My first ever video on Youtube… :)… Watch only if jobless!
My first ever video on Youtube… :)… Watch only if jobless!
So it’s been really long since I’ve blogged some ‘original material’.. Most of my posts have been videos. quotes, inspirational stories etc…And something from within me is craving to share something more..Something which comes straight from my heart….
Let’s go down to it…
What is it that I really want to spread through this blog? What is my driving force? What is my past and what do I want out of my future? What do i really want for mankind? What is it about this world that I hate? I would like to give a collective summary of all these questions….
I come from a fairly middle class family from Bangalore,India. The youngest child of a business man and a house wife and have an elder brother and sister who have themselves pretty much settled with their families and careers Growing up was not that easy as we had to depend on Dad’s business to make ends meet… Dad rolling with finances was a daily sight and Mum was strong enough to keep the family together..Some months we did well…some months we barely made it…This brought me closer to God and made me a firm believer of his providence..I was a mediocre kid growing up in school…Average in studies….average in sports…average in almost everything I did…. Then went on to do my engineering and was pretty much average over there too :)…Anyways now I’m a working IT professional…
Life’s pretty ‘OK’ as of now…But over the years I’ve realised that I’ve been so mediocre in life… I’ve just compromised too many times…There has never been a time when i really kicked ass in what I did! And then this feeling started growing little by little everyday… I started to realise that my life is not meant to be so mediocre..I have so much more to offer to my family…my friends…my colleagues…my country…my world… I started reading alot of biographies of people who moved the world… People who made an impact…It started attracting me …Everyday…I would read more of their lives…I would dream about the circumstances they went through…I would put myself in their shoes… And then the fire inside of me started to grow more and more… My heart started to burn with strong emotions..strong feelings…It’s hard to explain…
So here I am…A 25 year old boy, slowly turning into a man..Who wants to be on the opposite end of mediocrity.. I’m tired of just existing…I wanna live…And live life to the fullest….I have big plans for the future… I wanna win once and this time I want it big!…
I plan on taking up one of the toughest exams in the country called the UPSC exam. I want to become a government civil servant where in I am in a position to bring about a change in my country… In India , corruption & poverty are the two main challenges that haunt us to date… I want to alleviate poverty and want to fight corruption… I don’t want to sit on the sidelines and keep complaining..I want to stand up for the truth and want to be an example for the coming generations…Noone gets anywhere by just sitting on the fence..You need to really decide which side your on.. I don’t care about money…It is just a means of getting my day to day food and clothing…More than anything, I want to clothe myself with honour and respect…I find that more attractive than having a big fat wallet and a sports car
I feel that the world is losing it’s sense of morality… People are in this wrong notion that life is a ‘happy go lucky ‘ kind of thing where in there is no real truth… Relationships are thrown around like a pack of cards and people are changing partners like they are changing their clothes…Parents and infants are abandoned on the roads and old-age homes and orphanages are increasing in size every year.. At the workplace all an employee cares about is his appraisal…All the boss cares about is his appraisal!! lol!… There is no personal touch to it..The boss does not care about the growth of his employee..He just cares about getting the work done from him…When the same employee one day becomes a boss , he most likely will take the same path of his boss..Getting the work done from other..There is very little spiritual, mental or emotional growth at the end of it!….Simple courtesies are forgotten in normal day to day living and I find it really really sad… I hate that about people!…A simple thank you is said not from the heart…but because it’s a duty…. People have stopped really feeling from their heart and this is what precisely I wanna spread through my blog…
If each of us really felt each emotion from our heart… I know…I am sure about it…That this world would never be the same… I want the world to change…I want the world to ‘feel from the heart’…. I don’t want a single person reading this blog to go back to his old life…I want him\her to feel from his heart…. What is it that you really want??? Ask yourself… I want each person to grow and spread the word… I want to start a new philosophical dimension of life…Of modern day living….
Imagine a world full of people who lived from the heart…
Would there be a poor person begging on the street? 20% person of this world are consuming 80% of the world’s resources…
Would there be orphanages or old age homes??
Would there be bosses who just wanted to get the work done??
Would there be shallow meaningless relationships??
If each of us just lived from the heart….
Would there be so much evil??
“Most of the problems of this world are caused by the weakness of good rather than the strength of evil.”
