Fear of the unknown

Life mostly takes us to the cross roads of options and opportunities when we are most comfortable, and to leave the comfort zone for the unknown is frightening. Fear leads to the dark side, says Yoda and true it is. Most of the time it is the fear of loss or the fear of the unknown that’s keeps everyone from being successful in life. Most of the NLP practitioners or those who treat people through hypnosis and similar self enhancement and improvement techniques will tell you that the only problem with most people is FEAR.

The author of “Who Moved My Cheese” puts are very precise question to tackle any problem in life, its simple, yet much more difficult to understand and adapt. The question is “What would you do if you were not afraid?” Its hard for those in power to even imagine being powerless. The fear of loosing power leads to dirty politics and conspiracies. Businesses and the big guys of wall street fear loosing wealth and stock leading to all kinds of misconduct and deceit. Patents are created not to protect intellectual property rather out of fear of loosing material gains.

Fear can be said to be the main cause of all problems. The fear of losing a job, fear of a place or person or being, fear of heights, fear of speaking the truth, fear of losing love or loved ones, fear of losing a home, fear of  the boss, fear of doing business etc. This fear result in anxiety, stress, depression and many other illness as well. Once this fear is understood and overcome problems are resolved.

The Quran has often mentioned believers and praised them. However, it begins with the mention of the believers on the unknown. To have faith in destiny and the creator is one the basic belief of Islam followed by all other good deeds. This belief and faith is the very foundation stone that suppresses the fear of the unknown in human being. We humans are prone to worry and quick in creating the worst of what could happen by just imagination which later brings about the mood swings in daily life.

The difference between knowledge and wisdom is quite simple. It is all about understand the knowledge and its application to conquer the fear if the unknown with faith. Faith in the human being and in being human is disperses fear and leads to tolerance and communal harmony. Change is always constant and this very fact is explained by nature to mankind time and again. Once the mind is free from the fear of the unknown, it will adapt to change with most ease and embrace the way of nature itself in keeping pace with constant change throughout the life.

The wonderful book “Who Moved my Cheese”, is all about anticipating change in a way that the mind and body is prepared for it before hand and when the times draws near one can easily plunge into the most fearful of thoughts to overcome the fear. The book is just wonderful and is recommended for everyone because the cheese never stays the same and as time goes by one must be prepared to look for new cheese, let go the fear of loosing the old one quickly adapt to change.

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Photography Tips

Research your subject
Practice for the unpredictability of wild birds by photographing falcons and eagles at raptor, nature, or wildlife centers. Study their movements and flight patterns to learn how to best capture pictures of them.

Be ready to shoot
Blend with the scenery. Remain motionless so the birds grow used to your presence. Camouflage or neutral clothing is useful but not essential. Aim and prefocus your camera at a spot where action is likely to occur. Have the viewfinder near your face and your finger poised over the shutter button so that you’ll be ready to take a picture as soon as the right moment presents itself. This is where the patience comes in.

Place the point of interest off-center
Your pictures will be more interesting if your point of interest, the bird, is not in the center of the picture. Place the horizon a third of the way down from the top (or up from the bottom) of the frame. Or put the birds a third of the way in from the left or right. Experiment until you find a composition that appeals to you.

Take lots of pictures
Take lots of pictures to increase your chance of capturing just the right moment. Even the pros take lots of pictures and think nothing of filling a memory card just to get that one great shot.

Pan your camera
For a creative effect, follow the bird’s action (pan) with your camera and press the shutter button while still moving the camera. Your subject will be sharp, but the background will blur indicating speed.

Zoom and flash
Take caution when photographing wild birds. They might have a nest nearby and could abandon the area if humans encroach upon them. They may even attack you, so use a zoom lens to get close. If you’re using an SLR camera, try a powerful accessory zoom flash to extend the reach of your flash out to 30 or even 40 feet. The flash will brighten the bird and
leave the background darker.

Fill in with flash
If the birds are resting in a shadow and the scenery behind them is in sunlight, turn on the flash to balance out the scene. This also reduces harsh shadows on their faces. For snapshot cameras, the maximum flash range will be about 10 feet.

