To Err Is Human

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To Err is human, To forgive is divine. At some point of time in our lives, we all have heard these lines written by Alexander Pope. I was first acquainted with the words in one of the many philosophical sessions with my grandfather. I was a child at that time, 8 or 9 years. The quote was embedded in me, but it was only with time that I understood its importance in real life. The feeling of gratitude when I received forgiveness for the mistakes I made, and the feeling of satisfaction when I forgave friends and family for the mistakes they made is just surreal.

If you are one of those who made a mistake and are struggling with it, the first thing you need to do is accept it. Pride and Denial often lead to further downfall, and it will suck you up into a blackhole from where it would be difficult to come out. Yes, accepting it might lead to people not liking you or seeing you in the same way as before, but in your heart you would know that you are true to yourself and that will ease your pain with time. As L.M. Montgomery said “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”

If your wrong doings have affected the people around you, you should have the courage to ask for forgiveness. But at the same time, you should be prepared of people not accepting you or your sincere apology. To undo wrong doings takes time, and you have to be strong enough to pass through rejections, un-acceptance and the trials that come with it. However, understand that you have to learn to not be so hard on yourself. The right people will understand you and the ones who are not meant to be will not. I would like to share one of the excerpts from Steve Maraboli’s book “Life, the Truth, and being free”:

“If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were, only see you for the mistakes you’ve made, if they don’t realize that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go”

If you are one of those who are having a tough time coping up with the mistakes made by your near and dear ones, I know you are hurt. I know you got something you did not expect. But if that person really means something to you and has an impact on your life, it is time to clear the clouds of disappointment and look deeper into why did a person do what he/she did. What was the motivation behind it? This is your chance to help someone who have lost their way, and trust me there comes immense satisfaction to show the beacon of light to a fellow being in need.

The world has become a darker place with ego, pride and greed controlling the better part of us. But I believe that there are millions out there who still believe in humanity and wish for a peaceful and better world. To all those, let go of your err’s, understand the people around you and with forgiveness and love in your hearts, you can make the change you wish to see.

“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err” – Mahatma Gandhi

K.A.

 

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Life, a window of opportunities.

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“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger–but recognize the opportunity.” – John F. Kennedy

It has become human nature  for us to see the things in life that we do not have, and then sulk about it. Right from childhood, we have this compulsive desire to have the toys that our best friend has, and as we grow older, we make this a habit of wanting things that are around us but are not ours for some reason or the other. In the midst of all this, first, we forget to be thankful for the things that we already have, and second, we concentrate our energy on the “I do not have it” part rather than focusing upon the “How can I have it” part.

Everyone in life has an equal opportunity to achieve things that they want. The only difference between the winners and losers is that the winners take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to them. Some might argue that only the lucky few get the opportunity to do something big. Well, opportunities are not only for a select few. They are prevalent all around us, and it is up to us how we seize them. A pessimist might see his burned house as a life lost, an optimist will see this as an opportunity to build a new life.

It is not reasonable to stay in one’s comfort zone and complain about the things that are not going in the direction one wants them to go in. If you want to change your life and make a difference, then you ought to come out of that comfort zone and explore the opportunities that are around you. If you are unhappy with not having something in your life, introspect and understand why that is happening. Once you find the gaps between you and your aspirations, then comes the task to find the opportunities which bridges that gap. This will require determination and focus, but it’s better to do something for what you want rather than sulk and be depressed about not having it, isn’t it?

I began the article by a quote from John F. Kennedy which elucidated the beauty of opportunity. I close the article by a quote from Clifford Irving which says that one usually fails to perceive the opportunity, as what follows is hard work and perseverance to make it a reality.

“And also don’t forget, the reason opportunity is often missed is that it usually comes disguised as hard work.” – Clifford Irving,TRIAL – A Legal Thriller: Clifford Irving’s legal novels: Book 1

K.A.

Breathe in your courage, exhale your fear.

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Just stumbled upon this wonderful quote by Jonathan Lockwood Huie and felt like sharing it here. Breathing has always had a great significance in times of anxiety or distress. Be it the moments before an interview or the unexpected appearance of a crush, our first instinct is to breathe heavily to abate the tension building inside us. Breathing also plays an important role in yoga and meditation, thus suggesting its impact on relaxing us and improving our thinking abilities.

