Enjoy the Coffee

A group of alumni of a reputed college, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to hot coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for each of you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups and were eyeing each other’s cups. Now if life is coffee, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, but the quality of Life doesn’t change. Some times, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it.”

So, don’t let only the cups drive you… enjoy the coffee!!!!!!

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Azim Premji on The Changing World

This is very interesting and inspiring speech by Azim Premji At the 37th Annual Convocation 2002, IIM, Ahmedabad 37th Annual Convocation 2002, IIM, Ahmedabad.

In this speech he share guiding principles of staying afloat in a changing world based on his experience in Wipro. In this speech he speak about 11 different lesson to learn  to adapt  change in our life.

(1) Be alert for the first signs of change.
(2) Anticipate change even when things are “Anticipate change even when things
     are going right.
(3) Always look at the opportunities that change represents.
(4) Do not allow routines to become chains.
(5) Realize that fear of the unknown is natural.
(6) Keep renewing yourself.
(7) Surround yourself with people who are open to change.
(8) Play to win..!!
(9) Respect yourself. The world will reward you on your successes.
(10) Never change: your core values.
(11) We must remember that succeeding in a changing world is beyond just
      surviving.

at last, beautiful quote from Azim Premji’s speech @ IIM-A convocation.

Change is the Only thing that will Never change. So better adapt to it.

If one desires a change, one must be that change before that must be that change before that change can take place

Check out PPT for complete speech.

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ATTITUDE

get this as email fwd… really like it..

If

A=1 B=2 C=3 D=4 E=5 F=6 G=7 H=8 I=9 J=10 K=11  L=12 M=13 N=14
O=15 P=16 Q=17 R=18 S=19 T=20 U=21 V=22 W=23 X=24 Y=25 Z=26

Then

H+A+R+D+W+O+R+K = 8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%

K+N+O+W+L+E+D+G+E = 11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

L+O+V+E=12+15+22+5=54%

L+U+C+K = 12+21+3+11 = 47%

(None of them makes 100%)

Then what makes 100%

Is it Money? ….. No!!!!!

Leadership? …… NO!!!!

Every problem has a solution, only if we perhaps change our “ATTITUDE”. It is OUR ATTITUDE towards Life and Work that makes OUR Life 100% Successful..


A+T+T+I+T+U+D+E = 1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5=100%

really…Attitude is everything..

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Why Me??

one paragraph that explain life


Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player was dying of AIDS which he got due to infected blood he received during a heart surgery in 1983. From world over, he received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed: “Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease”?

To this Arthur Ashe replied: The world over — 5 crore children start playing tennis, 50 lakh learn to play tennis, 5 lakh learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the grand slam, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi final, 2 to the finals, When I was holding a cup I never asked GOD “Why me?”. And today in pain I should not be asking GOD “Why me?”

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THE GUY IN THE GLASS

Hi friends.. found this poem by Dale Wimbrow somewhere on the net…dont remember where..but it it really inspiring…

When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,
And the world makes you King for a day,
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that guy has to say.

For it isn’t your Father, or Mother, or Wife,
Whose judgement upon you must pass.
The feller whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the guy staring back from the glass.

He’s the feller to please, never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear up to the end,
And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the guy in the glass is your friend.

You may be like Jack Horner and “chisel” a plum,
And think you’re a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum
If you can’t look him straight in the eye.

You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
If you’ve cheated the guy in the glass

                                                                            – Dale Wimbrow

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Philosophy of Life

this strip from Peanuts struck me as being pretty philosophical abt Life….

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When things in your life seem almost too much to handle

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours
in a  day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar….and the coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in
front of him.When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full.They agreed that it 
was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into
the jar. He shook the jar lightly.The pebbles rolled into the open
areas between  the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was
full. They agreed  it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the
jar.Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if
the jar was  full. The students responded with a unanimous “Yes.”

The professor then
produced two cups of coffee from under the table
and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty
space  between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided,” I want you to
recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf ball are the important  things–your family, your children, your health, your friends, your favorite  passions–things that if everything else was lost and
only they remained, your  life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your
house,your car.

The sand is everything else–the small stuff.” “If you put the sand
into the  jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the
golf balls.  The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and
energy on the small  stuff, you will never have room for the things that are
important to you.

Pay 
attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your  children. Take time to get medical checkups.Take
your spouse out to dinner. Play  another 18 holes.There will always be
time to clean the house and fix the  disposal.”Take care of the golf
balls first, the things that really matter. Set  your priorities. The
rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee
represented.

The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you
that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

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If

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

–Rudyard Kipling

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There comes a time ….

    A time comes in your life when you finally get it…When in the midst of all your fears and insanity you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out — ENOUGH!

    Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on. And, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you shudder once or twice, you blink back your tears and through a mantle of wet lashes you begin to look at the world through new eyes. This is your awakening. You realise that it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change or for happiness, safety and security to come galloping over the next horizon. You come to terms with the fact that he is not Prince Charming and you are not Cinderella and that in the real world there aren’t always fairy tale endings (or beginnings for that matter) and that any guarantee of happily ever after must begin with you and in the process a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.

    You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are…and that’s OK. (They are entitled to their own views and opinions.) And you learn the importance of loving and championing yourself and in the process a sense of new found confidence is born of self-approval.

    You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you (or didn’t do for you) and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected. You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and that it’s not always about you. So, you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself and in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance. You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties and in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness.

   You realise that much of the way you view yourself, and the world around you, is as a result of all the messages and opinions that have been ingrained into your psyche. And you begin to sift through all the crap you’ve been fed about how you should behave, how you should look and how much you should weigh what you should wear and where you should shop and what you should drive how and where you should live and what you should do for a living, who you should sleep with, who you should marry and what you should expect of a marriage, the importance of having and raising
children or what you owe your parents.

