25 Life Lessons from Albert Einstein!

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Albert Einstein is one of my most favourite persons from history and here I share these 25 life lessons from this great individual. 🙂

1. Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.

2. Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.

3. Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.

4. If people are good mostly only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

5. A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.

6. Love is a better teacher than duty.

7. If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

8. No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

9. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

10. Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

11. It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

12. Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.

13. Force always attracts men of low morality.

14. Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler.

15. A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.

16. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

17. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

18. It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

19. Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.

20. Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

21. Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

22. Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

23. Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.

24. Information is not knowledge.

25. Never lose a holy curiosity.

So, focus on the present and live in the moment, not let your imagination cease, follow your curiousity with priceless perseverance, learning from mistakes and  creating value, experience will give knowledge, just learn the rules and then play better! 😀

Dwijottam- The Twice Born

 

The day begins with the sound of coughing,
My mom walks in. I carry on smoking,
As the paper meets my lips,
As the sweet smoke fills my lungs,
I can feel myself losing grip, beginning to slip.

The world begins to whirl,
As my mind begins to swirl.
A problem…is what they call it.
It started on the streets,
But it’s left me wanting more.
My chest and lungs have become sore.

Mom, do you see me?
How about you, Dad?
Having no true friends doesn’t make me sad!
Do you really think I’m bothered?

I’m killing myself,
But I don’t care
As long as I stay flying,
As long as I’m no longer crying.

As sad as it may sound,
I think it’s destiny to die with a 
‘Needle’ and some ‘powder’ next to me,
Me and my reality….

I’ve been wasted
I’ve been smashed
I’ve lied
I’ve been bashed
And I’ve still been high.

Then, the force hit me,
The combined strength of my parents’ love.
They just wouldn’t let me go
Down the hill of my choice.
Into rehab I went,
Screaming and kicking all the way.

It feels so good,
I’ve waved drugs goodbye.
Nothing on earth can come even close,
Nothing can compare to Life’s Natural High.
It makes you get rid of all your worries and woes.
One gigantic beam of light,
A light…brighter than the bright
Do you know what it is?
It’s something called ‘LOVE’….
Love whiter than the dove,
Love with no lies,
Love that gives higher highs,
Love you can never bade good byes!

Now I’m everything I knew I could be,
I’m more than just me….
I AM FREE!!!!!

This poem has been written with inputs from a friend.
It depicts the desperation of a teen drug addict, who feels he has reached the point of no return. The latter half mirrors the catharsis after love and support have been showered on him and he is ‘reborn’. It’s important for us to be sensitive to such an issue and handle it with love and care rather than with anger and further neglect! They are not addicted because they like it. They are addicted because the circumstances compel them to be. With understanding and love, together, we can change it! It may not be easy, but it is not impossible!

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Smile, You’re Beautiful!

I could not ‘not’ share this amazingly beautiful post! It’s a must read 🙂

Common Man Diaries

I just woke up from an afternoon nap and a terrible dream wherein I had killed the goon successfully, I guess, and got in trouble with the policemen and killed one of them too but, when I saw myself, I was dressed as one and the whole thing went onto screw up even more before my brain finally gave in and I jumped from the bed.

Yes, you read that right; I woke up jumping from the bed! That’s a huge thing considering the radiating laziness that surrounds my being. But, this sudden gust of energy still flows through as I’m sitting pretty with an evening snack and a glass of juice, writing this possible post for my blog. And this is no adrenaline which would soon break the keys of my laptop or an effect of a crazy friend who would jump off railings and skid on a frictionless…

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The Words

I read these at the back of a notebook quite a few years back when I didn’t quite understand the depth of it and now reading them again makes me realize how truly significant they are!

The most selfish 1 letter word….
“I”
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Avoid it. 

The most satisfying 2 letter word….
“WE”
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Use it.

The most poisonous 3 letter word….
“EGO”
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Kill it.

The most used 4 letter word….
“LOVE”
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Value it.

The most pleasing 5 letter word….
“SMILE”
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Keep it.
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The fastest spreading 6 letter word….
“RUMOUR”
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Ignore it.

The hardest working 7 letter word….
“SUCCESS”
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Achieve it.

The most enviable 8 letter word….
“JEALOUSLY”
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Keep away.

The most powerful 9 letter word….
“KNOWLEDGE”
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Acquire it.

The most essential 10 letter word….
“CONFIDENCE”
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Trust it.

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Hiatus!

Hello everyone!

It’s been quite a some time since I’ve opened wordpress. This hiatus! I’m supposed to be on it till the end of next month but I was really missing posting and reading interesting articles from all of my friends here. So I just logged in to say ‘Hi’ to all of you and sorry for not being able to read all your wonderful posts. I hope you’re all doing great and enjoying life! Please know that I will go through all that I’ve missed as and when I get time coz I really enjoy reading what you write! And my wordpress family really means alot!

I’ll get back real soon to share more of what I’ve got! Till then wish you all good health and lots of happiness! Happy blogging! Cheers! 🙂

Have, Believe, Move!

