Junk Idea

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Do you know how high your Junk Quotient is?

Don’t get me wrong. I just want you to turn on your ‘JunkoMeter’ today and measure your junk quotient (JQ).

Just to share with you, I measured my JQ few days back, and I found it to be reasonably high.

Do you know how I did this?

Becoming a JI (Junk Inspector) few days back, I made a survey of all the rooms and collected all the evidences and proof. And I found these after scrutiny.

  • In my home, a gems box is now an eraser box, a shoe box stores Hot Wheels cars, a heavy hot wheels sit as a paper weight.
  • Old cups, mugs, purses and jam bottles are plants pots.
  • Old Duppatas are household covering sheets and old cotton Sarees are customized into Sarees keeping bags, also serving as sheets for shelves and clothes wrapping bags.
  • Book marks and cards made up of posters are kept in book shelves. And used chart papers are converted into inspirational wall quotes and few are blooming as flowers decorations on bed room walls.
  • Big carton boxes are Anvay’s toys resting room and are giving challenge to the best advertised Hope Shop 18 products and one side used A-4 size sheets are canvasses for his Picasso like paintings.

There are many such junk products and ideas and I can write breathlessly about all of them but that would be too long, time consuming and would not serve the purpose of this blog post. So, just imagine these as few specimens out of my junk workshop and to know more about them and see more, you are most welcome to visit my home.

But why my JQ is too high?

On its diagnosis and analysis, I found its history rooted in my childhood days and adolescent years. I immediately boarded my memory train and found these traces:

  • I used to watch The Good Home Show and many other TV shows like this on DD 1 with my mother and after the end of the show used to experiment with making of many things. I tried my hands at making wall hangings from broken bangles and ship made from ice cream sticks, toy train made form used match boxes and sweaters of my doll made from left out wool. Patch worked bags and note book for my teacher- teacher games. I also used to act as an anchor of my imaginary show, describing and sharing details of the products made with my imaginary audiences.
  • Next and the most powerful influence on me , as I can remember now,  was of my biology teacher, Mr SX Saxena, under whose guidance I did a project entitled, ‘Improvised Dustbins to Prevent Solid Waste Disposals’ in class XII. And this project was selected at regional level and I visited KV, IIT Kharagpur as part of Jawaharlal Nehru Science Exhibition for Children in 1999. Returning home after this project, I was emotionally drained, because the project was not selected but, since I was in love with this project and high about its objectives and benefits, I felt as if I could make a big difference to the whole world and to my city. Everything will be green and healthy and the world will look so beautiful and perfect. The dream and power to change the world, the way we want!This is how we think when we are too young and adolescent, don’t we? So this was one of the most significant influences.
  • My many friends and colleagues were also of great influence on me. And after marriage, my mother-in-law, I could say, acted as a true Waste Management Professor for me. Like me, her JQ is again too high. She gave me the best of home management tips with practical demonstrations and how to make best use of them. Reuse, redesign, rethink, explore and be creative and experimental are her best home making tips. Her influence indeed is very deep and profound on me.

So, based on learning from the above, I concluded that Junk too has life and at times like doctors, we too can give them a new shape and life. And what it requires is nothing but little time, efforts and creativity on our part  and the results are always worth.

What do I suggest you now?

Try to work out on honing your JQ. Who knows but this JQ could be a new sought after ‘Q’ after IQ and EQ required in the 21st Century?

