WELCOME HOME

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Welcome home is a phrase that you may have used with little awareness. Here we may decode it as “Home is a place that you come for wellness”.

But is that your reality? So what is home? We have this habit of differentiating home from another habitat called work place. Now, let us identify the differentiators. Chiefly it is limited to a characteristic of expenditure to another, of a feature of that of income. We have assumed that home is that of expenditure and work place is that of income. Who has trained us to measure home and work in terms of expenditure and income? If you had to choose between spending an hour without productivity with your grandmother at home versus an hour at work place in return for twenty thousand dollars, then which is your choice of indulgence? If your indulgence is limited to return on investment alone, then perhaps you are too narrow.

How do you measure the joy of your grandmother when you share your time duration of one hour with her. Are you really sensitized to your gains of that interaction and give and take? If not, then your objectives must be to learn to sensitize yourself to adequately relate to original and sustainable gains as opposed to temporary niche and fringe gains.

Now we have discovered differentiators. But then what is the difference between home and work? Well, the place or activity that energizes you, as and more that you are at it, is certainly home. Here at home, your enthusiasm brings forth your contribution of harmony to your habitat. Where as, that place where you are fatigued because of compelling nature of your output is called work. At work you may even experience excitements as a temporary incentive but yet may result in exhaustion of your energies.

So any work that is devoid of compulsion and fatigue, but that work which is springing forth from enthusiasm and energy is certainly home. Now, we have to discover method to convert the stress of the work place to make it more like home and perhaps eliminate complacency at your house to make it more productive.

So, now we have arrived at “Welcome Home”.

WELLNESS:

Now, converting the complacency into productive and gainful activity needs kick starting movements. May be movement of body or even of emotions. Some physical fitness exercises coordinated with the correct eating habits are essential of wellness. Wellness also will demand some reading for intellectual rigour and immense readiness to learn new skills, so as to develop freshness of emotions.

WELFARE:

All of us are endowed with immense skill and talent capital. The resources of skill and talents that you are endowed with, gives you self-respect, esteem and confidence. But do you have any methodology to discover these and develop them. These are your most intimate resources. Discovering resources and enhancing them ensures your welfare. Economic management and use of your resources are imperative for the longevity of your access to welfare. Some learning of welfare schemes both for home and at work is recommended.

WELL-DONE:

It is important that you put much effort to develop new skills and talents. For this you have to enable yourself with the infrastructure and environment that will allow the practice of your choice vocation and hobbies. Repeated practice alone of your choice activity, can bring to you the necessary dexterity, to take you to the competitive standards of your vocation, hobby or even trade. Only then can you give yourself a well done pat on your back and later pamper yourself to a deserved rest and relaxation.

WELL-BEING:

Having now, practiced thoroughly the principles of Welcome, Wellness, Welfare and Well done, we are now eligible to open another vital dimension of well-being. This is a dimension that drives all others. Neglecting this dimension of well-being can cause imbalance in all the other areas of your interaction. You must establish yourself in the regular practices of meditations, correct breathing techniques and stretches of the body as in yoga. Your stamina and strength to negotiate the interactive challenges will certainly improve if you learn them correctly and practice them regularly and appropriately use your new learnings.

The nature of challenges and conflicts which is inherent in interactions needs a completion. Well being is their companion. The challenges together with it’s source called the “Being” is called fulfillment.

There are people who are your inspirations. They are called well-to-do families. They are successful because of their practices of well-being. You can also decide to be well founded in progressive and well crafted routine and lifestyle. The ultimate rule is “Only that what is the input will come as the result and output”.

WELL-OFF:

You have a potential to become caring to other people. Have you measured your charity quotient.

Can you discover a methodology to loosen your grip to command people and diffuse your wish to be in control? If you are well-off, then you will reach out to become an asset to your society.


Therefore welcome home now!

WELL BEING

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Sharda wanted to learn a new stream. She loved interacting with people. She succeeded in getting a job in the human resource department of Squirrel Tech Company.

Sharda’s induction into this department of her choice was not easy. There was a stiff opposition from within the human resource department at STC. The existing clique did not want an additional intervention. They had fortified their comfort zone in the human resource department. The work in this department was to maintain a routine. Dynamism and change was resisted. Sharda had to break into this status quo. Her aspiration was not only important to Sharda, but she even had an urgency. She had always wanted to be a career woman. She linked a job at STC to her professional wellness. In the changing social scenario, a career woman made more sense not only in her house, but also for marriage alliances. She knew her wellness depended on her being perceived as a resource person at home. The timing was also of urgency because she conducted dance classes in the evenings, in her neighbourhood. The HR department of STC was in her neighbourhood and a vacancy and recruitment happens very rarely to this branch and unit. The chance may not come again. The time saved everyday and the convenience of commuting added to the perceived wellness. Her encouragement of the dance classes made her well founded in the physical fitness and additional talent.

