Friday, April 03, 2020

The Magic of Thinking Big

  • There's only one growth strategy: work hard.
  • We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started. Follow your honest convictions, and stay strong.
  1. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
  2. One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again. Don't go through life, grow through life.
  3. Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are. If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
  4. Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.
  5. Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.
  6. Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. The power of imagination makes us infinite. With self-discipline most anything is possible.

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

My message from when I was going to be sixty

Dear Our Sweet Three: In a Couple of months on June 19, 2020, I turn 80. But here is my email written to you around my 60th Birthday I.e two decades ago. I cannot change anything still. Please receive the message, again.


Dear our sweet Three !!

I reach sixty 60th year mile-stone soon. My journey of life is fine, although there were several ups and downs in between.

Now I feel that I am more fortunate as I am in a position to learn from our own sweet kids for my further life - journey. I teach them with the virtue of my experience and learn from their knowledge. And we grow well all together.

On the auspicious occasion of my Birthday I wish our little but great ones to tell me what I need to learn, for my happy future journey of my life. I value your suggestions more than any body else’s.

I know it is quite natural for people to invite the things they want and not what they need. So most people just tell their companions only things they wish to know but never tell the things that they need to know to avoid conflicts. But we know well that conflicts are the cause to progress. They are not avoidable.

But we have to get good solutions to move on the relatively correct path. Please think for a while and write to me. I shall await for your valuable suggestions.

Yours lovingly,
Naana

* Dear Nana - The one key positive difference now as you approach 80 years is that you have 4 lovely grandchildren. We all can love and learn from each other 💓😃

**  Our Sweet Grandkids Vikram, Vinod, Pragathi and Prabhat Kiran celebrated my 75th Birthday in Edmonton AB 🇨🇦 and my 80th Birthday in advance, during our Cruise Carnaval trip to Bahamas Island. I enjoy associating with them the most.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Memories are timeless treasure of the Heart

  1. Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies University of British Columbia, August 17—23, 2007 , Triennial Conference.
  2. June 5, 2010: Nana attended Pinnacle 2010 IIM USA Global Convention at San Jose, CA. Please Click Here to read Naana's impressions of this event
  3. June 19, 2010 : AmmaNaana attended 5th California Telugu Saahiti Sadassu
  4. Nana attended the discussion on Progressive Movement in the United States by Kate Forrest and Barry Kendall organized by Democratic 21st Century Club in Santa Clara CA, USA.
  5. The Democratic 21st Century Club provides a unique venue for Democrats from all walks of life to come together, listen, learn, and increase our unity.
  6. February 2013 Nana attended Fourth Annual India Summit at Emory University
  7. January 16, 2015 Indo - American Friendship Forum Conference at Hyatt, Olive8, Seattle
  8. January 26, 2015: Nana went to Washington State Legislature as part of IAWW delegation on the invitation of Senator Pramila Jayapal (D) for the celebration of India's Republic day, honoring 60,000 Indo-Americans in the state who contribute every day to make our state great.
  9. Last but not the least attending Nobel Peace Forum Annual event in Minneapolis. 


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Happy Ugadi 2020 - Beginning of Telugu New Year


Thank you, Somayya, for sharing the family photos of your celebration of the New Year. 
You are so wise and fortunate to have such a lovable family and for getting together as you do.

Thank you for once again teaching me.  
You gave me reasons to read and learn something about the special day, Ugadi.

Enjoy every day.

Jeanne

What gives our life a meaning

Some argue that our purpose is to find happiness. Others say our purpose is to love others, to become the best version of ourselves.

You will grow from adversity. Overcoming obstacles and failures is a central part of your life journey. When you are challenged by the darkest of life circumstances, know that your journey is fashioning you into a wiser, more resilient individual.

You will assemble a team of allies. You should never undertake your journey alone. Heroes find a way to attract sidekicks, friends, and mentors to help them overcome obstacles.

Building a team around you, Often the person who helps you is someone you least expect. Remember that the point of the journey is to transform you into a stronger, better person. Trusted allies will guide you through adversity and will assist you in becoming forever transformed by your journey.

