Savvy Raj

Live Life Lovingly!


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Life and Living

Very nice article by Late Khushwant Singh. Preserve this . ūüėä

How To Live & Die

I‚Äôve often thought about what it is that makes people happy‚ÄĒwhat 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 recreation‚ÄĒeating 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 one‚Äôs 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 life‚ÄĒrisen 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 you‚ÄĒgardening, 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. It‚Äôs 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, don’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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Art of Management

Part 2..


On Teams & Leadership

When teams align in purpose
Converging  energies by envisioning
Towards a a common mission.

Streamlining  the processes
Strengthening  the teams
With diversity &  inclusion

Acknowledge a natural fear that creeps in
With every  introduction or exit
Of a new or older member.

Allaying  their fears is allowing
Them to fuse and alloy together
In possibilities of their potential.

True mark  of leadership
Is in the evaluation and application
In guidance and course correcting

Leader paves the path ahead
Leading the way with trustfulness
Empathetic  of their vulnerabilities

Replacing fear with focus to forge ahead
Meeting doubts & insecurity with clarity
Taking decisions to ensure resolutions.

For Teams need empathy and respect
To survive the storms
Both in themselves  and their leader.

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 ourselves 

Personally speaking…

I turn to self reflection and solitude  walking in contemplative introspection, when I need to rebalance  and align myself , as in doing so I am able to understand and reconsider how difficult it has been, given the circumstances and I comfort myself by acknowledging that I have done my best.

I am grateful for this ability to write  and paint my heart away, and express myself through arts, just as much as being kinder and compassionate with myself.  For in every such moment,  I am learning  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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1500 WordPress Posts

WordPress says I have published 1500 posts!! Calls for a little celebration of this milestone and thankfulness in Gratitude  to you my dear readers in this journey together! ūüôŹūüėä

The Journey so far…
The simple act of writing a little everyday, penning down my thoughts and sharing with you all here, the time spent here, has been deeply rewarding in more ways than one. Yes, a moment of reckoning indeed of all those contemplative times.ūüôā

While some of you my readers have suggested me to focus on the monentary benefits of blogging, yet a few of you have appreciated my artworks and also suggested that I must compile a book in some of the kind comments you leave, which I will cherish for a lifetime. So thank you all for encouraging & supporting me right through…

As many of you my readers already know, I diligently practice writing a post every day for over three years now…

This is beautiful canvas space of expression for myself on all the little things that come my way and touch me one way or the other

The Vision Ahead …

I believe I am now ready to explore the idea of compiling a book of my writings. So I would truly love to hear from those of you who have walked the path of publishing your books.

Yes there is a lot of information on the internet about publishing, but I think to listen to you my readers, and hear your individual and unique wisdom garnered from your own experiences in publishing a book as a fellow writer would add a relevant perspective.

And secondly if you could share your thoughts of my writings, it would help in understanding more of what you envision of me as a writer.


Would you care to write and share about what are the steps to publish a book?
And as a reader if you have been following my posts here, what genre do you think my works could do well?
It would be really nice to learn from you all.
Do share your experiences, and leave tips for the road ahead in publishing a book if any.
It would be certainly be a step ahead.

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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Envisioning

When you begin to see the good

Life begins to feel good

What seems difficult is easier to bear

The burden seems to ease

As the way you perceive

Changes the equation

Colours seems to shine better

Moments begin to matter

Life seems to be more enjoyable

And every day begins & end better.

Keep seeing and sharing the good

There is so much of it after all!

Savvy


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On Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is the energy in the living

A beautiful state of flow in the being

Enthusiasm is often the reason for excellence

The challenge is in sustaining itself

From losing steam midway…

Perhaps due to lack of appreciation

Or motivation to be enthused

Making way for mediocrity

At work or at play.

Question is then how to be enthused

Into doing the same tasks differently

And break free from rut of routine

Very simple…

Stay hopeful, see life as a potential

Create the possibilities

It’s all in the way of envisioning

How you want to build your truths.

It’s all up to you!

Savvy


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Evolving with the changes

Change is inevitable, but you are the one in charge of how the change impacts you and how you respond to the changes.

Dare to dance with it! Dance with life!

