Aspirations to a higher grounde

My struggles to climb to a higher grounde. Weekly updated.

Rediscover who you are

Who are you? What do you want? What is your destination?

Simple questions, but very difficult answers. Most of us will struggle to come up with any kind of meaningful reply, and I am not looking for the creative 4 lines we each come with on our facebook profiles.

But think about it, if we do not know ourselves, how do we expect others to understand us. How do we expect to find our place in the world if we do not know where to go. Have you ever gotten on an airplane without knowing its destination? Chances are the voice of your heart, like mine, has been dwindled by the noise and rules of society, but I can promise it still lurks deep within you hoping for a chance to come out and be heard again.

So the next time you have some free time, and are relaxed, ask yourself these questions. Ask yourself what would be your perfect life? If nothing mattered, if you had no worries, if your finances weren’t in the bruised state they are today, if everything in the world was perfect. Where do you see yourself in such a world, what do you see yourself doing.

Slowly the doubts and haziness will clear itself to reveal a deep hidden secret, perhaps from your childhood, perhaps from an inspiring figure, perhaps from a chance meeting. The most beautiful thing about this secret is that it is different for all of us. All of us do not really want to become popstars nor do we all want to become scientists and explore the breadths of space but the some of us do and there should be nothing stopping you to follow that dream.

We are all so lucky! Our counties are not under attack by some foreign force, nor are we dying of hunger or disease. Yet we sit in our cubicles and go through life depressed as if we are living a cursed life. The fact is we might be living in the most golden age of humanity where new ideas are rewarded, pioneers are worshipped and old superstitions are being thrown in the garbage can.

So stop being scared of failure and chase your dream life. The perfect life and it will be a journey worth every minute of your life, and remember

This is your moment and the only thing stopping you is YOU.

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Inspiration

I believe we all need inspiration at some point or the other. Even the most motivated, energetic, goal-oriented among us have our moments of self-doubt. The moments when we want to lie in bed all day, when life seems a big waste and the future holds nothing but despair. The moments when we ask ourselves, why should I work hard, why should I try, why can’t I be a happy ignorant little looser.

It is for these moments, (and others), that TED TALKS comes in extremely handy. For those of you not yet hooked, TED is an invite only conference hosted annually by Chris Anderson and his organization and is attended by the best and the brightest. The gathering truly represents the finest qualities and achievements of the human race. People who followed their dreams and built something great, and changed the world around them in the process.

I can list a host of famous names who have spoken at TED, however the beauty of the conference is actually all the people we have never heard of, hearing them speak, and being inspired by their vision.

Too often I come across people who’s main argument not to follow their dreams is – “ For every success, there are 1000s of failures, for every Richard Branson there are throngs of people who lie in poverty and who’s name you will never hear.” I used to believe this argument too, but after TED, I am convinced there are thousands of people whos name You and I may have never heard, but they are still living a great life, being successful and loving what they do.

The first one I watched – 

One of the best – 

Yes and ofcourse, no ‘Cubicle dwelling, I kept my job for 45 years’ manager ever got to speak at TED.

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What is flow?

What is flow? Where does it come from?

It is tough to define flow. It is abstract in the true sense of the word. Even the world’s best minds have struggled to describe what they feel when they achieve that ephemeral feeling. However we all have felt it, or rather sensed it, at least a few times in our lives, when the surroundings blur, true concentration is achieved and nothing else matters but the present.

Some of you might have felt it during an important exam, when instinctively the right answers seem to flow out without thinking. Others might have felt it while playing a competitive sport in their childhood when for that one moment nothing but winning mattered. And of course artists, musicians and sculptors would easily recognize this heavenly feeling.

The most wonderful aspect of flow is that it is different for everyone. If you ever needed convincing that we are all special and unique, just watch a painter paint, an athlete run and a mathematician solve an impossible problem. You can see it in their eyes that they are truly immersed in their art, in their work. Nothing around them matters to them. At the same time make an athlete paint, an artist solve a problem and a mathematician paint and they will never achieve flow, no matter how hard they try.

We are all born with different gifts, and are special in our different ways, but we are all special.

