Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Recipe for a Happy New Year

Recipe for a Happy New Year

Take twelve whole months.
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness,
hate, and jealousy.
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.

Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or
thirty-one different parts,
but don't make up the whole batch at once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.

Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience, one part of courage,
and one part of work.
Add to each day one part of hope,
faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer, one part meditation,
and one good deed.

Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
and a cupful of good humor.

Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy,
garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness,
and cheerfulness.

You're bound to have a happy new year.

 I am the New Year

Life I am the New Year.
I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.
I am your next chance at the art of living.

I am your opportunity to practice
what you have learned about life
during the last twelve months.

All that you sought
and didn't find is hidden in me,
waiting for you to search it out
with more determination.

All the good that you tried for
and didn't achieve
is mine to grant
when you have fewer conflicting desires.

All that you dreamed but didn't dare to do,
all that you hoped but did not will,
all the faith that you claimed but did not have --
these slumber lightly,
waiting to be awakened
by the touch of a strong purpose.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

New Year goals

Happy New Year
Baby New Year
The setting of New year's goals
or new years resolutions
 are part of the letting go of the old
and the ushering of the new.
It is hope of future success.
The earliest known record of a New Year's celebration
 dates  from 2000 B.C. in Mesopotamia.
Happy New Year


Fleeting Feet of Time
Tripping through forests,
Racing down streets,
Running, through fields,
Flying through sky.
Unknown, unfathomed,
Undefined, illusive
Intangible, real.
How very real -
How very sad,
To measure a life
By something unfound,
And just there -

Vinod with Dear Ammamma and Tatayya at Overlake Hispital, Bellevue/Seattle

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

SECRET - Great life doesn't happen by accident.

Great life doesn't happen by accident. 

 A great life is the result of allocating your time, energy, thoughts, and hard work towards what you want your life to be.

Start setting up your life to support success and ease. 
A great life is the result of using the 24/7 you get in a creative and thoughtful way, instead of just what comes next. 

1.  S ? Simplify. 
A great life is the result of simplifying your life.  In order to create a great life, you will have to make room for it in yours first.

2.  E ? Effort.  
A great life is the result of your best effort.  Creating a great life requires that you make some adjustments.  It may mean re-evaluating how you spend your time, or choosing to spend your money in a different way. 
It may mean looking for new ways to spend your energy that coincide with your definition of a great life.  

3.  C ? Create Priorities. 
 A great life is the result of creating priorities.  It?s easy to spend your days just responding to the next thing that gets your attention, instead of intentionally using the time, energy and money you have in a way that?s important to you.

4.  R ? Reserves. 
A great life is the result of having reserves ? reserves of things, time, space, energy, money, love.  Having reserves means that you have a lot more than you need ? not 6 months living expenses, but 5 years worth; not 15 minutes of free time, 1 day.
Reserves are important because they reduce the fear of consequences, and allows you to make decisions based on what you really want instead of what the fear decides for you.  

5.  E ? Eliminate distractions.
A great life is the result of eliminating distractions. 
Up to 75% of your mental energy can be tied up in things that are draining and distracting you.
 Look around at someone?s life that you admire.  What do they do that you would like to incorporate into your own life?  Ask them how they did it.  Find ways to free up your mental energy for things that are more important to you.  

6.  T ? Thoughts.
A great life is the result of controlling your thoughts so that you accept and allow for the possibility that it actually can happen to you! 
Your belief in the outcome will directly dictate how successful you are.  Motivated people have specific goals and look for ways to achieve them.
 Believing there is a solution to the same old problems you encounter year after year is vitally important to creating a life that you love.   Whatever you think and believe, you create. 


Friday, December 10, 2004

Memo from a Child to his Parents

Memo from a Child
to his Parents

Don't spoil me. I know quite well that I ought not to have all I ask for - I'm only testing you.

Don't be afraid to be firm with me. I prefer it, it makes me feel secure.

Don't let me form bad habits. I have to rely on you to detect them in the early stages.

Don't make me feel smaller than I am. It only makes me behave stupidly "big".

Don't correct me in front of people if you can help it. I will take much more notice if you talk quietly to me in private.

Don't make me feel that my mistakes are sins. It upsets my sense of values.

Don't protect me from consequences. I need to learn the painful way sometimes.

Don't be upset when I say, "I hate you". Sometimes it isn't you I hate but your power to thwart me.

Don't take too much notice of my small ailments. Sometimes they get me the attention I need.

Don't nag. If you do, I shall have to protect myself by appearing deaf.

Don't forget that I cannot explain myself as well as I should like. That is why I am not always accurate.

Don't put me off when I ask questions. If you do you will find that I'll stop asking and I'll seek my information elsewhere.

Don't be inconsistent. That completely confuses me and makes me loose faith in you.

Don't tell me my fears are silly. They are terribly real and you can do much to reassure me if you try to understand.

Don't ever suggest that you are perfect or infallible. It gives me too great a shock when I discover that you are neither.

Don't ever think that it is beneath your dignity to apologise to me. An honest apology makes me surprisingly warm towards you.

Don't forget that I love experimenting. I couldn't get along without it, so please put up with it.

Don't forget how quickly I am growing up. It must be very difficult for you to keep pace with me but please do try.

Don't forget that I don't thrive without lots of love and understanding, but I don't need to tell yo, do I?

Please keep yourself fit and healthy. I need you.  


Thursday, December 09, 2004

Launch of this Blog...

I have been thinking for a long time to save, if not all, at least some of the letters/emails written by parents to us their children at one place, as I find faith, hope, inspiration, guidance, moral values, family legacy, hearty blessings, best wishes and love in them. After toying with that desire for several days, finally, I have created this blog spot on the web today.

My parent’s letters / email communications have been a blend of many things derived from their experiences and from their extensive reading and interactions with people around them. I felt personally benefited because of that and want to have an easy way of revisiting them when ever I feel like. Also it is a small effort from me to chronicle the times and pass on some of the good family values to my next generations.

"Mom & Dad, I may no longer be that little child who always wanted another hug or minute with you But I still miss you when we are apart.

I may no longer need your hand for every step I take
But I still need your acceptance and support of everything I do.

I may not be that little child who asked for all the things I ever wanted in the world
But that’s because long ago you taught me how to go after my dreams.

I may no longer be that little child who Looked to you to share every hurt, smile and tear But I still feel like that child whenever I think of you…

I’ll always love you, Mom and Dad, With the heart of that little child .... Thank you for being there...."