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Ab tak chappan

56 years of the Indian Republic...!

I'm only half that much.

But it seems like an eternity - for those who've seen this country evolve. Do we understand the meaning of being a republic? It's something we learned in a civics lesson in a school a very long time ago. This generation and the one before it too - we've all gone soft! Look up the word REPUBLIC in most any dictionary. Most likely, you"ll find that a "republic" is a "government of elected representatives". This is a deliberate deception. I have an Enclycopaedia Britannica, 11th edition. This work provides the proper explanation. First it says that the idea that a republic is a government of elected representatives is a "notoriously modern interpretation". The article continues, explaining that historically, a Republic refered to a government in which the soverign held authority granted by the people and ruled according to law.
The early Nehru dynasty followed that rule as we remained…

I am because I choose to be

Yes -I create my feelings and am responsible for them.
I try to control them in a positive and purposeful way (not always - though), as i attempt to better life.
Friends (and a few wise men) say that it ain't right to blame another person for your feelings. It gives that individual control over an important part of your life. If you avoid taking responsibility for your feelings, those feelings can quickly overwhelm you and leave you powerless. This is similar to the Negative feelings I had for an ex-Lady boss of mine. She's far away now - but any thought of her - brings to the fore - a multitude of expletives. So in a way i'm a slave to something - and that ain't doing me a world of good!!
It's common knowledge that the way I feel affects every corner of my life. So it's time to take charge and not let go.
When it comes to making a choice - I know that every feeling is One I have chosen.
I may not be a soothsayer - so I dunno what else is gonna happen - but I do k…

Expanding my perspective

When you focus only on yourself, you severely limit your options. ( I must stop thinking of ME as a focal point of attention.) When your thoughts are centered only on you, those thoughts cut you off from a whole world of possibilities. (Yes - I agree - thinking about others increases the possibilities of me doing more useful stuff around the place)
It's all too easy to become frustrated, disillusioned, angry and bitter when your own perspective is the only one you consider. Your own narrow concerns can seem painfully overwhelming if you give all your attention and energy to them. (It's definitely important for me to look at things in perspective -others'. It's like putting yourself in their shoes and then checking on whether you'd do the same things again. The fact that there are possibilties will enable my thinking to be more creative)
Pay attention to the concerns of others, and you'll gain valuable insights that otherwise would not be available to you. Think, act …

Paraskevidekatriaphobics

People afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th.... Oh there are quite a few of those around!!!
The sixth day of the week and the number 13 both have foreboding reputations said to date from ancient times, and their inevitable conjunction from one to three times a year portends more misfortune than some credulous minds can bear. Some Links to Friday the 13th Superstitions
Link 1
Link 2So if you get fired from your job today, or smash up your car, you can blame it on Friday the 13th. Superstition, provides us with an excuse for explaining away our mistakes and disgraces. In other words, it's an easy way to rationalize the screw-ups for which we ourselves are ultimately responsible

But if you're scared - wait till Monday!!!

Accepting my limitations

I can't do everything. Nobody expects me to - either!!! It's important for me to know what I can and cannot do Some things are in my control, and there are other things that are not. There are things that I can change, and there are other things that I must simply learn to live with.
I 'm trying to start accepting what I cannot do, so I free up much time and energy. This can be focussed in the direction of my success. It's not easy being at peace with the un-doable. In fact, that very fact gnaws away at my existence. It makes me feel not up to it. A lesser man - sometimes!! I could waste my time and energy complaining that the ocean is too deep and wide. Or I could build a boat and sail across it.
Achieving self awareness is a good start!!

Still I persevere

So if you read my last blog entry - Mumtaz is dead - has been for 375 years!! But we - or at least I, intend to find my Mumtaz.
I may not build her a Taj because I wish that I never had to live a day longer than she.
She will inspire; she will love; she will strike; she will engage; she will mother.
Her visage will enchant and calm.
Not for me the ones who drive a man crazy.
Shah Jahan married thrice - Akbari begum, Fathepuri begum and then Mumtaz Mahal. A fine example of 3rd time lucky.
I don't want to marry thrice and then get lucky. Knowing my luck - I'd go broke paying the alimony on the first two wives. Who could afford a third??
I take comfort from the fact that I've met several women, a few ladies and some girls. Life has taken me down many a path that I remember and deliberate the chances of success had they been pursued with the passion of the Black stallion. No regrets however - this is not an article in black!!
I visited Kabalarians.com and ran a check on the name - Mum…

Does Mumtaz exist today?

It's quite a valid question. I sit & ponder.
What was it that got SJ (Shah Jahan) to do his thing - I mean - build the Taj Mahal (TM).

A woman who gave him 14 kids in 18 years - only 7 survived. They must have gone at it like bunny rabbits - anytime - any place !!!
So in a matter of speaking - it is quite an impressive tribute to their monumental achievements...

Did you know that SJ wanted to make a replica of the TM in black marble across the river in what they call the Mehtab Bagh today. It came across as queer why anyone would want to make something in black. Then the Yin - Yang symbolism struck me - how black & white balance one another. There is a balance to be maintained - especially between the male and female of a species. It could also be something to do with the power of black - the symbol of death. As black symbolizes death it is also a natural symbol of the underworld and so also of resurrection. Unexpectedly perhaps, it could also be symbolic of fertility and even…

Endless tasks!!!

So much to do

I have so much to do that is seems overwhelming.
I need to stop thinking about how much there is and start getting it done.

Feeling overwhelmed is merely a state of mind that I have chosen.
And just as easily I now want to choose to let it go.

A new day, a new month, a new year dawns and it makes me feel like time is quickly slipping away.
But in fact, time comes to me just as quickly as it moves past.

And that means that each moment I get the opportunity to make a difference. Each moment, the best thing I can do is to make full and meaningful use of that moment.

That is how I will get things done. Moment by moment, little by little, small tasks build into great accomplishments, and accomplishments build into a life with real fulfillment.
I don't have to tackle everything all at once. Just do what I can, when I can, filling each moment with positive purpose and action.

And what once seemed overwhelming will quickly become a source of real and lasting fulfillment.

Or so - a wise…