Savvy


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Life & 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…

Some people, tell it like it is without mincing anything

And the truth in all its profound simplicity tugs your heartstrings…

Beautiful words
Written by
Sophia Loren (Actress)…

_” When I got enough confidence, the stage was gone‚Ķ.. When I was sure of Losing, I won‚Ķ‚Ķ. When I needed People the most, they Left me‚Ķ‚Ķ. When I learnt to dry my Tears, I found a shoulder to Cry on‚Ķ‚Ķ When I mastered the Skill of Hating, Someone started Loving me from the core of the Heart‚Ķ‚Ķ And, while waiting for Light for Hours when I fell asleep, the Sun came out‚Ķ.. That‚Äôs LIFE!! No matter what you Plan, you never know what Life has Planned for you‚Ķ‚Ķ Success introduces you to the World‚Ķ‚Ķ. But Failure introduces the World to you‚Ķ‚Ķ. ‚Ķ‚ĶAlways be Happy!! Often when we lose Hope and think this is the end‚Ķ God smiles from above and says, ‚ÄúRelax Sweetheart; It‚Äôs just a Bend, not the End..!”_

Worthy reminder indeed!

Worth taking a moment to be inspired by the truth of life and living in her words.

Here is another recent share about her …
Sophia Loren is returning to cinema after an 11-year absence. Loren, 86 stars in upcoming Netflix drama The Life Ahead, which is directed by her son, Edoardo Ponti.
At age 83, Oscar winner, Sophia Loren remains the epitome of la Dolce Vita and glamour. Although recognized as one of the most beautiful woman in the world, the Italian Icon is equivalently known as the woman who dared to challenge traditional conventions of beauty in the 1950’s.

Every life has a unique story

Every living has a unique pathway

Savvy


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Purpose of being

There is always a reason

Nothing  is accidental

There is always purpose of being.

Let the purpose become bigger

At every step of the way

Remember you are creating ripples

That are expanding your purpose

Of living , of being who you are.

As you are meant to be.

In the infinite abundance of being.

Savvy


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Miracle of life

Every move we make

In acknowledgement

Of the infinite truths of life.

Of the abundance of nature.

Every step we take in harmony

In conscious awareness

Of the interconnections

Of the nature of our being.

If we only care to remember

How intrinsically intertwined

Is every life to another.

Such is the miracle of every life

Every sign , sound, symbol & shape

Every part of nature has a reason to be.

Interrelated in the river of time.

Envision potential in expansiveness

Of possibilities in inclusiveness.

Recognize the awe & wonder of life.

The miracle of every manifestation.

Savvy


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Guide & Compass

Life experiences…

Life plays on, making us experience  one moment after another.  Every day our experiences in living life, can become our guide and compass.

Every failure can be a lesson to learn  from and tread wisely with renewed perspectives. Every success can be an open door to more opportunities.

Life moves on
Look forward
Pause to rest, recover
And replenish the self
But be in tandem  with time
Dont get stuck in a time warp

Adapt with the changes
Move with grace along the way
Who knows, what’s awaiting
To greet you this next moment
Think well and live lovingly!

Savvy


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A reason to be

A short post and photograph caught my eye and I was drawn to pen a few words.
https://wp.me/p7CppQ-Cc
Thank you Mark Bierman for the wonderful  inspiration.

Life is what we see and make of it.

Life creates something out of nothing

And everything out of something.

The illusions in the envisioning


Are but reflections in the making


Of what is visible, so as to matter


To the purpose of the life within.

Charlie or you or me are as visible


As the sun, the sea or the stars


Partially seen and understood


In the giant plan

Each have an untold story


Each matter in their own way


Each have a reason to be


To each their own.

Savvy


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All of You Matters

As an employer, recruiting the right people for the job is extremely crucial for a successful recruitment.

While hiring
Your degrees may not matter that much
As much as…
Your integrity, sense of ownership and dedication at work.
Yes, the employers are seeking all of you, beyond the certifications
Your drive, your ability &  your commitment
Is visible in all that you say & do.



For it truly does not matter where you come from or what you know,
What matters is what you do with what you know.


Build the self to be aware, empathic and emotionally  intelligent beyond your degrees and specialization.

For even if degrees get you the job
It is your ability & adaptability that keeps you there.

Savvy Raj


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You are…

You are

All that you believe

All that you want to be

All that you choose to be

All your thoughts and deeds.

All your purpose and passion

All your deepest intentions

Enmeshed in the interconnects.

Of your life and living

As much as in the ebb and flow

Of the river of time.

You are

So much more….

Savvy