Savvy Raj

Live Life Lovingly!


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Yes

To life …. in all its dancing glory šŸ™‚

To being all that one can be!

To changing & evolving for the better

To creating hope & possibilities

To exploring the seemingly impossible

To envisioning the capabilities

For life is best lived in expression

Of all that one can be!

So yes to life and living!

Savvy


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Life and Living

Very nice article by Late Khushwant Singh. Preserve this . šŸ˜Š

How To Live & Die

Iā€™ve often thought about what it is that makes people happyā€”what one has to do in order to achieve happiness.

1- First and foremost is good health. If you do not enjoy good health, you can never be happy. Any ailment, however trivial, will deduct something from your happiness.

2- Second, a healthy bank balance. It need not run into crores, but it should be enough to provide for comforts, and there should be something to spare for recreationā€”eating out, going to the movies, travel and holidays in the hills or by the sea. Shortage of money can be demoralising. Living on credit or borrowing is demeaning and lowers one in oneā€™s own eyes.

3- Third, your own home. Rented places can never give you the comfort or security of a home that is yours for keeps. If it has garden space, all the better. Plant your own trees and flowers, see them grow and blossom, and cultivate a sense of kinship with them.

4- Fourth, an understanding companion, be it your spouse or a best friend. If you have too many misunderstandings, it robs you of your peace of mind. It is better to accept the differences than to be quarrelling all the time.

5- Fifth, stop envying those who have done better than you in lifeā€”risen higher, made more money, or earned more fame. Envy can be corroding; avoid comparing yourself with others.

6- Sixth, do not allow people to descend on you for gossip. By the time you get rid of them, you will feel exhausted and poisoned by their gossip-mongering.

7- Seventh, cultivate a hobby or two that will fulfill youā€”gardening, reading, writing, painting, playing or listening to music. Going to clubs or parties to get free drinks, or to meet celebrities, is a criminal waste of time. Itā€™s important to concentrate on something that keeps you occupied meaningfully.

8- Eighth, every morning and evening devote 20 minutes to meditation or introspection. In the mornings, 10 minutes should be spent in keeping the mind absolutely still, and for listing the things you have to do that day. In the evenings, five minutes should be set aside to keep the mind still and 10 to go over the tasks you had intended to do.

9- Ninth, donā€™t lose your temper. Try not to be short-tempered, or vengeful. Even when a friend has been rude, just move on.

10- Above all, when the time comes to go, one should go like a Person without any regret or grievance against anyone.

https://kitaab.org/2014/03/21/how-to-live-die-khushwant-singhs-10-rules/


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Discipline

Discipline may come from education.

But the ability to stay on path is a habit

Education may steer us to discipline.

But discipline takes dedication.

To adhere to the path on you own.

What do you think?

Savvy


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A Sufi Tale

A Sufi Tale:
A merchant from Baghdad entered a Sufi’s shop, which had essence jars on the shelves.
Marveling at the beauty of the place, he asked, “Sir, what is sold here?”
The Sufi replied, “The gifts of God”.

The merchant was surprised with the answer, & asked, “And how much do they cost?”
“Nothing, here all is for free”, said the Sufi, observing carefully, that the traveller could see the labels: “Jugs of Love”; “Jars of Faith”; “Packages of Hope”.

The merchant said, “A big jug of love, all the packages of hope & three jars of faith for me, my friends & my family”.

The Sufi carefully prepared the order & handed him a small box.
Surprised, the merchant exclaimed, “But, butā€¦. how can everything I have asked for, be in this tiny box?”

Smiling, the Sufi replied, ā€œIn God’s store, we do not sell fruits, only seeds. You have to sow them.
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In synch

When what you say
And what you do
Are congruent
The effect of your words & deeds
Radiates all around you in resonance.


It’s no wonder then that
In a world that seems so dissonant
Words and deeds need to synch.
In harmony of such synchrony
Faith and trust meet belief
And that’s what makes all the difference.

Savvy


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Why save bees?

Image credits Social Media

Perfect pollinators
Supporting the ecosystems
From wild flowers to food crops


For Interconnections run deep
With the plant and animal kingdom
As much as with all of life and living.

Its said, if bees become extinct as a species
We humans will cease to be, in just four years

They not only produce the nectar of life
Bees sustain the delicate balance
Of the environment of our world.

Savvy


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Life and Living

Whenever I come across a heart touching action, or a prose ,a poem or quote I will be sharing it here in this series…

Some people make the world a better place by their thoughts words and deeds...

When the sport turns to a dance…

When the feet move in a rhythm

All its own, in uniqueness

Artistry is acknowledged.

An Inspiring life

Friends
See, Brazil’s under 17 footbal coach Amadeu Carlos who is “just” 76 years old.
This is called Brazilian football magicā€¦
He proves “Age is just number.”
Amazing skill, energy and stamina.

