Attitude, after all, is everything – Optimism:

Optimist: Person who travels on nothing from nowhere to happiness.

“The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser – in case you thought optimism was dead.”

Is there any proof that optimism leads to better results?
Walter Isaacson  says, “[Steve Jobs] taught himself to stare without blinking so he could talk people into things — they called it the reality distortion field….He would make people believe they could do the impossible, which is why he was such a charismatic business leader.”

Is Optimism detrimental?

Generally, ‘optimism’ is not detrimental but is a good positive mental attitude.

However, blind optimism, obsessively optimistic, optimism with arrogance, irrational optimism, etc. can backfire on the individual.

In philosophy, ‘optimism’ can refer to ‘optimistic’ on the existence of god and going to heaven after physical death. The non-theistic would then be taking a ‘pessimistic’ stance in contra to this sense of ‘theistic optimism’. This theistic optimism can be detrimental to humanity arising from the excesses of theism.
Further debate on this subject would be too philosophical and hence full stop here!

I took this image without any planning in mind; Just a casual shot while I was desperately looking for some creative photographic subject. Then I searched for some suitable text and came up with these inspiring quotes/words and a story to back up optimism. All credit goes to those great people who shared the original thoughts.

The story is so old that hunting peacock was legal then… Don’t skip, read on!!

Optimism – A short story:

There was a king who once went to the jungle for hunting. He was accompanied by one of his ministers. While the minister was trying to arrow down a peacock, he happens to hurt the king’s index finger unknowingly. The king turns very furious. He decides to maroon the minister deep in the forest. Doing so, he starts off to his palace. On the way, he encounters some tribal inhabitants. They immediately take custody of the king and prepare him for a ritual sacrifice. While just about to kill the king, one of them notices the king’s bleeding finger. He informs this to all his fellowmen. They then let the king go, saying that an incomplete life can not be given as a sacrifice to the God.

The king realizes that the mistake committed by the minister has now saved him. He goes back to the minister, narrates to him what had happened, apologizes and thanks him. The minister being very optimistic says that it is he who has to thank the king for marooning him. Bewildered, the king asks what for he is thanked? The minister replies that if he had not been marooned by the king, the tribal would have killed him for being perfectly healthy.

Saying so, the minister concludes that there is always something good in whatever happensLet’s look at the better part of things.

Earth Day – Apr 22 2012

We all talk of killing time, while time quietly kills us:

Time is an equal opportunity employer.  Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day.  Rich people can’t buy more hours.  Scientists can’t invent new minutes.  And you can’t save time to spend it on another day.  Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving.  No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow. ~Denis Whitley

The clock that started ticking from the very moment we took our first breath in this very world will cease for sure one day. According to the Hindu culture, it is said that we all have been allotted particular amount of time, to live, to achieve what we want in our life. Effective time management is one of the most important factors for succeeding in life. You know, Time is like the wind; it lifts the light and leaves the heavy. One of the most common causes of stress is not having enough time. We all talk of killing time, while time quietly kills us. We have no other option except to take control of our time through some effective time management skills to reduce stress and increase productivity. Here I reproduce some of the effective writing on time by some unknown greats that attracted me most.

Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course?
Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME.

Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow.” You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!

The clock is running!! Make the most of today.

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who just missed a train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask someone who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal at the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have! And remember time waits for no one.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.

Clocks slay time… time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life. ~William Faulkner

Miracles of Music powers – Music Therapy:

Six-year-old girl responds to Music Therapy after being in coma for 60 days – A true story:

We all know that music therapy is an interpersonal process in which a trained music therapist uses music and all of its facets—physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual—to help patients to improve or maintain their health.

The music which is being presented in the therapeutic sessions does the difference on patients. Classical Music is a direct experience before being transformed into thought and feelings. It acts as vibration, which does the wonder on patients. The results are proven scientifically, many scholars have published research papers on this. Music therapy is a complementary form of medicine, in few situations it functions as alternative medicine too.

Here is a proof of above claims as published in a local news paper “The Hindu”, Chennai India recently:

Six-year-old girl Radhika born to a fisherman in Kerala was admitted in an unconscious state to the intensive care unit of a hospital on May 30, 2010 after suffering from a comatic brain injury caused by an accidental tightening of her neck by a shawl she was playing with. Radhika lost sensation and memory, suffered from respiratory problems and was in need of ventilator support. Doctors lost hope on her survival as only medicine and intravenous fluids kept her alive, but she was in coma.

After trying every mode of treatment Doctors resorted to music therapy and searched Google and Yahoo extensively the suitable therapy and fed her with low, soft, instrumental and Carnatic music.

Listening to music over an earphone, Radhika began responding slowly – first by opening her eyes, then being attentive to music, smiling in between, and then responding to her name. After Radhika took her first step out of bed after two months, Doctors are happy and are planning to discharge her only when she is able to walk entirely on her own.

“Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God” – Martin Luther


Arthur Ashe (1943 – 1993), the legendary Tennis player and Wimbledon champion was dying of AIDS which he got due to infected blood he received during a heart surgery in 1983. From world over, he received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed: “Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease”?

To this Arthur Ashe replied:

“The world over, 50 million  children start playing tennis, 5 million learn to play tennis, 500,000 learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the grand slam, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi final, 2 to the finals, when I was holding a cup I never asked GOD ‘Why me?’. And today in pain I should not be asking GOD ‘Why me?’ ”

“Happiness keeps you Sweet,

Trials keep you Strong,

Sorrow keeps you Human,

Failure keeps you humble and Success keeps you glowing,

But only Faith & Attitude Keeps you going…”

Is time up for the wristwatches?