  • So, decide to take out some leisure time from your busy schedule. Rest. Relax and then get ready with your team. You and your kids!
  • Saturday and Sunday can work best for you. Take a carton or any container and turn on your Junk GPS on and make a survey of all rooms and pick up all the items that you consider are junk or waste. You can categorize them as stationery items (old books, magazines, note books, diaries, news papers ), plastic products, metal things and clothes etc. There can be perishable things also but these go straight into you dustbins and would require little more effort which I am not talking here.
  • Make sure that you start picking up junk from one room first and then move on to another room next. Do it step by step and don’t exhaust yourself in one go. You can find emotional connect with many things but just pick it up if it does not serve any purpose. later on you can decide about this. Too much clutter or junk can serve as energy trapper also, as one of my friends says, so be alert and vigilant in the process.
  • Segregate the collected junk into separate categories. Now take them into your store room or attic room. Check what is of use and what could be reused and given a new shape and a new look. Now keep them separate. Pack the remaining junk into a box and seal them to be sold off to junk dealer.
  • Whatever left unused and reused for two to three months, let it go to the junk dealer.
  • Clothes and stationery items could easily be donated. You can visit any nearby orphanage or give them to poor children. These gifts from your end become source of abundance joy for those who could not afford these things at such ease.
  • Now enjoy more positivity and free space in your mind and rooms and celebrate your victory with your entire team of kids.

So, don’t wait for too long.  Work on increasing your JQ with your Intelligent Quotient( IQ) and Emotional Quotient (EQ) . And don’t be surprised to see, how with a little touch here and a creative fold there you too, could convert a junk into a piece of innovative look.Unleash your creative zeal and sharpen your JQ with your little kinds and feel like Picasso and Rock garden creator Nek Chand.

And if you want to call me a junk maniac, junk lover, junkophile, junk artist, junk picker, junk architect, junk designer, junk juggler or a junk manager for that matter, I won’t mind. Since you too have become a part of my group now.

Keller Series #2: Lessons Learnt From Helen Keller and Her Teacher


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While reading Helen’s Biography, The Story of My Life, you feel unveiling of some great secrets from the inner recesses of her life; however, in the process, you also get intrigued by many such other mysteries which enforce you to explore more, about the other aspects of her life. The same thing happened with me. After reading Helen’s description and laurel for her teacher, I felt more inquisitive to know about Miss Anne Sullivan, the teacher behind making of the great Helen Keller. And after discovering more about her teacher, I felt like finding another life’s treasure. So here I am , writing and sharing, my reading treasure with you.


As the saying by William Arthur Ward goes that, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. And the great teacher inspires.” And the same goes true for Helen’s teacher, Miss Anne Sullivan.

Remembering this day, the day when her teacher came, Helen wrote that “THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY I remember in all my life is the one on which my teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan, came to me. I am filled with wonder when I consider the immeasurable contrast between the two lives which it connects. It was the Third of March, 1887, three months before I was seven years old.”

Robbed of her sight and hearing as Helen was, it was next to impossible to teach and groom her, but it was her “soul’s sudden awakening,” which her teacher brought, giving her voice and listening power, which even after many years of her death, people can read, listen and get inspired from her voice of immortal soul.

Helen’s life before her teacher’s coming was like a ship without ‘compass or sounding-line’ and not knowing how close or far it was to the ‘harbour’ as she wrote, but upon her arrival she mentioned that, “Gradually I got used to the silence and darkness that surrounded me and forget that it had ever been different, until she came-my teacher-who was to set my spirit free.” And in that sudden moment of joy she felt outburst of life, ““Light! Give me light!” was the wordless cry of my soul, and the light of love shone on me in that very hour.”

But initially it was not a fairy tale for Sullivan, instead it was no less than unfolding of challenging episodes in the drama of her life. Although, she expected the erratic behavior of her student, but there was something more than to that drama, which she found beyond her dismay.  But for all this, Anne was well prepared and thoroughly trained at Perkins Institute of Blinds and during her former life years , where she herself had suffered from Trachoma and loss of vision until operated later on.

So, not only did she handle her brat student with compassion, love and patience but she also took the best move of taking her away from home to suit everything in the best for her student’s pursuit of knowledge, growth and development.


Before Miss Sullivan could embark on her journey with Helen, she found severe disciplines issues with Helen. Helen was not only stubborn, restless and tireless in her day today activities but also disobedient in many ways. So, one of the first things which Miss Sullivan did was to tame her habits without crushing her spirits , which she wrote in one of her letters to Mrs Hopkins.

