Monday, June 17, 2019

Salt V/s Rice: Be the salt in someone's life.

Salt -VS- Rice...Be the salt in someone's life.

If you were to cook 3 cups of rice, would you add 3 cups of salt to it?

Certainly not!

So, in every preparation of rice, the rice always outnumbers the salt, yet a little salt makes a huge difference/impact in the overall outcome.

In the room in which you currently are, look up at the ceiling...
What is the size of the bulb compared to the size of the room? It is probably a ratio of 1:5000.
Yet, darkness flees the entire space once the small bulb is flipped on.

If I am the salt of the earth, and the light of the world, then "little me" has the ability to make big things happen..

Sometimes, because we feel outnumbered or overwhelmed at the sheer magnitude of evil or wrong-doers, we then choose powerlessness, and decide to go with the flow, not standing up for what we believe is right.

Little doesn't mean insignificant.
You are significant. Your presence should make a BIG difference. Stop waiting to be on the side of the majority. They may be the majority, but they are the trivial majority, and you are the impactful minority.

They are the rice of the world, and you are the salt of the world..
They are the room and you are the light.
Make your influence felt!

Remember:
You are the world's seasoning, to make it beautiful...

So if we can just do the right seasoning to  make even one life beautiful our life is worth living. Have a blessed day😊

Onwards and Upwards! Be the salt in someone's life today

Friday, June 14, 2019

Is it worth to scale the summit?

On May 22, 2019, Mount Everest saw a traffic jam as 300 mountaineers made it to the summit that day, creating a traffic jam, a picture of which went viral the next day. German alpinist, David Gottler, was not among those who summited. He was just 200 meters from the peak when he turned back. David was also among the lucky ones, This spring, the Everest climb saw 21 mountaineers die while attempting to scale the world’s highest peak – the highest number to die so far!

Why did he turn back despite being an experienced climber who had already conquered five of the 14 different 8000m peaks on Earth, reaching the summits of Gasherbrum II (8035m), Broad Peak (8051m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Lhotse (8516m) and Makalu (8481m), as well as ascending to 8200m on K2 (8611m)? He took a crucial decision. That day the risks were way too much to attempt to summit despite being so close. 

His experience told him that the crowd trying to reach the peak would make him wait for his turn which could prove fatal as above 26,000 feet you are in the death zone when there isn’t enough oxygen for humans to breathe. The summit of Mount Everest is 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) high, an elevation at which each breath contains only one-third of the oxygen found at sea level. And David was a purist who was climbing without supplemental oxygen.

*At only 200 meters from the peak, David took perhaps the most sensible and courageous decision of his life – to give up the climb and come down.* He didn’t win the mountain that day, but he won over his ego. Only a man without an ego can decide when to give up and when to clench your teeth and push on regardless.

*All our lives we have been constantly told by motivational speakers and others, never to give up and yet here was an experienced mountaineer who simply says that making it to the peak is not all that matters, when even the less experienced ones were summiting that day.*

There were many who went up that day, but in the process exhausted their oxygen supplies while waiting for the queue of other mountaineers to clear up before they could summit. Some of them ran out of oxygen on the way down and died. The true climbers respect the mountains and as Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to set foot on Mount Everest said; “Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain.” There are climbers who climb to enjoy the view and not always to plant a flag on the peak.

Sometimes in our lives it is more important on how we enjoy living than how “successful” we are in the eyes of others or even ourselves.

Quitting takes a lot of courage and sometimes only the wise can give up even when success seems so near. They always ask themselves: What is the cost of winning? Is it worth to scale the summit.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Wedding in Russia

Wedding in Russia

By Sudha  Narayan Murthy
Wife of Mr Narayan
Murthy,  Infosys )
She writes:

Recently I was in Moscow, Russia.
The Day I Went to the Park, it was a Sunday. It was Drizzling and Cold, though it was Summer. I was Standing under an Umbrella and Enjoying the Beauty of the Place... when Suddenly, My Eyes Fell on a Young Couple.

It Was Apparent that They Had Just Got Married.

The Girl was in Her Mid-Twenties, Slim and with Blonde Hair and Sparkling Blue Eyes. She Was Very Beautiful Indeed.

The Boy Was almost the Same Age and Very Handsome. He Was in a Military Uniform.

The Bride was Wearing a Pretty White Satin Dress, Decorated with Pearls and Pretty Laces.

Two Young Bridesmaids were Standing Behind Her Holding up the Hem of the Wedding Gown, so as not to let it get Dirtied.

One Young Boy was Holding an Umbrella Over Their Heads, so that They Should Not Get Drenched.

The Girl was Holding a Bouquet and the Two Were Standing with Their Arms Linked.

It Was a Beautiful Sight. I  Wondered why They Had Come to the Park in This Rain Soon After Getting Married. They Could Surely Have Gone to a Merrier Place.

I Watched as They Walked Together to the Raised Platform Near the Memorial, placed the Bouquet, Bowed their Heads in Silence, and Slowly Walked Back.

By Now I was  Curious to Know as to What Was Going On...

There was an Old Man Standing With Them. He Looked at Me, My Saree, and asked, ‘Are you Indian ?’

I replied, ‘Yes, I am an Indian.’

And We Began Chatting Amicably. I Decided to use the Opportunity to ask some Questions.

- ‘ How Do You Come to Know English ?’

- ‘ Oh, I Worked Abroad.'

- ‘ Please Tell Me Why that Young Couple Visited the War Memorial on Their Wedding Day ?’

- ‘ Oh, that is the Custom in Russia. The Wedding takes Place Normally on a Saturday or a Sunday.

'Irrespective of the Season, after Signing the Register at the Marriage Office, Married Couples Must visit the Important National Monuments Nearby.

'Every Boy in this Country Has to Serve in the Military for a Couple of Years at Least.

Regardless of His Position, He Must Wear His Service Uniform for the Wedding.’

‘Why is That ?’

'This is a Mark of Gratitude.

Our Forefathers Have Given their Lives in Various Wars That Russia Has Fought.

Some of Them We Won, and Some We Lost, But Their Sacrifice Was Always for the Country.

The Newly Married Couple Needs to Remember That They are Living in a Peaceful, Independent Russia Because of Their Ancestors’ Sacrifices. They Must Ask for Their Blessings.

'Love for the Country is More Important Than Wedding Celebrations.

We Elders Insist on Continuing with this Tradition Whether it be in Moscow, St. Petersburg or any other Part of Russia.

On the Wedding Day They Have to Visit the Nearest War Memorial.’

This Set Me Wondering about What We Teach Our Children Here.

Do We Indians Have the Courtesy to Remember Our Martyrs on the Most Important Day of our Lives ?

We are Busy Shopping for Sarees, Buying Jewellery and Planning & Preparing Elaborate Menus and Partying in Discos etc..

My Eyes filled with Tears at the Thought.. and I Wished that We Indians Could Learn a Lesson From the Russians in This Noble Thought and Custom..

And We Too Could  Respect Our Martyrs Who Sacrificed Their Lives For Our Nation.. and For Our Today and Tomorrow Too...

And From the Heart...!
🙏🙏