The Power of Positive Thinking
Thinking positively is about making a commitment to yourself to get the most out of your day. It is about being enthusiastic, keeping your mind focused on important things and developing strategies for dealing with problems. The best advice is to do your best each day and try not to look back at things that happened to you.
Of a person's mood, Abraham Lincoln once said, 'Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be'. It's up to you as to how you feel, and how you act. In turn, this will affect the way in which others react towards you. Remember, if you always do what you've always done, then you'll always have what you've always had.
A negative outlook usually leads to negative experiences, but taking an optimistic approach to life, and everything it throws your way, can reap dividends and lead to positive experiences.
Some evidence even suggests that being positive makes us happier, and happier people generally live longer!
The Asian Power
I found it on internet that there are six Asian Airlines in the World’s Top 10 Best Airlines in 2012 awarded by the Skytrax. The Skytrax Awards are one of the benchmarking tools for the air industry. They measure passengers' satisfaction levels by surveying passengers in all cabin classes.
The 10-month survey is carried out by telephone among 18 million airline customers from 100 countries. The survey includes 38 key performance indicators including check-in, boarding, onboard seat comfort, cabin cleanliness, food, beverages, in-flight entertainment and staff service.
This year the survey covered over 200 airlines, from international to domestic carriers.
Seven out of the top ten this year happen to be Airlines of Asian countries. Quatar Airlines tops the list. Malaysia, Thai, Singapore and Nippon Airlines find place in this list. Though our Air India is not there in the list, we should be happy that our Asian brother countries are rising.
These days soft drinks are considered hep. Where ever you go, any social do, you are offered soft drinks. Thanks to the television advertisement urging the youth to drink soft drinks, kids are guzzling it by gallon. The grownups usually indulge the kids.
Soft drinks impact our health in more ways than we tell ourselves. It impacts our tooth enamel. It affects the functioning of the kidney. It makes us fat. It increases risk of diabetes. It impacts heart and reproductive organs.
Despite everything we continue to guzzle aerated soft drinks. I am beginning to believe that we are a race with suicidal tendency.
The holy month of Ramadan (pronounced in Odisha as ramjaan) has begun.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours in a complete fast. The Arabic word for "fasting" (sawm) literally means "to refrain" - and it means not only refraining from food and drink, but from evil actions, thoughts, and words. Therefore, fasting is not merely physical, but is rather the total commitment of the person's body and soul to the spirit of the fast. Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint; a time to cleanse the body and soul from impurities and re-focus one's self on the worship of God.
Ramadan ends with the festival of Eid al-Fitr, literally the "Festival of Breaking the Fast." At Eid al-Fitr people dress in their finest clothes, adorn their homes with lights and decorations, give treats to children, and enjoy visits with friends and family. A sense of generosity and gratitude colour these festivities. Although charity and good deeds are always important in Islam, they have special significance at the end of Ramadan.
Pandit Bhimsen Joshi
I appreciate your keen interest in Indian music and films.
I hope you will take interest in Indian politics as well........
(Courtesy: Mohit Dubey)
21 July 2012