Friday, July 29, 2011

The Bottom Line........

The name of my blog may be a misnomer.

Actually that's not a consideration for me though. Let me tell you for me it is an attitude, a way we look at situations.

Some times I see people get upset with their near and dear ones because of the burden of responsibility or it could be because of their behavior or it could be any other reason....... But what happens then?

It is normal human tendency to react.......react by cutting off relations or reciprocating in an equally nasty measure...... some times at the cost of forgetting the basic relation with the particular person.

That's where this phrase i.e "bottom line" becomes a very important tool, a kind of a phrase which I often use while explaining or convincing people who are driven by negative emotions against their own kith and kin.

The best way of looking at any situation is knowing the bottom line. For e.g you may have been hurt because of the way your mother has admonished you in presence of your friends without considering your adult age and social standing.

You are bound to be upset and may also react. But suppose you see the bottom line and think "who has upset you" and you answer your self "my mother". When you realise and remind yourself of the basic relationship with the person in question. Your anger is bound to be diluted.

The bottom line is one should remember the bottom line so that you don't hit rock bottom in any relation.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Is There Anybody Listening ….. I AM A BOMB!!!!

Yes….. I am a bomb but no no …. don’t worry. I am not going to explode!! Because now I am a spent force as I have already exploded and done my job. For so many days I had been lying with the intelligence agencies who were trying to find out my antecedents. I even heard the investigating officers discussing amongst themselves that I had been assembled in a neighbouring country. The people who they referred to as terrorist had trained in military assisted camps.

The terrorists had been trained in the basic procedure of how to use me. The assumptions mostly made by the investigating officers were correct. But at the end of the day I have been used and my pieces have now been dumped in a corner of a dimly lit dump room. Nobody bothers to show any interest in me. My life has changed radically ever since I exploded and now I only have my shell left with me. I feel so nauseated when I look at my other parts which are still covered with dry clotted blood. The other parts of my body which were spread out have now been collected and put in a plastic bag. The investigating agencies have already sent some of my parts to forensic laboratories where my body is being subjected to various physical and chemical tests.

I have been badly let down by the people who were responsible for bringing me to existence. But that doesn’t matter to me anymore as I have seen how ruthless these people were. I have been thinking over and over again….. The more I think; the more intrigued I am!! What was the objective of these people who manufactured me? As I see it; to destroy their own kind? Just imagine!! My basic nature is to destroy every thing in sight without discriminating; whether living or non-living. I often heard my handlers discuss amongst themselves how potentially dangerous I was!!! I was amazed at the intensity of own blast when I exploded. I would have never exploded had I known that it would lead to such a massacre. The first thing that hit me hard much harder than my blast was that “was i responsible for so many lives being lost”?

I cannot forget the scene of my blast. At first when I exploded at the trigger of some electronic or digital signal; the air surrounding the centre of the blast compressed and formed series of waves in concentric pattern moving at high speed demolishing everything that came in its path. My belly had been filled with shrapnel, glass, nails along-with deadly chemicals; I did not know all this was such a lethal combination. The air was filled with the smell which was a combination of burning human flesh and rubber. I was wondering why was I feeling so light and unable to see anything. Though I was disoriented because of being thrown around I realised that I could not see any thing because the combination of dust and smoke had made visibility poor. The reason I was feeling light was because all the contents within me had chemically reacted causing a large amount of energy to be released thus resulting in a blast. A bird eye view of the blast scene would have looked like a mushroom cloud going up immediately after the blast, which only increased in size as it rose up while constantly changing its colour.

As the air cleared I could see the faces of the injured who were groaning, screaming and some were in so much pain that they had been totally muted. Some of them had lost their parts of the body and their physical status had in an instant changed to “Physically challenged or Physically handicapped”. Some did not realise that they were dead because they were blown to pieces and did not even give their relatives a chance to perform the last rites. I was totally at loss of words at the turn of events my blast had caused; looking back in hind sight, I wished I had never been born because it was evident ……. I would have to blast someday and cause this mass destruction…….. which I was just witnessing! All this seemed so meaningless; even in this state of self destruction; I was forced to think; how could anyone kill so many people in cold blood for no fault of theirs?

