Friday, December 30, 2016

Our minds are like scampering puppies or like unchained monkeys, rushing from place t o place without any pause for peace. by developing present-moment awareness and an abundance of mental focus, you will not only feel much calmer in your life, you will also unlock the fullness of your mind's potential. And that marks the beginning of greatness in 2017...










2016 is gone...2017 is born...NARA’S NOTEPAD is completing 12 successful years since its birth in 2004...The blog ( and the hard copy are read by innumerable readers all over the world ... In fact the issue you are reading is 145th one...I feel a great satisfaction that I could achieve this single handed. On this occasion, it is my bounden duty to thank the readers like you, some of my friends who sponsored the issues, and my dear friend Mr. Manikandan, of Garuda Printers.

The contribution of NARA’S NOTEPAD is direct as well as indirect. The contents of this monthly are aimed to inspire and motivate the readers. I am quite sure that the shared thoughts might have inspired and motivated you to have a positive view of life. Every aspect of life is touched by NARA’S NOTEPAD. Repetition is the mother of learning. Many things mentioned in NARA’S NOTEPAD are repetition for many of you and new for some. Hence, there should be some stimulus from it for all of us to go forward successfully in life. That part is played fully by this monthly bulletin.

Last year we saw many ups and downs in our country. We lost many loved ones, natural calamities troubled us, political upheaval and mishandling of democracy by politicians, measures to bring back black money, attempts to abolish corruption, non-functioning of Parliament by our rulers and the like. At the same time India stood up in the world forum and showed greatness in sports, scientific achievement, international relationships, health care and agriculture. So we had successes and failures. How to bring smiles in the face of all Indians should the aim of our Government in 2017. Let us hope that we live in harmony and peace in the coming year...




Prof. T. V. Chalam, Assoc. Dean, ANGRAU (Retd.), Director, Sri Lakshmi Educational Institutions, Narsingraopet, Kurnool – 518 004; Ph. 9642657742

for sponsoring Sept. 2016 to Aug. 2017 issues.


1.       Not living in the moment. Always wishing you were somewhere else, doing something different with other people.

2.       Blaming your problems on your past. Although the past affects us, it need not define us. We can choose, decide and act – and take control of our lives. Don’t let your past heartache and pain affect who you become.

3.       Running away from problems. It’s pointless to bury your head in the sand and pretend that things are fine when you’re dealing with a problem. Face reality, take action and work to turn things round.

4.       Letting your expectations rule your life. Life rarely goes smoothly and according to plan – and people disappoint us and let us down. Accepting this is normal takes some tension out of life.

5.       Disrespecting yourself and others. Every single person deserves respect, and every single person is fighting their own battle. So focus on being kind, understanding and forgiving.

6.       Never taking risks. If you always play it safe, you’ll find you end up going nowhere. You must be ready and willing to take risks. If you don’t, you may regret it as you’ll miss so much in life.


The following suggestions may be helpful for a person who finds that they are struggling with low self-esteem:

1.       It starts with a decision to be your own person. Don’t live your life to please, or to impress, someone else.

2.       Don’t compare your path or journey to someone else’s journey as we start from different places and face different challenges.

3.       Be kind, understanding and patient with yourself. Accept that failures and mistakes are part of everybody’s life. Also, choose to frame mistakes as learning opportunities.

4.       Make a list of what you’re good at, and keep adding to the list. Also, note the strengths that others see, and comment on, as well.

5.       Treat yourself with respect and praise the things that you do well. Don’t write them off as “nothing”, or as being “no big deal”.

6.       Spend time with those who like you, and can see your worth and value … And, ignore those who attack you, and would like to see you fail.

7.       Admit your mistakes - then learn to laugh at yourself. It helps remove the pressure and the stress of “being perfect”!


When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, you think it’s only a minute, but when you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you think its two hours. That is relativity... – Albert Einstein

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. – Stephen Hawking

We can fast for days, even a month or more, we can go without drinking water for three days, we can go without sleep for over 24 h without any brain damage but we cannot go without breathing for more than three minutes. – Lucia Giovanini


A woman noticed her husband standing on a bathroom scale, sucking in his stomach.

“Ha! That’s not going to help,” she said.

“Sure it does,” he shot back.

“It’s the only way I can see the numbers.”

A defendant isn’t happy with how things are going in court, so he gives the judge a hard time.

Judge: “Where do you work?””

Defendant: “Here and there.”

Judge: What do you do for living?”

Defendant: “This and that.”

Judge: “Take him away.”

Defendant: “Wait, when will I get out?”

Judge: “Sooner or later.”


Ø  Make your smile cheaper and anger expensive.

Ø  Making decisions expands our happiness.

Ø  Making dreams come true is what success is all bout.

Ø  Making efforts means sacrificing ease and comforts and deliberately choosing labour and hardship.

By changing your mind, you change everything!

Meet you next month –February, 2017


Professor A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP

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