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  • T. G. L. Iyer

    Life is not a smooth road

    Satya Sai Baba said: “Man’s many desires are like the small metal coins he carries about in his pocket. The more he has, the more they weigh him down.” People are often driven to excesses by an internal feeling that they have more than what they can hold. That something cannot be found in material possessions or earthly delights, or small pleasures, which fill the void temporarily. The void is created when

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    Light a candle

    ONE way to expand our personality is to read success stories. When we get fired and inspired, our strength increases; our enthusiasm becomes intense and we outstrip our own expectations. We see people going to a hospital and helping patients, while expecting nothing in return. We see workers going to slums and making children literate. We see people working to increase the sub-soil water level to decrease water scarcity. We see volunteers

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    Living with core values

    When we face a problem, we think of the obstacles, road blocks and barriers. Once we focus on the alternatives of a solution, we travel forward and reach a destination, may be not, where we aimed, but very near it. A high-rise building was nearing completion but when they wanted to fix the lifts, they discovered that the space was too big to accommodate the shafts. An ordinary labourer remarked. “Why not

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    Life is a journey of discovery

    Abraham Lincoln once said, “The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wished to hinder him.” There are numerous examples in history when people have been rejected and ultimately accepted. Abraham Lincoln is one example. Colonel Sanders and his “fried-chicken-recipe” were rejected several times until one day it became a culinary rage and the most popular dish in restaurants.

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    We can start our journey anytime

    W. Mitchell wrote: “It is not what happens to you, it is what you do about it that makes the difference.” He flew an aeroplane solo and after landing, was going home on a motorcycle, when it collided with a truck. Apart from the fracture he sustained due to the fall, the fuel tank of the motorcycle exploded, causing severe burns on his body, especially his face. For the next two years,

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    To swing in life

    ALBERT EINSTEIN flunked in school because he could not synchronise with his teachers. Einstein experienced the world differently from his teachers and because his views were different, his teachers continually marked him down.

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    Re-Inventing Ourselves

    Martin Seligman, a psychologist, refers to the mindset that results as you seek out help from others time and again. You gradually become less competent at handling your own problems. In an experiment carried out at the university where he was teaching he began research to find out why there are dropouts among the students. He discovered that the students who quit college were those who came from families where they rarely

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    You are born original

    Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “My life is for itself and not for a spectator; what I must do is all that concerns me; not what other people think. What I think of myself is the crux of my existence. My thoughts are the flesh and blood of my performance.”
    “Know thyself,’ Socrates, the Greek teacher and philosopher had said, many centuries ago.

  • T. G. L. Iyer

    Quality of our Thoughts defines the quality of our lives

    Many of us measure our success by what others have done. Many of us have only a vague idea of what we ultimately want out of life. And even if we can describe it, we don’t translate that belief into our daily actions and decisions. If we can spell out an axiom we want to live by and repeat that axiom often, we may perhaps translate that success into an everyday habit.

  • T. G. L. Iyer

    Change Is Always Inside

    To get to Amaranth cave, you have to travel through a difficult terrain of ascend and descend. But in the end there is excitement, sense of adventure and fulfillment. Life is similar. All of us encounter obstacles, problems and challenges. How to respond to them creates happiness or misery. The book of James says: “Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations then be happy because if the path is

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    Being Focussed On Your Goals

    Chuck Gallozi once wrote: “We have an innate desire to endlessly learn, grow and develop. We want to become more than what we already are. Once we yield to this inclination for continuous and never-ending improvement, we lead a life of limitless accomplishment and satisfaction. Do something right and move on to the next right thing.” We are all unique human beings having infinite opportunity available and the power to do something

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    Keep moving forward only

    Some species of sharks have to keep moving just to survive. It is also the life of creative people that they don’t rest on their laurels. In fact, they are restless making a commitment to hunt for opportunities that can reveal their talents. All the time in life, we are either moving towards, or retreating from our cherished goals and it is upon us to decide to chase, rest or retreat.

  • T. G. L. Iyer

    Keep moving forward only

    Some species of sharks have to keep moving just to survive. It is also the life of creative people that they don’t rest on their laurels. In fact, they are restless making a commitment to hunt for opportunities that can reveal their talents. All the time in life, we are either moving towards, or retreating from our cherished goals and it is upon us to decide to chase, rest or retreat.

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    Life Is A Voyage Homeward Bound

    A king plagued by many worries, harassed on all sides, called his wise men for counsel. He asked them to invent a few magic words that would help him in times of trial and distress, prosperity and adversity and would be ever enduring. The wise men huddled together for days together and came to the monarch with the magic words: “This too shall pass away.”

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    Burning desire to achieve

    A man asked Dr. Carl Menninger: “What would you advise a person to do, if he felt a nervous breakdown coming in?” Many expected him to reply: ‘Consult a Psychiatrist’. To their astonishment he replied: “He should lock up his house, go across the rail-road-tracks, find someone in need and do something to help that person.” Ernest Shackleton was looking around for a crew that would sail with him to the South

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    Lift Yourself To The Very Roof

    Our greatest asset is our mind. Palatial houses, cash, jewellery, security guards, electronic devices installed at home are not real assets.

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    Believe and your belief will in time create the fact

    The opportunities we find in life will always come disguised as hard impossible situations. We can find many reasons to say that we cannot overcome them. But the skill lies in confronting them and like the ant, go over it, under it, around it or through it to reach the other side. The basic challenge is the same for all human beings. Some pick up the gauntlet; others meekly surrender and perish.

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    We can excel if we try to

    Aeschylus, a contemporary of Socrates, Lao-tsu, Zoroaster, Buddha and Confucius, who lived during the 5th century B.C. wrote: “Neither does any one, however many wounds he may have received, die unless he has run his allotted term of life; nor does any man, though he sits quietly by the fireside under his own roof, escape his fated doom.” In other words, birth or death is not in our hands. There is a

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    Reach for the stars

    HAPPY people are transparent, like themselves and like others too. They are not suspicious of what others want or expect of them. For example, a husband and wife are one unit, a team steering life together. With good self-esteem, they can share their feelings openly without fear of rejection. They can tolerate imperfections and instead of a co-existence, they can exist for each other. I know of a person who lived with

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    Cheerfulness: A Divine Gift

    A poet wrote: “A laugh will always win; if you can’t laugh, just grin.” In ancient stories we read that kings used to maintain court “Jesters” and “Vidushakas” to make them laugh and keep them in good humour. Tenali Raman was a famous character in the court of Krishnadevaraya; Birbal in the court of Akbar. Their cranky slanting remarks created flutter and laughter driving away all seriousness. Cheerfulness is a divine gift