The mention of my name is considered synonymous with destruction but I am far better off than the people who brought me into existence. Seeing all the blood splashed every where and the look of despair in the eyes of the relatives…..while looking for their relatives among the dead was enough to bring tears in my eyes too. I hear people talking about my strong intensity being responsible for so many deaths and damage to property…….. do you really think so? Lying on my back in this dump room, I have nothing to do but to think and what comes foremost to my mind is the screams, the pain; I caused to so many people……. But I clearly know one thing that I am not responsible for all this!. I had clearly seen my handlers and also my victims; there was nothing much to distinguish between them except that they were different in looks, religion, caste etc. All these people followed certain religion which only preaches peace, love and brotherhood; then why this killing?? It is because of twisted ideologies…. It is the process of achieving our crooked objectives by using even religion as weapon…..by reading things out of context from religious scripts and using them to meet their twisted agenda!

But that is not me…… no I cannot be so mean and a hypocrite. I only blasted when given a signal input and even when I exploded dangerously there was no intention to kill or destroy. I follow no religion which teaches brotherhood or peace. As I keep lying on my back looking at the cracked ceiling in dump room….. I see ants in a formation each one performing the responsibilities given to them. It gives me a ray of hope that when such small beings can be so sensitive then …. Why not …humans ….then why not humans?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

CREATIVITY……….

Creativity is something most of us must have never tapped. Believe me everybody has a creative side but most of us ignore this beautiful side as they feel it may interfere with their profession. But some times we come across people who have made a career out of their creativity. Have you ever tried putting yourself in their shoes ……your immediate reaction would be that it is very impractical, risky and sometimes you may think that it is also stupid.

The first thing that may come to your mind is that a lot of struggle and convincing will be required. The real thing at the back of your mind would be whether your idea is sellable….there would be apprehension if at all the idea will work out? To overcome this kind of feeling we need to be armed with a lot of self belief, strength and conviction!!

The insecurities which lead to doubts within one self are actually notional feelings. The reality is a completely different. When one explores his creativity and takes it seriously he is actually creating a career opportunity for himself and how far he will be successful depends on how good he is at transforming his creative thoughts to physical things. From the above it can be inferred that the basis of creativity can be summarised in a single sentence i.e “Thoughts Become Things”.

Now this three worded sentence is very “loaded” and can bring about a total change in our life if we choose to believe it in “word and spirit”. However when I ask people what creativity actually means to them, the most common reaction I spontaneously get is……… creativity is a stress buster! True and very relevant but I would like to believe that creativity is something much more broad based and finds more application in our life.

For me creativity is actually testing the limits of human imagination and capacity. The only limiting factor is how far you can stretch your imagination. You have to be a dreamer in the real sense, sometimes ideas which seem irrelevant and impractical become reality. Now you may argue that science and technology are responsible for all the things impossible yesterday becoming possible today. If you pay a little more attention to what I just said about science and technology making impossible things possible……We can conclude that the very idea of applying science & technology to make the impossible “possible” is in itself a very potent creative idea.

Now I hope my readers will agree that creativity is not only about artistic things like drawing, painting, sculpting, music etc …. etc. It is about applying your creativity in every field or profession you are in. The only factor needed will be to identify the areas in your field of work where creativity can really be applied.

This kind of approach leads to success and growth in your career. Believe me the growth will be exponential and in equal measure or proportional to how far you stretch your intelligent and creative imagination.

So to be more creative you have to dare to dream and back your self. We must always remember that creativity can lead to prosperity however the vice a versa may not hold good!!




Sunday, July 3, 2011

Destiny……. Can’t Change! Like it or not!

This is a statement which we must have a heard a hundred times before! We always speak of destiny in a lighter vein and consider it a part of life. It is something related to the uncertainty connected to every one.

