Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Funny New Year Greetings

Sometimes, sarcasm has a better impact than sage advice. Enjoy these funny greetings for the new year. May be you will find them more usable than conventional words of wisdom!

May all your weight loss aspirations be fulfilled in the New Year!

May god motivate you to indulge less in office gossips this year!

I wish you can evade your boss successfully while using instant messengers at workplace this year!

I wish you scare off everyone in your wonderful Halloween attire in the New Year!

I wish you end up fighting less with your partner over TV remote this New Year!

I wish you can maintain your resolution to quit smoking a few days more this new year!

I wish you finally learn how to use your Smartphone properly this New Year.

May god inspire you to finally enroll in that anger management course in New Year!

I wish you find a perfume this year that is less awe-inspiring than chocolate flavored EDT!

I pray sincerely no sequel is released in your favorite vampire romance this year!

I wish you end up without a funny face in group photos this year.

I wish Snoopy, your poodle, does not chew telephone chords or your favorite skirt this year!

I wish your dog becomes intelligent to wash muddy legs before running on carpets this year.

I wish the god spares you from telemarketing calls when trying to finish work in Friday evenings!

I wish the Hollywood actor you drool over does not get hooked by some starlet this year!

I wish your neighbor does not ask you to babysit his tantrum throwing daughter in weekends!

I genuinely wish your aunt does not gift you a florescent purple colored dress this year.

I wish your efforts at trimming your goatee at home turns out better this year!

I wish you do not end up ransacking the house for your specs wearing it on head this year.

I sincerely wish you make fewer resolutions to give up drinking this year!

I wish you can resist temptation to gorge on burgers during snack breaks this year.

I wish you do not rush to kitchen in middle of a call to realize the cake is burnt this year!

I wish there is less snowfall or queue when you wait for Black Friday Deals this year.

I sincerely wish you overcome your fear of cockroaches this new year.

I wish you finally implement the plan to use stairs instead of elevators at malls and markets!

I wish your favorite celebrity or model comes up with an easier to follow diet this New Year.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

How Free Are You?

You may be intrigued by the title. After all, we are all free, aren't we. Yes, we are. But do we feel free? Don't we often find that we are not free to do what we want to. Sometimes we feel relieved and say, "At last, I am free of this burden."

So, the reality is that though we are all considered free, we sometimes put our own curbs on our freedom. Sometimes, we do it willingly. We bear with inconveniences and discomforts for the sake of our near and dear ones, for the sake of achieving our future goals and for the sake of causes dear to us. But these kinds of self imposed restrictions do not make us unhappy. they may, on the other hand, make us unhappy.

But there are other times when we curse ourselves for not being free to do something that we want. I am not referring to your getting stuck in your office. This is your responsibility and if you feel that you are not free to go for a movie because you are stuck in work, you have to get your priorities right. I am referring to the situations in which you are free to do what you like but you don't feel free to act. For example, if you are bored to death listening to someone and if you are unable to walk out either by speaking out your mind or by giving an excuse, it's a case of your not being free.

We all may have several situations in which we don't feel free. The main thing that is holding us back and preventing us from acting free is FEAR. It could be the fear of executing the action right or the consequences of acting in a particular way.

Fear and Freedom can't stay together. So decide, whether you are going to lose your freedom by allowing your fear to prevail or allow your freedom fly high by killing the fears that are holding your freedom.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

You can't be everything to everyone!

I recently read a humorous piece about how a man could keep his wife happy. It said a husband only needed to be a friend, a companion, a lover, a chef, an electrician, a carpenter and 50 other things. Well, it made the job of keeping a wife copy sound an impossible task. But, when I read this, I wondered whether we are not trying to do this to many people in our life.

If you are a boss, you just can't be a boss. You have to be a friend, a guide, a companion, a sympathetic listener, a confidant, an understanding person, a helpful person, a kind person and so on. This is what many of us think. We also try to play diverse roles in order to keep the other person happy so that he or she will do the things expected of him or her.

It is a noble ideal to be everything to everyone but it's an ideal all the same. In reality, we can't be everything to everyone. We have to play our roles. A policeman can't be a friend to the person he is interrogating. A boss can be a friend but only within limits and only during certain times.

Life will be much simpler and rewarding if we realize that our behavior is circumscribed by our roles and if we don't keep ourselves within the limits, we will go out of the sphere of our operation. We could neither reach our goals nor keep others happy.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Are You Ready To Jump?

You might have heard the story of a frog that is put in a vessel of water. Initially, the frog feels comfortable with the environment. Now, the vessel is kept on an oven So, the water begins to become warmer. the from may not perceive the change in the temperature of the water for a while. It will continue to be comfortable and complacent about where it is.
After a while, as the temperature increases, the frog starts feeling the heat. But it feels that it can adjust itself to slight changes in the temperature of the surroundings.
After sometime, the heat becomes more intense and unbearable. The frog knows that something is wrong but instead of jumping out, it keeps trying to adjust itself. Then a stage comes that the frog realizes that it should have jumped out long time back. It makes frantic efforts to jump out but by this time, it has become too weak to jump out. The frag dies after intense suffering cursing itself all along for having not acted earlier.
What killed the frog?
'The boiling water' appears to be the obvious answer 
But the what killed the frog was its own inability to decide when it had to jump out.
We all need to adjust with people and situations, but we need to be sure when we need to adjust and when we need to confront  and or quit.
There are times when we need to face the situation and take the appropriate action.
If we allow people to exploit us physically, mentally, emotionally or financially, they will continue to do so. If we expect things to change for the better on their own, we may be in for a disappointment.
We have to decide when to jump.

Let us jump while we still have the strength..

Friday, December 6, 2013

Gaining from others

I am from India. I find that a majority of people who read my posts are from other countries. So, I have to be a little elaborate when I refer to anything related to Indian culture, history or mythology. Indian readers may bear with me for giving the details which may be considered common knowledge in India.

In the epic Ramayana (one of the two great epics of India), there is a character called Vaali. He had a special power. He would acquire half the strength of anyone who confronted him. So, he remained invincible. That's why  even the great Raamaa had to kill him by hiding behind a tree and remaining unseen.(This version is not supported by the original epic written by Valmiki but has somehow gained the acceptance of people at large.)

We can all be like Vaali. We can gain from others. We can acquire their strengths, skills and good qualities. All you need to do is to create a belief in your mind that you would get the particular trait that you find admirable in the other person. Practice doing this and you will be surprised how simple and how effective the whole process is.

There is only one prerequisite.You should learn to look for the good things in every person you come across. that's difficult, isn't it? After all, we are used to look at the negative traits in everyone. We do it for two reasons. We want to delude ourselves that we are better than the other person or at least the other person is worse than us in some ways. Knowing the negative side of the other person can also be a weapon we may use if necessary!

But if you learn to look for good things in others that we can acquire, you will find a revolutionary change in your relationship with others. The more you like the other person  the more the other person will like you and the more people you like, the more will be the number of people who like you.

So, begin to become Vaali starting from now! Look at the person who is near you and see what you like about that person. If you are alone, go out and look for someone! Good luck!