A Tale of Two Seas
Sitting in the Geography class in school, I remember how fascinated I was when we were being taught all about the Dead Sea.
As you probably recall, the Dead Sea is really a Lake, not a sea (and as my Geography teacher pointed out, if you understood that, it would guarantee 4 marks in the term paper!)
It’s so high in salt content that the human body can float easily. You can almost lie down and read a book! The salt in the Dead Sea is as high as 35% – almost 10 times the normal ocean water. And all that saltiness has meant that there is no life at all in the Dead Sea. No fish. No vegetation. No sea animals. Nothing lives in the Dead sea.
And hence the name: Dead Sea.
While the Dead Sea has remained etched in my memory, I don’t seem to recall learning about the Sea of Galilee in my school Geography lesson. So when I heard about the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea – and the tale of the two seas – I was intrigued.
Turns out that the Sea of Galilee is just north of the Dead Sea. Both the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea receive their water from river Jordan. And yet, they are very, very different.
Unlike the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee is pretty, resplendent with rich, colourful marine life. There are lots of plants. And lots of fish too. In fact, the sea of Galilee is home to over twenty different types of fishes.
Same region, same source of water, and yet while one sea is full of life, the other is dead. How come?
Here’s apparently why. The River Jordan flows into the Sea of Galilee and then flows out. The water simply passes through the Sea of Galilee – in and then out – and that keeps the Sea healthy and vibrant, teeming with marine life.
But the Dead Sea is so far below the mean sea level, that it has no outlet. The
water flows in from the river Jordan, but does not flow out. There are no outlet streams. It is estimated that over 7 million tons of water evaporate from the Dead Sea every day. Leaving it salty. Too full of minerals. And unfit for any marine life.
The Dead Sea takes water from the River Jordan, and holds it. It does not give. Result? No life at all.
Think about it.
And as we start a new year – nay, a new decade, maybe useful to learn a lesson or two from the tale of the two Seas.
Life is not just about getting. It’s about giving. We all need to be a bit like the Sea of Galilee.
We are fortunate to get wealth, knowledge, love and respect. But if we don’t learn to give, we could all end up like the Dead Sea. The love and the respect, the wealth and the knowledge could all evaporate. Like the water in the Dead Sea.
If we get the Dead Sea mentality of merely taking in more – more water, more money, more everything – the results can be disastrous. Good idea to make sure that in the sea of your own life, you have outlets. Many outlets. For love and wealth – and everything else that you get in your life. Make sure you don’t just get, you give too.
Open the taps. And you’ll open the floodgates to happiness.
Make that a habit. To share. To give.
And experience life. Experience the magic!
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From : Me
To : The world and nature
Subject : Happy Diwali
Dear World –
Before anything else, my heartfelt gratitude for your eternal truths on spinning. I understand the pain of continual extent of work being carried by you for the very long span of time. Most of us exist here needs 2 days break post 5 days of work.
No wonder you are an workaholic. I wonder what if you stop spinning? Words cannot be narrated for this great service! From me, this festive season “series of lights” glow on you and shower that brightness to entire universe and spread joy.
Happy diwali and happy spinning!
Dear Nature –
Wow! You are a phenomena and a wonderful painting. We have no meaning if you don’t exist. I feel the moment in a breezy morning when the windows blows an instrument and the cuckoo does it a call, I arise from the bed and hug you makes me shielded.
May the row of lights will make you love us with existence. Happy diwali!
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To have the ability to listen is to learn
When there is the ability to listen there is the ability to understand others and what they are saying. So the one who listens is able to learn from every situation and each and every person whom he comes across. So what he does and what he speaks is much more effective.
When I understand that I am a student for my entire life, I am able to be open to learning. So I am able to listen whole-heartedly. Then, instead of only putting across what I have to say, I am able to pay attention to what others are saying too. I am thus able to enrich myself with new treasures constantly.
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BABY giraffes never go to school. But they learn a very important lesson rather early in life. A lesson that all of us would do well to remember.
The birth of a baby giraffe is quite an earth-shaking event. The baby falls from its mothers womb, some eight feet above the ground. It shrivels up and lies still, too weak to move.
