Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The knowledge we need or we do not need is available today in print and electronic media including the internet. Knowledge of everything is open, not hidden. People say knowledge explosion is on. Yes, when population explodes, knowledge has to explode! That is what happens today. Most of us make use of this available knowledge for our survival and work.
Recently my ayurvedic doctor prescribed medicines for my illness after examining me. I bought them and came home to see what those medicines are? Simply I googled the names of those medicines. Oh, they were there! Not only they were there, it indicated the use of those medicines and their side effects. Even the comments by those who used these medicines were also given. It was amazing.
Thus anyone can click the internet and get what he or she wants. All are available – whether it is science, spirituality, self-help, medicine, engineering, law, literature, music and what not? All are available on line. Books, newspapers, magazines and newsletters are on-lined.
Communicating knowledge to others and sharing written materials including photographs and videos are all possible through internet. One can meet thousands of people in social media like facebook, twitter etc. Getting new friends from all over the world, and renewing contacts of old friends are easy nowadays.
So it is the choice that makes us to enjoy the whole world of knowledge. Indeed what to choose and what not, has become a problem. Everything is available in internet. Who has made it? It is none other than our own kith and kin. Their ability and thinking power have made the world of internet. It is the storehouse of knowledge to provide us all kinds of knowledge.
Teachers and professors were considered to the storehouse of knowledge in olden times. They were highly respected for it. But today even they depend on internet to gather knowledge. Internet is accessible to all – teachers, students, and men and women. Dictionary used to be our reference for words. Every house used to have a bulky dictionary to look into the meaning of difficult words. Dictionary contains needed and unneeded words. It is our choice to pick the needed ones as we do it with internet for knowledge.
Choose what you want, there is the internet. Interestingly internet is available in our smart phones also. They are always with us either in our pockets or inside the lady’s handbag, but most of the time the gadget is held in the hand especially by celebrities like politicians, business people and cine actors. Such phones are available with everyone. So knowledge is everyone’s hands. No need to depend on someone else. We have the knowledge in our hands and we have to make use of it for our life.
A young man looking to get married asked his friend. “Every woman I bring home to meet my parents, mother doesn’t like.” Friend: “Oh, that’s easy” replied. “All you have to do is find someone who’s just like your mother”. Young man: “I did that already, and that one my father didn’t like.”
A guy asked a beautiful lady standing next to him. ‘Nice perfume…which one is it?... I want to gift it to my wife…!! Lady: Don’t give her…some idiot will find an excuse to talk to her.
Mohan: My grandfather lived for 96 years and he never used
glasses… Ravi: Yes, I know, some people in my family also drink
directly from the bottle.
It is our responsibility to take good care of our planet’s health. We, people, have already made so much damage to our world that pollution has become one of the major problems of today’s society. A variety of animal and plant species have become extinct and others are endangered. The air we breathe is becoming more and more harmful to our health. Junk is cluttering our oceans and threatening ecosystems. We all want to live in a beautiful environment but few of us are taking action to preserve its purity and health. The simplest thing we all can do in order to take care of our planet is to recycle. It reduces the amount of waste which is being sent to landfills, saves energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions that cause global climate anomalies and it helps sustain the environment for the future generations. These are just a few of the benefits of recycling which can change the world we live in for the better. Another practicable thing we can do is to take care of our planet’s natural resources. Renewable energy sources are a great way to make a positive change in the world and preserve our environment.
1. Problems are just unresolved opportunities.
2. Live within your budget. Better yet, live beneath your means.
3. Happy people are focused more on you-you-you than me-me-me.
4. Don't sell out your integrity because it's almost impossible to buy back.
5. Trust is a must or the relationship will bust.
6. Be willing to ask others for help. It will divide your problem and double your joy.
7. Forgive. Forgiveness is not saying what the other person did was right. It's not about letting them off the hook but letting yourself off the hook.
8. Make promises sparingly and keep them faithfully.
9. Be who you are and stand by your beliefs. Those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
10. Make the other person feel important. Compliment often. Don't make someone feel smaller than he is; he will make up for it by behaving like a "big shot."