“How to discipline and control her without breaking her spirit. I shall go rather slowly at first and try to win her love. I shall not attempt to conquer her by force alone; but I shall insist on reasonable obedience from the start. One thing that impresses everybody is Helen’s tireless activity. She is never still a moment. She is here, there, and everywhere. Her hands are in everything; but nothing holds her attention for long. Dear child, her restless spirit gropes in the dark. Her untaught, unsatisfied hands destroy whatever they touch because they do not know what else to do with things.”

And then she writes, “I suppose I shall have many such battles with the little woman before she learns the only two essential things I can teach her, obedience and love.”

And within few months of progress she did teach to Helen new words, table manners and daily chores and thus was truly entitled as a Miracle Woman.


Soon with her love, compassion and perseverance, Miss Sullivan taught her unruly student what it means to know the world, what is the power of words. And that was the moment of epiphany in the life of the teacher and the taught together. Writing in her letter to Mrs Hopkins, she confessed that, “I thought my heart would burst, it was so full of joy.”

Describing this break-through, which got imprinted in the mind of  Helen so well, she wrote in her story that “Suddenly I felt a misty consciousness as of something forgotten-a thrill of returning thought; and somehow the mystery of language was revealed to me. I knew then that “w-a-t-e-r” meant the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand. That living work awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free!”

This was the dawn of knowledge in her life. Excited and thrilled with this discovery, she soon returned home with her teacher and with great inquisitiveness touched each object as if it was calling her and was breathing alive and quivering “with life.”

That day she learnt many words which she could not remember all but some of them she wrote were mother, father, sister, teacher and many more. She was on the day, the happiest child and “for the first time longed for a new day to come.” For this was the magic of her beloved teacher, Anne Sullivan.

And then her knowledge journey began and she wrote, “Long before I learned to do a sum in arithmetic or describe the shape of the earth, Miss Sullivan had taught me to find beauty in the fragrant woods, in every blade of grass, and in the curves and dimples of my baby sister’s hand.”

And this is what her teacher taught and inspired to her. To feel, to live and to enjoy each moment!

  • So be thankful to all those teachers who have taught you and have brighten your life with knowledge light. Be grateful to them, for all the good and all the bad. For the bad must have taught you how to be good, at least in some context.
  • Remember that in pursuit of knowledge, it is important to have discipline. Discipline will allow you to focus on the tasks and lessons that you must learn. Without focus, you may keep on wandering for long!
  • With the right kind of knowledge you develop a new perspective and understand that compassion and love are the two most important virtues to learn. And understanding how to be happy and be content in pursuit of knowing one self.

Thus lives of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan teach us to have indomitable learning spirit and unflinching faith in one’s own abilities to surmount any obstacle. So be confident and take your knowledge  stride at the earliest.

Know that God always has a surprise knowledge gift pack wrapped in for us every day. So, unpack it, enjoy it, appreciate it, read from it and save its learning in your Life’s ledger every day!

Keller Series #1: Lessons Learnt from Life of Helen Keller

Dumb, deaf and blind, she became at the age of 19 months and rest of her life is nothing but an unforgettable saga of surmounting her physical obstacles and inspiring triumphs.


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By reading her biography, A Story of My Life, you will not only be inspired and moved by her words but will also be encouraged to imprint the story of you own life in the pages of your life’s run. Her embroiling story of grit, determination and perseverance despite having such physical challenges will force you to think and inspect your own life from a different angle and her lessons of gratitude and compassion will teach you meaning of love and relationship with its new different definition.

At the end of the read, you will be compelled to say what a marvel, what a wonder she was and was named Helen Keller and how through her courageous deeds she showed to the world what it means to have a vision in life without having vision in one’s own visual organ!

Therefore, there can be innumerable lessons to learn from her life, as revealed in her autobiography, but for this post today here come 3 lessons for you to think and ponder.

