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Nov 24, Monday: Gratitude

1. Peace
The sense of peace knowing you are doing something that goes with your morals and ethics is an amazing feeling. Feeling it often even more so.

2. Random Encounters
Sometimes, you have conversations you don’t expect. Sometimes, you have chats you don’t prepare for. Life is full of this randomness and spontaneity- loving it!

3. Excitement of the Future
Knowing that there is something very exciting lying ahead of you yet not knowing what IT is… great place to be!

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A random act of kindness

Last year, I tried an experiment– many of you emailed me about it- I was overwhelmed as to how many people it reached.

This year, I am gonna urge you to watch this video. Remember, what goes around comes around- it’s karma.

BeIf we want to be the sort of people who are surrounded by other kind people, by other considerate people, by other fabulous people, we need to become one ourselves.

So peeps, stay awesome!

Much love, kindness and happiness to all.

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The Perfect Country

The other day, Tigger and I were discussing the perfect country! The conversation came up because of my political ambitions, of her political ambitions and of the stupidity we saw around us…

I think people are choosing to get worse (read, stupider) every day- I want to live in a country where religion doesn’t matter, where skin colour ain’t an issue, where people enjoy the sunshine and the rain, where the focus is on love and peace and not so much on corruption, a place where workaholism is the way because people are working towards a vision and not because the society forces them to be, a place where people are driven by their sense of duty willingly, a place where a smile is the way we acknowledge the beauty that is life.

I realised that is a dream- I was out for dinner the other day and a lady had an issue with a previously Catholic only school accepting Islamic girls. She expected the Islamic ladies to adapt but wanted no change or acceptance from the convent- seriously, adaptability and acceptance of difference is what we need to be promoting! If people keep focusing on the differences by religion, caste, colour, creed, race and not by virtue of values, if people are taught to focus on what makes others different and not what makes us the same, if people are taught to judge by a scale that is not value based, how can we really grow?!

Cmon people, grow up- realise, we need to start embracing change and accepting differences because every day, the world is changing!

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Pass it on!

I am VERY keen to try an experiment- I don’t know how many of you will do it, but I would urge everyone to try their best.

I have a theory- a theory that makes logical, simple sense- if we all passed on a smile, an act of kindness, a cheerful word and didn’t focus on the negative and how it could be better, we would be happier and this would eventually lead to more harmony and peace amongst us all. So today, I want to try and make a change- a change that starts from you and me and I really, really, really urge you to help me here by spreading the word, please.

What I want you to do is go out and be kinder than usual- especially to a random stranger and do it not because I am requesting you but because of the sense of happiness and contentment you will feel… it’s really not that difficult- here are a few suggestions of what you could do.

And remember, the law of happiness and kindess states that “What goes around, comes around”

If you can share your stories with me (via email, twitter or blog), I would really, really, really appreciate it.

Thank you for being SO awesome and kind 🙂

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Let us fight, let us unite

I have heard some amazing speeches in my life- some in person, some on the radio, some on telly and many on youtube, thanks to technology.

I have talked about Baz Luhrman’s graduation speech, Steve Job’s commencement speech and so many other but this one just takes the cake, and possibly the baker too- powerful words, spoken many years ago, still so true!

Even if you aren’t a Charlie Chaplin fan (errr, get your head checked), please take the 4 odd minutes to hear these words, it’s worth it.

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What can we do?!

When I think back to 1946 and a group of students getting together to deal with the aftermath of WW2, they started AIESEC– an organisation to unite the world, to transcend boundaries and to exchange cultures and thoughts. To a great extent they succeeded, they have penetrated through huge societal barriers, they have created youth leaders, they have united a lot of people but the happenings of today make me wonder just how much have we really impacted the world around us?

Yes, I question this cult like organisation that has achieved so much and changed so many lives. But I also know if it weren’t for this organisation, things would be worse, much worse, infinitely worse. Every drop in the ocean counts and this organisation has changed many lives. I alone have been changed and have passed the effect on to some others and this trickles forward…

But is this the time to think of new ways of doing things- moving, traveling, working in other countries despite the red tape and bureaucracies has become easier for those with the means. We need to focus on a different level of the society now- the level that is inspired by all the images flashed on the telly, the level that thinks someone’s life has no meaning, the level that wants to reach higher but is not guided correctly. Programs like Junior Achievement do wonders, but sadly, they haven’t had the reach needed. There was another program in South Africa that tried to bridge the gap and I am not sure how it is doing now. I genuinely believe it is time to reach out to those who are caught in the gap between wanting to achieve all that they have been told defines success and not being told what needs to be done! But who is responsible for this? And how can we do this?

Part of me wonders, have we, as a society, gotten so involved in the lives of our own and perhaps, if they are lucky, the lives of our immediate ones that we have forgotten our responsibility to the community? I am ashamed to say I am the same- I don’t even know my neighbours- I may not even recognise them walking on the street! Is this really the way to peace and is this really way to celebrate life?!

I know I am ranting, repeating myself but I am wound up, I don’t even have a concrete idea of what we could do. Almost all my sensible friends are talking about it at some level, almost all  of them want to do something, but what?!

On a sidenote, I think people getting together to clean up is a great sign of solidarity- but the cynic in me wonders how long will it last?! And why do we need an atrocity before we get together, every single time?

I lament, what can we do? What can I personally do to affect a change? I wish I knew.

Peace to the world. May I wake up to a calmer planet- be it Syria, Libya, Egypt, India, Pakistan, United Kingdom or any other place facing some turmoil, any turmoil- natural or manmade.

In MJ’s words, heal the world, make it a better place.

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