Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Be in control of your life, not of others…

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Are You Cool?

I have a 13 year old and looks like being cool pretty important. What's important to him is important to me too. However, one is to look cool and the other is to be cool regardless of the looks, age and gender.

Talk about being cool, I think the coolest thing in life is be able to live a life without grudges, hatred, anger. It is totally cool to be able to enjoy life, without the burden of expectations from others. That truly is the feeling of freedom!

If we are open, ready to share, non-judgmental, eager to embrace, then our life will be light and free like breeze, it will flow like the fresh waters of a river going beyond the rocks of challenges, pebbles of false accusations, quenching thirst of many along the way! The breeze with fragrance of forgiveness that comes from river of love that continues to flow and explore its path with hope, faith and determination…

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 I wanna be able to love people around me and be cool and you? :-) 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Peace!

Say it and make peace! Holding feelings may avoid a temporary discomfort but might leave a permanent injury to the relationship and to your soul. Say it with an open heart and with the same heart take the feedback in. Fight the issue not the person. Shake hands with the soul not just with the body. Focus on the bigger picture and greater good not on the immediate ego satisfaction. Claim inner peace and share it with the one in front of you. You are the greatest contributor to peace in your own life, take the responsibility and be successfully peaceful!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Smile with your Heart to Embrace Peace

Smile is not a function of only lips and it is incomplete if other critical organs are not involved. Smile with your heart and let your eyes reflect it :-) 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Let Us Defeat Hunger


Recently I was reading 'Night' by Eli Wiesel and his experiences in the concentration camp in Germany. The time of his life when dignity, affection and relations succumbed to hunger.  Suffering snatched away any sense of humanity from him. As I read the text, I was reminded of Victor Frankel's memoirs one more time. Once again, it generated a deep pain and sadness in my heart. I can't even begin to understand what it is to have hunger rule all your instincts, duties and concerns.

Then I thanked God that the holocaust was over! Unfortunately, the feeling of gratitude didn't last too long because an advertisement on CNN shook it. It is not Nazis and it is not one particular race, but this time but it is poverty, conflicts and unequal wealth distribution in different parts of world responsible for death and suffering. 

I couldn't believe it and researched it and this is what I found on USA TODAY's page, 18,000 children die every day of hunger!!! Yes, it is true, as per the United Nations food agency's (World Food Program) report, "Some 18,000 children die every day because of hunger and malnutrition and 850 million people go to bed every night with empty stomachs"

Until when humans will die of hunger? 

I am pretty sure that there are enough resources in this world to feed every human being but we don't have time think about it. Yes, there are individuals and organizations that are working to fight hunger but they need our support to be successful. On one hand, there are people who are falling sick or dying because of overeating and on the other hand people are dying because of lack of food. Where's the balance? 

By the way, if this post reminds you of children in Africa, which it should, let me also share with you that the largest number of malnourished children is in India - more than 100 million and over 40 million in China (USA TODAY website). According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 16.7 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life (Feeding America website). Lack of food or lack of access to food is a global issue, a reality in our own backyards!  

While our heads are down looking at these statistics, we might as well look at the fat on our bellies and decide to become fit physically and spiritually by sharing with the less fortunate.    

I am not rich but I can afford to buy a lipstick or a new shirt or eat out once in a while and I know there are many others like me. Can we give up one of those little random expenses just once a month and send it to a reliable organization that can serve as a conduit to feed the starving children and their care-takers? It is ok if you don't believe in helping through an organization, you can feed somebody near you, who is clearly hungry. Would you?

One last thing, share what is needed and where it is needed. Not where it is convenient or makes you look/feel good. Please think it through when you share and do it right! Share, my friends, even if it is in small amount. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Wishing You All A Year full of Wisdom, Health and Love!

Happy New Year to all my readers! As I was thinking of what to write today, the first day of 2013, I thought of sharing with you few posts from the past that talk about importance of peace and simple ways to embrace and spread it. If you click on the underlined words in the following text, it will take you to posts that are on related theme.

Sadly, peace is not a priority in this fast moving world but we know that Peace means Business and peaceful nations are more prosperous. Also at the individual level, a peaceful mind leads to healthier life, so Embrace Peace to be Victorious! Remember, Life is what you want it to be

Please know that You are beautiful! If you did something in the past that keeps you awake at night, it is time to reconcile with it and move on. Guilt is not our friend, forgiveness and correction are! I have many friends but I need to make friends with myself too!

One humble request, please make peace an important part of conversations with children, if you are not doing that already. It is Time to Teach Peace and raise our children as the ambassadors of peace no matter which country we live in, what religion we follow.

Most importantly, Lord, thank you for all the blessings you have bestowed on us. Let your will be done in our lives and on this earth! Peace

O India, My Motherland!

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