Saturday, March 30, 2013

 
NARA'S NOTEPAD
 
 
VOLUME 9
 
APRIL 2013
 
NUMBER 4
 
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PART 1

A BOOK BY NARA

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MEMO FROM NARA



Transition from the past to the present to the future has been realized by on and all. Nature changes from season to season with slight modification although the transition is certain. In other words, transition brings changes. Many changes are for good whereas some are not.

One of the glaring changes we observe is food habits. People who have visited the US – in fact, most of the educated classes and business people very often do – generally taste the American foods and develop a taste for them, especially the young ones. They prefer to eat pizza, potato fries, KFC, Mac Donald burger etc. These people when come back home, try to search for such food to which they have developed a special taste. Of course, we do find the same types of food in Pizza Huts, Subways, KFCs and Mac Donald outlets in every city of India. The transition of food from country to country has become popular because of people’s preference.

Religions preach that God is beyond transition and thus there is no change in God.  Godly thoughts also do not change. Is it true that the natural process of change is applicable only to human beings? Is it possible for us to stop transition from the past to the present? I don’t think so, because the present and probably the future generations look for change and create changes in everything. They live in change and bring in change. Advancements and progress in human activities like education, science, health, business, and social service bring in changes and transition happen from year to year and decade to decade. History hints at all these aspects. The transition from a manual typewriter to a computer and sending letters (messages) through posts to e-mails are very common examples we all know. In future, how these things are going to be transformed? – Only time will tell. So transition is linked somehow with time. We have heard about the animals lived in Planet Earth millions of years ago. Today they are extinct. Transition led to new kinds of animals! Therefore, we can assume that there is no end to transition on earth.

However the religious and philosophical ideals postulate that the intransient and immortal as the highest order of being. But transition is an inescapable reality. The nature of social organization and the innate political wisdom make transition not only inevitable but even desirable. Every country tries to improve the living conditions of its people and empower them with health and education. Such attempts bring progress and improvements in individual life and generate good citizens who in turn contribute to for the changes. Marketing of commodities, management of finance and communicating the quality of products produced (Advertisements) have evolved over time. Selling things what human being needs in a sophisticated manner is another example for transition from exchange of goods for our food. By allowing education for women – a big change in countries like India – we have revolutionized the society and social order. Because of this transition today we see women working like men in all fields without fear or favour. They have built up courage and confidence in their mind to involve all aspects of social services. Someone rightly said: “Even truth changes every 8 or 10 years.” Therefore, whether one likes it or not change is bound to happen to create transition and we have to accept it.

WHAT IS CREATIVITY


Creativity is the bringing into being of something which did not exist before, either as a product, a process or a thought. You would be demonstrating creativity if you:

  • Invent something which has never existed before
  • Invent something which exists elsewhere but you are not aware of
  • Invent a new process for doing something
  • Reapply an existing process or product into a new or different market

CHINESE THINKING


 
The trouble with Americans is that when a thing is nearly right, they want to make it still better, while for a Chinese nearly right is good enough. The three great American vices seem to be efficiency, punctuality and the desire for achievements and success. They are the things that make the Americans so unhappy and so nervous. They stel from them their inalienable right of loafing and cheat them of many a good idle and beautiful afternoon.

According to the story of creation in creating woman, God took of the beauty of the flowers, the song of the birds, the colours of the rainbow, the kin of the breeze, the laughter of the waves, the gentleness of the lamb, the cunning of the fox, the waywardness of the clouds and the fickleness of shower, and wove them into a female being and presented her to man as his wife. – Lin Yutang

OUR NEEDS...


 
We have many needs, as I am sure you know. First in the hierarchy come our physical needs (food, water, warmth, safety, shelter, sex, touch etc...). Many of these are essential for our physical survival and so these become pressing if not met. We feel intense and desperate pain (thirst, hunger, cold) and an intense joy at the first sip of water, morsel of food or warmth of the blanket thrown around our shoulders. But this quickly wears off because that need has now been satisfied. More (or prolonged) warmth, more food or more water brings diminishing returns in happiness. Eventually, other needs come to the surface - the need to be cool, the need to rest and digest. Whereas before, the cold wind caused the most intense agony and you longed for a good crackling fire to warm your bottom against, now the cold breeze from the open window feels good against your face. You feel a momentary flash of joy...

INTROVERTS AND EXTROVERTS


 

 

The introverts are the ones who enjoy spending ‘alone time’ whereas the extroverts are social by nature. Also extroverts are looked upon as easy going and approachable. The introverts get perceived as ‘non-participative’ because of their less-expressive nature. About one third to one half of the population considers themselves to be introverts. Some of the best leaders in the world have been introverts by nature.

 

Introverts typically derive energy from within, reflect upon their thoughts and the resulting ideas or solutions have immense depth and value. Talented introverts are generally aloof, observant and less talkative and may need probing to elicit response. They may not be socially inclined and don’t enjoy much of attention, but prefer to work in solitude. They generally perform better as an individual than in a team. 

JUST TO LAUGH


 

The waitress went up to her boss and said: “I am not going to serve that cheeky devil over there!”

“What is wrong?” asked the boss.

“Well, he asked me for French salad and when I asked him “what’s that?” the devil said, “It’s the same as any other salad; only you serve it without dressing.”

 

Police: “Drunken driving is an offence, I charge you for that. Tell me the name.”

Driver: “It is Scotch brand, Sir.”

Police: “How dare you! Anyway, do you have another bottle?”

 

FULFILLMENT


 

Don’t play the career game for cash. If you think money is the top prize you’ll get suckered in by all kinds of get-rich-quick schemes, and you’ll make a lot of dumb bets. Even when you win the money you seek, you still lose because you miss the mark. The real prize is fulfilment. This means putting yourself in a position where you’re doing work you love, building your strengths and talents, enjoying abundant income, and making a meaningful contribution to others. Now that’s a prize worth having. -  Steve Pavlina

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PRACTICAL STEPS TO LISTENING EFFECTIVELY...


 

Listening is described in numerous studies as the most prominent kind of communication. It has been identified as one of the most frequent problems in marriage, one of the most important in family and social settings, and one of the most important on-the-job communication skills. Often people think that because they can hear, listening is a natural ability. It is not. Listening effectively requires considerable skill and practice and is a learned skill. Listening skills have been described as either 'listening with our hearts' or 'hearing between the words.' Listening is a process that consists of five elements: hearing, attending, understanding, responding, and remembering. Hearing is the physiological dimension of listening that occurs when sound waves strike the ear at a certain frequency and loudness and is influenced by background noise. Attending is the process of filtering out some messages and focusing on others. Understanding occurs when we make sense of a message. Responding consists of giving observable feedback to the speaker such as eye contact and appropriate facial expressions. Remembering is the ability to recall information. Listening isn't just a passive activity; we are active participants in a communication transaction. By Gwen Nyhus Stewart

 

Finish what you start!


Meet you next month – May, 2013


 


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