To become what we want, we need to at least HAVE five of these qualities to MOVE forward.

1. COURAGE and HARD-WORK

 Courage is not the absence of fear but the acquired ability to move beyond fear and discouragement.

Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it is the little voice at the end of the day that says…”I’ll try again tomorrow.”
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage! And of course, there’s no substitute for hard-work.

2. WILL – POWER and STRENGTH

Strength and will-power are closely linked. Because strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. And it’s not that some people have will-power and some do not. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.

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But it’s worth it. Right? 

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Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength!

3. DETERMINATION/PERSEVERANCE

The difference between the possible and the impossible lies in a person’s determination.

I didn’t mean that! 

Determination gives you the resolve to keep going inspite of the road-blocks that lay before you!

4. SELF-DISCIPLINE

Self discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something and you don’t talk back!

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Don’t we oftentimes do something like that?
or this?
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But, we must know that self-discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment!

5. FAITH

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My favourite lines on faith – “Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!”

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We just need to BELIEVE in ourselves and remember –

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🙂

 

Go For It

You know what it’s like. You can pretend for so long to be comfortable and satisfied with what you’re doing, but every so often, someone or something reminds you that you are worth considerably more and you should be aiming much higher. What you’re doing right now looks sensible and on paper it seems to figure out, you gain mass approval and there is little to no movement in your life. But that centered part of you yearns for more and it wills you on. Continue reading

Happiness

I am always attracted to and promote the concept of happiness. This idea is relatively skewed by society in general; as the general idea has been somewhat perverted by the world at large. Primarily it is due to the fact that we seek external factors to appease us; this is falsely mistaken for happiness. The external is completely subjective and arguable as to what “it” is. Take for instance the idea that you have that you may be happy with a certain home. Consider the fact that someone without a home at all might be content with air conditioner or heat.  You would both be “happy” with very different things. But what if you got said house, only to have it catch fire or succumb to some other disaster. Question whether or not you are happy enough, internally, to deal with this. “Things” are fleeting.

My life is not a sob story;  it is an example that happiness can be found anywhere it is sought. I have dealt with myriad of trials and tribulations, many to count.I have had plenty of reasons to be angry. But you know what? I  realized awhile ago, I could either wallow in misery and be unhappy (which felt horrible) or I could move forward.

Happiness is a choice you make internally, it doesn’t just appear. Yes, we may have moments of joy in our lives, but if we are not truly happy, they may not persevere. When stripped to nothing but yourself,are you truly grateful for and happy with what you have? If you are not,start working on it 🙂

By Arlyn Smith ( arlynsblog )

Don’t Stop

Over the years we’ve created a set of beliefs in our mind that we hold to be true.  Some are indeed helpful and true, while others have completely fooled us.  It’s these latter, beliefs that quietly hinder our potential and hold us back from the life we are capable of living.

Some such beliefs are :

1.  Life owes me something.

Just because we’re alive doesn’t mean life is going to hand everything to us.
Life doesn’t just get better by itself.  It isn’t like flying in a plane through turbulence.  Life doesn’t just improve if we fasten our seat belt and wait.
Sadly, so many people expect that a great life is coming to them automatically.  They believe it’ll come next month or next year.  So they continue thinking the same thoughts and doing the same things, just waiting for that day when life will get better.
They come home from school/college/work, heat up a microwave dinner and sit on the couch for hours watching TV.  They get on the Internet and spend entire evenings getting nothing done.  They keeping hoping and praying for a change without ever taking action.
When we were in school, we got a trophy if we played sports.  It didn’t matter if we were the leading scorer or the leading benchwarmer.  Now is a bit different.  We don’t get trophies anymore for just showing up.  We have to earn them.
If we keep believing life will somehow automatically improve on it’s own, then we’re going to waste many years of our life in a state of disappointment.
It’s up to us to decide how we want to be.  We are the ones that determines the quality of our lives.  It is not the people around us, our bosses, our teachers, the government, or anyone else.  If we are serious about being healthy, wealthy, successful, respected and loved, then we are going to have to do something about it.
No one is going to give us the life we dream about except We Ourselves.
Let this be our wake-up call. Let’s take full control of our life, starting now!

2.  The universe is out to get me.

It seems like life has gone wrong for us in every imaginable way.  We can’t catch a break.  We don’t know why other people are successful and happy, but we’re not.  We believe the universe is somehow working against us.
The truth is the universe doesn’t care about us one bit.  That might sound harsh, but it’s true.  The universe isn’t out to get us.  We aren’t cursed.  We don’t have bad karma following us around.
Why would the universe choose us to be the unlucky one?  It wouldn’t and it hasn’t.  We are all born with a chance to live a full and happy life.  It’s up to us to use the resources the universe has given us – the ones we have right now within ourselves.
If we have an unlucky streak, it’s because we are choosing our own reality with the thoughts in our head and the action we take or don’t take.  If the universe really picked sides, those who grew up poor would always remain poor while the rich would always remain rich.  Obviously this is not true.  There have been many rags to riches stories, and stories of those who have grown up rich and lost everything.
We must understand the universe isn’t out to get us.  It wants us to be happy and succeed, but we’ve got to go out and create our own opportunities for happiness.
To start changing how we view the world, we can start a gratitude journal (like I’m doing right now) by writing down three things that we’re thankful for every day.  What this does is to get us in the habit of focusing on what we do have in life – the good, instead of what we do not – the bad.

