Power of Habit

Prayer Watch "Adi Shankaracharya-Nirvana Shatakam Lyrics in Sanskrit and English translation" https://youtu.be/7FZFvFWztOA Warrier's Collage 18072020 : The Power of Habit Good Morning Collage is evolving. Let's watch where it settles down. M G Warrier A. Interaction 1) Bimbadhar Misra, Hitavada, Hyderabad "Thank you very very much, for your morning magazine or Digest to be more comprehensive. It gives a happy blend of diverse tastes and what not.. Great efforts, Sir. Regards" 2) C V Subbaraman "The beautiful thought for the day was indeed really beautiful. And I did not hesitate a moment before forwarding it to my loved ones. They should find something beautiful in the morning. On my friend V Babusenan's espousing the term "Physical distancing" instead of "social distancing": Some times oxymorons should be welcomed? If they were not, how did some celebrated authors become celebrated? Oxymorons enhanced the beauty and added some unique flavour to the expressions. Please see below some famous quotes (copied from net ) : "I like a smuggler. He is the only honest thief." - Charles Lamb "I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible." - Oscar Wilde "And faith unfaithful kept him falsely true." - Alfred Tennyson "Modern dancing is so old fashioned." - Samuel Goldwyn "A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business." - Henry Ford "I am a deeply superficial person." - Andy Warhol "We're busy doing nothing." - Bing Crosby "No one goes to that restaurant anymore. It's always too crowded." - Yogi Berra "A joke is an extremely serious issue." - Winston Churchill "I like humanity, but I loathe persons." - Edna St. Vincent Millay "I generally advise persons never ever to present assistance." - P.G. Wodehouse Melas and Meetings through the net are also practical oxymorons. So the events like Thrissur Poorams and Pongalas and car festivals will continue like the Empty stadium just concluded test match between England and the Windies! Just imagine if animals have also to observe the physical distancing, who would make mask for elephants, sheep and dogs? If the inner feelings reflect in the twinkling of the eyes, transmit your invisible smiles hidden by the masks, through your eyes and let us learn to read the smiles of others in their eyes! Just some immediate response to the thought provoking observations of Shri Babusenan. Subbaraman" 3) Janardhana Warrier, Tellicherry July 17, 2020 "🙏🏽 Suprabhatham. A plenty to read and understand. I'm going through it step by step. Nice breakfast. Enjoying the wonderful writings." 4) Pradeep Kumar*, Vatakara " Good morning, my dear Uncle, Your efforts are making me a voracious reader.. it's superbly mixed with every aspects of life.. Trying to touch every corner of one's life.. A great relief in this lonely days.. A wonderful endeavor to promote the growth of inner self. Thank you, uncle ." (*Pradeep, Ex-Air Force, is my sister's son. He is Managing Director, Harisree, Vatakara, engaged in promotion of multiple talents among students, besides other pursuits. Sankarettan (a character in my story, "My Mentor, Trivandrum" @ TOI blog) who guided me in securing my first regular job and supported my initial stay in Trivandrum, is Pradeep's father) 5) T R S Iyer July 16, 2020 "I enjoyed reading Parable of coffee bottle, pleasure of serving elderly people and "cardiologists have larger hearts". A mention about Dr Tiny Nair. We had gone to him for consultation many a times. I am grateful to him for making me stop my smoking habit. He refused to see unless I stopped smoking. Mumbai habit left in TVM at last. A great achievement in my life" (Thanks, Iyer. Shared this with Dr Tiny Nair by email. He will be happy) 6) K P V Karunakaran " Very nice to read your Trivandrum days-beginning of your career at such a very young age. Thanks" (Thanks. Yes, I retired 13 months early after serving for 40 years 2 months spread in 4 organizations) B. Book Review : The Power of Habit https://deanyeong.com/reading-note/the-power-of-habit/ "Power of Habit : Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business" is introduced in this short write-up. When someone asserts "I Do What I Do", refer to this book to find out what makes him say that! C. Concentration Watch "Secret of Concentration by Swami Sarvapriyananda Ji" https://youtu.be/4QyvF3aNQHc Watch with concentration. Open the link only when you have 40 minutes to spare. D. Healthy Habits 1) Health Verses in Sanskrit: 10 Habits for great health according to Ayurveda https://resanskrit.com/10-habits-ayurveda-sanskrit/ 2) Habits can change you. And, vice versa! SOME HABITS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND LIFESPAN https://www.speakingtree.in/blog/some-habits-will-change-your-life-and-lifespan-part-i It's possible to change habits for the better. D. Fun Time Watch "Funny joke by Shri Gaur Gopal Prabhu. (Lessons for Life)" https://youtu.be/wni1vh35wxY When someone tells a joke after giving sufficient notice, try to laugh before him. Don't wait to laugh with him. He may not laugh. This Prabhuji won't confuse you. E. Guest