September 8, 2010

Marriage of truth & beauty and Science!

Posted in Science amalgams tagged , , , , at 2:13 pm by Venus Viswambharan

It is amazing how there is no competition between each miniscule machine within our body but complete cooperation so that our body functions smoothly… more on that soon, but till then watch this amazing video by David Bolinsky :

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September 3, 2010

Unleash your natural exuberance!

Posted in Empowering tagged , , , , at 8:16 pm by Venus Viswambharan

I was watching my kid this morning….
Once washed and brushed, the little one, went about her personal duties wide-eyed! She puts on her clothes with a hum , downed her breakfast – juggling the chomping between, so many expressions as she was narrating her dream from the previous night. She seems to dream almost every night – vivid, strange science fiction dreams! In a sprighty bounce she heaves her school bag on to her back and is ready to go. We are at the gate waiting with other moms / dads who too are there to get their kids on the bus. “Mum could you please chase me and try to catch me? ” says my daughter,  and much to the others’ disbelief I throw caution to wind and race after her! A whole lot of furtive and very bemused gazes follow the two of us ! Honestly – I enjoyed every bit of the invigorating moment!
When I think back , the brilliance of just how similar we were beams out from the compressed bundles of memory – beady eyed, curious , full of energy , spirit and life – Enthusiastic is how we were! What happened how did we grow up to be stuck up? Why is it we are mired by what other people think of  us? Why is it that we get “bored” or loose interest? Or why is it that we just loose this Joie de vivre altogether?
Enthusiasm in greek means : En= in,  theos = God , which translates to having God within. He is within each of us no exceptions there! So that whatever we do or think we exude out of each pore of our being ,the life and vitality of that huge power that we contain inside of us !
Which means :
    • We don’t just smile,  but we laugh – and often at that!
    • We don’t  feel ‘”My hearts not in the job” – but find alternate ways to groove!
    • We are not stonewalled by failure , but we just gingerly hop around it , learning a lot of interesting stuff in the process..
  • We find the significance in each chore , each daily duty!
  • There is a passion oozing out of us always , just cause we contain a mammoth energy , the supreme creator – God in us.
 You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. With it, there is accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis.” says Henry Ford.
In 1975, Japanese scientists discovered bacteria that could live on the waste products of nylon manufacture as their only source of carbon and nitrogen.
These Bacteria did not exist prior to the invention of nylon in the 1930s. They evolved ,so they could produce novel enzymes that allowed them to feed on by-products of nylon manufacture  – the only thing that was available to them in plenty at that time.
What an amazing example of enthusiasm from nature ! Nothing could stymie this little vessel filled with the quintessence of God!
Take a look within…. You too are brimming with “Enthusiasm”- God is within you , don’t hide it , let it pour out!

September 1, 2010

Zappos Ceo, Tony Hseih On building a company culture

Posted in Customer service tagged , , , , , , , , , at 4:55 pm by Venus Viswambharan

A fresh perspective..

 
Tony Hsieh the CEO of online shoe and clothing shop Zappos.com established and grew this retail company to $1.2 billion in gross merchandise sales.
These are the ten core values that the staff in Zappos live by:
  1. Deliver WOW Through Service
  2. Embrace and Drive Change
  3. Create Fun and A Little Weirdness
  4. Be Adventurous, Creative, and Open-Minded
  5. Pursue Growth and Learning
  6. Build Open and Honest Relationships With Communication
  7. Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit
  8. Do More With Less
  9. Be Passionate and Determined
  10. Be Humble.

August 31, 2010

Lewis Pugh on his swim across the north pole

Posted in Inspiration tagged , , at 12:48 pm by Venus Viswambharan

August 27, 2010

Gratitude

Posted in Gratitude tagged at 8:29 pm by Venus Viswambharan

Gratitude has this ability to not just elevate the one who is expressing it but it also elevates the receiver to a higher energy. It triggers the parasympathetic / calming-branch of the autonomic nervous system.This pattern when repeated brings about a protective effect on the heart. Expressing gratitude and receiving it : increases the dopamine and serotonin production in both people. Both hormones are contributors towards the feeling of well-being in the body. Gratitude  also reaffirms the belief of the receiver that he should continue his acts of benevolence.
  
I would like to dedicate this space to a few people and express my heartfelt gratitude to them :
 
“Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, – a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise”.-George Herbert

 
Thank you Dad and Mum for all the work you do daily, touching so many people’s lives, you have paved the path for me !
 
Thank you Amardeep Sidana ,apart from being a consistently supportive husband you are a very good friend , who stood by this passion of mine with an amazing conviction, goading me on. Being the wind beneath my wings!
 
Thank you Tarveen Singh you were the one who pushed me through my fears with these unforgettable words” Go for it Girl! what is the worst that could happen ? So what? we’ll just pick ourselves , learn from it and forge ahead”.
 
Thank you Inderjit Paintal you sparked the idea of the blog initially, saying “It would be a great place for you to express yourself , with enough room” and I cant forget the kindness of quoting me in one of your well written articles.
 
Thank you Simran Sodhi Paintal for hearing me out always! For all the encouragement and honest feedback and for giving me ONE very important book , which actually commenced me on this journey of reaching out and touching people’s lives.

Thank you Harmeet Kaur from being a great friend, always receptive no matter what the distance , perpetually supporting and motivating me
 
Thank you Simerjeet Singh you have been quietly steering me in the right direction all along , even this blog has come about with just the right advice from you no matter the distance ,in your words : “The best way to learn is by doing it!”.
 
I want to thank the rest of my family : My Mom in law & Dad in law, my  brother Vinay Viswambharan & his wife Mearl Fernandes, my brother in law Dr Parminder Sidana & his wife Dr Shivani Raghav  and my sis in law Deepinder Sidana for all the support ,encouragement & cheering.
 
I want to thank each of my friends and my co bloggers for all your support & encouragement.
 
Each one of you that I have mentioned has been placed perfectly in my life!

August 26, 2010

When I look at you I can see the fingerprints of God..

Posted in Gratitude tagged , , , at 9:13 pm by Venus Viswambharan

August 25, 2010

Which wolf is it that you are feeding?

Posted in Empowering tagged , , , , at 8:06 pm by Venus Viswambharan

A grandfather was talking to his grandson, telling him,” I have 2 wolves barking inside of me. The First wolf is filled with anger, hatred , bitterness and mostly revenge. The second wolf inside of me is flled with love, kindness, compassion and mostly forgiveness.”
“Which wolf do you think will win?” the young  boy inquired , the grandfather responded , “ Whichever one I feed”.

Lets take a look at our thoughts in a day – isn’t it easy to criticize, to find fault; to complain about the neighbourhood being unsafe, our politicians being corrupt, the pathetic state of our education system, our youth being involved in crime. The less global ones would be: how snooty our neighbour is, the abusive boss,  the mean in laws…
The thought we focus on multiplies ,drawing more of the same kind until it not only becomes a habit but it IS just what our world becomes! What you think continually is what you believe, is what you become, is what you have – a vicious cycle .
What if we concentrated our minds and energies on all the “goodness”,  we can find around us? Can we find any? It is hard, isnt it ? lets try… Appreciating , being grateful.
We have electricity today, We are connected better & quicker due to technology, Crimes are lower, myriads of diseases now have cures, so many groups and associations now focus on uplifting , healing & wellness.Closer home, The neighbour’s kids are so bright and cheerful, My colleagues are so cooperative, my Job is interesting,  My Brother in law is so caring…
Again your focus draws more of the same. A thought has a lot of power!
Which wolf is it that YOU feed?

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