GenXL

GenXL? You mean XL as in Extra Large? Fat? Overweight? Gross?

Get a life, dude. GenXL is never fat, never overweight and never — but never — gross. On the contrary. For the XL in GenXL stands not for Extra Large but for Excel. As in the Pursuit of Excellence. For that’s what GenXL is about. Excellence and pursuit. Don’t get me wrong. GenXL does not pursue Excellence. Excellence pursues GenXL. Because GenXL is way out there. Far ahead of the rest. On the cutting-edge horizon of achievement. Excellence doesn’t define GenXL; GenXL defines Excellence. That is why ET — Excellence Times — is writing about GenXL, and not the other way round.

So what’s the gen about GenXL?

To begin with, it’s aged between 20 and 30. Too old for chocolate (unless it’s Belgian, may be), too young for diabetes. GenXL believes in Career. That’s why it careers through life like a Ferrari on steroids. Career doesn’t just come first on GenXL’s list of priorities. It also comes second, third, fourth, and so on. No wonder GenXLers are always toppers. On top of their studies, on top of their jobs. With a median income of Rs 10 lakh-plus. And most of that is spending money. Not taken up by EMIs for home loans. For GenXL, by and large, likes to live with its parents. Doing the laundry? Cleaning dishes? <<Edited on 7th Oct 2006>>

GenXL has other things on its fastfood plate. Like a 24×7 lifestyle. Which means 24 hours of work, followed by 7 hours of partying. That’s every weekday. On weekends, it’s the other way round. GenXL works hard and parties hard. But no drugs or booze, mind you. They get in the way of the early morning 5-mile run, the gym routine, and the hour of yoga and meditation. Art of living? GenXL is a past master at it. Thanks to Ravi Shankar. Who once used to play the sitar with the Beatles, whoever they were.

Marriage? Yeah, well, let’s see where that little thing can be slotted into GenXL’s crowded calendar. How about 2020?

This doesn’t mean that GenXL doesn’t like company and doesn’t have a large social circle. Why, it can, and does, spend hours and hours each day with its best friend. Whose name is iPod. GenXL has lots of other best friends too. And their names are SMS, Palmtop, MP3, 5.1 Surround and, of course, Net. Oh yeah, there’s also the guy (or is it girl?) next door. Name’s Blog.

So what’s GenXL going to do when it grows up? Well, first of all, GenXL doesn’t believe that one grows up. You can only grow down.

OK, so what’s GenXL going to do when it finally grows down?
Holy moly. It’ll become me.

GenXL

Source : Economic Times 17th Sept 2006

A TRIBUTE TO BACK-BENCHERS

No matter what the teacher asks
i’m always at my own task
i’m one of the back benchers
And always at my own ventures
The teacher has come and he has gone,
Lounging on the back bench i always yawn ,
My last bench is the best place two sleep ,
But when the exam comes i always weep ,
“Go and stand at the back !” the teacher shouts,
“your bad performance is just according to my doubts.”
At my sweet bench , come sweetest dreams,
But they soon end when the teacher screams ,
Looking at all this , sometimes i try to deem:
One day i will sit in front and become nation’s cream,
Still , after all i love this sorrowful trench,
As i am writing this poem on the same last bench

FORGET THE PAST

No matter what you have been through, you can always get up and make changes
Just think about this for a moment: How many times have you done something in your past that you were not too happy about? It could be anything.

   Let’s say that you are an addicted person. You may be addicted to drugs, or alcohol or the wrong type of man. Perhaps you are addicted to stressful jobs that bring you little pay. It doesn’t matter what the circumstances may be. Hey, it doesn’t even have to be that harsh. Perhaps you have tried to start your own business or create something in your life where you could make a living doing something you are passionate about and it failed, so you gave up. It doesn’t really matter. But every time you turn around, you are falling victim to the same thing over and over again.

   Hey, it happens. We all fall down. But the good thing about it is we get up. Just because you fell down doesn’t mean you have to stay down. Get up! Why are you still sitting there? We all make mistakes. But the great part about it is that God allows us an opportunity to learn from our mistakes and move forward. Just because you fall down today, doesn’t mean that tomorrow you must remain down.

   Ever slipped out in public and actually fell down? Jumped up real quick, didn’t you? The next thing you did was looked around and prayed that nobody saw you. Just as quickly as you bounced up from a real fall, you can bounce back from a figurative fall. One thing that I have noticed from speaking with a lot of people is that they understand that we fall down but never understood that we get up too.

   No matter what the circumstances are in your life that might have tripped you up, no matter what you have been through, no matter what happened in your past, you can always get up and make changes, right now, that will forever banish or
make obsolete, the bad things that caused you to fall in the past. Don’t get me wrong…I hear some very legitimate sounding excuses as to why people feel that their life will forever be the way that it presently may be. I hear things like “I was molested when I was young.” “My mother abandoned me when I was two years old and left me because she was out chasing the pipe.” “I have an addiction. How can I possibly get a job that pays more than minimum wage.” “I don’t have an education. How can I ever expect to get a good job?”

   Stop living in the past! We all fall down. But remember, “A Saint is just a sinner who fell down and got up.” Your past should be a reference point, not a residence. But so many of us continuously live in the past. We went out and bought a welcome mat and promptly placed it at the door of our past. We can’t break away from it. We wear it as some sort of badge of honour because we simply won’t let it go.

   Just because you made a mistake or circumstances led you to do something that you now regret, doesn’t mean that for the rest of your life you will have to beat yourself up because of it. Doesn’t matter if you made two mistakes or three. Heck, it doesn’t even matter if you made over a million mistakes in your life. What matters is today, right now.

   You know the mistakes that you’ve made because you have that mistake as a reference point now and for the rest of your life. You weren’t born for sorrow. You weren’t born to be a doormat for others to wipe their feet on. You weren’t born to be used up and then disregarded. You were born to glorify God and live a happy and abundant life. And if you aren’t living that way, it’s simply because at some point, you fell down. But now is the time to get up and start living the life that you were born to live. And that is a life of purpose. That’s a life of happiness and abundance.

   Now, you ask, “How do I get out of the past and get up?” Well, I would like to say, “it’s simple.” But that wouldn’t be the truth. There’s nothing simple about it. It’s a daily process that you must work on. You have to be committed to making changes in your life. You have to believe that God has a purpose for you. You will have to work on you. You will have to realise that what happened yesterday, is gone. You can never get that time back and, therefore, there is nothing you can do about it. But right in front of you is another minute or another hour or another day, week, month, year. Those things haven’t happened yet, so you can start to orchestrate your present so that your future will be more to your liking.

   Start by telling yourself, over and over and over and over again, “My past has no bearing on who I am right this second. And, therefore, is not important. I am here to glorify God. I am God’s child and, therefore, worthy of greatness.” If you take this simple phrase and say it to yourself all day long, over and over again, you will soon start to notice changes in your life. All of a sudden, without even thinking about it, you will start to pack your old baggage from the past and move them to a closet that you will lock and throw away the key.

I asked God

I asked God to take away my pain.
God said,No
It is not for me to take away,

but for you to give it up.

I asked God to grant me patience.
God said,No
Patience is a byproduct of tribulations
it isn’t granted,it is earned.

I asked God to give me happiness.
God said No,
I give you blessings,
Happiness is upto you.

I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said,No
you must grow on your own,but i will
prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked God,to spare the pain.
God said ,no
Sufferings draw you apart from worldly
cares & brings you closer to me.

I asked for all things that i might enjoy in life.
God said,No
I will give you life
that you may enjoy all things.

I asked God to help love me others
as much as he loves me
God said……..
Ahhhhhh,at last You have the Idea!!!