Column Time Management Importance of time* Every movement of creation is linked with time. One cannot grow paddy in a month nor can a child become an adult in a year. Everything is fixed to a time-frame. Time is said to be a wise counsellor. Passage of time allows an individual to grow. This growth gives experience. Experience helps decision making. It is said that the wisest grieve the most at the loss of time. By wasting time one is not harming others. On the other hand one is harming himself. Ordinary people merely go on thinking how to spend their time. The wise and talented make use of it fruitfully. Corona Lockdown has taught more lessons than ever before regarding time management. Only the people who have lost the time are able to appreciate the value of time.You will understand the value of shade only when you are made to walk in the scorching heat. What is the value of a year? Go and ask a person who has been detained in the same class. The value of a month is better realised by a mother who has given birth to an under weight baby by premature delivery. The value of a week is better realised by the editor of a weekly magazine. The value of a day is realised by a person who just postponed his joining duty by a day and consequently missed his promotion. The value of a few hours delay is better felt by the son.He would not have lost his father had he admitted his father two hours earlier. The value of an hour is better known to a student writing the exam and the surgeon struggling to save a patient . Doctors are aware that a patient — one whose heart has short-circuited and has been thrown into a chaotic condition known as ventricular fibrillation — has six minutes to live. A shock with a defibrillator within that time usually will restore the heart's rhythm. The value of mere 6 mts can be known only to the doctor.Many relatives who have admitted relatives late during corona infliction would have known the real value of time. The value of a minute is better known to persons who have missed the train as well as the interview. The value of a second will be realised by a person when he just dozes off while driving and gets entangled into serious consequences, including loss of life. The value of a microsecond is known to olympic participants or horse race goers. The time cannot be stored.It doesn't speed up for the rich and slow down for the poor. It is time management that results either in fame or failure. How to prioritise is the essence of Time management. With time management, you become more organized and the things you do become more habitual than panic- driven. By making it a habit, you become more productive. As Aristotle said, We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. We need not go anywhere to learn the lesson.See the clock.The second hand is always ticking to attain short term goal of making a minute. It is like doing day to day work like going to school, cooking, washing etc which may not require any special thought process. It is just a routine.After reaching the milestone of a minute , it does not take rest or break,but starts another round, another round. The minutes hand moves every minute. It waits for 60 seconds and moves.It moves less, while the second hand does most of the running. The hour hand, the lucky lot moves very slow but its performance is visible. Between every big task,we can fit in a series of small tasks,the experience of which may lead us to bigger goals. All IT professionals are aware of 'time tracking' in project management. Why to talk of big business jargons? Even a three month old baby needs a 'Tummy Time' to develop the neck, back and shoulder muscles, 'a sleep time' for brain development. We need not come to a wrong conclusion that pucca planning, tight schedules, strict adherence of time schedules will always land us in victory. Time management includes procrastination also.It may look strange. But taking a step back before you move forward is deemed to be a better course of action.Especially when we intend publishing books or articles it is better to view the topic in multiple angles before finalising. Computer specialists use a nice word 'late binding' for procrastination.Making early decisions, if beneficial in a way,delaying decisions especially in dealing with complexities of human behaviour is beneficial in many ways. It provides maximum time to think and determine alternatives.Even in family life, we have to think deep, delay a little while fixing marital alliances. It enhances the flexibility, free thought process and facilitates current changes in the situation. The time pressure gets reduced and allows the mind to be calm and explore alternatives and think of other possibilities. Delay will become a blessing in disguise. Honouring the dead line is very important and for simple tasks it can be followed to perfection. For complex tasks a little delay may help a lot. We have got many stories resulting in life saving by procrastination in our epics. *Received by group email from Smt Vathsala Jayaraman, Ex-RBI, Chennai

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