This above information is social media forward, yet when decided, I wanted to learn more about him. I found that his age is misconstrued.Yet whatever the age, age is just a number, his skill is clear to see and that’s what is beautiful to see.

Here is a (wiki ) snapshot of his life and living.

Carlos Amadeu Nascimento Lemos was a Brazilian footballer and manager who played as a left back. He represented Bahia as a player before injury curtailed his career. He went on to have a managerial career which spanned almost thirty years.

This is how he sums up his country and its relationship with their favorite sport….ā€œIn Brazil when a child is born, the first gift for him is a ball. Our relationship with football is huge. We are a footballing nation and we like thatā€

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Illusory Perceptions

Power of suggestions

Shapes our perceptions

Perspectives are formed

Associations are conjured

What is , is not all.

Such is the illusions in the perceptions

Savvy


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Pathway to Sanity

Life can challenge us in the living

Each moment can throw us into a maze

That we need to go figure for ourselvesĀ 

Personally speaking…

I turn to self reflection and solitudeĀ  walking in contemplative introspection, when I need to rebalanceĀ  and align myself , as in doing so I am able toĀ understandĀ and reconsider how difficult it has been, given the circumstancesĀ and I comfortĀ myself by acknowledging that I have done my best.

I am grateful for this abilityĀ to writeĀ  and paint my heart away, and express myself through arts, just as much as being kinder and compassionateĀ with myself.Ā  For in every such moment,Ā  I am learningĀ  to be a better me.

I also find great solace in meditative movements and soulful dancing that help me bounce back to normalcy.

In difficult times what keeps you sane?

Savvy


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Time to regenerate

Night is a time ofĀ  regeneration
In acknowledgement of a pause
Of the needĀ  for rest and recovery
As the day blesses us with a night
Own the time to sense the rejuvenation
Slip into bliss of sleep,
In the oblivion of darkness
That slowly descendsĀ  on us all
Just be , knowingĀ  the night gives in to dawn
In a few hours more…
Be wise to unwindĀ  and unshackle.
Touch base with your soulspace
Refresh your entire being
To look forward and greet dawn againĀ  in hope

Savvy


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Dance of Nature


There is dance

In every leaf and flower

In every bud and bloom

In every twig and tree

In every turn and twist

Of natureā€™s creation.

There is the grace of uniqueness

Of wisdom beyond compare

All knowing, all pervading

To this Omnipresence ā€¦
I bow in Gratitude to this Grace.šŸ™

Savvy


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Finding Time

Ultimately it all about finding time

For a…

A little laughter to keep you light

A little kindness along the way

A little walk for your good health

A little whiff of fragrance divine

A little tune to hum through the day

A little step to carry it through

A little tap down the memory lane

All to align you to your happiest self

Savvy


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Align in Harmony

Inner peace eventually,

Leads to external peace.


Peace is the way.

Align in Harmony

Savvy


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Love it!

The vibrant energy of joyfulness creates a feeling of enthusiasm and wellbeing.

If we can bring it upon ourself to sense joy for what is, we will find it manifests where ever we are, in one way or the other, in more ways than one.

The ability to alter our attitude towards life is directly proportional to the way we experience life.

We are what we think and our behavior is influenced by our perceptions of life and living.

If we wish we can choose to change

The way of thinking and sensing

Life evolves for the better along the way .

Savvy


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On Trust & Leadership

Leadership in teams.

If you have been leading teams at work…

How important do you think is a culture of trust to an enterprise and its growth?


How would it be possible to create, nurture & sustain trust in teams?


On a scale of 1 to 10 where do you think the team you lead,Ā  is in terms of trustfulness

Companies  spend a lot of their resources planning for engagements  that are geared towards trust building.
There are get togethers, team lunches, resort trips arranged,and social events organized to ensure  every one has a good time and build a rapport with each other.



Trust is a significant and valuable  trait to build into any functional  team.
And it is the responsibility  of the leader to create an atmosphere  for trust to follow through  in teams

What are the genuine  ways of trust building in teams?
What makes a team trust a leader?


Besides skills and abilities  to lead and show direction  to the team when in need, a leaders trust quotient increases  when they are ready to be vulnerable enough  to let the team understand  that after all we are together  through  the thick and thin.


Secondly it is important  for a leader to be able to cultivate a habit of  communication  in clarity that let’s the team understand  the intent for a plan.

More than anything  else, it makes  way for an authentic  and open culture of trustful action  and responses.


And speaking  of responses,  an effective  and efficient  leader will seek feedbacks to create a proper follow ups and follow through  of any intention.


Whenever a leader internalizes these  values as habits of  being authentic and vulnerable with their team , trust is born.

 In every effort taken towards creating a consistent  channel of communication with their team  trust is built. 


And while finding resolutions through  followups with timely responses  trust is sustained in the teams.


Great organization begins with teams that place value on trustfulness  as an important  part of the Growth mindset.

Savvy