You will give back to society. The hero’s journey is far more than mere personal transformation. Once you return from your journey, you will use your new-found gifts to make the world a better place.

Your life purpose is to use your own personal transformation to help transform society. Once mentored by another, you will now mentor others. Your selfless service to the world will forge your place in the human chain of love shown by people who came before you and by people who will follow you.

As you struggle, remember that regardless of the outcome, you are fulfilling your life’s purpose. Each human life is meant to be a heroic life.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Life is a question and how we live it is our answer.


  1. Never stop building bridges that lead to better tomorrows. Never stop looking at all miracles we have had.
  2. A more peaceful way to live is to decide consciously which battles are worth fighting and which are better left alone. Not all battles are important.
  3. Remember to take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go. What you do makes you who you are. Think of hard times like bad weather. They too will pass.
  4. You life is your story write it well and edit it often. All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming takes all mankind together.
  5. We enjoy celebrations because they allow us to remember the things in life that truly matter. So remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.
  6. Courage is to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.
  7. Growing old is humbling and it takes effort to accomplish this stage of life with dignity. Your age is measured by your dreams not by the years. It is a process of making you bold and beautiful. Every day live in a way that honors who you are. You are evolution. You are revolution.
  8. You are the books you read, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these.
  9. Don’t let your Bria in bored. Curiosity is one of the best way to prevent that. Become engaged in the world around you, make changes in your daily routine and find something you are passionate about. We turn not older with years but newer everyday.
  10. Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and in the process, cars for ourselves. In every single thing you do you are choosing a direction. Your life is a product of choices.
  11. As long as we have memories, yesterday remains. As long as we have hope, tomorrow awaits. As long as we have love, today is beautiful.
  12. It takes humility to seek feedback. It takes wisdom to understand it, analyze it and appropriately act on it.
  13. Some people come in our life as blessings. Some people come in our life as lessons.
  14. It’s the camaraderie and shared purpose as much as milestones we set that give our lives meaning.
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            The Best Complements I received from my well wishers, recently!
  1. You are inspiration to all. You have great enthusiasm for life and learning. Keep your courageous spirit.
  2. We believe you exemplify lifelong learning. We have always been impressed with your commitment to volunteering your time and talent.
  3. You deserve a lot of acknowledgement for your accomplishments and we are proud to have worked with you and see you grow so much in a short time here with us: Edmonton Welcome Center for Newcomers.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Some Ways to Be Happier!

  1. Scientists say walking tall with swinging arms helps you feel more positive.
  2. When you smile, you can change your brain’s chemistry and feel happier.
  3. Find ways to get involved in your community or help out a friend in need. You’ll help yourself, too. It can improve your mental health.
  4. Make New Friends: Be open to new relationships, whether it’s someone you meet at the office, gym, or park. But be sure to maintain those lifelong connections, too. Studies show the more connected you are, the happier you are.
  5. Count Your Blessings: Write down everything that’s good in your life. When you make an effort to look on the bright side, it helps you stay focused on the positive.
  6. It can take as little as 5 minutes for exercise to put you in a better mood. Moving your body also has good long-term effects: Regular exercise helps keep depression at bay.
  7. Forgiveness frees you from negative thoughts and makes more room in your life for inner peace. And that brings you happiness.
  8. Music can have a powerful effect on your emotions. Pick your favorite music mix and get into the groove.
  9. Happiness is about more than momentary pleasure. It’s also in the satisfaction of pursuing your goals. 
  10. Tackle Your Goals: Ask yourself if they are realistic and within your reach now -- or at least, things that you can start to work toward. Then get really specific about what the goal is -- not “to work out more” but “to walk 30 minutes a day, three times this week,” or “I’ll have a salad for lunch twice this week.”  
  11. Seek Positive People: “Emotions are contagious,” as the saying goes. So you want people in your life who are confident, upbeat, and health.


Charlie Chaplin - The Lion Cage

Monday, February 24, 2020

How to Attract Terrific People

Make someone feel better about themselves when in your company.