1. Accept with grace and gratitude what comes in your life. Born on 27 June 1880 in a small town in Tuscumbia, northern Alabama, Helen’s life was changed when she was caught by scarlet fever, as the doctors say now, at the age of 19 months, leaving her blind, deaf and dumb at such an early age. Struggling hard to understand what happened with her, she became a kind of an unruly child in her own home. The world became dark, black and colorless for her and so was her soul, searching and wandering for light and hope relentlessly.

It took her time to accept this, but she did accept her fate and embraced it with great love. But not as a pessimist but one of the greatest optimist in the human history. As she says

“Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow.”

2. Understand that Parents are our guardian Angels. While little Helen was struggling hard to find meaning of things, objects and people in her life, in many of her unsuccessful attempts, she ran amuck to explain to her parents her pain, her helplessness and her bewilderment, but in her sullen disguise. Her parents, despite being blown by the tragedy themselves took great care of Helen and handled her with great compassion and love.

Her father, Arthur H Keller, was a captain in the Confederate and her mother, Kate Adams was his second wife. In words of Helen, it was her mother who taught her the sign language which she mastered even before the arrival of her teacher.

Helen mentions how her parents made all the possible attempts to provide the best environment, nurturing and education to her and it was all result of their ceaseless efforts because of which she could meet her life’s transforming teacher Miss Anne Sullivan.

It was in their search for a teacher for Helen and on advice of Graham Bell that her parents visited Perkins Institute of Blind in Massachusetts and on recommendation of the Director of the Blind School they approached Miss Anne Sullivan as Helen’s Teacher. Her teacher’s arrival was no less than a miracle for Helen.

And talking of angels and lost opportunities in life thus says Helen, “I wonder what becomes of lost opportunities? Perhaps our guardian angel gathers them up as we drop them, and will give them back to us in the beautiful sometime when we have grown wiser, and learned how to use them rightly.”

3. Treasure Your Childhood and its beautiful memories. For no one could paint such vivid and inspiring picture with words as Helen did in her work. Writing her life’s story at the age of  22, she captures not only her beautiful childhood memories but also with candidness shares her daring and adventurous childhood pranks. In her words, “Life is either a great adventure or nothing.”

A naughty child as she was, she explained how, like all children of her age, she played many pranks. She shared her love for hunting guinea-fowl eggs and playing with her dog Belle. In one of her attempts she even tried to teach him her sign language but was disappointed to see his progress.

She loved preparing for Christmas. Enjoying fumes and multiple odors which filled the house at Christmas time, were the things for which she eagerly awaited.

As she unveiled her childhood memories, she mentioned one of her attempts where in order to dry her apron before the fire, she soon reached into its engulfment. Had her old nurse not come at right time, she would have been leaped and consumed by fire forever.

In fact, one day she even locked up her mother in the pantry, where she kept on waiting for her release while Helen kept on enjoying the jar’s pounding noise sitting outside her mom’s locked up room. And it was soon after this incident that her parents decided to look for a teacher for Helen’s grooming and mentoring.

And then her life changed with the arrival of her teacher and she realized that “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.”

Her lonely outcry then become a song of her companionship and her life bloomed and shined like rose in the early morning sun.

  • So, if you find the role of destiny and fate in your life, accept it with grace and gratitude as Helen did. Don’t crib, don’t repent and welcome it as a blessing in disguise.
  • Be thankful that you have your parents who shower their eternal blessings and love on you. Think about those who are bereft of this treasure. Aren’t you lucky enough for this?
  • Try to look for happiness pearls and crazy stories in your childhood kitty and you will be amazed to find them in galore. Don’t they make you so reach and wealthy already ?
  • And yes, you can see, hear, speak, admire and appreciate the things, nature, lands and oceans around you. But do you do that? Now think before you speak. Wonder before you travel. Appreciate nature and be grateful to all the things that you have. Ask those who don’t have.

