Charging The Human Battery – 50 Ways To Motivate Yourself


Okay. Time for some introduction to today’s post now.

Simple Truths is the brain-child of Mac Anderson, the founder of Successories. The name “Simple Truths” was conceived following an article Mac read eight years ago that stated that 80 percent of the books purchased in a bookstore never get read. ffWith this thought in mind, he believed that many books were too lengthy for today’s fast-paced world. After further reflecting on the success of two of the all-time best-selling books: The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, he kept coming back to the same word, “simple,” and the concept that less can truly be more when it comes to books. This was the philosophy and the foundation on which Simple Truths was built. Src:http://www.simpletruths.com/about-us.html

Mac Anderson believes that the right words can engage the brain and bring an idea to life. True to this statement, I happened to stumble across this book called “Charging The Human Battery- 50 Ways To Motivate Yourself” during one of my afternoon strolls to the library. The first thing, that caught my attention in the book was this quote:

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This quote somehow made me read the entire book in one stretch and left me with a question as to why the hell am I seeing life in only certain angles. This book is a perfect bouquet of mind gripping quotes , soulful poems and simple explanations on how to stay motivated all the time. Especially the story of 3900 Saturdays and a thousand Marbles.

The story of 3900 Saturdays  really changed the way I started seeing my weekends. It is a very popular story and is worth reading again and again in all our lives. Here is the story.

3900 Saturdays and 1000 Marbles

The older I get the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it’s the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it’s the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.

A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the garage with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time.

Let me tell you about it.

I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the band on my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net. Along the way, I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. You know the kind; he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business. He was telling whomever he was talking with something about “a thousand marbles.” I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say.

“Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you’re busy with your job. I’m sure they pay you well but it’s a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. It’s too bad you missed your daughter’s dance recital” he continued. “Let me tell you something that has helped me keep my own priorities.” And that’s when he began to explain his theory of a “thousand marbles.”

“You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic.. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years.”

“Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900, which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime. Now, stick with me, Tom, I’m getting to the important part. It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail”, he went on, “and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy. So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear.”

“Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life.”

“There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight.”

“Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure that if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time.”

“It was nice to meet you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band. This is a 75 Year old Man, K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!”

You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on the antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter.

Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss… “C’mon honey, I’m taking you and the kids to breakfast.” “What brought this on” she asked with a smile.” “Oh, nothing special, it’s just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. And hey, can we stop at a toy store while we’re out? I need to buy some marbles.”

Previously, I always lived my lifestyle in such a way that, I always gave more importance to my lengthy TO DO list on my weekends and in turn would miss out all the important get togethers with friends. After reading this story, I have visited my home town again after very long time even though I had a very big to do list waiting for me. I spent the last 3 weekends with my family and friends and really started counting on the no of marbles left with me.

On a whole, Please make sure you buy this small 141 pages book and recharge yourself to a whole new life again.

Until then, keep reading books. 

Lots of Love,

ARK

Peaks And Valleys Making Good And Bad Times Work For You– At Work And In Life


“It Is Natural For Everyone Everywhere To Have Peaks And Valleys At Work And In Life.”

Yes ! It is absolutely true.

No man ever on this Earth had only peaks (good times) throughout his life. Life is always a mixture of good times and bad times (Valleys), and it is best enjoyed that way. I picked up this small book consisting of 112 pages from our Company’s Library and found the above mentioned quote very apt to my life.51a0P8SX5eL.jpg

Thus began my journey with an old man and a young man from the book, who took me deep through the valleys of life and roused my interest to the peaks, finally making me learn some beautiful things in life. I can never take this book out of my mind, atleast in this lifetime. This book has got so much to offer to each person. It is a short parable of a young man  who is very unhappy living in a valley. He decides to take the big leap, by deciding to scale up the peaks. What awaits him when he reaches up the summit and what lessons does that experience teach him forms the rest of the parable.

This story is like one size that fits all. It could be narrated to a small kid as a bed time story, and could be presented during your board meetings too. Such is the beauty of this story. Basically it entirely changes the way you start looking at your problems. It imprints some principles like below permanently in your brain:

“You Cannot Always Control External Events, But You Can Control Your Personal Peaks And Valleys By What You Believe And What You Do.”

The Path Out Of The Valley Appears When You Choose To See Things Differently.

You Change Your Valley Into A Peak When You Find And Use The Good That Is Hidden In The Bad Time.

The below quote is one of my favorites from the book:

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I suggested this book to many of them and luckily all of them have given a positive feedback on the book. I request you all to purchase this small story book and start reading it.

Happy Reading !!

Lots of Love,

ARK

Life Imitates Art – Part 1


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Source: Life Imitates Art

Okay. I am going to break this entire challenge into 2 parts.

Part 1: Imitate A Sculpture

Part 2: Take a new version of one of your photos

Part 1 is here

The very first time I saw this image by Cheri Lucas Rowlands, I remembered SRK in Jab Tak Hain Jaan Movie. The still at statue of British author and poet John Betjeman at St Pancras International in London, England, is exactly imitated by the actor in his famous peppy number from Jab Tak Hain Jaan called “Challa

Here is the snapshot

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Here is the song “Challa” sung by Rabbi Shergill.

Okay. I know I was supposed to post a photo of my own here but unfortunately I have got none such photos with respect to imitation of a sculpture hence I have uploaded a similar one from my Idol SRK’s movie.