Sharda was rebuked by the existing Human Resource Personnel. Sukumar gave leadership to the ninety-two people who worked in this department. Unanimously they could make a new recruit’s working day very miserable experience.  Sharda had to strategize. She knew the clique functioned to satisfy their vested interests, over and above that of the company. The lack of appropriate training to the other departments of STC did not bother them.

No innovation was introduced in the Human resource practices, in the last four years. The clique of people, who is driving their personal agenda at the cost of collective labour happiness, was impediment to the image of STC, as a good company to work in.

Sharda had to position herself as a protagonist, if not, for anything else but at least, to procure a job in the HR department of STC.

Harrison  Anand bumped into Sharda at the gate. She was having a squabble with the security guards. They wanted information about her which was irrelevant. They refused the entry pass. Harrison Anand could not, but observe the intensity and the attitude of an activist in this woman. She was full of integrity and conviction. She knew cause and most of all, she was polite. Harrison Anand the CEO of STC, called her to be interviewed, by his personal staff.

Sharda was given the job of choice with in a week. The interview of Sharda was easy, because they were well-informed about her traits in negotiation with the guards.

Sharda soon analysed the stagnation of Human resource department. She had to dismantle the reinforced emotional home of lethargy and apathy of Sukumar’s loyalists.Under his influence, the entire ninety-two people would work against the progressive policies. In all, they themselves were victims of unhealthy corporate and professional behaviours.

Sharda caring for the other workers in the company, readjusted the welfare schemes, so as to benefit the workers. This sharing of company’s wealth with its employees invigorated their loyalties towards sharda’s policies, away from the emotional bullying of Sukumar.

She opened up many avenues for all the employees to benefit from the company through equities. Job securities and critical feedback possibilities became encouraged.

The workers experienced a new-found ownership of their own daily activities. They became eager to contribute time and talent to the well-being of the company as a whole. But yet Sharda chose to do more intervention. She had already achieved wellness, welfare and was well founded.

Now through additional investment training and fund management opportunities, Sharda’s people of STC became well-to-do families and town ship.

She then had to take care of the personal growth of the people. The Squirrel Tech Co, CEO, Mr. Harrison Anand read out Sharda’s recommendation during a review meeting. The proposal was carefully researched and studied. The board then sanctioned the development of the meditation centre in the township. The Department of Training in Pranayama and Yoga Asanas was commissioned. The personal well-being of all the people of STC became a reality. The practicality and implementation power of Sharda’s intention became noteworthy.

In her address to the people, she dedicated all her capabilities, to her ability to meditate and practice a lifestyle of personal progress and development. Sharda demonstrated a well-to-do, welfare, wellness, well founded and finally well-being.

THE POETRY OF TIME

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Her hand is in a cast. The pure white plaster is hiding much pain. Her friends cannot see an injury. They move towards her white plaster with a pen to write a greeting or just even put a signature. The white cast has now a colourful and decorated exterior. Remona has to display a smile that matches the flexibility of colours on the bandage cast.

Inside her, Remona is seeking relief from the pain. The physical pain inside the fracture is intolerable. To whom will she disclose her mental agony…? The smile is deceptive but she is compelled to appear happy.

The memory of the hurt when he walked away pulsates in her eyes. The rain that is showering in an oblivious, Remona does not seem to be able to cleanse the wound in her memory.

Wet clothes, Remona has no destination to her journey. She is walking to leave the past. Any step she takes forward is success as it is one step further from break up. Rustin had got under her skin. He was a passion for Remona. He was the reason for her existence. She cared for Rustin more than anything else. Remona did not have anything more, that she could give to this relationship.

The blues and the gazals, all celebrated her story. The festivity of the listeners was evident in their applause. But the unseen fact is that it is not the story of the singer or the listener. Not of the performer or the consumer. The story is put in front of the judges and yet it is not their story.

The story is of Remona, who is helpless and vulnerable. Remona looked in to the theatre from the outside window. Wet from the rain outside, she saw that thousands of people are entertained by her story. Remona can only be a witness. Resourceless she attempt to seek a reason. Any reason would do, so that she can reconcile. There wasn’t   any rational to the pain. Only recourse was a breakdown and a cry. But that was also luxury that Remona could not afford. Breakdown to whom or what. Who is to see or to listen? Even Rustin is preoccupied with events. The world beyond Rustin is preoccupied in their own times.

A small and tiny world exist called Remona.

The rain stopped, but the chill and cold exposed her tenderness. The breeze could have waited for a dry day. But the breeze chose the difficult times to caress the shivering Remona.

The extreme has begun. Remona held on longer. She had not yet treated her battered hand. The fracture pain did not show up over and above her emotions. Remona became quiet.