Because Helen’s life inspires you to focus on developing the inner strength of your character and motivates you to travel deep down into your soul and see what vision and voice awaits there for its awakening deep within you.


Why Listening to Inspiring Talks is so Important

Her talk is moving, so is her art,

Poetic, serene and yet so dynamic,

To me, her sculptures are nothing, but wonders of soul transcending magic!

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Hanging brightly in limitless sky, as you can see in the images above, her artistic creations remind me of Shelly’s Skylark which is “blithe Spirit” and “full heart in profuse strains of unpremeditated art” and Wordsworth Daffodils which, “Beside the lake, beneath the trees,” seem to be “Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”

But this was not her story eighteen years ago. Janet Echelman, who is a world famous American Artist and Sculptor now, shares in her TED talk that she became a self made artist because she couldn’t get admission to any of the 7 art schools where she applied and then decided to pursue her art, painting, all by herself.

After 10 years of painting, it was in 1997 she reached to India for her Fulbright Scholarship where discovered her magical material in fishernet at Mahabalipuram beaches. This was the time, when she was eagerly waiting for her paints to come by ship, so that she could put up her art exhibition and meet her deadlines, but it was then, she got to know about her missing paints which she could never retrieve again. In her decision to move on and look for her new art material around, she found this inspiration in the net material of Indian Fishermen. This become her paints and focal point of creativity and imagination. And using this Fishermen’s material, she transformed her imagination and creativity into sculptures of extraordinary marvel and  exquisite beauty of inspiration.

And today, she is known to amalgamate traditional craft with cutting edge technology and use materials for building permanent sculptures with soul touching beauty. In her pursuit, she is sharing the “rediscovery of wonder” through her artistic creations, her creations which breath, live and inspire the denizens of all over the world’s nations.

Moved by her talk, I decided to share three things that I learnt from her, which I am sure will make you happy as well.

1. A man can be destroyed but can’t be defeated said Earnest Hemingway. It was Janet’s spirit like the Old Man in the Hemingway’s  creation , The Old Man and The Sea, which forced her to prove her mettle to the rest of the world. Starting her journey as a self artist, without getting admission to any of the seven art colleges, losing her house in Bali, did not make her feel defeated, even at the loss of her art paints. She reflected, looked around and found her new paints, this time in the form of fishermen’s net. Rest is all history as well all know and can see now.

2. Imagination is more important than knowledge said Einstein. Creativity is within all of us. We need to listen to it and we need to pay heed to it. And this is what Janet’s Ted talk all about. She did take her imagination quite seriously and her architectural feats: Bellbottom Series, Red Peak,  Eye of the Storm, She Changes, Line Drawing, Water Sky garden to name a few, reveal nothing, but speak her creative zeal.

She looked around herself, mastered her craft and found herself blanketed in imagination Shawl. Listening to all her internal voices, she kept moving the steering for her art wheel with great patience.

3. Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all, said Stephan King. Certain things are destined to move out of your life like Janet’s paints. So let them go. The things can go but the learning and memory of them always remain. She gave command to the lost things and used their knowledge at her disposal, making her imagination alive. Missing nothing. Had Janet’s colours not gone missing forever, do you think she would have explored the new magic material for her art and sculpture? I am sure you know the answer.

So, let go of the old things and accept and the new things in life.

Like Janet story, we all have many inspiring stories around us. The need is to listen, learn and be inspired from them. I have shared one such with you, now it’s your turn to keep the ball rolling.

Eat the Biggest Frog in the Morning


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Doesn’t this frog look huge, massive and ugly, I know, it does. And I am asking you to eat this biggest frog in the morning, any guesses?

Please don’t get me wrong and read why I want you to find your biggest frog first and then eat it at the earliest.

Regarding me, despite being a biology student in grade 12, I couldn’t do the dare devil act of dissecting either a frog or a rat. But I still remember the anatomy of Flower, its labeling of petals, carpel, stigma, style and sepals to a hazy extent. Botany section was all that we girls liked but understanding the hard facts of Zoology was all that we so much disliked.