I was just finished watching this animated movie called ‘Brave’. And the lines spoken by the lead role at the end caught my attention – “Fate lies within us. We only have to be brave enough to see it!” It sure is worth a thought.

3.  I am stuck in my current life situation.

Humans are the only creatures on this planet that can choose to change their life situation at any moment.  A shark can’t one day decide to be a chef.  An ant can’t decide it wants to be a dancer.  Their lives are built into their DNA.
We, on the other hand, can change if we want to.  Oftentimes the only problem is that the fear of change holds us back.  Excuses keep piling up.  We only remember the times we failed, and this memory scares us off from trying again.  We feel hopelessly stuck in life.
What we need to realize is that life isn’t meant to be a straight line that goes from point A to point B.  Life is meant to be a series of zigs and zags.  It should look like a mess, but a beautiful mess.  It shows that we have changed throughout the course of our lives.  We’ve had our ups and downs.  We went down one path, but decided to change course… perhaps on many occasions.
That’s how life should be.  Life is a continuous experience of independent present moments and choices.  So whatever situation we are in right now, we should  just know that it can change if we want it to.
It’s up to us.  We  just have to choose something new.

4.  It’s too late to start anything.

How old would we think we are if we didn’t know and couldn’t see ourselves in the mirror?
Age is just a number (Read the story here).  What’s important is how we feel.
The only reason we think it’s too late to start is because that’s what we’ve grown up believing.  We believe that we should have everything figured out in life before we reach 20, 30, 40, 50, etc.  The older we get, the less opportunity we think we have to do something new.
From my observations, I’ve realized that people think they have to cram everything in before the general retirement age of 65.  After that, it’s time to play golf, work on their garden, travel, and play with the grand kids.  This simply isn’t true.

If we’re determined to do something, it’s NEVER too late to start.  Here are some famous examples of people who started late.

  • Ray Croc was 59 years old when he bought out the McDonald’s brothers.  He turned it into an empire.
  • Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man was 40 when he began drawing these legendary superheroes.  He’s now 90 years old and makes a cameo in every movie based on his comic books.
  • Julia Child didn’t even learn to cook until she was almost 40 and didn’t launch her popular show until she was 50.
  • Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken was 66 when he began to promote his style of cooking and create an empire.

Can we imagine if anyone of them thought it was too late to start?  They wouldn’t have created their best life’s work! We must not let age stop us from going after your dreams. We must do it now.

5. Others will think what I’m doing is foolish.

We worry so much about other people’s opinion.  We’re afraid we will get laughed at.  We don’t want people to reject our ideas.  We don’t want to look like a fool.  What we need to realize now is that  none of this matters!
At the end of our lives when we look back, what we want to remember is a journey that makes us smile.  Regardless of what everyone else thinks of us, if we’ve followed our intuition and done our best, win or lose, We won’t regret a thing.

There have been so many crazy ideas that even the so-called experts thought was a bad idea.  That did not stop these people:

  • J.K. Rowling was penniless, recently divorced, and raising a child on her own.  She wrote the first Harry Potter book on an old manual typewriter.  Twelve publishers rejected the manuscript.  A year later she was given the green light by Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury, who agreed to publish the book but insisted she get a day job cause there was no money in children’s books.  The series has sold 450 million copies and made J.K Rowling a billionaire.  So much for publishers who told her, “There’s no money in children’s books.”
  • Can you imagine a gentleman telling you he wants to build a massive theme park where families can spend time together in a hot Florida swamp?  You might not think it’s too crazy now.  However when Walt Disney wanted to build Disney World, he was rejected for financing over 300 times.
  • The Beatles were rejected by many record labels.  In a famously quoted rejection letter, a music label said, “Guitar groups are on the way out” and “the Beatles have no future in show business.”  Shortly thereafter the Beatles signed with EMI, brought Beatlemania to the United States, and became the most influential band in the history of rock and roll.

These are just three examples, but there are countless more.  Each person involved was ahead of his or her time, but they didn’t let other people’s opinions stop them.   There sue have been things we’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t because we’re worried about what others will think or of being rejected.  Let these stories inspire us to realize that good fortune favors the bold.

Finally,

If any of us suffer from one or more of these false beliefs, it’s time to make a change.  When we were kids we didn’t believe these untruths, but as we’ve grown up they have been given more power simply because we have given them more attention.  By doing so, we have slowly become our own worst enemies!

Let’s take back control of our lives now.  We can do that by shattering these beliefs and choosing to take positive action today.

Now it’s your turn…

What’s one belief that has slowed you down and held you back in life? Feel free to share your thoughts 🙂