure, go right ahead. And if my bull sees you, you’ll even catch the 4:11 one.”

 “My wife suffers from a drinking problem.”
-“Oh is she an alcoholic?”
-“No, I am, but she’s the one who suffers.”

In a boomerang shop: "I'd like to buy a new boomerang please. Also, can you tell me how to throw the old one away?"

Doctor: Hello, did you come to see me with an eye problem?
Patient: Wow, yes, how can you tell?
Doctor: Because you came in
through the window instead of the door.


EMOTIONS


There are only two emotions – love and fear. All the others we feel are built around those two central aspects. If we feel compassionate, kind, gentle, supportive, caring, empathic, humorous, joyful, these emotions are all based upon love. Wanting what is best for someone, helping an elderly lady across the road or a friend dismantle his motorbike, these are actions based upon love.
Think about all the different kinds of love. There’s parental love, filial love, sisterly/brotherly love, love of nature and animals, love of good food and wine, love for mankind, sexual love, and platonic love and so on.

Fear is the basis for what we regard as the “darker” emotions – anger, jealousy, hatred, self-righteousness, envy, selfishness, superiority, inferiority, and so on. Violence comes from fear, as do the feelings that drive it. Sarcasm comes from fear. Putting others down is fear-based. If we were able to get under the skin of these feelings, we would find fear based upon early or even primitive stuff. Some of the fears will be personal to ourselves, some will be archetypal. – Jonny Chuter

LINES I LIKED

  • Ø  A life with no imagination is a life of imprisonment.
  • Ø  A life with no inspiration is a life of stagnation.
  • Ø  A little rest will recreate forces but too much rest degenerates into laziness and brainless, dreamy longings.
  • Ø  A lot of people always focus on the negative.


Asking is the beginning of receiving!

Meet you next month –2018

 

Professor A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP

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Thursday, January 11, 2018


NARA’S NOTEPAD

VOLUME 14
JANUARY 2018
NUMBER 1

SUPPORTED BY READERS LIKE YOU

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU 

NARA’S NOTEPAD
THANK
MR. K. J. SUBBAN
JOINT DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE (RETD.)
10/3A Ramaswamy Nagar, Anjaneyar Koil Street, Marudhamalai Road, Coimbatore - 641046
Sponsoring January to March 2018 issues.


MEMO FROM NARA


We appreciate people who perform better than others. So appreciation is considered as the reward for them. In fact, everyone likes to be appreciated because appreciation brings both happiness and encouragement. Sometimes it acts as a tonic. Sportsmen and women do their best in National and International competitions and get appreciated by gold/silver/bronze medals. Similarly teachers who train students and make them knowledgeable and responsible citizens of our country also get great appreciation. Thus all kinds of activities deserve appreciation which is expressed in various forms. The activities are recognized, respected, admired and awarded. In everyday life we see people appreciate the good deeds done by some and also talk high about the good qualities of such personalities of repute.

Appreciation is not communicated in words or expressed explicit but only felt within the mind. On the other hand, nowadays appreciations are expressed openly by offering a certificate of appreciation or mementos or cash prize.


Competition in sports and games is recognized by offering millions of dollars for the winning person or teams. Such awards are offered to appreciate the outstanding achievements. The services of a person are appreciated at the time of his/her retirement. Personalities who have contributed to the well-being of human society are highly appreciated. Authors of good books are also appreciated by the readers of those books. Music, dance, painting, acting, teaching, treating patients, designing are some of the professions where people excel and achieve greatness. They deserve appreciation. 

Likewise, nature, flowers, gardens, monuments, art etc. are also being appreciated. Beautiful things are generally appreciated at least by saying they are good, excellent, awesome, and fabulous or super. In fact, I find such comments from friends for my postings in Facebook. Such appreciations encourage me to post more of interesting messages and photos. So a person who is appreciated will certainly do more than what is expected from him/her.

The joy one derives from the appreciations received from others – known or unknown – is immense. It is more so with children. Every activity they do has to be appreciated. That makes them happy and keeps them encouraged. Indeed, it is a motivation! Such appreciations go long way to shape the future of children. This mantra is known to mothers and teachers. So appreciation is a wonderful tool; it recognizes what is excellent in others and us as well.

It is better to know a few things which are good and necessary than many things which are useless and mediocre. What a great treasure can be hidden in a small, selected library! A company of the wisest and the most deserving people from all the civilized countries of the world, for thousands of years can make the results of their studies and their wisdom available to us. The thought which they might not even reveal to their best friends is written here in clear words for us, people from another century. Yes, we should be grateful for the best books, for the best spiritual achievement in our lives.  – R. W. Emerson

HOW TO BE SOCIAL?


1. Give your energy level a boost. It’s hard to be friendly, and to focus on others, if you’re feeling really tired and would rather be in bed. To keep going, grab some coffee or a bite to eat, or go outside for a few minutes, and get some cool, fresh air.
2. Have some tactics at the ready if you don’t know the people or if you have to be with people you would rather avoid. For example, if you don’t like the people, ask a friend to go with you … and have a great excuse for leaving once you’ve done the minimum.
3. Plan ahead to avoid conflict. Aim to stay in control of your reactions and emotions – and resist the pressure to take part in arguments.
4. Control your contribution. If you’re quiet and introverted then value you who you are. Don’t expect yourself to be a party animal. Show respect for yourself by taking time out if you need to, and only talk to people that you want to be around.
5. See it as a chance to practices a few social skills. Take the pressure off yourself by practicing your social skills. For example, ask a few open questions, and keep the focus on the speaker. Try and come across as friendly through your use of body language – like making good eye contact and smiling while you talk.



COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT):

It is based on the principle that thoughts influence feelings, feelings influence actions, and actions influence results, or life circumstances. In other words, situations don’t make us feel certain ways. People don’t make us feel certain ways. It’s how we interpret (or think about) situations or things people say or do that influences how we feel.

JUST TO LAUGH


Patient to his doctor: I have forgotten so many things lately, and it’s getting worse. What can I do? 
Doctor: Yes, this is a known illness, unfortunately it has no cure. I’d also like to remind you about the Rs. 1000 that you owe me?


Judge: “Why did you steal the car?” 
Man: “I had to get to work.”

 Judge: “Why didn’t you take the bus?”
Man: I don’t have a driver’s license for the bus.

I’ve read so many horrible things about drinking and smoking recently that I made a new, firm
New Year’s resolution: NO MORE READING!


THE THREE Is



IMAGINATION: A child’s imagination is a wealth of ideas and innovations. This contributes to creativity, flexible thinking and endless inspiration extending into adulthood. It requires time for personal reflection and free play through tasks that the children are personally interested in.

INQUISITIVENESS: Creative people are inquisitive enough to identify problems and then persistently explore them until they come up with new solutions. Children should be encouraged to be curious and always ask “why” and “why not” instead of losing that spark as they grow older and learn that answers are more important questions.


INTERCONNECTIONS: According to neuroscience, innovation draws on the whole brain. School curriculum should drive students to “join the dots” and make rich, deep and unexpected links between the different things they learn. Much innovation happens when unexpected skills collide across different fields.

LINES I LIKED



      A kind word will give more pleasure than a present.
Ø  A large majority of people are controlled by their habits.
Ø  A lawyer makes an asset out of his lie-ability.
Ø  A liar needs a good memory.
Ø  A lie told with good intention is also truth.