Thursday, June 28, 2007
In fact, many have risen to fame and become great capitalizing on their drawbacks. Franklin D. Roosevelt got himself elected four terms in succession as President of the United States of America despite being a cripple. Thomas Alva Edision, the greatest of all inventors was stone-deaf and so was the world famous pianist and composer, Beethoven. Winston Churchill who led England from near defeat to glorious victory by his oratory was a pathetic stammerer at one time.
Success has to be earned and it demands sustained hard work and sacrifice. There is no success without some sacrifice. You get out o life only what you give to it.. If you want the good things in life you have to work for them. If you are willing to work diligently towards your goal, you will surely succeed. The good things in life can be yours if you have a truly strong motivation for achieving them. One's attitude determines one's future. You can always fashion your future the way you want. You need only the desire to change and the desire to forge ahead. And then, if you proceed in a logical manner, you will surely succeed.
But something that the spiritually advanced noticed quickly was that everything material is impermanent. Like beauty fades, and youth withers away, so does everything material. So happiness cannot depend on the material.
So as this revelation was made clearer, many ancient traditions focused on the opposite, the spiritual. And thus, if you begin studying ancient texts and modern sciences, you'll notice their complexity. The more you learn the more you get confused. Eventually, the main goal, happiness (or personal contentment), is lost in the haze.
Some, the very adept, are able to reach that state of pure happiness through spiritual ascension, via ascetic practices. Going on retreat to the middle of nowhere and living in a monastery devoid of life's simple pleasures, does not seem like a practical option for a normal human being living in the 21st Century. For us, the normal human beings, spiritual ascension is a goal we might want but not at the expense of "living life to the fullest."
For most of us, our time is our most precious commodity. We love to live life in the moment and we enjoy life more when we are in action. We like doing, evolving, learning, interacting, being, moving; this is who we are. More important than spiritual ascension is personal contentment.
Only with personal contentment can you ascend spiritually. Personal contentment does not mean material or sensory satisfaction. Personal contentment means to be truly happy with yourself right here and now.
From this state of personal contentment EVERYTHING is possible. Personal contentment brings peace of mind.
– Urayaoan Paz
17 billion dollars is the worth of India’s textile exports in 2006-07.
257 female pilots are working in civil airlines in India.
71 year – old Katsusuke Yanagisawa, retired school teacher from Japan, has become the oldest person to scale Mount Everest.
22 lakh pilgrims visited TIrupati temple between April 24 and May 23.
Rs. 25 crore was the hundi collection at the shrine during this period.
Upon their arrival, the doctor said he had invented a new machine that would transfer a portion of the mother's labor pain to the father.
2. Declare you are going to conquer the fear
3. Expect to feel anxious, awkward and scared
4. Consider copying a style you like until you find your own style
5. Focus your attention
6. Motivate yourself with affirmations
7. Step into the fear with abandon
8. Let go and have fun! Remind yourself to keep breathing
9. Pat yourself on the back when it's over
10. Notice how much easier it gets
- Women will never be successful as men because they have no wives to advise them – Dick van Dyke
- To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy – Hippocrates (460 BC – 400 BC)
- Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous – Confucius (551 BC – 479BC)
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To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking. – Johann von Goethe
Nothing important was ever achieved without someone taking a chance. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
I have more days behind me than ahead of me, I try to take up with a discipline of gratitude every day. – Bill Clinton
What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he’s staring out of the window. – Burton Rascoe
Let us try to enjoy them by seeing touching and feeling. No one needs to possess them. They belong to us.
God has created for all of us.
When we fail to realize it, we lose our life.
Once we come to know they are ours we enjoy them. Then we really attain the supreme bliss of happiness.
2. Be sincere--most people can sense when you are not being honest.
3. Write clearly and concisely; this is no time to be long winded or flowery.
4. Handwrite your personal appreciation letter on a sheet of stationery, but use customized letterhead for business correspondence.
5. Avoid thanking the person beforehand--for example: ‘Thanking you in advance for your help in this matter.’
6. Write the appreciation letter within a few days of whatever happened to inspire your gratitude.
7. Address your appreciation letter to a specific person, if possible, not just to the company or to the organization in general.
8. A sincere, well-written appreciation letter can create or strengthen interpersonal rapport and can open doors to other productive opportunities in the future.
- A Committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing, but as a group decide that nothing can be done.
- Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.
- The fastest way to find something you've lost is to replace it.
- Definition of the word 'Adult': A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.
- Droughts are because God didn't pay his water bill.
- 500 armed forces personnel are discharged from service every year for mental disorders and alcoholism.
- 10,908 crore rupees is the net profit of Reliance Industries in 2006 – 2007.
- 45,000 children go missing in India every year, says a National Human Rights Commission report.
- 15 million red blood cells are created and killed every second in the human body.
In 1997-98, El Nino contributed to a global cost of about $34 billion with 24,000 deaths and 6 million people displaced on account of drought, storms etc.,
1st Technique: Straight Posture and Big Steps
Optimistic people use straight posture, walk fast, and take big steps.
Pessimistic people slouch, walk slowly, and use small steps.
2nd Technique: Cheerful Voice
A lightning quick way to feel upbeat is to use a cheerful voice.
3rd Technique: Use Upbeat Words
You can use types of words: upsetting and upbeat. Pessimists relish using upsetting words, while optimists excel at using upbeat words.
4th Technique: Use Upbeat Attitudes
I find the chief way to become an optimist simply is to focus on solutions – and not focus on problems. Every time a difficulty pops up, immediately create solutions and put them into action.
5th Technique: Be a Magnificent Role Model
Remember a time you were a role model for someone. As you helped that
person, you also helped yourself.
-Michael Mercer, Ph.D.
Set aside some time and find a place where you can sit undisturbed. Then, gather together some old magazines, catalogs, and newspapers, as well as a piece of paper, scissors, pen, and a glue stick.