And today, not only I try to find, catch and dissect the biggest frog first, but also try to eat it in the morning at the earliest. This is like putting first things first in the morning-eating the biggest frog. I know it is difficult, disgusting and terrifying, but this what I love striving everyday. Eating biggest frog makes me feel happier, productive and much better. You can also try this out-eating the biggest frog in the morning!

Okay, so before eating this biggest frog you must know why it is important to eat this frog.

Because this ugly frog stares us for so long that it drains us out of our energy and we are left exhausted and tired, with no stamina to handle the most important tasks at the end of the day says Brian Tracy.

This big frog stands for all the important things that we must do at priority, but keep on procrastinating and neglecting until we become victim of our own time and life.  And instead of acting and taking action, we feel like acted upon in our lives.

We all know that nothing in a day could be more satisfying than accomplishing what we must set to achieve at the beginning of the day. But, no matter how perfectly we plan the day well in advance, there come few things propping up, sapping our energy and diverting our mind. I can say all those little frogs hopping and chasing us everywhere we go and stay.

So what do we do? How do we start our day?

Well, there can be many ways to start our day but one could be to start it in the descending order. By this order I mean, thinking of time when we go to our bed and review our major achievements or outputs of the day. By starting in this way we could decide the biggest task and the most important task that will bring us better results and enhance our productivity. In short, identifying the biggest frog.

By eating this ugly frog first we will do the important things first, as a result we will be left with enough time and more energy to deal with the pressure of urgent things, leisure activities, family time and an hour of power for ourselves. I know it may sound easier at the moment but believe me, its execution becomes the toughest challenge. The tsunami of urgent things and unimportant tasks bogs us down everyday and we feel dog-tired and unsatisfied at the end of the day, leaving the ugly frog to stare at us for long times.

But, if we regularly execute this habit, the habit of eating the biggest frog first, we will get best results and will feel more productive and great at the beginning and at the end of our hectic day.

Because in words of Mark Twain, “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”

So eat the biggest frog first in the morning and then relax and feel energetic for the rest of the day.

And yes, I can’t leave you here in lurch, so, to know more about the biggest frog, how to find it, catch it and eat it in the morning, read Eat That frog by Brain Tracy.

WisdomLeads #7: As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

When you have written all day long and edited your post for the fortieth time, when the temperature of your body seems to be constantly rising high and you can feel the pressure inside, when the only promise of the day seems to be your few ardent readers and few likes on the FB page, when this conclusion what you write makes sense to you only and few of your blog readers, when the thought of working on another post makes you sweat more and feel frustrated, when your mind seems to be trapped up in the whirlpool of negative thoughts and emotions, when the only thing that you can trust on is your cup of tea, and then you remind yourself of what James Allen said “Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom” in Chapter No 7 of “As a Man Thinketh”.

Great thought to remember in such situations, isn’t this? Of course, it is.

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So, before we discuss the wisdom nuggets shared by Allen in this chapter, I would like you to do this little exercise. Just do this. Turn the pages of your life’s book and remember all those incidents from the Experience chapters where you fumed with anger and took some hasty decisions. Be it personal, professional, family related or spiritual. I am sure you still remember what you did and how you spoke and why you did what you did, didn’t you?

So, if you analyze all those cases, which I do now in the times of reflection, you will realize that your temper, lack of self control or high emotional state was one of  the reasons to take any such decision. And whether that decision was right or wrong that will be another point of discussion.

So what do we do in such situations? And how do we react?

Remain calm and keep your mind like water, no more, no less, come the wise Answer.

And this is what Allen shares in this chapter. Calmness says Allen “is the result of long and patient effort in self-control. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought.”

Describing the attributes of a calm man, says Allen that “The calm man, having learned how to govern himself, knows how to adapt himself to others; and they, in turn, reverence his spiritual strength and feel that they can learn of him and rely upon him. The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good.”

