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13- 28 Mar 17 -Shadows have no colorThe image today has varied interpretations and perhaps it would also make us aware of how we can get in touch with our own self. It is also the first image in this blog without any words etched on it and hence I am free to interpret it my way. I am sure you too can discover new meanings in it too. Make your life colorful !

When I say hello to myself I discover me. This is perhaps the most obvious interpretation of the picture. In reality we rarely pause to take a deep look at answering questions like, Who am I? What do I seek? Where do I want to go? How can I change and become even more effective? Pausing occasionally to reflect about one’s own journey through life and the way ahead would often be invigorating, stimulating and eye opening. You could discover latent passions, uncover flaws that limited your potential and allow you to appreciate the blessings in your life.

My emotions help me touch myself – You shadow does not define you nor does it uphold you. It is an illusionary appendage that is neither harmful not beneficial. The shadow cannot reflect your inner core. It just outlines the exterior and that to, a distorted image depending on the light. For you to really understand yourself and touch your inner self, you need to understand and appreciate your emotions. Your feelings your sensitivity, your mettle have to be dug out from within you by introspection, observation, listening and interpretation. Perhaps you also have to realign your attitude, behavior and actions to get the best out of your physical and emotional potential.

I need to reach out and touch another – My shadow can fall on another but make no difference to the other person. If I want to touch another person, I will have to make the effort to reach out and touch him/ her. My shadow in fact begins from a point in my physical self; yet I am neither conscious about it nor do I give it any importance. The same is true about my shadow that touches around without them even noticing it. Yet when I stop and pay attention to others, when I listen to them, when I talk and share my thoughts and feelings I can get responses that matter to me and them.  I have a responsibility to reach out and have a positive influence on those around me.

Shadows reflect an outline; I reflect my life – A shadow just takes the form without any depth. It is my life that I lead, that projects the real me. My values, my upbringing, my education, my attitude, my behavior, my strength of character are all displayed in full measure by the way I lead my life. I would be judged (correctly or wrongly) by others by the example I set and the personality I reflect my real self in my interactions. Ironically the shadow that follows me everywhere is just a uni-dimensional projection of my physical self and even that is distorted.  When I say hello to my shadow, I am just making myself aware that there is a multi faceted individual within me that no shadow can do justice to. It also is my way of realizing that there are hues of grey within me that I need to paint brighter. I am responsible for who I am.

In the end thou art just a form but… – This is a chilling reminder that the shadow is all that you are. No color, no emotions, no attachments just a form that you can neither touch nor feel nor avoid. Yet, the form cannot be visible without a physical you and the power of light. As long as you are alive you are duty bound to make the best of your life and the light around; be it family, friends, colleagues or simply the presence of nature around you. The challenge for you is to prove Shakespeare wrong  when he said ‘ the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interned with their bones’.

Don’t let your shadow define you; let your life be your epitaph long after you are interned.

Try these:

  • Try and write your own epitaph. It will give a purpose and meaning to your life.
  • Choose 3-5 sayings or proverbs that you can make it the bedrock of your life.
  • Click on the following links to see how people creatively use the power of shadows. Perhaps you too can attempt to do something creative in a similar way.

http://tinyurl.com/m25ywpo

http://tinyurl.com/mkd8bd5

 Identify two special qualities that endear the following people to you

  • Your parents/ siblings / a special family member
  • Your two best friends
  • Your two favorite teachers / bosses / colleagues
  • Your favorite animal or bird

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13-15-Advice from the ocean

Off and on life gives us some pleasant surprises and one such surprise came to me when I chanced upon the above piece of advice from the ocean. What made it special was the exceptional interplay of words related to the ocean that sound so similar to the words relevant to make sense of the advice when read aloud. Equally important and interesting is the fact that each sentence by itself is a piece of advice and when understood in its entirety makes us aware of the symbiotic relationship of the set of advices.

 

To appreciate the advice given by the ocean let us examine each of them at length.

