Friday, March 23, 2007

Food and books

Two things you should never skimp on. Good food and good books are nourishment for the body and mind respectively. That is why I spend more on food which is healthy and wholesome and organic although it may cost slightly more. Also in terms of books, whenever I visit a bookshop or am browsing through Amazon, anything that catches my interest I do not hesitate to buy. Your intuition has guided you to that book, perhaps it contains a valuable piece of information which could have a huge impact on you life. Is the $10 or £10 you may decide not to spend worth giving up the possibility of that information that could have been so useful? That is why I now read voraciously and continuously buy books such that in every room in my place there are shelves of books. I derive great joy being surrounded by these books which have provided me with many delightful hours of good companionship.

Neil's Pearls

We all know Neil Armstong's famous words as he landed on the moon 'One small step for a man , a giant leap for mankind'.

A succession of small steps can lead to a giant leap over a length of time. If we decide to take a small step today, another small step tomorrow another one the day after eventually we will reach our goal. If everyday we take one small action towards a life goal then the natural laws of the universe will ensure that we reach that goal.

For the wrong reasons

Sometimes in life we do things for the wrong reasons but they turn out to be one of the best decisions in our life. For example, one of the best decisions in my life was starting to volunteer for a certain project because someone who picqued my interest happened to be involved in that project too! Although my interest waned after a while, I met some wonderful people who were to become lifelong friends.

So if you have any doubts and question yourself about why you are doing something, if it is a good thing overall then it will lead you to uncharted territory that you never imagined. Go for it and let destiny take you where you were meant to go.

Expanding Horizons

Expanding horizon, expanding possibilities. I could add the words of TS Eliot about seeing with new eyes and having arrived at the place we already know but I will not dwell on that as it has been covered extensively in other books and websites.

Reading is extremely important and not only in your own field but try to read on a wide range of genres. Read magazines, read books , listen to audio tapes, attend courses, attend events, don't miss out on anything.

Make it a year in which you decide to be extraordinary and you will be amazed at the momentum you create and the extraordinary people you draw into your life and at the end of it unable to believe thatyou really did do all that and towards the end of the year when anyone asks you how was your year , you can relply 'I was truly on fire!'

Committment is important, and once you make the decision to committ all these synchronicities will occurr which will drive you to unprecedented directions.

I should know - I remember specifically two years in which I really was on fire. Six years ago, in January I started volunteering. I joined as a volunteer teacher in a supplementary school which ran in a community centre on Saturdays helping children from disdvantaged immigrant communities with their homework as they were more likely to come from homes where the parents did not know much English. These classes ran from ten o clock in the morning to about one thirty in the afternoon. I received tremendous satisfaction from being with the children but the greatest benefit i derived was that it opened up a new world for me in which I met some extraordinary people who were to become very close friends.

Wouldn't it be great if at the end of every year we can look back and say 'Boy , was I on fire again!'