“I breathe in my courage and exhale my fear” is a wonderful pithy which tells us the essence of deep breathing. Whenever encountered by a tough situation, all we need is a balance of mind to come out of it, and the only thing that impedes us from doing so is our inherent fear of the opposition. Thus, practice the art of deep breathing daily so that whenever you are trapped in an intimidating circumstance, you can focus your thoughts and overcome your fears.

I hope this bold message serves as a kick start of the day for you all 🙂

K.A.

The Beauty Of Womanhood

Reblogging an article on womanhood, that I had written earlier, to celebrate woman’s day 🙂

Reverberations

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Womanhood is something special and is a storehouse of amazing powers. However, most of us women do not acknowledge this great energy within us, firstly because we are ignorant about it and secondly because we are trapped in a society with numerous stereotypes, for instance, women can’t drive, women are not productive at work, women are weak, women talk a lot of nonsense, women are supposed to cook, women are supposed to understand their husbands and compromise or adjust.  All of these external stigmas impede women from unleashing their true potential. But let me tell you one thing very frankly, being a woman is not about doing house chores, it is not about getting married and it is certainly not about producing children. A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her.

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A Manifesto For Change – APJ Abdul Kalam & V Ponraj

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Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the 11th president of India, has always been a visionary and has passionately served the country with his leadership. This is evident by the fact that even after his presidency he continued to work for the betterment of the society by taking up research and development activities and interacting with the youth of the nation and encouraging them to actively participate in developing the country. His last words were those to the students of IIM Shillong.

Dr Kalam’s passion for working for the nation is mirrored in his book “A manifesto for change”, co-authored with V. Ponraj, an ADA scientist and former technical advisor during Dr. Kalam’s presidency. The book is very timely written and enumerates, with facts and figures, the current socio-economic scenario of the Republic of India.

The book kicks off with a whole chapter on “creative leadership” and how it has and can help in the development of the nation. It then builds upon the different levels of leadership in India, starting from Panchayats and moving on to the central government. It delineates the development areas that need to be concentrated on at the village, state and central level. The book ends with a “vision for India”.

I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars and that is because when I picked up this book I was like every other youth in this country who propounds the rhetoric of developing the country but is vaguely aware of the facts and figures. I am now well versed with how my country has performed in the past three decades and what steps need to be taken to elevate my country’s status to a developed nation. This book, in very simple language, gives an in-depth analysis of the following:

  1. How has India performed over the past years; which states have fared well and which need to improve.
  2. An emphasis on the PURA (Providing Urban amenities to Rural Areas) model and how it can be used to bridge the economic divide between urban and rural areas and promote an integrated development environment.
  3. Initiatives to be taken at the Village level by tapping the full potential of Panchayati Raj. The authors narrate some examples as well of how creative leadership at the panchayat level has led to fruitful results.
  4. Initiatives to be taken at the state level. This section is heavily loaded on facts and figures and will give you an idea of the strengths and weaknesses of our states.
  5. Major development areas of the nation – with innovative suggestions like smart waterways systems and integrated agricultural, industrial and services sector development.
  6. Role of the government – MPs and MLAs – in developing the country and a chapter on how critical our parliament sessions are to ensure the country’s growth.
  7. Ways to improve the quality of life in addition to economic growth.

I would really commend the writing style of this book, the language is simple and succinct. If you wish to become aware and informed about the socio-economic aspects of India, this book is for you. In just 255 pages it covers important points and gives meaningful and well researched suggestions. I would highly recommend this book to the youth and encourage them to carry forward the vision of Dr. Kalam and bring this nation to the level at which it deserves to be.

K.A.

Would You Fear or Dare?

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We often limit our potential because of our inherent fears. We fear, but worse, we blow it out of proportion, and then it stops us from moving forward. What we need to realize is that nothing comes easy. The only difference between the people who succeed and those who don’t is their perception of fear and their ability to overcome it.

Being nervous and a little fearful is a part of being human. In fact, the fear of failing at something is a result of our internal desire of succeeding at it! If you would not have wanted it so much, you would not have cared to win or loose in the same, and this is why I was deeply inspired by the quotation “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear”, by George Addair.

Hence, stop wasting your energy in fearing, rather invest it in working harder. Life is too short to compromise on your dreams just because of your fears. I’ll leave you all with a quote said by Michael Jordon – “Never say Never, because limits, like fear, are often just an illusion”

Since this is my first post of the year 2016, I wish all my readers a fearless New Year! May you reach the heights you deserve 🙂

K.A.