Archive | April 2012

Persevere – Never, never, never, never give up!

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“By perseverance the snail reached the ark”.           Charles Spurgeon


“The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling”.            Lucretius

All of us have our goals in life, which we tend to follow everyday.Some achieve them early, while some carry on, but the road seems to get longer than desired.Why is it that for some dreams are easy to build and for some, it takes up all their lives despite hard work?The difference is PRESEVERANCE.

“Everything that I’ve ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance”.    

                                                                       Scott Hamilton

Perseverance means persistance, being steadfast in the pursuit of some aim or purpose.If a purpose is proceeded without consistancy, it can never be achieved.An athelete taking part in a maraton if slows down in the middle, it becomes difficult for him/her to cover the deficit.Every ambition has a timeframe to accomplish in, if we run out of time,sometimes the destination drifts so much farther that then it almost becomes immpossible to achieve it.
“Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours”. Orison Swett Marden
Recently, i have come across a beautiful inspirational book, which i have started reading. “Unstoppable: 45 Powerful Stories of Perseverance and Triumph from People Just Like You” by Cynthia KerseyI highly recommend it.

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“Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits”.      

Robert Brault

In this book, she states 7 characteristics of Unstoppable people, and has dedicated one chapter exclusively to describe each in detail.She has described them as follows:

*Devote themselves to their true purpose.
*Follow their heart’s passion.
*Believe in themselves and their ideas.
*Prepare for challenges.
*Ask for help and build a support team.
*Seek creative solutions.
* Persevere, no matter what the challenges.

According to Cynthia, for preseverance, it is firstly important to focus on your goal, some of us loose our focus in the middle, or our focus is diverted, due to which we lag behind in achieving it.Next, she says that whenever in the middle of followings our ambitions,we meet failures, we need to accept them first, and learn experience from them.We should remember that life’s happenings are rewarding, whether good or bad.And finally, We need to have patience to move towards our destination.We will meet many obstacles, many tragedies might surrounf us, but our vision of our goal should beclear even within mishaps and problems.If our desired target becomes our long-term goal, then we will surely achieve it, because in the background, we will continue to work on it, will believe in it, and then ultimately with this preseverance, will acquire it too.

“Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority”.          Vince Lombardi

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She mentions story of a man, who at early age could notcomplete his studies due to various illnesses, later he started doing a salesmans job, with his wife filling his sales forms at night.While raising his family, he couldn’t read to his sons or the signposts on the road, and then he realized he lacked an important thing in his life.He decided to acquire education.His wife helped him,and educated him at home every night.He met much failures while on the path toknwledge, but he didn’t stop.Ultimately the day came when his preseverance paid back, he not only gained knowledge but went on to establish himself as a successful businessman, owner of the chain of Casa Ole’ restraunts.This man was Tom Harken.

“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance”.             Samuel Johnson

Nuttals woodpecker

So preseverence is very important.Many things around us exhibit it, but usually we don’t pause to look around to see it.The woodpecker is a bird known for its perseverance and determination.With its chiseled beak, it persistently digs through tree barks in hunt of insects, and never gives up until it succeeds.People living around the area a woodpecker is at work get fed up, while he’s all perked up to find food, working repeatedly till he succeeds.

“If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius”.             Joseph Addison

Another good example is the Aesop’s Fables, VERY familiar ‘The Hare and the Tortoise’.It sums up that just like the slow, but presevered, determined, hopeful, and hard-working torotise defeated the strong, fast hare with his determination and preseverance, we can achieve anything if we are steadfast and ambitious.Nothing is impossible.If you are moving slowly towards your objectives, but you are consistent and maintain continuity, you might reach the a bit late, but you will definately see the world from the top!

The Tortoise and the Hare (film)

The Tortoise and the Hare (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody”.          Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Life is an amalgamation of high’s and lo’s but only those who have the strength to swim against the current, without getting exhausted, or getting weary and dejected emerge successful.Many have started from scratch to capture success, they are an example which shows that they made it through persistance and preseverance, or else the hardships they faced in their lives could have made them give up, but they presevered and are unexceptionally accomplished now.

“Saints are sinners who kept on going”.              Robert Louis Stevenson

One such example is of Soichiro Honda, owner of the Honda Motor Company Ltd, based in Japan.Soichiro’s father was a blacksmith, and he used to assist him in his bicycle repair business.Later he became an automobile mechanic, and started working at a local automobile workshop in Tokyo.

“Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock”.              Unknown

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He gained financial assistance to develop piston rings, and obtained a contract to supply them to Toyota.When handing over the supply,it was rejected because of quality standards.Later, he visited various factories to understand the standardization and quality management procedures, and later his contract was finally approved by Toyota.

“There are two ways of attaining an important end, force and perseverance; the silent power of the latter grows irresistible with time”.                 Sophie Swetchine

Honda Automobile Company was ranked 45th out of Global Top 500 companies in the year 2011.He is known as the Henry Ford of Japan.He was a self-made, hard working, sound, able and presevered man.

“Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain”.                 Unknown

If we lack preseverance, there surely has to be a way to inject it in us.Here’s how:

*Write your goals on a big piece of paper or cardboard, and stick it to the wall in your room, which you gaze upon first thing in the morning.Secondly, place a card in your car, which reminds you you need to start and end everyday chasing your dreams to achieve them.

*Keep on raising motivation within you.Say a few motivaltional lines out loud to you whenever you are free and in peace.Or whenever you feel you are getting down and hitting the ground, being despondent,say a few lines to yourself like:

“Nothing is unattainable.I have every potential, and every drop of sweat and blood to achieve my dreams in the most honorable, positive manner and i will surely not stop, in the way.Destination is my destiny.God is with me, i have nothing to fear, no obstacle to scare.In the end, it is just me and success.”

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*Look around for gaining perseverance from those who are already following it to achieve success.Gain the lessons of preseverance from nature.

*Don’t consider each day as a leap to success.Gain momentum, do odd jobs, those considered meager in our societies, because they temporarily seem a long way to our summit, but which are infact the true stepping stones,which will not only bring us closer, but develop patience and teach the essential and valuable lessons of life.

“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves”. Dale Carnegie

*Quote, unquote:”Aim high, there’s no virtue in easy victory”.

*Follow your heart and mind,norms and practices, morals and values, instincts and gut feelings.In short, don’t go beyond the limits illegally, but legally.There are no shortcuts, no wrong path can lead to a right one.

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*Belive most of all in your dreams and ambitions, then your talents and efforts – Don’t ever listen to the world, if they make you miserable or if they try to become a pain in the neck.

*But BE REALISTIC.Judge your efforts and struggles as well as your talents realistically.Don’t let the world judge you, judge yourself!

*In the end, do the best, and leave the rest to God.He will guide your efforts to your destination if you were sincere with your dreams, yourself, and God Himself!

“Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there”.                Josh Billings

A Paper Cut – A tree’s LAST revenge!

“Nothing but trees.” Robert Liparulo

Credits:Alfred Borchard

I have grown up in a house, whose backyard had alot of trees.My childhood memories are adorned by them.There was an apricot tree,guava tree, and many other whose names i didn’t knew by then.The most fond memories are of a tree which supported my swing – a blackberry tree!I used to enjoy that swing on hot summer days when everyone was asleep.The quite and peaceful time of the late afternoon, when almost everyone was indoors, i was out on my swing, rocking me to and fro.The branches and leaves of that tree used to provide me shade,and i could pick the blackberries and eat them whist i enjoyed myself hehehe…..those were the best times of my life!

“Trees are corrupting our parks. They should be arrested for loitering. For deciduous trees, add littering and indecent exposure to that list of offenses.”       Benson Bruno

Original Budget Books cover of The Magic Faraw...

Cover of The Magic Faraway Tree (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Later in my childhood, trees inspired me when i started reading Enid Blyton and her Faraway Tree Series:The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree….Those who haven’t read these wonderful imagination igniting fantasy books should give it a go andintroduce them to thier children to develop good imagination in them.It was about a magical wood called ‘The Enchanted Wood’, which had a magical tree called ‘The Faraway Tree’, whose top went right throught the clouds, and every few days a new land appeared on top, sometimes enjoyable, other times scary and silly too.The story involved three siblings:Jo, Bessie and Fanny, who Faraway Tree.These included Moonface(His face was as big and shiny as the moon), Silky (A sweet preety Fairy with Wings) Saucepanman (A man who hangs pots, pans and saucepans on him which clitter clatter and he’s half deaf too) and a few more.Now imagine that!What a plot to keep you imagining and dreaming, it is so very intriguing.For years i used to look for a tree whose top went through the clouds – but in vain.So i developed a love and concern for trees since childhood.

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“A carpenter took those green things blocking my horizon and gave me a balcony to view my sunset from. It’s so breathtaking, I can’t inhale.”             Benson Bruno

So – i can declare me a tree hugger.I always think It’s a word which is openly and officially proportionate to sarcasm, which riddicules those who are on meanigful and purposeful endeavours, and created by those who consider trees no more than mere paper, or a piece of furniture, or a monument which endures hearts carved with initials.

“We need to save the forests. I have a big warehouse we can store them in.” Benson Bruno

Within life on earth, trees are a life system of their own.They protect biodiversity, there are many trees which are centuries old,and our indifference doesn’t even give it a second thought before we chop down history they keep.I often gather so many lessons from trees which no other source has ever provided me:

*Trees are deeply rooted in the ground,which revives my pledge to stay connected strongly with the roots of my human aspects, my homeland, my culture, my identity and my family while absorbing other cultures and influences which share goodwill

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and goodness as well. A tree can only survive in the soil it’s rooted in, if we uproot it and plant it elsewhere, the chances of its survival are very less.

*Trees keep the soil stable and fertilize it too, i acquire the understanding that people depend on me, and therefore i need to knit close with them, helping them whenever i can, nurturing their thoughts and boosting their morals whenever i can.

* Just like a tree cools down the surrounding air in the atmosphere, i am taught to control my anger, and calm down the people around me, we need more tolerance.

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*A tree bears the scorching heat and provides those who sit beneath it with cool shade, it teaches me self-sacrifice, how i can bear, and help those who can’t.