1. The single most important thing is non-judgmental validation. Seek someone else’s thoughts and opinions without judging them.
2. Suspend your ego. Focus on them.
3. Really listen, don’t just wait to talk. Ask them questions; don’t try to come up with stories to impress.
4. Ask people about what’s been challenging them.
5. Establishing a time constraint early in the conversation can put strangers at ease.
6. Smile, chin down, blade your body, palms up, open and upward non-verbal.
7. If you think someone is trying to manipulate you, clarify goals. Don’t be hostile or aggressive, but ask them to be straight about what they want.
Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation.
They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul.
When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored.
We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again.
It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea.
You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Financially most educated people are up in India. They count rupees in lakhs and crores. In fact they earn such amounts every month. They are paid sumptuously and also they spend accordingly. Even though, everything like schooling of children, housing, transport, health service, vehicles etc. are costly. They are necessary for everyone. Food is also costly all other basic needs of human beings are expensive everywhere from small to big cities.
For those who are crossing the age of 60 or 70 years – senior citizens – such a culture of handling lakhs and crores is unbelievable. They grew up in an age when the value of money was not like today. No one thought of lakhs and crores in those days. They handled only hundreds and thousands. The value of things was to the order of hundred or thousand rupees at the most. But today we have five hundred and one thousand currency notes which are easily spent when we go for a little shopping.
We do find ads showing watches and cars costing lakhs of rupees. Electronic goods such as smart phones, tablets, TVs are costing more than fifty to hundred thousand rupees. I am sure such ads are unimaginable for the elders who are in their evening hours of their life. Instead of traveling in trains, today people take flights to go for work or vacation with their family members. They spend huge amounts of money. At the same time, there are people who are called ‘poor’ (aam admi) lives simple and hard life. The ruling parties represent mostly those people and they shed crocodile tears every time. But there are intelligent people among the poor who try to come up in life by joining politics to enjoy the modern-day life. Governments provide employments, health-care, schooling and many other facilities to these ‘poor’ at a subsidised cost.
The ‘poor’ learn from the rich, how to become rich. That is the way of life we lead today. Bridging the gap between the ‘poor’ and the rich is not that easy, but it happens in every country and every time. To those who are old who compare the past with the present, it looks amazing and indigestible at times.
In fact, the world is changing very fast. Is it changing for the better or bad? Some of us who are pessimistic say that it is for bad, whereas those who are optimist say that it is for the better. Change for good often occurs with people who are optimistic with positive thinking and honest. I do think at present we count money in lakhs and crores and in the future certainly it will be in millions and billions as we see in some advanced countries in the world. I don’t think the elders of today will not be there to see that sea change!
In heaven God told all husbands and wives to gather for a meeting. He told the men to stand in two queues… those who are controlled by their wives and those who control their wives! Only one man stood in the second queue…God said “So you control your wife…” Man: “Are you crazy??? My wife told me to stand here.”
Teacher: “Anyone who thinks he’s stupid may stand up!” Nobody stand up.
Teacher: “I’m sure there are some stupid students over here!”
Sam stands up.
Teacher: “Oh, Sam you think you are stupid?”
Sam: “No, I just feel bad that you’re standing alone…”
In a classroom a boy was praying. Teacher asked, why are you praying in the classroom? Boy: Mom advised me that before sleeping you must pray.
· Send kind words to others via e-mail, text, mail or call them personally to express your gratitude of having them in your life
· Watch a sunrise or sunset, even better if you can do both in the same day
· Watch children play
· Write a poem
· Take a walk
· Feel grateful for everything currently in your life
· Dance as if no one is watching
· Sing out loud
· Accept another person's view as their right to think that way
· Spend the day thinking positive thoughts
· Say a kind word to a stranger
· Love the amazing animal kingdom
· Forgive your childhood traumas
· Let go of fear and doubt
· Trust yourself
· Accept for a day that everything that comes your way as being right and perfect for the moment and is teaching you something
· Visualize the world as a loving place