8 Little empowering things

In this life of ours, we don’t need much. What we really need are little things that make our day; things that make us feel significant, happy and empowered; that reinstate our self-belief and replenish our love for the good things in life. Here are 8 little things that leave me feeling empowered:

1. Driving the car. I’m learning to drive. Its challenging, but its empowering, too. And while 12 days of the driving class have already gone by, 10 days remain. And I can’t help imagine the thrill when I’ll take my car out to drive, and manage all the elements that go into it, all by myself. Every night since the classes started, I’ve always imagined myself driving merrily on the highway, all by myself, like some independent woman character out of a Sidney Sheldon novel.

2. Wearing great clothes. By great, I mean clothes that make you feel good about yourself. Clothes that you feel best in.  By the time we hit our late teens and 20s, we know what kind of clothes look best on us. Continue reading “8 Little empowering things”

Living the story

Few weeks ago, my family and I watched ‘English Vinglish’, a film about an Indian housewife whose life is drastically affected in many ways simply because she cannot speak English, and how in due course, she puts her feet down, joins an English Course, meets people from different backgrounds with one common language difficulty, and how, in the end, when she learns English, it transforms her personality and makes her a more confident, respected and fearless person.

Since the past few years, my father has been transforming many such personalities, giving them confidence along with good communication skills, helping them get jobs, or a raise, or just plain due respect from their social circle. And let me be modest, my dad is not all that famous, neither is his institute as heavily marketed as so many others. But nonetheless, he counts. He makes a difference. And his speciality has been, that he teaches people who need such knowledge the most, but are too shy or underestimate themselves too much; labourers, security guards, farmers, their children, poorly literate local politicians, to name a few kinds.

Many watched English Vinglish and loved the story. My father and I, are living it. We’re making a difference. You are, too, in your own way.

So, what story are you living?

The best incentive

Hard earned-success makes you want to earn more. It makes you feel important and responsible and mature. And it fuels your mind and body to gear up towards yet another goal.

Yesterday morning, my Diploma Certificate came home. It said that I passed with a distinction and with an A+ grade. That was hard-earned, burnt-the-midnight-oil, wrote-through-hundreds-of-pages success.

Yesterday night, I figured that I wasn’t doing enough for my upcoming audiobook release. I put a 1:45 a.m. alarm, rose, redid the entire recording, and now, I’m happy that it sounds much, much better.

I’m happy that I burned the midnight oil, and in all sincerity, did what I ought to have done.

 

Its yours

Seth Godin, one of the most sought after modern-day marketing maestros, was asked for his comments on being rated among the world’s top ten popular bloggers. He thanked him and said, “But my goal is not to write one of the world’s best blogs. My goal is to write MY blog.”

If only more people thought likewise about the goals they set in life, the world would be filled with people just giving THEIR best. Kids. Parents. Couples. Bosses. Employees. Everyone. At their best. And happy.

Consolation

If you and I were to sit over a cup of coffee and discuss all the things we missed and lost in life, we could talk way through the night until the next sunrise, and still not have finished.

Face it. Life is unfair. We know what we deserve, but seldom get our share. We know what we’re worth, but the world doesn’t value it. We have talent, but we never had enough opportunity or luck to put it to shine. Continue reading “Consolation”

Listen out, and move on

The situation each one of us has to face often: People do not always behave sensibly like we anticipate them to. Sometimes, they’re far out of their normal self. They might smile at you today but give you a disgusted look tomorrow. People are like that. Continue reading “Listen out, and move on”