Savvy Raj

Live Life Lovingly!


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A Matter Of Thought

They say it’s what you do that matters

But it’s the thought that counts

Can we choose one thought over other

Yes we can in mindfulness

Being aware is the first step

The choice rests with you

For you are your thoughts

As much as your deeds .

Savvy


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Art of Management

Team Management & Motivation Tips

If you are in a position of leadership and influence, consider it your responsibility to keep your team motivated consistently.

Every career experience is deeply significant in understanding and expanding your vision. As a Management Consultant & Mentor, my years as a Ballroom Dance Educator & Trainer have been truly insightful in understanding teamwork and collaboration and the values of direction and motivation from a leadership perspective in team performance.

Here are a few tips to manage & motivate your team.

Attitude: A team is a set of individuals who are meant to align towards a vision and mission.  Start of by getting the hiring process right. Hire the people with the right attitude.

Connection : Begin to connect with your team with genuine interest in their work plan, issues and tasks at hand.  You are more likely to understand the pain points, their strengths and find proper resolutions

Trust building : Building trust in your team starts with a leader who knows when to engage and when to back off.
Trust creates responsibility and makes team members accountable.

Safety : A team that is ensured, mental, physical, social, environmental safety feels well-supported.  Understand how important it is for every member to sense the safety so that your team can take steps with confidence.

Respect: Give respect to get respect.
Create a platform to collaborate without character assaults and biased opinions.Always remember there is the benefit of doubt.


Non-judgmental : Avoid & Reduce personal bias and judgements in assumptions from affecting your team.
Be inclusive and create a diversity in the team such that it becomes a source of strength.

Attention: Care to pay attention and nurture your team. Be available and wholly present to guide, mentor your teams through their tasks and issues. But reduce dependencies.

Appreciation: Last but not the least care to celebrate their small & large wins, take time to appreciate the good work.

Savvy


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Art Matters

We need arts to explore our potential and understand ourselves


For the study and practice of arts opens us to discover different perspectives.


Art patterns itself through  creativity
And art flourishes in appreciation  and patronage.


But art emotes from the depth of the soul and spirit in the sensing.


Art can salvage the broken and the indifferent souls.

As much as channel  the creative  genius to express from within.


Art is both an intervention as much as  intrainment experience.


When the soul speaks art renders.

Savvy


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Value of Values

A beautiful story share that tugs your heartstrings.

Remember Kenyan runner Abel Mutai who was just a few feet from the finish line, but became confused with the signage and stopped, thinking he had completed the race. Spanish runner, Ivan Fernandez, was right behind him and, realizing what was happening, started shouting at the Kenyan to continue running. Mutai didn’t know Spanish and didn’t understand. Realizing what was taking place, Fernandez pushed Mutai to victory.

A journalist asked Ivan, “Why did you do that?” Ivan replied, “My dream is that someday we can have a kind of community life where we push and help each other to win.”
The journalist insisted “But why did you let the Kenyan win?” Ivan replied, “I didn’t let him win, he was going to win. The race was his.” The journalist insisted, and again asked, “But you could have won!” Ivan looked at him and replied, “But what would be the merit of my victory? What would be the honor in that medal?
What would my Mother think of that?”

Values are passed on from generation to generation.


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On Self Care & Compassion

A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day.
A string of such moments can change the course of your life.”
– Chris Gerner

This very relevant quote came my way & I simply had to share ❤


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Passion & Perseverance

Have you ever wondered

What is it on your path

That makes you persevere

Like no tommorow

To keep giving all of you…

Something that is on the fringes

Something tangible and yet intangible

It is that which sparks you up

Nothing feels unbearable

Its as if your mind body & soul

Is finally integrated in the sensing

Of the brilliance at work

Beyond yourself.

You will know that when you meet

The purpose of your being

At some point in your life perhaps

In the most unexpected of ways

You will find in yourself

An energy summoned from within

To reckon with to persevere on.

Such is the dance of abundance

Of creation at play

Making life resonate to its cosmic ways…

Savvy


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Reality Bites

Acknowledgement is a step towards improvement.

Realizing the effects and the cause is relevant to change.

Our world is a gift we have in life

We are interweaved in this tapestry of life and living.

And we are strengthened in the interconnects in between.

Yet we have distanced ourselves

The advancements create gadgets of convenience

But humane care and connection is distanced

We behave as if we are entities self centric without consideration

Humanity in humans is deeply affected

But we are yet to understand

The consequences our actions

Truth is reality bites.

Yet hope is here to stay.

Savvy


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To all the dancers

To all the dancers and those who choose to waltz with life….

