Savvy Raj

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The Art & The Artist

The above clip is my dedication to my dear mother. They are a compilation from her own set of artworks dated around 55 years back in time or more.

The reason I share this is to encourage people to see possibilities in creativity and how it can soulfully connect us all, through creative enrichments.

To give you the background…my mother had and still has a fine sense of design and her drawings always had an artistic flow. But unfortunately the daily grind of life and living took its toll and art and creativity was pushed into the background perhaps not realizing the innate talents. But the truth is, a lot happens in appreciation than in indifference.

So her skills were lying untapped and unrecognized. In time as I grew up and while on a visit to my maternal grandparents home in the village, I chanced upon her collection of drawings and paintings stacked in the attic gathering dust in complete ignorance.

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The moment I saw them I knew they have to be brought out to see the light of the day… although sadly it was personally disheartening, to see many of the beautiful pieces made on paper, crackling and crumbling in time.

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I brought them back with me to the city and took pictures of what was left of it and tried to salvage it piecing them together.

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By then I was encouraged by friends and relatives who saw and deeply appreciated them too.

I hit upon the idea of creating a video clip using technology to enhance her original design sense. Yes, they are not as good as her original artworks, for technology is way too perfect to bring out the joy of uniqueness in the human hand.

Yet it is my humble attempt to value the time spent in creating by her own hand with the limitations of the resources available to her in those times.

There are far too many paintings, so I pieced them like a kaleidoscope of sorts to get a sense of her artistic endeavours.

Many times we fail to see the hidden talents in our loved ones. We relate with them for years and hardly know the depth of who they truly are.

Art has a way of bringing out the brilliance of the light within us by bridging gaps in our understandings but also opening new perspectives of thinking.

Today is the day I was born, and one of the ways I choose to celebrate it, is by dedicating this post to my dear mother Anjana.

Thank you, mom, for the beauty you create, being who you are! God bless.

Savvy


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Art of Management

Here are 5 R’s of Coaching

& Conflict Resolution.

Recognize
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. So a team or an organization is more than just the number of individual members put together.

Reframe

To bring different factions into consideration and consensus it is necessary to reframe the issues in a more inclusive way that speaks for one and all. It is important to validate the needs and apprehensions of all to find common ground.

Reconcile:
All are parts of an interdependent system.
So every move impacting one will impact one and all.

Remember :
The strength is in the interconnects.

So think beyond the immediate self and work towards envisioning & understanding the larger picture.

Resolve :

Be inclusive and expansive.

Be mindful to be positively impactful.

In every organization whenever there is a need to examine the pressing issues of individual human nature and/ or behaviour in a team and come to a resolution, it is mindful to be aware of the surfacing of hidden dynamics at play in communication and its impact on personal /professional relationships.

Any mediation is after all a process of balancing the ways of engaging, managing and productively finding resolutions that can help make a positive difference towards peace and goodwill.

Savvy


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Trust yourself

Trust another but more importantly trust yourself and know, that it will never let you fall!

Savvy


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Making it matter

Saw this the other day… I don’t know who originally wrote it but it’s brilliant

”Every minute someone leaves this world behind.
We are all in “the line” without knowing it.
We never know how many people are before us.
We can not move to the back of the line.
We can not step out of the line.
We can not avoid the line.

So while we wait in line –

Make moments count.
Make priorities.
Make the time.
Make your gifts known.
Make a nobody feel like a somebody.
Make your voice heard.
Make the small things big.
Make someone smile.
Make the change.
Make love.
Make up.
Make peace.
Make sure to tell your people they are loved.
Make sure to have no regrets.
Make sure you are ready.”


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Path of the Gentle

I love the power of these words.

So profoundly inspiring that I had to share.

“I choose gentleness…
Nothing is won by force.
I choose to be gentle.
If I raise my voice may it be only in praise.
If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer.
If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.”

Max Lucado

Truly beautiful and I deeply appreciate the profound strength of gentleness.

Gentleness is strength of the being

Rendered with softness

It is the power of compassion

That cares to bring the truth

Correcting the tone with care

So that it is well received.

Gentle are bravehearts

Without violence.

A gentle soul intends in goodwill.

Gentleness is a way of life

The path of the gentle

May not be easy

Being gentle is a choice you make.

Savvy


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On the brink and beyond

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Stepping beyond the comfort zone

Is a dare to trust the given chance

A step is all it takes to get on

As the soul readies for a spirited dance

Knowing nothing that is beyond this now.

A blind conviction

To reach the unknown and how

Is a story of guts and gumption

The moment is all there is at hand

To test the strength at bay

And explore far away land

Flowing along with a heart that shows the way.

All this life is a test of will

To transcend the levels known

As you climb the mountain and hill

Being in touch with natures own…

Life may be a challenge at work and play

Do love this life to connect with care

Every moment is given in every night and day

To live in this now and heart fully share…

Your life is a pattern of living

That you choose on your own

So rise to the unique moments

Sharing the joys you have known.

Savvy


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Bravehearts

Life is beautiful and yet challenging in itself!

We define our life

In how we respond to life.

In moments of merriment to melancholy.

The changes bring along the challenges.

And in it is the wisdom of the now.

To remember the interdependence

And know we are not alone!

To know life is simpler in the letting go!

Many deep-rooted issues that we choose to bury within manifest themselves in time as diseases of the mind and body.

We are better off in the sharing…

When things are too tough to handle

There is no point in holding it all.

The remedy is never in suppression.

But our world is happier wearing masks

In its facades the truth submerges

Only to rise like a Phoenix

Unexpectedly at the most inopportune of times.

Time to accept our vulnerabilities,

And find the strength from it.

Commend a share from the heart.

Support and appreciate their efforts.

Build a sense of community to help

For the truth is we are all in it together.

The healing is in the sharing
In the very ability to share
The first step of healing begins
For often in brushing under the carpet
The debris gets collected in time
And manifests grief in unexpected ways…
In the very vulnerability of life
Is the strength of living.

Kudos to ‘Brave-hearts’ for sharing their stories.
For it can inspire hope to someone somewhere…
Who needs to know, all is well in life and living
And hope is here to stay!

Savvy