*Trees are the oxygen masks of life, i am reminded to make it easier for others to live life, with the vital signs of life – live and let live.I should not take away other’s oppourtunities to live, and all the essentials of life.I should not make life difficult for others, instead i should create conveniences.

*Trees and plants purify the atmosphere, it motivates me to cleanse my inner self, emerge as purer, genuine and much clearer than before, spreading purity all around.

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*Trees sway in the wind, with joy, I learn to rejoice and enjoy life, create happiness in my life and in others too.

*When new leaves, buds grow on trees, i am trained to rejuvinate, to let go of the defected parts within, and transform into a better and newer me.

*When trees bear fruit, i acquire the art of hard work and patience, and it reiterates that we will reap the fruit one day, if we work hard.

*When dry pale leaves crunch under my feet, i develop an ear for music, i am taught the language of nature, a love for colors, and i remember that there is always an end, death, and that each and everything

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in this universe is mortal, except the creator.

“There is always music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.” Minnie Aumonier

*When flowers bloom on trees, spreading their fragrance,color and beauty, i acquire gratitude,that the world is full of things we should appreciate and be thankful for.

*During violent storms, i see trees moving with the currents, their branches swinging swiftly to and fro.I am reminded to remain flexible always,especially during hard times,so that we don’t break, and can stand up straight during the good times with pride.

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*I see trees sharing them with birds,many perch on them and make their nests.Squirrels eat acorns, monkeys swing on its branches,birds stop by to enjoy it’s shade, kids swing on swings hung on their thick branches – They advice me to share my life and God’s blessings with one and all.

*When ever it gets gloomy within and around, a look at them declares that inspite of all the sorrows in the world,life still persists and grows, gives me the will to carry on.

*A cut bough, a withered dead dying succumbed tree, unforunately reminds me how brutal, selfish, wasteful, ungrateful, incompassionate mankind is, we take away the oppourtunity to live from other living things,just to adorn our lives with luxury.

*A burning tree burns along a part of life too.It sadly narrates that somethings in life are irreversible, just like when a tree burns, it can never be restored.

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“When trees burn, they leave the smell of heartbreak in the air.” Jodi Thomas

On Earth Day i have to confess that in my life till now, i have never planted a tree.I am almost always resentful, that the earth is a victim of our neglect and disregard, i have beeen trying to work out ways how i can be useful for it’s survival, it’s shameful for me that i am after all one of them too, not playing my part the way i should.Planting a tree is a task i could have easily undertaken.But now, i have decided not to miss this oppourtunity to give something to this world and the life that exists on it, which can provide long-term benefits.

“The planting of a tree, especially one of the long-living hardwood trees, is a gift which you can make to posterity at almost no cost and with almost no trouble, and if the tree takes root it will far outlive the visible effect of any of your other actions, good or evil.”       George Orwell

Trees are going extinct.I don’t want to tell my kids stories about what they were and how they looked like after a few years.We have already commited enough insanity towards God’ blessings, ruining them, not realizing that everything in this world is interconnected,and ultimately our lives will be effected.

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“He that planteth a tree is a servant of God, he provideth a kindness for many generations, and faces that he hath not seen shall bless him.” Henry Van Dyke

What exactly can be done.Let’s take a look:

*All of us – with me being on top of the list, need to plant trees.There are areas each country’s Minsitry of forestry declares as ‘planting zones’.Many nurseries and green houses provide seedlings.It’s better to seek help from local tree planters, or people who take part in annual tree planting campaigns.

*We can raise awareness and voices for all those planted patches which are

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sacrificed for bulding skyscrapers or parks or any public buildings.

*Better start using re-usable bags instead of paper ones.

*Many companies are making ‘tree-free paper’ products.Also recycled paper is a good option.Using word editors in cellphones computers and laptops is also a good way to stop de-forestation and paper waste.Offices can rely more on online databases instead of paper files and folders.

*Determining,and taking concrete steps to control and stop forest fires.

*Instead of burning wood, there is a great need to find other alternative fuels, which are cheap, as well as available remotely.

There is an extremely relevant Aesop’s Fable you all must have read.A man came into a wood one day with an axe in his hand and begged all the trees to give him a small branch.The trees were good-natured and gave him one of their branches.What did the man do but fix it into the axe head, and soon set to work cutting down tree after tree.Then the trees saw how foolish they had been in giving their enemy the means of destroying themselves.

“It is unclear how much longer people will write on dried and flattened wood. Trees do so much for humans and for our planet that it hardly seems fair to ask them to carry our thoughts as well”.           Michael Yarus

I was touched so very much by the compassion within this gem of a person! I wanted to share his love and greetings with you all, so that we learn life from him! Brought to you with the help of a dear friend – Megan, i thank her!

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For six hours each day, Bermuda’s Johnny Barnes stands at a busy traffic intersection telling all who pass that he loves them.  His delight and sincerity are infectious, and the people of the island love him back.  His service is a simple reminder of the power of happiness and loving-kindness to change any day for the better.

I am so moved and humbled by this video.  What a beautiful spirit ♥

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