As dancers we are a lucky lot!
We are totally able to dance with time…
Move with it on time,
Or take the offbeat road to reverse and revel the joy of reflections in the rivers of time.

Savvy


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Giving meaning to life

Life and living…

Every life has a purpose all its own.

Life is what you make of it.

Make it memorable

Make it meaningful

Live to sense the magic of life.

Savvy


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The Paradox of Thinking

Overthinking can drive one insane
It came confound than simplify reality
Less thinking is more living.
Be full of life and live life lovingly.

For those who tend to overthink
As a part of their nature
Overthinking can be a disease
That affects us in more ways than one.

For in overthinking can be distracting
With no space between thoughts..
The trick is to quiet the mind
So it allows focus and clarity.

Overcome the addiction to overthink
Often the reason to ruin the now
Often the cause of magnified fear
Overcome the habit of overthinking.

The perils of overthinking
Is that it crowds the mind
Overcome the addiction
Before it begins to haunt you.

Breathe in the good energies
Think positive thoughts, worry less
As the mind has no time to be anxious
And find some space for peace of mind.

Savvy


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Pool of Peace

Sharing my artwork here with my musings on Peace.

In the forest of your mind
Wanders many creatures
Of thoughts,
Great and small
Playing the game
Vying for attention
Fighting for Survival
To be heard and to be listened to
To be acted upon and manifest itself.

Your history and future
Dancing a tango with each other
In this present moment
But in-between and betwixt…

There is a space of quiet
Of all pervading calm
Within lies a lake of stillness
Or call it a pool of peace.

A watering hole of wisdom
A centering space of simplicity
As all illusory creations of the mind
Partake in a regeneration.

As the thoughts refresh themselves
The mind collects itself once more
All is Serene and tranquil inches now
Peace pools in and life evolves…

Savvy


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On Empathy

Empathy is what empathy does.
Empathy cultivates bonds of trust.
Empathy speaks from understanding.
Empathy is not soft but sagacious.

Empathy promotes cooperation.
Empathy acknowledges with care.
Empathy shows consideration.
Empathy promotes goodwill.

Empathy Matters

Whenever there is empathy in action it is often mirrored by hearts and minds to create, generate, loving and caring thoughts as a response to the action.
Every empathic thought finds its way into expression through thoughts, words or deeds.

With increasing empathic thoughts and action there is unknowingly a connectedness,in valuing the interdependence in this web of life and living as a way of being. Empathy is truly a way of being and in these times of uncertainty, it is beginning to matter all the more in our life and living every day!

Savvy


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Your place in the sun

What does it take to live life well?

A whole lot of passion
To go after your dreams
A whole lot of perseverance
To achieve your intentions

A whole lot of patience
To wait out the storms.
A whole lot of common sense
To find your way around.

But most of all
A whole lot of thankfulness
And a whole lot of gratitude
To know your place in the sun.

Savvy


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Special to be ordinary!

Simply outstanding & thoughtworthy.

This message may change one’s attitude!

Do read it !!

1. Name the 3 wealthiest people in the world 2019.

2. Name the last 3 winners of the Miss Universe.

3. Name the last 3 people who won the Nobel Prize for Physics.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remembers the headlines of yesterday !!

Even though these people must be the best in their fields !!

Applause dies !!

Awards are tarnished and
achievements
are forgotten …..!!

Here’s another quiz:

Let’s see how this goes:

1. Name 3 Teachers who added your journey through school.

2. Name 3 friends who helped you through difficult times.

3. Name 3 people who taught you something worthwhile.

4. Name 3 people who make you feel special.

5. Name 3 People you enjoy spending time with.

Easier…..right?😊

The people who make a difference in your life are NOT the ones with prestigious awards and loads of money !!

Life is full of ordinary people who have made the world a better place for you !!

Cherish them !!

Hold Them Tight !!

Perhaps sometimes it’s ‘Special’ to be ‘Ordinary’ !!!👌👍


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Are We Human?

And this virus is curable… just still struggling to find a cure.

Satya

What makes humanity disappear in some humans?

Why hurt another life in any form?

Why does one life think themselves superior to the other?

Why does man think another life as less important?

What makes human become callous and cunning?

What can we do to change the equation?

If we are human we are responsible.

And must be accountable for our mistakes.

Our crimes often go unpunished

We think we have an edge over the innocent beings

Just because they cannot voice themselves out.

But remember justice is always served

By the creator’s hand.

Have a heart. Acknowledge life.

Behave compassionately. Be empathetic.

Treat life right. Be kind and humane.

Then & only then can we call ourself human.

Savvy