 

Be sure of yourself – Confidence is a quality that all leaders and successful people have had in ample measure. Confidence comes from being sure of one’s self; ones knowledge, understanding, ability to confront challenges and the certainty that every step has a definite purpose and goal. Ironically it is those who are overconfident who invariably go well beyond the shoreline and end up as drowning victims. So there is a very thin line between being sure and being overconfident and success is all about seeing that the lines don’t blurr. Click on this link to get an idea of how confident mountain goats are and how tough it is for us to mimic them http://tinyurl.com/ky53cwn

 

Come out of your shell – A tortoise, they say makes progress only when it sticks its neck out of its shell. The same holds true for each of us. Confidence gets translated into momentum only when we are prepared to move out of our comforts zone and attempt what we have ever done before. Of course there is a risk of failure, but with proper planning, strategy and determination one can always mitigate the chances of failure. Have you any of you ever learned cycling without ever having a fall? Click on this link to see how a tortoise has to stick his neck to make good progress http://tinyurl.com/l9cc67t

 

Take time to coast – In chasing our dreams, we often forget to enjoy the wonders that life has freely given us. The gift of friends requires us to spare time for them, the love of family necessitates us spending family time together, the beauty of nature requires that we take a break, spend time and soak in its wonders. Instead of taking a motor boat, how about taking a paddle boat and meandering around the sea shore enjoying the sea gulls, the setting sun, the wind on our face and occasionally tasting the salty sea water that drenches us when the waves crash against the boat. Click on this link to enjoy seeing a clipping from a short film Paddle to the sea  http://tinyurl.com/n6vh2mr . To see the entire 28min movie click on this link  http://tinyurl.com/mt3w56v

 

Avoid peer pressure – Remember the times in school / college when we were threatened with dire consequences by our class mates if we snitched about an errant / mischievous class mate who anonymously created havoc. That was our first experience with peer pressure. At the work place and in social circles, many a time we would crave to live up to the expectations of others. Stress is a natural outcome of intense peer pressure. Similar peer pressure from family, friends and colleagues would later on be more self inflicted, especially if we kept comparing ourselves to them. The craze for more power, money, prestige, recognition are symptomatic of the subtle peer pressure that we occasionally succumb to.  Live life on your terms and don’t let others dictate terms to you.

 

See life’s beauty – The wonders of nature, the unpretentious ways of wild life, the cry of a new born, the pitter patter of raindrops, the howling of the winds, the lit sky during a lightening, the care free love of a puppy, the clucking of hens but above all the smile on the face of fellow being are moments of exhilarating beauty. The essence of beauty lies in its captivating power to enthrall the heart, mind and flesh, astounding and mesmerizing us completely.

 

Don’t get tied down – We grow not merely because we think or because we are intelligent, but because we soak in experiences, learn from our mistakes and discover life beyond our imagination.  Just as stagnant water does not help marine life, our own growth will flourish if we are willing to untie ourselves from the bondage of family ties, move away from the comfort of the familiar, embrace the challenge of change and risk being adrift, alone and isolated. However, by setting sail there is a real possibility of you discovering new horizons, rediscovering yourself and realizing your true worth.

 

Make Waves = Yes you can by doing what you never dreamt of doing, surprising the world around and by making a huge difference to the environment around you. Your attitude is the wind that will give the momentum and zip to the efforts you take. Strangely enough you will be able to ride the wave of success that you create provided you don’t get unbalanced by getting drunk on success. You are the water, the wind, the surfboard and surfer – discover all that when you make waves.

 

Try this:

 

  1. Click on this link and make a kaleidoscope as demonstrated in the video clip. http://tinyurl.com/4ypfgzm When you succeed you will realize the truth of the oceans wisdom.
  2. Set a target for yourself to collect a certain amount of funds in the coming week, for your favorite charity. The key is to collect funds from strangers whom you have never ever met or interacted with.  If you exceed your set target, double the target and try the exercise once again after a month. If you did not meet your set target, analyze how you can do better and attempt it once again after a month with the same target in mind.
  3. Check out the meanings of the words in the original picture which are written in bold in the write up above. e.g. shore and sure

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Write down the 5 nicest things anyone has spoken about you before you read any further. It could be a compliment, an appreciation, a prediction, a hope expressed, a special reference to quality/ talent/ behavior and / or just congratulations on something achieved.  Now introspect about how often or frequently you have been bestowed these encouraging feedback.  If you have written down/ outlined all of what you were told to do above you are ready to read further for you have just displayed your ability to believe in yourself and leverage that ability to discover the ‘power of the individuality in you

Almost all of us have been subjected to warnings, cautions, threats, discouragement and also perhaps heaped insults, more often than the times we got praise, encouragement, appreciation and respect be it from well meaning parents, siblings, friends, teachers, peers or superiors. The most common negative feedback we get begins in childhood when we are regularly told NOT TO do this or that thereby retraining our natural child like curiosity and the ability to freely explore and discover. In school days we are constantly berated to study, score well, aim for the top spot and regularly exhorted to excel in every endeavor. If we did not have the natural ability to excel in academics as reflected in the formal examination results we dreaded the resulting tirade and learned to be deaf to the unrelenting criticism. At the same time, we didn’t dare pursue out other natural talents be it painting, singing, dancing, sports etc. for we were constantly reminded that our future lay in academic excellence.

