What is this?
Hi folks, this is so simple all you need is a glass bowl, some water colours with brushes and a glass of water. Just these are my tools to explain so many things about life and one’s personality! What? Some of you may grab the idea, some may be guessing how and even a few may find me crazy! Well I mostly walk in to my workshops with this “Waterbowl Colouring“.
Back on my mind
My mind wanders so curious on a look out for crazy ideas for my workshops. Soon I end up in finding something so common we do in our daily life but miss to grab some perspectives to learn from it. Especially when it comes to orienting students on the Visionary thinking, Social Responsibility and Teamwork, I typically use this “Waterbowl Colouring” which will be amusing for the participants to do…
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“They do not know that the dream is a constant in life. They do not know that the dream is wine, it’s fizz, it’s yeast. It’s an eager and vivacious small animal with a pointy nose that pries through everything in a perpetual motion. They do not know that the dream is a canvas and colour and brush. They do not know nor even dream that dream commands life. When a man or woman dreams, the world leaps and moves forward like a colourful ball in the hands of a child.”
From Portuguese poem “Pedra filosofal” by Antonio Gedeao
I was probably the reason for AHA moment of a teamer Ann.
It was only a small thing really, and I was not expecting her to feel so good. But she did and told me, which made me feel good also.
Actually we get some cards printed on Diwali (Indian festival of lights) for office. Every year the job is done in rush, at the last moment. So we end up giving the job to one of the many advertising agency, which charges higher rates knowing our urgency. She borught an approval note to me for doing the same this year. I told her why don’t you invite bids from all agencies. She said, it is done like this every year, and we don’t have much time. I told her, let us try it. She said the agency whose design has been selected will not agree. I called up the agency and asked, if we pay you for design as per rate card, and then invite bids from printing from all agencies, will you be okay with that. The agency agreed.
So Ann came to me with a draft note, which I corrected and asked her to send email to all agencies and invite bids within 3 hours, so that printing order can be placed to the lowest rate agency. She did, and one of the agencies quoted 1/3rd of last year’s rate. She was thrilled.
Today, she thanked me three times, and said I discussed this at home also. I was also pleased that I could contribute something. Though a friend told-she may be buttering.
God only knows.
An old man lived alone in Minnesota. He wanted to spade his potato garden, but it was very hard work. His only son, who would have helped him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and mentioned his situation:
I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my potato garden this year. I hate to miss doing the garden because your mother always loved planting them. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me, if you weren’t in prison.
Shortly, the old man received this telegram:
‘For Heaven’s sake, Dad, don’t dig up the garden!! That’s where I buried the GUNS!!’
At 4 a.m. the next morning, a dozen FBI agents and local police officers showed up and dug up the entire garden without finding any guns.
Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son telling him what had happened, and asked him what to do next.
His son’s reply was:
‘Go ahead and plant your potatoes, Dad. It’s the best I could do for you, from here.’
NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN THE WORLD, IF YOU HAVE DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING DEEP FROM YOUR HEART, YOU CAN DO IT. IT IS THE THOUGHT THAT MATTERS, NOT WHERE YOU ARE OR WHERE THE PERSON IS.
“Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!”
The speaker at my Kiwanis Club meeting yesterday was an old acquaintance of mine who has had multiple successes in his life. He has run profitable businesses; he continues to be a highly regarded motivational speaker and he just co-wrote a book that already is an Amazon best seller.
His message yesterday boiled down to one of how we often expect less than we could achieve because we fail to believe that we have the capacity to do some amazing things. As I thought about his message I realized that I know many people that are so pessimistic that they accept defeat without ever playing the game. I am glad you are not one of them but if you know someone who is maybe this piece written by author…
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