But this calmness of mind is not so easy to attain. Just like any other skill which becomes stronger by practicing it, in the same manner, calmness of mind, too could be sharpened by practicing it on daily basis and its performance can be validated in the turbulent times. And once we achieve the calmness of mind, we gain what Allen calls as the strength of character.  And such a person calls Allen “is always loved and revered. He is like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land, or a sheltering rock in a storm. “Who does not love a tranquil heart, a sweet tempered, balanced life?””

Once we attain this lesson of serenity, which Allen calls “as the last lesson of culture and the fruitage of the soul.” We attain wisdom which in words of Allen is “more to be desired than gold-yea, than even fine gold. How insignificant mere money seeking looks in comparison with a serene life-a life that dwells in the ocean of Truth, beneath the waves, beyond the reach of tempests, in the Eternal Calm!”

And thus concluding the chapter, Allen advises us to master our thought and find the peace within,”In bark of your soul reclines the commanding Master; He does but sleep: wake Him. Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power. Say unto your heart, “Peace, be still!””

So, “Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amidst the storm.” And this is what is the truest wealth revealed by Allen, which is mastered by all the ancient masters and all the  great leaders alike.

WisdomLeads # 6: As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

Do you know why it is important to have dreams and ideals in your life? No. Then read what Allen says in Chapter No. 6 of “As a Man Thinketh.”

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The dreamers are the saviours of the World. Begins Allen with these words. From the smallest things to the biggest inventions and greatest discoveries in the world, the dreamers seem to have the largest part in it, I think. Just look around yourself and observe the things and ideas around. From laptops to TV screens, gadgets, PCs and mobile phones; online stores to all kinds of medicines and all the greatest of books and not to miss this Google and Facebook thing. Everything seems to be culminations of someone’s vision and realization of someone’s dreams. Aren’t these things amazing? So, in words of Allen “Humanity cannot forget its dreamers; it cannot let their ideals fade and die; it lives in them; it knows them as the realities which it shall one day see and know.” 

The Dreamers are the Architects of heaven. “Composer, sculptor, painter, poet, prophet, sage, these are the makers of the after-world, the architects of heaven. The world is beautiful because they have lived; without them, labouring humanity would perish,” writes Allen.

How true and beautiful it is. Can you imagine your world without music and melody? Without compositions of Beethoven and Mozart? Without voice and music of Lata and AR Rehman? Won’t it be too drab and boring for all? And what about world without poetry and painters?Don’t we owe gratitude to all these architects of heaven for making our world alive and so beautiful? Haven’t these dreamers truly changed the face of the world?Delete them and you will find your world labouring and full of mundane.

Cherish your dreams and cherish your ideals. “He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it,” says Allen. Columbus, Copernicus, and Buddha envisioned their perfect worlds and following their paths, they entered into their dream worlds, writes Allen and thus advises “Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.”

Nelson Mandela, Junior Martin Luther King, Mahatama Gandhi and Mother Teresa were all such dreamers who built their visionary worlds, despite challenges and atrocities in their lives. And Malala Yousafzai is another one such.

There were many, there are many and there will be many, who, with the power of their thoughts and dreams , will cherish visions in their hearts and will leave marks on this world.

To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve. “Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your Vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.” Says Allen.

To quote a few dreamers here like Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Wright Brothers, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Edison and Einstein, who become one with their ideal. In words of Allen thus “The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.”

So, nurture the dream seedling in your heart and let it grow with the time, who knows the next name in the list of dreamers can be yours.

Become one with the Ideal. For those of us who always blame our circumstances and situation in life, Allen says that “Your circumstances may be uncongenial, but they shall not long remain so if you but perceive an Ideal and strive to reach it.” By giving example of a youth who despite living in abject poverty changes his destiny the day he decides to change his thoughts, so says Allen change your thoughts and change your circumstances and achieve what you envision in your heart. And just like this youth changed his life, says Allen, “and you too, youthful reader, will realize the vision(not the idle wish)of your heart, be it base or beautiful, or mixture of both, for you will always gravitate toward that which you, secretly, most love.” You will get the results of your thoughts and your dreams. No less, no more. Whatever be your present circumstances, you can always rise, fall or remain where you are with the power of your thoughts and your dreams.

