Category Archives: Mantra for life

30
May

Mantra: Run your Own Race….

Such a beautiful message …worth reading!

I was jogging this morning and I noticed a person about half a km ahead. 

I could guess he was running a little slower than me and that made me feel good, I said to myself I will try catch up with him.

So I started running faster and faster. Every block, I was gaining on him a little bit. 

After just a few minutes I was only about 100 feet behind him, so I really picked up the pace and pushed myself. I was determined to catch up with him.

Finally, I did it! I caught up and passed him. Inwardly I felt very good. “I beat him”. 

Of course, he didn’t even know we were racing. 

After I passed him, I realized I had been so focused on competing against him that …..

I had missed my turn to my house,

I had missed the focus on my inner peace,

I missed to see the beauty of greenery around, 

I missed to do my inner soul searching meditation, 

and 

in the needless hurry stumbled and slipped twice or thrice and might have hit the sidewalk and broken a limb.

It then dawned on me, isn’t that what happens in life when we focus on competing with 

co-workers, neighbors, 

friends,  family, trying to outdo them or trying to prove that we are more successful or more important and in the bargain 

we miss on our happiness within our own surroundings?

We spend our time and energy running after them and we miss out on our own paths to our given destination. 

The problem with unhealthy competition is that it’s a never-ending cycle.

There will always be somebody ahead of you, 

someone with a better job, 

nicer car, 

more money in the bank, 

more education,

Understanding spouse,

better behaved children, 

better circumstances and 

better conditions etc.

 But one important realisation is that 

You can be the best that you can be, when you are not competing with anyone.

Some people are insecure because they pay too much attention to 

what others are, 

where others are going, 

wearing and driving, what others are talking.  

Take whatever you have, 

the height, the weight and personality.  

Accept it and realize, that you are blessed. Stay focused and live a healthy life. 

*There is no competition in Destiny. Each has his own.*

Comparison AND Competition  is the thief of JOY. 

It kills the Joy of Living your Own Life.

Run your own Race that leads to Peaceful, Happy Steady Life.

28
May

Life Mantra: Accept Each Others Faults & Celebrate Relationships

Ex. President Of India Dr. Abdul Kalam Says: “When I was a kid, my Mom cooked food for us. One night she had made dinner after a long hard day’s work, Mom placed a plate of ‘subzi’ and extremely burnt roti in front of my Dad.

I was waiting to see if anyone noticed the burnt roti. But Dad just ate his roti and asked me how was my day at school. I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember I heard Mom apologizing to Dad for the burnt roti. And I’ll never forget what he said: “Honey, I love burnt roti.”

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy, good night & I asked him if he really liked his roti burnt. He wrapped me in his arms & said: “Your momma put in a long hard day at work today and she was really tired. And besides… A burnt roti never hurts anyone but HARSH WORDS DO!”

“You know son – life is full of imperfect things… & imperfect people…” I’M NOT THE BEST & I HAVE LEARNT TO ACCEPT THAT LIFE IS NOT PERFECT AND NOR ARE PEOPLE NEAR & DEAR TO YOU.

What I’ve learnt over the years is: To Accept Each Others Faults & Choose To Celebrate Relationships”.

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23
May

Life Mantra: The Camel & the Baby

One day, a camel and her baby were chatting.
The baby asked, “Mother, why do we have humps?” The mother replied, “Our humps are for storing water so that we can survive in the desert”.
“Oh”, said the child, “and why do we have rounded feet mother?” “Because they are meant to help us walk comfortably in the desert. These legs help us move around in the sand.”
“Alright. But why are our eyelashes so long?” “To protect our eyes from the desert dust and sand. They are the protective covers for the eyes”, replied the mother camel.
The baby camel thought for a while and said, “So we have humps to store water for desert journeys, rounded hooves to keep us comfortable when we walk in the desert sand, and long eyelashes to protect us from sand and dust during a desert storm. Then what are we doing in a zoo?”
The mother was dumbfounded.
Moral
Your strengths, skills, and knowledge are useless if you are not in the right place.
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10
Apr

Die empty

One of the most beautiful article based on the book called “Die Empty” by Todd Henry.

The author was inspired and got this idea of writing this book while attending a business meeting.

When the director asked the audience: “Where is the richest land in the world?”

One of the audience answered: “Oil-rich Gulf states.”

Another added: “Diamond mines in Africa.”

Then the director said: “No it is the cemetery. Yes, it is the richest land in the world, because millions of people have departed from it, “they have died” and they carry many valuable ideas that did not come out of the light and benefited others. It is all in the cemetery where they were buried.”

Inspired by this answer, Todd Henry wrote his wonderful book “Die empty.” Where he did his best to motivate people to pour out their ideas and potential energies in their communities and turn them into something useful before it is too late.

