Monday, October 29, 2007

A Blog After Aeons

It must be ages since I have sat down and actually WRITTEN. There was a time when I used this forum to discuss my views and thoughts on the world around me. But nowadays, each time I want to write something to voice my "opinion", I wonder: "Does it really matter?"

And after much thought and no interest I say: "FCUK it!"

Simply... The Greatest

A collection of quotes from one of my favourite athletes. Even if he were nothing else, what a collection of words!

  • Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.
  • He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
  • I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want.
  • It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.
  • It's not bragging if you can back it up.
  • Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams — they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do — they all contain truths.
  • The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses — behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.
  • To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are.
  • To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.
  • Wisdom is knowing when you can't be wise.
  • If my mind can conceive it; and my heart can believe it - then I can achieve it.
  • Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.
A mixture of self-knowledge, ego, humility, confidence, dashing personality and some very true words.

Above all, my favourite of the entire set was the one given below; a truth that almost the entire world has turned its back upon.

Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.


Source: Wikiquotes

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Cost of A Lesson

"There's a truth that's deeper than experience. It's an order of truth that separates the profound from the merely clever, and the reality from the perception. We're helpless, usually, in the face of it; and the cost of knowing it, like the cost of knowing love, is sometimes greater than any heart would willingly pay. It doesn't always help us to love the world, but it does prevent us from hating the world. And the only way to know that truth is to share it, from heart to heart, just as Prabaker told it to me, just as I'm telling it to you now.

I had read these words from the book Shantaram for the first time on Vijaya's blog. I never could grasp the meaning fully. I read the book. I did not completely understand the meaning of the words. After the course of the last few days, after the lunch with Shru and the events thereafter, while on a trip to Kerala yesterday, the meaning dawned upon me.

It dawned that I didn't hate. I didn't hate the situation, I didn't hate the people involved, I didn't hate my fate/destiny.

There was a strange sense of acceptance of the situation for what it is and a focus on my own path ahead instead of fretting about the way life panned out.

It's been a high price to pay to learn this lesson.

But probably it is a fair price, since a lifetime ahead awaits and I have to walk it by myself.

It's a truth deeper than reason. Whilst the reasons for it may be unknown, I don't think it is important to me anymore. I seem to have found the solutions I needed.

Just as Prabaker said it to Lin, just as Lin's words said to me, and now I am saying it to you:

Life goes on. And priorities keep changing. There's only so much a person can do. After that, acceptance is the only solution.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Aadat

Another year passed by.
I stood and watched the seasons turn.
The sun rose and the sun set.
I stood on the rocks watching the sky go from a early cyan to a late fire.

The ego chipped a bit more.
The angry young man mellowed.
However the questions still remain.
Theres no closure yet for the unasked questions.

Iv read about people wanting fresh starts.
Let me join the wanters.

My perceptions of life altered dramatically over the last year,
I stand without a reference point now.

Not knowing the past,
Nor the coming future.
Each day of the present, I die a silent death.

Someone looking will wonder whats the torment for someone who has it all.
For all the right words I know, cannot seem to put my finger on the reason.

Waqt se pehle, taqdeer ke bina...
Kuch nahi hota.

Till I search, till I find, I shall walk on.
Walk on with hope in my heart.

With all the ego breakers... this man also learnt patience in tough times.
And tough times never last. But tough people do.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

The Sony Way

Someday, I want to work for a man like this. Someday, I hope I become the understanding manager, instead of a logical autocrat.