Saturday, January 31, 2009



NARA’S NOTEPAD

VOLUME 5
FEBRUARY 2009
NUMBER 2



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ACCEPTANCE

IS

THE KEY

TO

CHANGE

MEMO FROM NARA

It is always wise for anyone to learn for accepting people and what is happening around them. We do interact with our fellow beings everyday and it is better to accept their points of view, whether they are sensible or not. All of us are not perfect in our thinking and action owing to various reasons. We should try to understand and accept. In fact, it is not that easy to follow. Still I feel it is not impossible. We have to practice for few days. Before accepting we need to enjoy what ever going on around us. Some of the things may not be up to our taste; still we have to bear and accept it. Accepting is a great attitude, but only few people posses this attitude. Those people are always cheerful and happy. We know that it is difficult to change others and their attitudes. That is the way they are brought up. Whether we like it or not, that is the way the world is. Adapting to that and trying to mellow it, is one of the methods by which we can be happy socially.

Success or failure is faced by everyone every day. So accepting success or failure is our duty. One has to accept failure in the same way we accept our success. Otherwise the consequences will be disastrous. Therefore, it is all in our hands to accept or not to accept. Let us give a try to the concept of acceptance from today because it is going to be a practical practice for shaping our precious life. Someone said: “People ought to be people and shouldn’t be so concerned with the fact that their neighbors are different than they are.”


JUST TO LAUGH...


When my friend Lakshmi said she was expecting, I asked, “Do you know the baby’s sex?”
“Yes,” she replied, “but we’ve decided not to announce it now.”
“Can I take a guess?”
“Sure, go ahead.”
“Is it a girl?”
“Oh no,” she replied. “You’re way off.”

My grand mother was famous for her quick wit. Once at a family event, my sister’s date asked if she could bring her a drink. “Yes, A Whisky,” grand mother said.
“Okay, but you can’t be our designated driver,” the young man joked.
“Oh, I don’t drive. Never did.”
“Why is that?” he asked.
“If you drink, you shouldn’t drive. So I made only sensible choice.’

THEY SAID...


Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony. – Mahatma Gandhi
True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. – Helen Keller
You will never be happier than you expect. To change your happiness, change your expectation. – Bette Davis
The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not. – G. B. Shaw
By all means marry. If you get a good wife you will become happy, and if you get a bad one you will become a philosopher –Socrates
Happiness does not abide in the senses; it is in the state of mind you attain. – Amita Pritam
Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you have decided to look beyond the imperfections. - Anonymous

WRITING


Writing makes the invisible visible. At any one time, you have myriad thoughts, ideas and insights lodged in your mind, waiting to be released. Writing is one way to let your thoughts flow, to take you wherever you need to go. Writing helps you put aside your internal censor. It's so important to put aside any self-judgment when you begin to write. Refrain from judging how "well" you're writing or the ideas that show up on the paper. Instead write to think, write for the fun of it, and write to relieve confusion. Sometimes the thinking mind can't access what the writing mind can. Writing is a process of reflective thinking or self-observation. It puts you in touch with emotions or thoughts you might not be aware of. Plunging into a problem on paper, you may suddenly see a solution clearly.

INNOVATION


Innovation, by definition involves introducing something new. It is not a simple imitation, but an addition, however slight it may be. And at its creative extreme, it could be invention. Ms. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw of Bicon Ltd., categorized innovation into four broad types.
The first is what may be termed “incremental innovation.” This builds on an existing idea or model, product, process or service but innovates a bit on it. The effect is to lower the cost and increase the supply or availability.
The second category is “evolutionary innovation.” Here the innovator builds on what is known, and creates significant new value. It is evolutionary since it is the next step to the incremental. The innovation driver here is market leadership. The car, Tata Nano, exemplifies this well.
The third is the”breakthrough innovation.” This involves the creation of a radically new product, service, process or business model. Breakthrough is about new technology and novel products that are derived from experimental innovation. The electric car “Reva” or Biocon’s “oral insulin” exemplifies this.
The last and the most challenging category is “experimental innovation,” which in reality is close to or identical to invention. The driver here is the next practice. Fuel – cell based vehicles, stem cell therapy, gene therapy and application of nanotechnology are examples here.

CHOOSE YOUR THOUGHTS


The mind tends to have a torrent of thoughts (mostly negative) running through it continuously. You must be picky about what you think. Keep saying “Stop!” to negative thoughts constantly. Keep screening every thought with six wise questions:

1. Who is thinking this thought – my higher self or lower- self?
2. Is it hurting or helping me?
3. Will it help me become a better person?
4. Is it loving, is it feeding my ego?
5. Is it a pure enough thought to be shared with everybody?
6. Does it befit the miraculous being that I am?

Soon you will realize that you can actually choose your thoughts. It’s like telling your lower self, “Mind your language!”

FOUR SIMPLE STRESS REDUCERS


Daydream. Developing pleasant images in your mind is an efficient and enjoyable way to activate the relaxation response. Try imagining a scene from your past, one where you felt happy, secure, and peaceful. Then mentally place yourself there, making all the sensory impressions - smells, sounds, sights - as sharp as possible.

Get a massage. Massage is wonderfully relaxing, and has many health benefits - it can help manage stress, reduce blood pressure and heart rate, soothe muscles, relax stiff joints, lower levels of cortisol, and enhance immune function.

Instead of having a drink (or two) to cope with stress, practice relaxation techniques such as visualization and meditation. Both are more effective - and less costly to your health - than alcohol.

Watch funny movies. Humor can help reassign meaning to stressful experiences, and laughter is a sign of healthy acceptance of life’s ups and downs.

WORLD CLASS UNIVERSITY



There are four factors that are critical for a World Class University. There must be commitment to breadth and excellence in all fields of human inquiry, not simply in a particular niche. World Class Universities engage in cutting edge research whilst at the same time teaching the next generation, their students. Teaching and research are intrinsically bound together, with top researchers inspiring and monitoring their students. In turn, students themselves inspire and challenge their teachers. Great Universities must allow their researchers the freedom to experiment, succeed and sometimes fail. They must be able to make grand mistakes as well as grand discoveries. They must have permeable boundaries. This means encouraging inter disciplinary research and teaching; it means working with the private sector for example, fostering and encouraging partnerships with industry; and it means international collaboration. Universities must never forget that they are very much embedded in their countries and their regions. We are all very much part of where we live and as we look to future, managing the balance between the international and the local is one of the main challenges Universities confront. – Alison Richard, January, 2008.

Your well being is the wealth of your family!
Meet you next month –March, 2009

Prof. A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP
# 19, Phase 5, Maharani Avenue, Vadavalli, Coimbatore – 641 041, Tamil Nadu
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