    You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view. And you begin reassessing and redefining who you are, what you really stand for. You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you’ve outgrown, or should never have bought into to begin with and in the process you learn to go with your instincts.

    You learn that it is truly in giving that we receive. And that there is power and glory in creating and contributing and you stop maneuvering through life merely as a consumer looking for your next fix.

    You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a bygone era but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life. You learn that you don’t know everything, it’s not your job to save the world and that you cannot teach a pig to sing. You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say NO.

    You learn that the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake. Then you learn about love. Romantic love and familial love. how to love, how much to give in love, when to stop giving, and when to walk away. You learn not to project your needs or your feelings onto a relationship. You learn that you will not be more beautiful, more intelligent, more lovable or important because of the man on your arm or the child that bears your name. You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be. You stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes. You learn that just as people grow and change so it is with love…. and you learn that you don’t have the right to demand love on your terms… just to make you happy. And, you learn that alone does not mean lonely…

    You look in the mirror and come to terms with the fact that you will never be a size 5 or a perfect 10 and you stop trying to compete with the image inside your head and agonising over how you stack up.You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing things over and ignoring your needs. You learn that feelings of entitlement are perfectly OK….and that it is your right to want things and to ask for the things that you want…and that sometimes it is necessary to make demands.

    You come to the realisation that you deserve to be treated with love, kindness, sensitivity and respect and you won’t settle for less. And, you allow only the hands of a lover who cherishes you to glorify you with his touch… and in the process you internalise the meaning of self-respect. And you learn that your body really is your temple. And you begin to care for it and treat it with respect.

    You begin eating a balanced diet, drinking more water and taking more time to exercise. You learn that fatigue diminishes the spirit and can create doubt and fear. So you take more time to rest. And, just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul. So you take more time to laugh and to play.

    Slowly, you begin to take responsibility for yourself by yourself and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never ever settle for less than your heart’s desire. You hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen to the wind. And you make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting, and to stay open to every wonderful possibility.

DISCOVER YOURSELF

Many of us are now at the place where we have no alternative but to be true to ourselves

We come to this world to experience our own reality — to learn who we are by being what we thought would be best for us. Eventually, most of us reach a place where we are not so content with doing our lives in the old ways. Most people may never recognise this state when it happens. They may go on doing life as they always have until they die discontented. This is not the way life was intended to be lived here. But it is the way many people live their lives. Life is intended to be lived here in great joy, with great wisdom, and with energy abounding.

Why then do so many people live in a state of fear, or exhaustion, or depression? I believe it’s often because they are not living the true life they came here to live and their mind and body know it. They know it on such a deep level that they can’t keep themselves from feeling discomfort and discontentment. I know that for me there were many years in which I sensed that I wasn’t doing my life exactly as I needed. I was either in the wrong profession, living in the wrong place, or with the wrong people, or trying to convince myself that I was happy. It wasn’t working. I knew in my heart that I didn’t have time to continue living that way, that if I did I would never be happy or fulfill my life’s purpose.

    Today, I’ve reached a place where I feel relatively content with my human life, though many people living in the old ways might be prone to wonder. I am living so far outside the box of typical human existence that I imagine I make no sense to them. Because now I see my life as a joyous walk through a beautiful land, encumbered only by my own ability to express joy and give and receive love.

    If I learn to do these things to the best of my ability, then there is no
more for me to do here. When we first come here, I believe many of us don’t believe we know how to relax and be ourselves. We may be following someone else’s mandates or beliefs. Do you see what I mean? Have you found your life blocked or unrewarding? Can you see new ways in which you may enjoy your life, if you gave yourself the chance? Look deeper inside yourself and discover where your joy may lie dormant. Look until you find the things which bring you joy and then begin doing them. You may not find your truth entirely the next moment. It usually takes years for one to open fully to one’s self, after years of self-denial. But you can begin to discover the things which have always brought you joy and allow yourself to begin doing them.

    This is a time to be who we are. It’s a time to allow that to be enough. It’s not a time to seek ourselves in the external world, for that world holds no answers for us. Our truths are within us, deep inside where we place them for later discovery. Many of us are now at the place where we have no alternative but to be true to ourselves. This is the way we planned it when we came here. If you are like me, you’ve found that you can no longer pretend that the old ways are serving you. You know that you must go forward into a new reality which may be unknown and may be more than a little bit frightening. We’re often afraid to move into the light, to be someplace we may know is real but we can’t quite remember.

    This is the nature of this new energy, this new reality, which is coming to this planet. We have no choice but to follow it — if it is our path — yet we may fear the letting go of old things which have been part of our lives. We may fear the very thing that we must experience if we are to become our true selves. One must move into the light in baby steps until one is ready to run with it. But holding back from it entirely brings great pain. The pain you feel in your soul may be from holding yourself back from experiencing joy and love.

    How does one find oneself ? Look inside where the answers are buried. Be who you are to be the best of your ability each moment.

    Don’t worry if some of the things you’re still doing don’t feel entirely enlightened. Allow yourself to experience your reality as fully as possible, as if you then discover there are places which are not in alignment with your truth, allow them to slowly dissolve, to release from your being. As you become more aligned with your truth, you become happier with your life even though you’re letting go of many aspects of your former self. Your life comes more into balance; you become the being you came here to be, in spite of all the ways you may have formerly done life. You may have been told how to act and how to be here. You may have been told that you were this or you were that. But whatever you were told, it wasn’t who or why you are.

    Only you can know why you’re here. Only you can find happiness inside of you. Only you can discover your own truth. And only you can learn how to be happy here. No one outside you has any of the answers you seek.

Source : TOI – 1st Oct 2006

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