The mother giraffe lovingly lowers her neck to smooch the baby giraffe. And then something incredible happens. She lifts her long leg and kicks the baby giraffe, sending it flying up in the air and tumbling down on the ground. As the baby lies curled up, the mother kicks the baby again. And again. Until the baby giraffe, still trembling and tired, pushes its limbs and for the first time learns to stand on its feet.
Happy to see the baby standing on its own feet, the mother giraffe comes over and gives it yet another kick. The baby giraffe falls one more time, but now quickly recovers and stands up. Mama Giraffe is delighted. She knows that her baby has learnt an important lesson: Never mind how hard you fall, always remember to pick yourself up and get back on your feet.
Why does the mother giraffe do this? She knows that lions and leopards love giraffe meat. So unless the baby giraffe quickly learns to stand and run with the pack it will have no chance of survival. Most of us though are not quite as lucky as baby giraffes. No one teaches us to stand up every time we fall. When we fail, when we are down, we just give up. No one kicks us out of our comfort zone to remind us that to survive and succeed, we need to learn to get back on our feet.
If you study the lives of successful people though, you will see a recurring pattern. Were they always successful in all they did? No. Did success come to them quick and easy? No, no! You will find that the common streak running through their lives is their ability to stand up every time they fall. The ability of the baby giraffe!
Have you heard about a young sales executive from Kolkata who dreamt about becoming an announcer on radio? He auditioned with All India Radio for a job. The authorities felt that he didnt have a particularly good voice and he was rejected. He refused to accept defeat and continued to chase his dream.
He tried for a role in the movies. He got rejected. They thought he was too tall. He kept trying and got a few lucky breaks. But most of his early films flopped. He did not give up. He played an angry young man in a movie that became a super hit. And the failed radio announcer went on to become the countrys biggest superstar widely admired for his baritone voice! His name? Amitabh Bachchan.
The road to success is never an easy one. There are several obstacles, and you are bound to fall sooner or later. You will hit a road block, you will taste failure. But success lies in being able to get up every time you fall. Thats a critical life skill. And its the habit of all successful people.
Learning to win in life is quite like learning to ride a bicycle. As you start to ride, you might fall and get bruised. It doesnt matter. You need to get back up and continue to ride. Fall one more time? Get back up again. Thats all it takes. Learn to get back up every time you fall.
And just remember one more thing. Next time you find a friend or a parent kicking you, dont get upset with them. Like the mother giraffe, they may only be trying to teach you one of lifes most important lessons. It doesnt matter how many times you fall. What matters is your ability to pick yourself up and stand on your feet once again.
This is well written by Prakash Iyer MD, Kimberly-Clark and Executive Coach.
Courtesy : Career center
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True change brings benefit to all
When there is someone who is behaving in a way that is not right, the usual reaction is to have negative feelings for that person. All words and actions based on this negative attitude will naturally create negativity. Instead it is good to see what could be done to benefit the other person. Raising complaints only takes away inner peace.
When I bring about a change that benefits even the person who is making the mistake, I am able to remain in peace with all types of people. I am not worried about why a person is behaving in a particular way, but I am able to see what is to be done in order to remove that particular negativity. The hatred is not for the person but for the negativity itself.
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To make the effort to take and give good wishes is to constantly experience contentment.
Whatever the kinds of personality of the person, if there is this one aim of taking and giving good wishes, there is positivity in every interaction. Attention is paid to make every word and action full of positivity. Words spoken only give happiness to others and give some kind of support to the other person to be better than what he is.
When I understand the importance of having good wishes for all, I am able to receive good wishes from others too. I am able to be free from the influence of the negativity of the situations and people. So I constantly experience inner happiness and contentment, even if I don’t get something outwardly.
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I ask you bliss
You gave me misery
I ask you ecstasy
You gave me distress
I ask you probable
You gave me unlikely
I ask you love
You gave me pain
I ask you peace
You gave me agitation
I ask you life
You gave me wife
I ask you end
You gave me faith!
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Thoughts are MY mode of representation
Which fails to play
Thoughts are MY behaviour
Which toss the motion
Thoughts are MY images
Which slip the draw
Thoughts are MY dreams
Which fell insomnia
Thoughts are MY breath
Which hit the pause
Thoughts are MY pain
Which roams in joy
Thoughts are MY path
Which puzzle the passage
Thoughts are Thoughts!
Thoughts are thoughts!
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