Dreamers write their own Destiny. So for those of you who always believe in some luck Allen writes that “the thoughtless, the ignorant, and the insolent, seeing only the apparent effects of things and not the things themselves, talk of luck, of fortune, and chance.”

According to him, all those of us who look at the success of other people must also see is the struggle, trails and tribulations though which all these people have gone before realizing their dreams. We give credit to chance, but what we do not credit are their relentless efforts and their invincible faith in their dreams which changed their destinies.

So Allen says, “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result. Chance is not. Gifts, powers, material, intellectual, and spiritual possessions are the fruits of effort; they are thoughts completed, objects accomplished, visions realized.”

And to sum up Allen says that “The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart-this you will build your life by, this you will become.”

3 Things to Learn from Kids


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I can count hundreds of things that we can learn from little kids but for this post I would love to confine to three. Little kids, number three, gel well, I think so. And here I go…

1.Play, Fight and Forget. Yesterday there was a fight. I think every day there is a fight. The fight was between my son and his gang of friends. They seem to be pro at it. Every now and then these kids come to my home and report that X has said something to Y, Y has pushed Z and Z has decided to take X and Y to home. So when they come, I immediately take up my position as an inspector, detective, lawyer, judge and then finally as a counselor. And after analysis, when I get ready with my moral, well crafted, well prepared speech, ready to be delivered in best of my rising tone in their front , these boys run back. And I feel foolish and small in front of them. But I love them for letting go.

So, the lesson learnt from these Play Fighters is: Play, Fight, Forget and Let go .

2.Charging Happiness. Few days back I felt I was attacked by Dementors, who sapped my happiness and left me cold and sad (Dementors from Harry Potter). I tried to work, but couldn’t. I tried to focus, but couldn’t. I tried to read, but couldn’t. And then, when my son came back from school, I decided to spend my time with him. He took me to his world, made me playful, this worked and I was happy again. We watched Stuart Little, made paper planes, paper boats and drew some crazy stuff and I felt immediately charged up. Although, half of the time he drains me, but I also know how he works as my happiness charger.

So, the lesson two learnt from them is, be in their company and keep on charging your happiness batteries.

3.Creativity, inquisitiveness, and focus. Observe these kids when they draw, sketch, play or watch TV. They are highly focused and you may find it truly difficult to divert their attention. They do what they love, one thing at a time and no multitasking. Their focus is always at its peak.

And have you ever seen these kids engaged in drawing? They can draw the sun, the moon, the starts, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, Barbie, Hot wheels and abc and xyz all together in one combo pack of A-4 size sheet. Can you believe it? The colours of their sky can be black, grey or mauve and the ground can be of blue, purple or dark yellow and yes when you laugh and giggle at their art, don’t be surprised if one of them says to you, “it is not that funny.” And when in their inquisitive mode, they fire questions such as why circle is not square, why the Sun is not the moon, why can’t we see air or walk on it and why can’t we drink air for that matter, making you truly crazy and giving challenge to your Einsteinian mind, I bet, you simply love them for that. These little Helloweens every day teach us to be creative, inquisitive and highly focused.

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They love us for what we are, without any demands and without any reservations. We shout them at night and next morning they open their eyes and wish us good morning with their sweetest smile making our day happier and brighter. They hug and kiss us without any expectations. They teach us to be fearless and audacious, innocent and how to laugh irresistible. They do not care what others talk about them, they are happy the way they are. They teach us how to love, be selfless and be egoless. They are dreamers, Prince and Princess of their imaginary world.

Let us walk into their worlds, spend some time there and learn the lessons to find happiness and how to laugh without any cause!