* Be alert for any chance to praise another.
* Be fun to be with.
* Be genuinely concerned about what's going on in the life of the other.
* Suspend your agenda in the interest of the other's.
* Encourage and affirm your friend at every opportunity.
* Listen twice as much as you talk.
* Give genuine compliments, frequently. How to Attract Terrific People - by Mike Moore
* Accept the person as they are and not as you want them to be.
* Ask questions and listen to their answers.
* Be enthusiastic.
* Be a friend without conditions.

There is nothing more flattering or rare than the undivided attention of another.
It is more important to be interested than interesting.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Life’s too short to think small.

  1. Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.
  2. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
  3. Be what you are. This is the first step towards becoming better than you are.
  4. Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.
  5. Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.
  6. Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.
  7. Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great.
  8. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit

Monday, February 17, 2020

Great Decisions 2020 Topics - Prepare to Discuss the World - Forsyth County Library: Time 7:00 p.m

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program in world affairs. 

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs.  The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

Great Decisions 2020 topics include:

Forsyth County Library: Time 7:00 p.m 

* January 29: Climate Change and the Global Order
* February 5: India and Pakistan
* February 12: Red Sea Security: 
* February 19: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
* February 26: U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle
* March 4: China's Road into Latin America
* March 11: The Philippines and the U.S.
* March 18: Artificial Intelligence and Data


Saturday, February 01, 2020

Everyday Quotes

  1. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. ~ Arthur Ashe
  2. It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  3. Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. ~ Albert Einstein
  4. Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. ~ William Morris
  5. For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned. ~ Benjamin Franklin
  6. Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated. ~ Confucius
  7. Our life is frittered away by detail...Simplify, simplify. ~ Henry David Thoreau
  8. Time is a created thing. To say “I don’t have time” is to say “I don’t want to.” ~ Lao
  9. If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it. ~ Olin Miller
  10. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~ Leonardo da Vinci
  11. A good system shortens the road to the goal. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  12. The best way to get something done is to begin. ~ Author Unknown
  13. The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give. But the less you have, the more free you are. ~ Mother Teresa
  14. Organize your life around your dreams, and watch them come true.
  15. Successful organizing is based on the recognition that people get organized because they, too, have a vision. ~ Paul Wellstone
  16. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. ~ Henry David Thoreau
  17. To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. ~ Anatole France
  18. Keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~ Dinah Craik
  19. You'll never get organized if you don’t have a vision for your life. ~ Linda Eubanks
  20. Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. ~ Francis of Assisi
  21. First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. ~ Napoleon Hill
  22. You will never be completely ready. Start from wherever you are. ~ C.J. Hayden
  23. It is never too late to be what you might have been. ~ George Eliot
  24. It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. ~ Charles Darwin
  25. Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. ~ Carl Sandburg
  26. The universe doesn’t give you what you ask for with your thoughts; it gives you what you demand with your actions. ~ Steve Maraboli
  27. Clutter is not just physical stuff. It’s old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self. ~ Eleanor Brownn
  28. Joy is not in things; it is in us. ~ Richard Wagner

Friday, January 31, 2020

Charan Ji's Friendship & Appreciation

Hello Somayya:

Thank you for sharing your ideas, and commitment and dedication to ‘goodness’. You keep on inspiring both the young and old with your courage in speaking to the truth. Thank you.

Wishing you and yours all the happiness,

Charan


Thursday, January 30, 2020

Thanks for the Friendship & Appreciation, Jeanne

Somayya,

Thank you, so much, for the summary of the benefits of walking.

Wow!  Six Kilometers of Walking in one day.  Excellent.  My best day this week was Wednesday when I walked about 2 miles.  Today was about half that, although I plan to walk to a meeting in downtown Kirkland this evening.

You are such a good model.  I’m planning to make a plan and a walking measurement device.  Please continue to be the model I need.

Jeanne

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Climate Change and Global Order - Dr. Jamie Mitchem

My friend Dee and I attended a awesome presentation by Prof. Jamie Mitchem on the important topic 'Climate Change and Global Order' in Forsyth County Public Library, Cumming

Please see the presentation

Climate Change and the Global Order
Dr. Jamie Mitchem
Institute for Environmental & Spatial Analysis
University of North Georgia

Great Decisions Series
1/29/2020
Forsyth County Public Library



Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Wednesday, January 01, 2020