Tips by KODAK

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Story of Appreciation

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.

He passed the first interview, the director did the last interview, made the last decision.

The director discovered from the CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research,
Never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked,
“Did you obtain any scholarships in school?”
The youth answered “none”.

The director asked,
” Was it your father who paid for your school fees?”
The youth answered,
“My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.

The director asked,
” Where did your mother work?”
The youth answered,
“My mother worked as clothes cleaner.
The director requested the youth to show his hands.
The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

The director asked,
” Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?”
The youth answered,
“Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books.
Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said,
“I have a request. When you go back today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.*

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid.

The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence and his future.

After finishing the cleaning of his mother’s hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, asked:
” Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?”

The youth answered,
” I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes’

The Director asked, ” Please tell me your feelings.”

The youth said,
Number 1,
I know now what is appreciation. Without my mother, there would not the successful me today.
Number 2,
By working together and helping my mother, only I now realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done.
Number 3,
I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationship.

The director said,
” This is what I am looking for to be my manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired.

Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team. The company’s performance improved tremendously.

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop “entitlement mentality”and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parent’s efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, who may be good academically, may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel sense of achievement. He will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying the kid instead?

You can let your kid live in a big house, give him a Driver & Car for going around, Eat a Good Meal, learn Piano, Watch a Big Screen TV. But when you are Cutting Grass, please let them experience it. After a Meal, let them Wash their Plates and Bowls together with their Brothers and Sisters. Tell them to Travel in Public Bus, It is not because you do not have Money for Car or to Hire a Maid, but it is because you want to Love them in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will Grow Grey, same as the Mother of that young person. The most important thing is your kid learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done..

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The Ant and the Grasshopper

The US Version

Ant & Grasshopper :

The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The Grasshopper thinks the Ant is a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away.

Come winter, the Ant is warm and well fed. The Grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.

The INDIAN Version

The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The Grasshopper thinks the Ant’s a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering Grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the Ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

NDTV, BBC, CNN show up to provide pictures of the shivering Grasshopper next to a video of the Ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

The World is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be that this poor Grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Arundhati Roy stages a demonstration in front of the Ant’s house.

Medha Patkar goes on a hunger strike along with other Grasshoppers demanding that Grasshoppers be relocated to warmer climates during winter.

Amnesty International criticizes the Indian Government for not upholding the fundamental rights of the Grasshopper.

The Internet is flooded with online petitions seeking support to the Grasshopper.

The BJP stages a walkout in Parliament and demands an apology from Sonia Gandhi.

Left parties call for a “Bharat Bandh” in West Bengal and Kerala demanding a Judicial Enquiry.

CPM in West Bengal immediately passes a law preventing Ants from working hard in the heat so as to bring about equality of poverty among Ants and Grasshoppers.

Mamata Banerjee allocates one free coach to Grasshoppers on all Indian Railway Trains, aptly named as the ‘Grasshopper Rath’.

Finally, the Judicial Committee drafts the ‘Prevention of terrorism Against Grasshoppers Act’ [POTAGA], with effect from the beginning of the winter.

Arjun Singh makes ‘Special Reservation’ for Grasshoppers in Educational Institutions & in Government Services.

The Ant is fined for failing to comply with POTAGA and having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, it’s home is confiscated by the Government and handed over to the Grasshopper in a ceremony covered by NDTV.

Arundhati Roy calls it ‘A Triumph of Justice’.

Lalu-Mulayam call it ‘Socialistic Justice’.

CPM calls it the ‘Revolutionary Resurgence of the Downtrodden’.

The Grasshopper is invited to address the UN General Assembly.

Many years later…

The Ant has since migrated to the US and set up a multi-billion dollar company in Silicon Valley ..

100s of Grasshoppers still die of starvation despite facilities somewhere in India ..

As a result of loosing lot of hard working Ants and feeding the Grasshoppers, India is still a developing country!!!

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