In Part 2 I am going to share some of my own photo shoots which I have taken inspired by Vogue Models.

She Walks In Beauty


First things first, A big heartfelt Thanks to my generous friend, who lent me a new Mi Phone last week. Due to which I am now, able to explore lots of new things on social media like a social media vagabond. Install new apps, Like posts, share, comment etc.

This might sound lil strange but I did not have this kind of freedom, when I was using my Microsoft Lumia phone. Accessing Instagram, Pinterest and GoodReads was a major headache for me back then.

During lunch hour, this week, I was busy scrolling up and down my Insta Account when I found this image

@prabalgurung's #AW16 was inspired by Lord Byron's poem 'She walks in beauty'. Photo: @fashiontomax

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Somehow, the red dress captured my attention and more than the dress, its the mention of the Poet which made me google about the caption more.

It is a poem by Lord Byron who was an English Poet and a leading figure in Romantic Movement. “She Walks In Beauty” is one amongst his famous works. It is a beautiful poem written in 1813, inspired by one of his real life events.

It is said that Byron, while at a ball, met Anne Beatrix, his cousin by marriage through John Wilmot. She was in mourning, wearing a black dress set with spangles, as in the opening lines;

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies

He was struck by her unusual beauty, and the next morning the poem was written. (Src: WikiPedia)

Here we go with “She Walks In Beauty”

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

It is said that the lady described in the poem could be his half-sister Augusta Leigh. (Src: WikiPedia)

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Augusta Leigh

365/12 – To Know The Unknown. Is It Really Worth It?


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If you could read a book containing all that has happened and will ever happen in your life, would you? If you choose to read it, you must read it cover to cover.

My answer would definitely be NO.

Because, of the many lessons I learnt off late, the most important one was to

Be patient and learn to go with the flow of life.

In a way, it is definitely the best way to live life. There exists no man in this world, who being aware of his future was able to change few things which were bound to happen in his life. In that case, what is the point in knowing the Unknown. It will definitely add more pain to you.

The best scenario for this statement would be like this:

You get your life-history book. You read it cover to cover only to discover that, 90% of your life shall be spent in chapters of sadness. Now what? Can you change the order of those events? No. Can you go into the future and stop the person from not leaving you? No. You cannot change the order of nature. What needs to happen, shall happen no matter what.

Nothing is in our hands. In that case, what’s the point in knowing the uncertainty. Uncertainty is definitely an uncomfortable position but certainty is an absurd one. I am a huge believer of Gita. The following quotes pretty much explains why one should never ever be bothered about the sequence of events happening in his life. Its hard to practice but ultimately we all know, that is the truth of life.

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365/11 – Anything at Cream Stone


Vanilla, chocolate, or something else entirely?

There is this new store called Cream Stone in HSR Layout Bangalore. Last year, I happened to visit this ice cream parlor and to my amaze…. The way the ice cream is served totally blew me up. The mighty cones, the menu, their hospitality and most importantly their wide variety of options under Chocolate Concepts are a real treat to any ice cream lover.

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Coming back to the prompt, I would always prefer a flavor which has 99.99% chocolate and the rest I don’t mind what they add to it….

(Menu Courtesy: Zomato)

365/10- The Most Scariest Thing To Do In This World


You’re locked in a room with your greatest fear. Describe what’s in the room.

She was walking down the alley hurriedly when she heard someone calling her name from the dark. She turned back slowly to see the caller. To her horror, he was the Kerberos of her life…. guarding every move of hers since the time she came there.

She so wanted to get out of that place, but her legs were frozen. A masked man, came and dragged her back. She knew what was waiting her once she entered the darkness.

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Lisa was awake now. The thunderous applause in the room had made her come out of her dreamland. The speaker had just now finished giving his speech and now it was her turn. Lisa was never much of an extrovert. She had spent all her life, hiding her nose behind the thick books and never came out in public. Her last memory of public speaking was in 4th Grade when she terribly failed to memorise a small psalm from Bible and broke down infront of the whole class. Since then, she had never stepped the dias. The backstage was her favorite.

But, Warren, her best friend, nominated her to the Public Speaking Club in her college 2 months back where she started slowly opening up. Her fears were embraced by the patient teachers and like minded friends. She learnt that, speaking infront of the crowd is scarier than death but it is very simple. And as she thought about all those countless sessions of her mentors tuning her into making her one of the best speakers in her University… she took one step towards the dias. Lisa was now going to deliver her very first TedX Speech.

She could feel the butterflies in her stomach, the anxiety, panic and all those quotes which pulled her down… But she overcame all of them, with just one quote in her mind

99% OF THE PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF PUBLIC SPEAKING

MAKE PUBLIC SPEAKING FEAR YOU

FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT

There she went, right to the middle of the stage and delivered her speech. At the end of 15th minute, all she could hear was the hooting and non stop applause of people. She felt as if she had won the Oscars. Tears rolled her cheeks as she made her way to the backstage. All the moments when her friends used to bully her and the pain resurfaced in the form of tears. That day she decided to put an end to it. She thanked her friend Warren for making her come out of her comfort zone and thanked her mentors for making the shy kid become such a successful speaker.

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The above short fictional story was inspired by Amy Cuddy’s TED Video.