The most beautiful of what he said in his book is that: “Do not go to your grave and you carry inside you the best that you have, always choose to die empty.”

Die empty is a new expression and unique on its on way, at first glance you will think it is normal.

But I was surprised to know the true meaning of this new expression.

It is to die empty of all the goodness that is within you. Deliver it before you leave this world.

If you have an idea perform it.

If you have a knowledge give it out.

If you have a goal achieve it.

Love, share and distribute, do not keep it inside.

Do not keep the goodness inside of you, and die full of ideas and be a delicious meal for the earthworms in the grave.

Most of us live with the stubborn idea that we will always have tomorrow. But sooner or later all of our tomorrows will run out.

Now I understand the meaning of the words of all the Holy Books “If the Final Hour comes upon one of you while he has in his hand a sapling then let him plant it.”

How can we plant a plant when we have reached out last day?

Yes, die empty. To live every day like it is the last day. To give the maximum energy to all that we have, and when we work on something we do it the best way. When we create something it should be spectacular.

We should be inspiring, happy, optimistic, and always seek to be empty until our souls rise up to the sky.

Are you empty?

I think we all weigh thousands of tons of goodness, creativity, love and hope that we can give.

We have not given all of it, except a little.

How I wish that we start the race to give and remove every atom of goodness inside us. We should learn how to find and sustain our passion and generosity, even in tough times.

Have a pleasant day and a GREAT week ahead…

Take care…..

Start the race..

 

27
Jul

Ubuntu: “I am because we are”.

Ubuntu: “I am because we are”. 

“One day, a western anthropologist went to Africa to study the social behavior of an indigenous tribe. He proposed a game to the children and they willingly agreed to be part of it. He put a basket filled with fruits underneath a tree and told the children that whoever would reach the basket first would win the whole basket and could eat the fruits all by him- or herself.

He lined them all up and raised his hand to give the start signal. Ready. Set. Go!

The children took each other’s hands and started running together. They all reached the basket at the same time. Then they sat down in a big circle and enjoyed the fruits together, laughing and smiling all the time.

The anthropologist could not believe what he saw and he asked them why they had waited for each other as one could have taken the whole basket all for him- or herself.

The children shook their heads and replied, “Ubuntu, how can one of us be happy if all the others are sad?”

“One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu- you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World.

A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.”

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19
Jun

Be confident!

A Businessman was deep in debt and could not see any way out.

Creditors and Suppliers were demanding payments. He sat in the park, deep in thought, wondering if anything could save his company from bankruptcy.

Suddenly an old man appeared before him and asked, “I can see that something is troubling you seriously”.

After listening patiently the old man said,
“I believe I can help you”.
He asked the man his name, wrote out a cheque and put it into his hands saying,

“Take this money, meet me here exactly one year from today… and you can pay me back at that time”.

Then he turned and disappeared as quickly as he had come.

The businessman saw in his hands a cheque for $ 500,000… signed by Warren Buffet, one of the richest men in the world.

“I can erase my worries instantly” he realized.
But instead, the man decided to put the uncashed cheque in his safe, knowing that it might give him the strength to work out to save his business and to use this only in case of dire emergency.

With changed thinking he negotiated better deals, restructured his business and worked rigorously with full zeal and enthusiasm and got several big deals.

Within few months, he was out of debt and started making money once again.
Exactly one year later he returned to the park with the uncashed cheque.

As agreed, the old man appeared.

But just as the businessman was about to hand him back the cheque and share his success story, a nurse came running up and grabbed the old man.
“I’m so glad I caught him” she cried.
“I hope he hasn’t been bothering you much. He always escapes from the mental hospital and tells people that he is Warren Buffet”,

saying this she took the old man away.

The surprised man just stood there, stunned! All year long he had been dealing with thinking that
he had half a million dollars behind him…

It’s not the money, real or imagined that turns our life around. It is our Self-confidence that gives us the power to achieve anything & everything that we want.

Be confident!

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If you see it in spiritual context:
“कर्मण्येव- धिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन।
मा कर्मफलहेतु- र्भूर्मा ते संगोऽस्त्व- कर्मणि॥”

English translation:

You have the right to perform your actions, but you are not entitled to the fruits of the actions.

Do not let the fruit be the purpose of your actions, and therefore you won’t be attached to not doing your duty.

 

2
Jun

Fight Till The End…..

Greetings to you on this Saturday Morning !!

Some years ago on a hot summer day in South Florida, a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house.

In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went. He flew into the water, not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, that an alligator was swimming toward the shore. His mother in the house was looking out the window saw the two as they got closer and closer together.