Now while we dwell on the topic I would request my readers to reflect ……. on the life which has just gone by….. the years, the months, the hours, the minutes and the seconds just gone by. As you do this you may come across many such incidents where you may have erred. If you probe deep enough you may realise that they may have been caused by reasons totally beyond your control. This is what we all can call destiny in a certain sense.

I am not trying to define destiny, by giving you the above example I am just giving you the perception of the word “destiny”. If you take a look at our daily activities and the way we go about our life, we all are trying to achieve something and in the process we start planning to achieve what we are thinking of. The goal for our plans may be short term i.e it may be something as routine as buying grocery on any Sunday or the plans may be long term; like planning to build your dream house facing the sea front.

The perception of the success of our plans is dependent on how meticulously it has been done or rather how efficiently it has been executed or how conducive the circumstances for the success of the plan may have been. From the above we note that there are many parameters to be controlled and there are some which are also beyond our control.

Now consider a case in point where a difficult plan has to be executed. The plan will either succeed or fail but how do we react to both the outcomes? Now when a plan succeeds; we take all the credit for the meticulous planning, the efficient execution and ultimately the success of the plan but what happens when the plan fails or does not live up-to our expectation then we spontaneously blame bad luck or destiny…… or rather we blame everything else other than our self for the failure.

This type of contradiction and hypocritical stand results in a school of thought that any success which comes our way is solely because of our attributes. We fail to acknowledge the concerned people or factors which may have been helpful in achieving this success. On the other hand we disown failure in the garb of destiny. This kind of mindset in a person (which is very common) leads to person who thinks he is above everyone else, a super being. There is no sense of gratitude for the people or the supernatural powers who help him to achieve this goal. This type of person gets upgraded as a performer but degrades himself as a human being.

By the above discussions which may give a myopic view of the term destiny, I am not undermining the success of an individual or a person who may have achieved success because of his efforts, talent, focus, sincerity and hard work. However destiny does play an important role in the success of these people! then how is it that these people achieve success most of the time which may even question the theory of probability? Or how is it that they narrow down the constraints or the limits in which success is most probably the end result. It is not that they manipulate destiny or put in extra effort to beat destiny or fate or luck whatever you may call it! all the factors by virtue of destiny are applicable to them as well.

Now on close analysis of a plan we will notice that most of our plans (short term or long term) are based on the clock i.e we make a schedule or earmark a certain period of work time to do a certain task. By completing a number of such fragmented tasks in a set timeframe a target can be achieved. But such a type of planning has got its own limitation as the plan does not consider the direction in which the tasks have to be done to achieve the targets. This time based planning is exposed to the effects of external factors which can affect the plans……..and in other words can be called destiny.

The successful people have a different approach they plan based on the principal of compass or the direction. The beauty of this approach is that it is based on the direction in which the targets are to be achieved. A goal is set and to achieve that target many fragmented tasks are planned in a direction such that the targets are achieved in a time frame. Now compare the two schools of thoughts where the former is based on a single co-ordinate system with one variable i.e time but the latter is based on a two co-ordinate system with two variables time and direction, hence more accurate. It is because of two variables that it is affected to smaller extent by external forces. This approach ensures that the targets can be achieved most of the time.

Having understood the analytical part of the subject which has been discussed very briefly; justification may not have been done to the vastness of the term like destiny. Many of my readers may have a different take on the above topic. I would like to be brief and my only intention when I write my blogs is I want to start a thought process on the subject which I find interesting. I invite comments on this topic and also would like to know different views on the subject especially from those who do not subscribe to my thoughts.

On a closing note I quote my thoughts as under:

No one can change destiny;

No one can write you off;

If you are determined with noble intentions then destiny will change itself for you!!!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Passing thoughts

No one can change destiny!

No one can write you off !

If you are determined with noble intentions; then destiny will change itself for you!!!

Thought and written by blogger Jagdish Kolur®