Inside her gushed a flood. A flood of silence. Inside her blossomed a light. A light of sight. She wasted the fullness of mind. She became mindless. A beautiful mindlessness. No thought or word or form.

Every drop of water became a shower. Every sight became sunshine. The grass was greener and flowers full yellow. The snail in the lawn moved faster than sound. The voice of the birds as loud as ocean waves. Remona discovered something strange and alien. She was still living. Something has refused to perish.

The ants crawled on her feet. The sensation and the bite of the ant were overwhelming.

The overbearing pain of the mosquito bite seemed the only pain she has. The moment became real for Remona. The decayed leaves and the rusting objects seem to stare back at Remona. They are telling a story. They are performing for Remona. She opened up to the story in her environment. She was entertaining herself. The circumstances seemed to be paying the price. The nature around Remona remained steady in rendering itself. Remona has found the recourse. She agreed to choose the stance.

She agreed to cry out loud. The solace did not belong to her. Remona giggled as she was entertained. Remona did not own the story. The author inside Remona came alive. She chose to embrace life. There was no Rustin anymore. She looked again and again but could not see Remona. The story of living was setting and the stability of life began rising.

The wakefulness did not compromise. Alertness shown at its best and awareness settled in the depth. The senses stopped its betrayal. The warmth is calling out to Remona. She turned around and blushed. She knew him all along. He was never a stranger. It was Justin .They met for the first time. Remona held on to Justin. Only for a whole moment. The moment called ‘poetry of time’.

NATION BUILDING

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We need to know the importance of becoming a volunteer. You must have experienced boredom; you must have experienced feeling lonely. So, the best antidote for boredom and loneliness is to learn to become a volunteer.

Does this need education? Perhaps, yes, because our education system since childhood, has not taught us to contribute, it has only taught us to consume. Our education system is so founded on learning by-heart, by root system; finally it is about writing an exam, passing and getting a certificate; thereby certifying you to do a certain function. So, this type of education does not care for  values, ethics, morals and integrity.

To develop the values such as integrity, moral and ethics, one has to start contributing than consuming and this needs education and training. The mind is conditioned such that you got to be a contributor or a consumer.

Do you want to be a liability or an asset to your society? Do you want to be a support to your house or be someone who continues to demand attention and acknowledgment from the people inside the house?

This is a decision that you have to take.  So, as a volunteer, the word itself suggests that it is something voluntary that means something that you contribute without compulsion. So, to volunteer for nation building, you need to get interested in things that happen in your country. You can choose a subject to lend your talent voluntarily- service and time. If the subject is the country, then you need to understand the demography, the social milieu, what goes into constructing your country, its ethos, its culture and its tradition. Now that you have decided to voluntarily participate in nation building, you need to acquire the appropriate skills. To be able to acquire appropriate skills, you need to learn, to participate and to interact. And to do this, you need to have an interest; you need to engage in areas where you can exchange your learning.

Volunteering for common cause; identify it first!

Firstly, you have a responsibility to learn where you can contribute. You cannot sit inside the house or sit on a fence and think that the entire world will become your entertainers to capture your interest and engage you in some activity and give you solace and comfort when you are in depression, loneliness and boredom. This is becoming the biggest compromise that we make to our own self development and our country. Primarily you need to identify your impediments to learn where you can contribute.

The objective of nation building is to create a country where everybody lives in harmony. Now the question is, was there a harmony at any given point of time in this country? Yes, perhaps, cultural camaraderie   and traditional commonality may have given a semblance of harmony. If that is the case then, you have to discover what the intervention that disturbed the harmony of cultural and traditional commonality. Then, there is something called a fabric that holds the social milieu together.

Once, you have discovered the intervention that has disrupted the harmony and potentially brought it to an area of confrontation, and then your objective is to clear that intervention of its conflicts and confrontation. So that harmony, brotherhood and oneness, progress and social upliftment become the objective and that is the only way for anyone to participate in nation building and to volunteer their services.

If there was no ethos holding the society together in harmony earlier, then in the context of future progress, you have to create a trendy harmony, a trendy ethos that everyone can participate.

If you were to call integrity, values, ethics and moral as good, then you have to find a way to organize these things. Once this is organized, then, on the other side is the discontentment, disgruntlement, too much demand, no rationale, too much emotional surges etc, all these can be made into the fringe, then you have a clear idea of what is harmony and disharmony and what is good and bad.

Once you have identified the good, and organized the good, then, you have to deliver the good.   Goodness organized and delivered is ‘GOD’. So godliness is nothing but goodness organized and delivered. After having eliminated the other tendencies of encroaching, capturing, captivating, dominating and demanding unfairly, goodness has to be organized on one side and delivered. Then the other things, the fringe will simply vaporize. Your objective should be to vaporize fringe.