I hope the core message of my blog reaches each one of you
I am only one,
But still I am one,
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
and because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
-Edward Everett Hale
Today I would like to focus on the word “Enough” and it’s meaning and relevance in 2012. What does this word mean to you? I want you to be true to yourself when you ask yourself that question. Can you say that you have ‘enough’ in life? . I can personally answer saying ‘No, I don’t think I have enough! Nothing close to enough’.
To me ‘Enough’ relates to the words contentment, satisfaction and completeness. It means feeling whole and knowing that you have everything in control. It means to have a nice little cushion for yourself in all aspects of life. It means to get into a comfortable situation in life.Even I do want to have a comfortable life for my family and myself. Nothing wrong in wanting that.
For those of you who don’t know me personally, I would say that I’m the sort of person who likes to share my inner thoughts and feelings if I feel a certain comfort level with a friend.So one day I was talking to a close pal of mine and was telling him about my plans when I find a job for myself. I told him that I want to give some of my money to the poor and needy to make a difference to someone in need.I don’t mean to come across as a self-righteous person or anything. Just sharing the truth cause I feel the urge to share my experiences with you.In reply he told me that I was too early in my career and that I should first save up for myself and family.That I must first make a good foundation for myself and then think of giving.
This thought that my friend shared with me, I’m sure, is the same thought that is there in a lot of our minds. All of us want to do good. We want to make a difference in society. We do want to do good deeds. That’s the way we humans are designed. Why do we see a beggar by the road or a crippled person and feel bad about that person’s plight? It’s cause all of us in our deeper beings want to reach out to them.But we also see our situations and our needs and we realise so many things pending to be done in our lives. We want to get to a comfortable position before we can actually do acts of charity. The fear of not having anything tomorrow if we give today is on our minds. What if there is another recession and we lose our jobs? What if someone falls sick, will I have money for their treatment? So many questions stop us from taking the first step to give.
Maybe you’ve got everything covered for yourself and your dear ones, you’ve found a good job,you’ve got into a good Grad school or you’ve got a brand new Mercedez for yourself.Maybe things are really going fine at your end. You have a fat paycheck. Can you say that you have enough? Never! All I can say is that we will never reach an end to our needs. We will never find a solution to our fears of the future. We all know that. There will never come a time when we can truly say that we’re comfortable.If we are in the illusion that we will one day, have enough, I’m afraid we might never reach that day.
I did heed my friend’s words on saving up and making a foundation for myself. I understand the need to save. I do that by reducing my expenses. Do I need another pair of shoes when I already have 2 pairs ? Do I need the latest 2 GHz,quad-core phone when I already have a 1 Ghz phone? Do I need to travel by bike when I can cycle to office? These are the ways I can save up. But the joy I find in giving money to a beggar, knowing that I’ve just fed a hungry person is something I can’t explain. I feel good to know I’m making a small itsy-bitsy difference to this world by helping someone in need.I don’t judge the beggar saying that he’s a lazy person not wanting to work. I don’t know what his past is, that made him reach this hopeless state. I choose to help him out as he is in need. Period.
I remember a famous quote which goes like this,
‘You can never be rich without knowing how to give.’
I want you to try this out today. Help someone who’s in need by the road. Buy him a burger or a packet of biscuits if you don’t want to give him money, in fear that he/she’ll go drinking. But just try helping someone in need. I assure you that you will be on the road to saying ‘I have Enough’ one fine day.
Clear Stream Of Reason
This evening my son and I took part in one of our seasonal activities, helping out at a local Food Pantry. For a couple of hours we jumped into the hustle and bustle to stock and re-stock shelves while those in need waited in line to get food to feed their families on Thanksgiving.
I think it is important for my son to learn how he can help others by giving his time and effort, and to understand how truly fortunate we are.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye.
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything hes got.
Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price well have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.
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A loud, noisy world.
Cacophony of sounds
Hatred danced openly,
while love is in remission.
Wars and rumours
of war danced freely on our streets.
Toddlers were afraid to chuckle.
A little peace, a little love
A loud, Noisy World.
More to improve, fewer to disapprove.
More ‘doers”, fewer ‘talkers.’
More to say “it can be done,” fewer to say “it can’t be done.”
More to inspire others with confidence, fewer to throw “cold water” on anyone taking even one step in the right direction.
More to get into the thick of things and “do something about it,” fewer to sit on the sidelines merely finding fault.
More to point out what’s right, fewer to keep harping on what’s wrong.
More to “light a candle”, fewer to “curse the darkness.”
Three Minutes a Day by James Keller, M.M.