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Is it worth taking the risk ?

Amidst the morning lecture today, my mind wandered( I really hope my dean doesn’t see this) as usual… and I was thinking about my friend Nan. She had recently taken up a new job overseas. Being a project manager, in a new place, new language, new culture is not an easy thing to do. She was supposed to head one of the new NGO projects in Africa. Why she went ? ” There is no point in sitting in your safe and sheltered world. It’s your duty to give back a little to the world and go. After all, no risks, no adventure and no difference in someb0dy’s life. ” She couldn’t have put it better.

Scared of something !!! Stop fretting, take the leap and go ahead !! There is nothing to hold you back, but yourself. So what are you waiting for ? As for me, I think I will look into the plans of  Breast Cancer Awareness Project that one of my residents was taking about !!! Go ahead and seize the day !!!!


Challenges of life: which one would you be ?

Challenges, there are so many of them thrown to us in different forms in our daily lives. It is so easy for anyone to buckle down under all that pressure and give up so easily. Different groups of people have different way of tackling the boulder.

Some step away from it and wait for someone to turn it over.

Some just leave it as it is, and go back to another new goal or just change their plans away from their intended goal.

Others crib, and call a whole bunch of people, make a public display. Whether, the boulder stays there or is moved, remains to be seen!!!

Very few, measure the force needed, use a stick as a lever, and move the boulder. No hue and cry. No fuss. If they need help, they’ll ask one or two trusted people to help!!

After all, it’s imperative for me to agree with this quote: ” People are like stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.  ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross”

So which one of these people are you ? How would you move the boulder ?

Find your own silver lining…

Thunderstorms aren’t quite so boring as it looks. At least, Benjamin Franklin wasted no time in figuring out it’s electricity using the kite and the key.  If I were him, I would have chosen to sit back and just watch the storm!!! Life comes with its own up’s and down’s. It’s up to you to look at it through the different angles possible.

Michael Faraday used his part time job as a book assistant to read the books and educate himself. When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he tried over 2000 experiments before he got it to work. A young reporter asked him how it felt to fail so many times. He said, “I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2000-step process and I learnt how not to make a bulb!”

Looking back on my high school years, I was constantly on the move. I used to juggle through a number of activities, which was of course at the expense of my grades. Unfortunately, I had flunked once to learn the most important lesson of my life. Time management. I am thankful today for that lesson. During these years of med school, juggling through time has helped me pass from one semester to the next.

The whole point is, we have to stop to blaming the situation, and instead look for another alternative. Every problem has an answer. The solution disappears when we sow the slightest seed of doubt in our minds. So the best thing to do is to follow your dreams, wherever it takes you !!! Every tempest, every thunderstorm is followed by a cloud burst, and if you look for it, you can see that little silver lining !!!

Take a minute….

Running around the clock ? Short of time ? Did you notice the doorman who held the elevator for you in the morning haste ? Did you note the fact that your wife made you coffee in the morning before going for work ? Or that your colleague covered up the fact that you were late ? Or that your supervisor had ordered the materials that you had forgotten to get, before your big boss came to know about it ? Or that your employee prepared that pretty impressive presentation which you used to clinch you that big project !!!

Sometimes all it takes is to appreciate someone for the little things that they do. It may not seem like a quite important thing then, but later on looking back; these small little acts made your day to be a better one.

Let me tell you of a real incident that when I was at school. In my class, there was this guy, who was literally a nerd. But he had a hidden ability, to play the piano with the hand of a genius. Unnaturally reserved and surly, he mostly kept to himself. When my music teacher heard it, she told him, ” You can achieve great heights if you want to. ” He blossomed, and to day he is finishing off in the London Academy of Music. Funny, if you look at it, how these little words affected him greatly…

So the next time, no matter how busy you are, take a minute…just one minute, and tell somebody ” thank you”or “well done!” . How you appreciate them for doing something for you; especially if it is out of the way. Don’t take them for granted. Remember, you may end up making a significant difference in somebody else’s life !!

It’s okay to say “I don’t know”….

Have you ever experienced the feeling of getting stuck ? And then trying to worm your way out of the situation. When I am in such a situation, it ends up in me telling, one ‘white’ lie after another, and then I eventually contradict myself !!! Aw, what a royal mess!!!!

So today I took it upon to tell myself, that it is completely alright to say, ” I DON’T KNOW…..”
The best thing is that, when I admit to others that I really don’t know something, there are no pressures involved, no false expectations, no reaching up to the mark and definitely, no implication of any false knowledge or making up new stuff !!!
It gives me an opportunity to learn something new, eases the pressure on me and allows me to explore at my own pace. As once said by Confucious, ” If you know, to rcognize that you know. If you don’t know, to realize that you don’t know; that is knowledge.”
So if I am asked something that I am totally clueless about, ‘m gonna say “I don’t know “; how else will I ever learn ?!!

Step back and breathe…

Recently I have found work to be slightly less enjoyable. Its not that I am bored or have less work to do. Its just that I have lost interest, at least for a while.That’s when I came across these lines ….

” Every now and then, go away, take a little relaxation, because when you come back, your judgement will be surer. To remain constantly at work will cause you to loose your power of judgement. Go some distance away, because then the work appears smaller, and more of it can be taken at a glance, and a lack of harmony or proportion is more readily seen. – Leonardo da Vinci.”

This couldn’t have been phrased better. Sometimes, a break for a day or two is all that we need to bring back that vibe and energy into the field. Monotonicity is not the way of life for any man..either for you or me !!! Once when the wrong judgement is made, then it entails in making the wrong decisions, the wrong approach and then disasters are enlisted which may be beyond correction or any kind of repair. Which is why, a day off is needed for all of us, irrespective of whatever job we do. For, our first impression is the best and sometimes one chance is all that life offers. Which is why we have to pepped up to do it at the right time and moment. And this is why once when our interest in our work is lost, all is lost.  And in the best interests of our health, getting stressed is as traumatic as having diabetes.

Besides, it pays enough to take a break. Gives you a fresh start, new ideas and the best of all new dreams, which may becomes legacies.If you are of the mindset that you are going to loose all that hours of work, do a test and see the productivity. It ll be better to do your work with breaks that in the same dull monotonous tone.

Take a break and don’t freak out over all that time lost. Spend some time with the family and indulge yourself. Believe, more time is gained than wasted.So, I think it’s time for me to take a day off and come back tomorrow with a fresh start at work !!! Have a great day.

An hour more…..

Ever had the wishful thinking “…that if I could only had a little more time”. If, anyone asks me, there are times when I wish the day was a lot more than just 24 hrs, but there are those days wherein I would just wish that time could fly. Ironical, ain’t it ?!  But, the most common trnd seen today is the mad rush against time. The sad fact is that we hardly enjoy the little things that we do. To quote a few lines from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.

How much more true, could this be !! Try to savour each moment, for nature has given us the right amount of time. 24 hrs a day, not too long nor too short.

Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.                                                            – Captain Jean Luc Picard

played by Patrick Stewart, from the film “Star Trek: Generations”

– Captain Jean-Luc Picard

So don’t panic, time may “seem” to run out, but so do moments and memories. Afterall, like the old adage says, “Haste makes waste”. Carpe diem !!!