Yet despite all these limitations, most of us learned to enjoy our pursuits, unconsciously discover our potential and indulged in our passions without seeking approval of parents or teachers or elders. This is a result of the flowering of our individuality.   Our uniqueness lies in us being able to chalk out a personalized roadmap for ourselves, our ability to shut out the negatives and foresee the success that awaits us. Often we have to grapple with our own self doubts, overcome our lack of confidence, deftly maneuver through occasional failures and regularly rediscovering ourselves. Yet many of us hesitate to completely surrender ourselves to our inner cravings and natural urge mainly because we cannot see ourselves fitting into the expectations of the world around us be it our family, friends or society.  As a result we take great pains to adapt, mould and fit into  what we believe the world expects us to become whilst we are being suffocated, hurt and subconsciously fighting to be set free.

Now look at the list you wrote down when you began reading this post. Ask yourself what you have done to justify the faith expressed in you and your potential. Have you been able to latch on to the encouragement, the faith and the abilities that others expressed in you? Do you still believe that the real you and your unique individuality can be showcased to the world? What is it that you can do, that you can ecstatically embrace, get passionately involved in and help you stand out and be noticed.  Isn’t it time now, that you stop living someone else’s dream and instead give expression to your individuality?

Action Points:

  1. Can you outline the various career choices that you thought about in your school days. Are any of those choices still something that excites you? Is it practical for you to still pursue it today? If the answer to the last question is YES, go on and start working on attempting that choice in the next couple of months.
  2. Find out more about people who have achieved something notable despite having these limitations
  • Being blind
  • Being physically handicapped
  • Being illiterate
  • Being orphaned
  • Being mentally challenged
  • Being a midget or dwarf

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Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.  George Bernard Shaw

Change is the natural progression of life. Every day is a new day with a new set of challenges, a new source of energy and a variety of trials and triumphs. As individuals too we are growing older, perhaps wiser too, growing in girth perhaps and definitely growing in experience. However, it is our passive acceptance of change that creates problems for us. We see change merely as something inevitable and not as an opportunity.

When we realize that we need to respond to change proactively by acknowledging it, adopting or adapting to it and by embracing it whole heartedly even though we do not like it, that is when change becomes our allay, our catalyst for growth. If we simply examine the changes that have occurred in the last few years, we can see the rapid influence of changing technology, changing values, changing attitudes on our social, economic and emotional fabric. We need to constantly adjust ourselves to these changes or we soon find ourselves stranded alone on an island of ignorance with crisscrossing pathways way of confusion and dimly lit experiences which shatter our pride, ego and enthusiasm.

Once we have made peace with the rapid changes around us, we can be sure that these changes will not steamroll you and flatten you on the highway to tomorrow. More importantly, you will then become an agent for change, a crusader for new systems and perhaps even the master of change. You will be faced with doubts, your abilities will be challenged and sometimes you have to traverse a lonely road but when you reach the end of the trail you would be ahead of the pack, for the rest would have opted for the old and beaten circuitous path.

What one must not change though is our good value systems, our ability to love, our large heartedness in forgiving and our zest for life! All change will then revolve around this axis and then you will easily adjust to change but never succumb to lures of change.

Remember: “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

Try these:

  • What are the 5 changes each, that you have noticed over the past 5 years in the area of technology, health care, education, environment and politics? How does any or each of these changes impact you? How will you respond to these changes?
  • What are the personal changes in your life over the past 5 years –look at your lifestyle, education, physical fitness, social interactions, value systems when listing these changes. How many of the changes are beneficial to you. Have the changes made you compromise somewhere?
  • Try changing your route of daily travel. Experiment with exotic cuisines. Read a different genre of books or see a different genre of movies / TV serials. Try to wear some different types of clothes. Experiment with new technology like using a digital book reader/ touch screen mobiles/ using speech recognition software. What were your experiences? Did you learn from the experience. Did you give up too fast? Did you discover their utility?

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