You have an hour more…everyday

A lot of people seem lost right now. Being confined to their homes is not something that they had factored into their schedules, and so it is quite uncharted territory. From sending in instagram videos of them performing daily chores like sweeping and cleaning, to ‘workout-from-home’ videos, people seem to be struggling to prove that they are filling up their time, and not wasting it. It’s ok to take a step back, and relax for a while. By relax, I don’t mean wasting time. At home, for three weeks, with the power to be in control of your time, your routine, and also the savings in travel time (at least an hour for most people), this does not seem to be as bad as it looks, does it?

Here is something that you can try to do with that one extra hour. 30 minutes of exercise, and 30 minutes of learning.

You can succeed at anything


Whether you are trying to succeed at work, in your relationships or trying to make money :

(1) KNOW WHAT YOU WANT : You must have the desire to succeed.  This means you need to know what you want in life and be bale to identify the actions that you need to take to achieve your goals.  Goals provide a guide to your destination in life, and without them, others, determine where you’ll end up.
(2) NEVER GIVE UP : Persistence is the number one thing for being successful.  It is easy for people to become disheartened when they are criticised or encounter a hurdle while trying to achieve their goals, but to be a true success, you must persist through criticism, rejection, pressure and failure.  A fighting spirit will make you succeed.
(3) BELIEVE IN YOURSELF : You need to have a positive outlook and belief that you can achieve your goals.  When you feel good about yourself, you react more confidently to life’s challenges.  If you believe in yourself and push yourself through self-doubt, your chances of being successful will increase.  Believe and you will achieve.
(4) NEVER STOP LEARNING : Successful people learn from their mistakes, new experiences and other people.  Learning at every opportunity increases your knowledge in old and new areas and keeps you ahead in your field.  Read books, acquire new skills and seek additional training to move forward in life.
(5) DO WHAT YOU LOVE : To do something in life well, you must love it.  Being passionate about the things you spend your time on is energising and motivates you to succeed.
(6) AVOID CONDITIONAL HAPPINESS : Too many of us believe that if some problems resolved themselves, we would finally be happy.  But striving for happiness without sitting back and finding happiness at this particular point in your life is no way to live.  Successful people avoid delayed gratification and don’t wait for problems to resolve themselves.
——- KGAR STAR (Speaking Tree)

Language quibbles

A language changes all the time, with new words entering the lexicon and others quietly fading out.  One of the factors that can play a role is the users’ experience.  Others argue, words that are available for use, can also recursively shape the users’ experience.  
childrenThis, in  a nutshell, is the crux of the row that has recently brewed up.  It has been decided by Oxford University Press that the new edition of the 10,000 entry Oxford Junior Dictionary, aimed at seven-year olds starting on the Key Stage Two reading level, will feature changes that some have found objectionable : “A”, say the naysayers, should remain “is for acorn”, “B” for buttercup, “C” for conker ——- not attachment, blog or chat room.
The group of upwards of two dozen authors who have raised objections include Margaret Atwood, Helen Macdonald and Sara Maitland..  They call the decision “shocking and poorly considered”.  
Their reservations are not unfounded, and stem from the reasonably well-documented effects of the urbanised experience of childhood.  The current generation of children, they point out, has significantly diminished access to and experience of nature and the countryside.
The word “conker” is, for the most part, entirely outside the experience of most children —— unless the child has studied his/her Enid Blyton.  It is also unknown to the children in the UK (where it was once used very widely), since they have never gone looking for dried-up and hardened acorns.  The OUP’s new dictionary will lack some 50 words that are related to nature and the countryside, and will include, instead, words that perhaps have, in today’s world, ‘more traction’ with children.  This has alarmed people because the new words chosen are “associated with the increasingly interior, solitary childhoods of today”.
Changes to this dictionary have been made earlier.  The 20017 Oxford Junior Dictionary moved “almond”, “blackberry” and “crocus”  aside for “analogue”, block-graph” and “celebrity”, and the current 2012 edition maintained the earlier changes while added “analogue”, broadband” and “cut-and-paste”.  
This might to some feel like a “quibble” (trivial objection) over a minor issue.  The OUP has pointed out that this particular dictionary, as well as others intended for older children, retains very many a “natural” words.  Others take it as “nostalgia for a pastoral past” that is, well, mainly past in the industrialised West, a “resistance against the high-tech realities of the modern world”.
There is no denying that new sets of knowledge have to be learned by students, and, in some cases, are being accommodated while other, more traditional knowledge-blocks, are quietly falling by the wayside.  For example “cursive writing” is no longer taught compulsively.  Since today’s students will face professional and academic terrains, that earlier generations never envisioned, primary students in UK state schools have started having lessons in “coding” (and foreign languages from age seven) under the new national curriculum.  Children, aged five upwards, are learning to create and debug simple computer programmes.  They are also being taught about the storage and retrieval of data, the use of Internet engines, and children’s safety online.
——Hajrah Mumtaz.          
It makes me sad to think that there is no “childhood and its little joys” for the children of today.  They are expected to sprint before they have even learnt to walk . 

Success and failure…


It is better to play to win than to lose; it is better to wear out than to rust out.  It is better to aim for excellence and not get lost in success.  When one puts oneself on the track of excellence, it brings out inherent talents to light.

It is said , “Those who have never angered anyone is a failure in life “.  Similarly, a person who has never lost, has never found the joy of winning.

Winning involves four important dimensions—-self-confidence, mental toughness, winning-oriented thinking, and the ability to innovate. Create your future from the commitment to win and with the wisdom gained from your past failures..  It is easier to hold to your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold to them 98% of the time.  If you give in to ‘just this once’, based on a marginal cost analysis, you’ll regret where you’ll end up.  You’ve got to define for yourself what you stand for and draw the line in a safe place.


When you are young, you think everything you do is disposable.  You move from now to now, crumpling time in your hands, tossing it away. You are your own speeding car.  You think you can get rid of things, and people too——-leave them behind.  You don’t yet know about the habit they have, of coming back.  Time in dreams is frozen—-you never get away from where you’ve been..