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Happiness is what everyone yearns for. These simple tips may help you lead fulfilled and happier lives.
Anyone who has breath in his body has gone through a life cycle of challenges at work, personal life and relationships. The challenges could be self-goals, related to our environment or a result of our being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
The common factor in these situations is the individual. We live our lives in one body and mind. An infant might experience trauma at child birth. The same baby will grow up to be the adult body he identifies with. This adult could then land up in a situation where he has to deal with workplace bullying. Through this cycle the child or adult has the same mind to interface with the outside world.
How do we meander through this maze of circumstances and people? Are there techniques that could help us? Most often this is a self-learning process. Through this article I wanted to share my self-taught techniques that I have learned over time:
When we go into an unknown situation, we need to temper our expectations and see things for what they are.
If you look after yourself, it’s easier to deal with long hours and it becomes easy to rely on yourself. It helps your confidence too.
Life will not play by your rules. Pick up a meditation technique or yoga or a habit of walking in natural habitats.
Help someone in need. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate exercise. Just buying coffee or a meal for someone who cannot afford it might start a chain reaction of good deeds. Mahatma Gandhi said – “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”.
Taking a deep breath in the middle of a crisis may be the only tool you need to find a solution. Spend a few minutes every day for deep inhalation and exhalation.
Know that nothing in life is perfect. Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken things with gold is based on the philosophy that those imperfections make a piece of sculpture more valuable and unique. If we can accept our imperfections and of those around us, we will stop wasting our energies over trivial arguments. Sometimes, we may conclude that our surroundings might be irreparable for us and the only change that is needed is to walk away.
We all lose a few battles. When that happens accept that too and move on for your next big win. As clichéd as that sounds try to learn from your failures. Those are lessons which will shape your future actions and thoughts.
Would you spend the same amount of time and energy in buying a pen as you would spend in buying a house? Similarly, should you invest your emotions or time in an argument that would not really be valuable to your well-being or your journey?
This doesn’t imply that we are uncaring towards our peers or spouse or siblings. It just means that we should have a caring attitude towards our own selves.
Try to emulate people who inspire you but keep your own sense of integrity and value systems.
Be who you are in every situation. Be well.
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Rajshri Deshpande, who played the fiery protagonist in Trial by Fire along with Abhay Deol speaks of her journey and her social work.
Rajshri Deshpande as the protagonist in ‘Trial by Fire’, the recent Netflix show has received raving reviews along with the show itself for its sensitive portrayal of the Uphaar Cinema Hall fire tragedy, 1997 and its aftermath.
The limited series is based on the book by the same name written by Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, who lost both their children in the tragedy. We got an opportunity to interview Rajshri Deshpande who played Neelam Krishnamoorthy, the woman who has been relentlessly crusading in the court for holding the owners responsible for the sheer negligence.
Rajshri Deshpande is more than an actor. She is also a social warrior, the rare celebrity from the film industry who has also gone back to her roots to give to poverty struck farming villages in her native Marathwada, with her NGO Nabhangan Foundation. Of course a chance to speak with her one on one was a must!
“What is a woman’s job, Ramesh? Taking care of parents-in-law, husband, children, home and things at work—all at the same time? She isn’t God or a superhuman."
The arrays of workstations were occupied by people peering into their computer screens. The clicks of keyboard keys were punctuated by the occasional footsteps moving around to brainstorm or collaborate with colleagues in their cubicles. Most employees went about their tasks without looking at the person seated on either side of their workstation. Meenakshi was one of them.
The thirty-one-year-old marketing manager in a leading eCommerce company in India sat straight in her seat, her eyes on the screen, her fingers punching furiously into the keys. She was in a flow and wanted to finish the report while the thoughts and words were coming effortlessly into her mind.
Natu-Natu. The mellifluous ringtone interrupted her thoughts. She frowned at her mobile phone with half a mind to keep it ringing until she noticed the caller’s name on the screen, making her pick up the phone immediately.
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