You might have discovered what you truly loved to do as a child, or you might have found a particular class in school absolutely absorbing or in college an activity might have become the most important aspect of your life. We all find what we truly love in different ways, but we know we have found something special when we find ourselves thinking 

This is what I was sent here to do

There is nothing better than to earn your living doing what you truly love. Imagine going to you workplace and getting so absorbed in what you do that time stops for you, nothing matters but you and your work. Seems an impossible dream and yet hundreds of painters, designers, sportsmen, event managers, writers, pilots, teachers and even share brokers are doing just that every day. They are living their dreams because they chose to pursue what they loved to do and did not let anything else get in their way. 

Of course not always can we make a living out of it. The “real world” does not care much about flow. It only cares about pieces of paper called ‘resumes’ and other pieces of paper called ‘degrees’. So even if you cannot make money doing what you love, do not give it up. Keep in touch with you love to do, to get away from it all and totally immerse yourself in flow.

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Be whoever You want to be

Just saw a movie, and this was beautifully said – 

” it’s never too late or too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. And if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Pain, Suffering, Satisfaction & Acceptance

Recently heard this quote from a friend,

“Pain is inevitable, Suffering is optional”

Its a great saying. Pain is an integral part of life, we can not hide from it. Buddha once said that, everyone has 83 problems, no matter if you are rich, poor, healthy or sick, its always 83 problems. We can fix one but there will always be another to take its place.

Life itself by its very nature is painful. There cannot be life without pain, nor is it be without joy. It is up to each one of us to decide whether we choose to concentrate on the ‘painful’ and suffer, or focus on the ‘joyful’ and enjoy our little time on this planet. Its the classical optimistic:pessimistic, half-full:half empty debate.

The catch is, if you choose not to suffer, if you choose to block out the pain, what would drive you to reach for your goals, achieve your potential, discover your place in the universe. Would you not continue to live life as it comes at you rather than create your future. The people who made their own road, achieved something, were inherently not satisfied by the status-quo. They suffered, and their suffering brought change which improved not only their lives but also lives of generations to come.

Is this the difference between satisfaction and acceptance? Even though most of us have not yet achieved all our dreams, we can be satisfied with where we are today knowing its a step towards our eventual goal. Even when the going gets tough, we can be positive that the current struggles will lead us to our destination. However beneath the satisfaction there must be a tiny bit of suffering, a lining of resolve to keep improving, to make every day count in this pursuit of the higher grounde. If we accept the present and do not ache for change, then we can forget about creating a new direction for our lives.

In the tale about the Pandora’s box, the hope ferry flies out of the box and brings hope to all mankind, but she only comes after all the evils, ills, and diseases have escaped. Its a simple lesson, Hope comes only after suffering and so does Change.

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Normal Folk

Its very easy to say why a great product cannot be made, why great service cannot be delivered, why a great idea cannot become reality. We are surrounded by Naysayers who will tell you at the first opportunity why your plan will not work because in the real world it’s the people with money, influence and power win and normal folk like you and me do not. 

They will tell you that Normal folk ought to go about their jobs and grocery shopping and once a year trips to Disneyland be satisfied with that. Normal Folk need to spend their lives saving for their retirement and their children’s college fee, and by getting a stable job at a large firm and doing everything your boss says. Normal Folk need not dream too big or try and get too far and should spend their weekends watching mind numbing Television. Normal folk should match what their friends buy and where they dine even if it maxes out their credit cards and creates debt cycles for life.

But who are these normal folk? Doesn’t each one of us consider ourselves unique and special? Doesn’t each of us have dreams and aspirations? The problem is we also have an inner desire to be normal, to be like everyone else. 

You got to realize normal is just another word for mediocre. So be abnormal, define your own big stones and follow the path to your dreams. Forego shopping new watches and gadgets for a year and save for that trip to the Mediterranean. Do not send in your resume like everyone else but go meet the manager of the H.R. department and let him know how much you would love to work for their organization.

The truth is that normal people worship the great, the inspired and the people who went against the tide. So stop worshipping and start doing, and maybe normal folk will talk about you too. 

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