In utter fear, she ran toward the water, yelling to her son as loudly as she could. Hearing her voice, the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn to swim to his mother. It was too late. Just as he reached her, the alligator reached him.

From the dock, the mother grabbed her little boy by the arms just as the alligator snatched his legs. That began an incredible tug-of-war between the two. The alligator was much stronger than the mother, but she was much too passionate to let go. A farmer happened to drive by, heard her screams, raced from his truck, took aim and shot the alligator.

Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little boy survived. His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal, and on his arms, were deep scratches where his mother’s fingernails dug into his flesh in her effort to hang on to the son she loved.

The newspaper reporter, who interviewed the boy after the trauma, asked if he would show him his scars. The boy lifted his pant legs.

And then, with obvious pride, he said to the reporter, “But look at my arms. I have great scars on my arms, too. I have them because my Mom wouldn’t let go. So they are precious to me.”

There are different ways that we can remember our difficult times. There are scars from many painful experiences. But the way we decide to remember them is what keeps us from seeing them as traumas or memories. I know its easier said than done, but lets try to make good memories rather than remember traumas out of our life experiences and…..

……..Enjoy weekend !!

5
Apr

Life Mantra : Just a year to Live

 

Anthony Burgess was 40 when he learned that he had only one year to live. He had a brain tumor that would kill him within a year. He knows he had a battle on his hands. He was completely broke at the time, and he didn’t have anything to leave behind for his wife, Lynne, soon to be a window.

Burgess had never been a professional novelist in the past, but he always knew the potential was inside him to be a writer. So, for the sole purpose of leaving royalties behind for his wife, he put a piece of paper into a typewriter and began writing. He had no certainty that he would even be published, but he couldn’t think of anything else to do.

“It was January of 1960,” he said, “and according to the prognosis, I had a winter and spring and summer to live through, and would die with the fail of the leaf.”

In that time Burgess wrote energetically, finishing five and a half novels before the year wad through (very nearly the entire lifetime output of E.M. Forster, and almost twice that of J. D. Salinger.) 

But Burgess did not die. His cancer had gone into remission and then disappeared altogether. In his long and full life as a novelist ( he is best known for A Clock-work Orange), he wrote more than 70 books, but without the death sentence from cancer, he may not have written at all.

Many of us are like Anthony Burgess, hiding greatness inside, waiting for some external emergency to bring it out. Ask yourself what you’d do if you had Anthony Burgess’s original predicament. “If I had just a year to live, how would I live differently? What exactly would I do?” 

14
Jan

Mantra For Life : The Fish Story

Life’s Mantra : The FISH Story

The Japanese have always loved fresh fish, But the water close to Japan has not held many fish for decades. So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever.

The further the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring the fish. If the return trip took more time, the fish were not fresh. To solve this problem, fish companies installed freezers on their boats.

They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen fish and they did not like the taste of frozen fish. The frozen fish fetched a lower price. So, fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, they were tired, dull, and lost their fresh-fish taste. The fishing industry faced an impending crisis! But today, they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan.

How did they manage…?

To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks but with a small shark.The fish are challenged and hence are constantly on the move.

The challenge they face keeps them alive and fresh!

Have you realized that some of us are also living in a pond but most of the time tired and dull….?

Basically in our lives, sharks are new challenges to keep us active. If you are steadily conquering challenges, you are happy.

Your challenges keep you energized. Don’t create Success and revel in it in a state of inertia. You have the resources, skills and abilities to make a difference.

Put a shark in your tank this year and see how far you can really go. Challenge your Self!.

Wish u a magnificent week ahead !!

7
Oct

What you see may not be the reality

A lovely little girl was holding two apples with her both hands. Her mum came in and softly asked her little daughter with a smile, “My sweetie! Could you give your mum one of your two apples? ” The girl looked to her mother for some seconds with no expressions on face, then she suddenly took a quick bite on one apple, and then quickly on the other.

The smile on the mum’s face faded. She tried hard not to reveal her disappointment .

Then the little girl handed one of her bitten apples to her mum and said, “Mum, here you are! This is the sweeter one.”

Moral of the story : No matter who you are, how experienced you are and how knowledgeable you think you are, always delay your judgement. Give others the privilege to explain themselves. What you see may not be the reality.

About me
Creative-Enthusiastic-Positive and People oriented HR Professional. My 10 years in HR as an assistant, then generalist, and now manager, have allowed me to grow and develop professionally and as a leader. Currently I am working as a Sr. Human Resource Consultant with few Start-ups. I am helping them Strategically in building best HR Practices. I have experience in below areas of Human Resource – Talent Acquisition (Recruitment & Selection), HR Policies & Procedures, Talent Management (HR Generalist), Performance Management System and Training & Development.
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