Saturday, December 09, 2006

Little things matter...always!

Hectic work. Weekends and Sundays are threatening to get blown away. Amidst the repetitive chore that's almost getting on my nerves, I listen to Bruce springsteen's 'Streets of Philadelphia' at least 20 times.

The rythme of this fantastic song continues to reverberate within me even now. As my legs tap the floor in sync with the beats, I allow my mind to wander all over, anywhere away from the 500 page document I'm supposed to finish reviewing by today evening.

Two fantastic mails from friends.

Don't let success go to your head and failure go to your heart

Reading it sets off a chain of thoughts........

Let success go to your heart and fill it with joy.
Let failure go to your head and make you wise.
And somewhere down the line, let you rise above success and failure

And this one-- Life's little lessons... is marvelous.

Have a firm handshake.
Look people in the eye.
Sing in the shower.
Own a great stereo system.
If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
Keep secrets.
Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.
Always accept an outstretched hand.
Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
Avoid sarcastic remarks.
Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness or misery.
Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
Lend only those books you never care to see again.
Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
When playing games with children, let them win.
Give people a second chance, but not a third.
Be romantic.
Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters,
Don't allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It's there for your convenience, not the caller's.
Be a good loser.
Be a good winner.
Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.
Keep it simple.
Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
Don't burn bridges. You'll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets
Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the one's you did.
Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
Take charge of your attitude. Don't let someone else choose it for you.
Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital, you need to only stay a few minutes.
Once in a while, take the scenic route.
Send a lot of Valentine cards. Sign them, 'Someone who thinks you're terrific.'
Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.
Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
Make someone's day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.
Become someone's hero.
Marry only for love.
Count your blessings.
Compliment the meal when you're a guest in someone's home.
Wave at the children on a school bus.
Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
Don't expect life to be fair

Gotta chew on something before I can get back to sanity....back to regular blogging.


  1. Marry for Love.

    I like this one...I mean, what else is there to marry for?

  2. Never burn bridges.You'll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.

    Hmm, not sue about this one....its NEVER the same river :o)

  3. Jen...Don't know about your part of the world but here we marry for many strange reasons. For security, for money, for fitting into a society-- or sometimes we marry because it's time to get married.

    Just kidding ;-)

    Val...I remember the Zen quote, something like-- You never step into a river twice(because the river changes and by that time the 'You' also has changed).
    But I beleive,in the day-to-day living, this idea of not burning bridges holds good.

  4. I believe that another variation of the “don’t burn bridges” maxim goes something like this: “As you climb the ladder of success, avoid stepping on the person above you because you meet that person again on your way back down.” Well, maybe it’s not an exact parallel, but it makes sense to me.