In April 2008 I posted this image of my wristwatch in Flickr with the caption “The watch that kept me punctual for almost five years is dead now.” It was just an unbranded local made, not too costly watch and one of my favorite possessions. Often in hurry I used to forget to wear while going to office or any other outing only to comeback hurriedly grab it from its place and strap it up on the move. I considered my wristwatch so essential than anything else that I just couldn’t go out without it. Soon after it stopped working, for a week or so I was pulling on without any wristwatch and felt as though I lost my lifetime companion. Since I was too busy from morning to night with my work I couldn’t go to a watch shop to get a new one. Also I didn’t want to repair it any more as I knew that it lost its life and had to get a new one. Often I used to raise my bare wrist to check the time only to realize that I don’t wear a wristwatch. Suddenly my eyes searched for another alternate source of timekeeper and found in many places that includes my mobile phone, desktop, laptop and music player and while driving LED lit time flasher came in handy. When these gadgets are not within my vicinity means I am sleeping hence I don’t need to know the time. Another four days gone, still busy and by now within a matter of ten days, I realized that I was in fact much more comfortable without a wristwatch. Its going to be more than two years now, never bought a new watch and my wrist is bare. I am used to it now, comfortable and shed some payload too that I have to carry. I see time wherever I turn around and convinced that I can live without a wristwatch for the rest of my life.

Money was not the concern and doesn’t matter to me and for the spendthrift nature of mine and the money I wasted foolishly on some unworthy products in the last two years, I could have bought at least five watches on my previous wrist watch price range. But I didn’t for my own genuine reasons. In my view wristwatches have only ornamental value now, as you have too many attractive and fashionable options to look for the time. I am quite sure many people World over would have given a thought about my view on wristwatches and as and when the need arises for them to go for a new one. For sure the arrival of new time keeping gadgets would have had some impact on wristwatch business and am sure the watch manufacturers are aware of these implications and must be already researching a new way to retain the market.

I am also sure that young adult and teens won’t be convinced with my view as everyone would love to have one as per their choice at least for the first time in their life. Hence this segment of people will remain as the target customers for the wristwatch manufacturers and given the latest high tech and high end watches that are available in the market would really continue to attract them.

The 2006 Jewelry Consumer Opinion Council survey of some 7,000 consumers, for example, found that 42 percent of young adults (ages 18 to 24) who don’t own a watch and 60 percent of those who do get time from a handheld device or in other words given a choice they preferred to buy a new cell phone than a wristwatch even though the budget is bit high. Japan too had some worst time as the watch market slumped as people preferred other latest gadgets. Around the same year I also remember the news about the French watchmakers and jewelers sued a mobile phone operator to stop TV ads showing watches being tossed into a trash bin. In order to compete with other gadgets the watches need to be more fashionable with some added features, more like jewellery and a status symbol apart from telling time.

In India, in 70s, 80s and 90s Citizen and Seiko were the most popular brands and then came the Government owned HMT watches whose slogan was “Time keepers to the nation”. In fact HMT was very popular and I too had two for well over eight years. So sad to see HMT vanished from market so soon and from their websites I understand that HMT is still in business but no updates on market share in local & abroad. A few days ago I had been to a shopping mall where I entered a TITAN showroom and stunned to see a fabulous collections of modern watches from Rs.1000 to 10,000 and the models and features in look, style were really attractive and meant to target young adults. For a moment I was tempted to go in for one from a few models that I liked most and looked fabulous in the price range of Rs.4000 to 6000 but decided against it wisely as it wasn’t worth it for mere time seeing.

Lastly from the recent trends it looks as though the wristwatch business will survive provided the manufacturers come up with some innovative ideas that include style, fashion and any other features apart from mere time telling. The watch era isn’t ending but needs a change as things change all the time. The watch business is no exception.

Every face has a tale to tell: Face reading

Driven by shear curiosity, since I have immense interest in such subjects, wondered how my life would change if I could read the private thoughts of others. I could choose friends based on their character traits rather than the trial and error method and for that matter anyone with such skills can become superman/women provided he/she is an expert in physiognomy.

Face reading is a fascinating tool for exploring who we are, as well as learning what is possible, both for us and others. After all knowledge is power.  Interpretation of character and fate from the study of a person’s face is called ‘Physiognomy’ or ‘Face reading’. It is obvious that when we meet an unknown person, we try to understand his feelings by looking at his face. So the origin of Physiognomy traces back to the date of origin of human beings.

Face reading dates back to Aristotle who is believed to have advised Alexander on who was to be suitably employed. This science of Physiognomy is not new to India and China. The Chinese have been reading faces for thousands of years. Chinese texts dating back 300 B.C., mention Physiognomy. This form of divination is best learnt from a master. Even though Homer, Socrates and Pythagoras make reference to Physiognomy; the ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle seem to have given most frequent attribution.  He devoted six chapters to the method in his physiognomy volume.

American anthropologists James Carey and A T Steegman found that the size of our noses depends on where we were born and where our ancestors came from. According to them, we need noses to humidify and warm the air that goes into our lungs. In cold, dry countries people tend to have long, sharp noses because they have to deal with harsh air conditions.

In February 2009, Glasgow University conducted a study that examined whether self-assessed personality characteristics could be identified from appearance. Glasgow University’s, Dr Rob Jenkins said: “It’s possible that there is some correlation between appearance and personality because both are influenced by our genetic make-up.”

The shape of a person’s face is influenced by heredity, environment and emotional experiences.  The face tells the story of the entire body in its expression and its repression. People with big nose make Big Money, and those with a broad one have a powerful sex drive. Studies go into great detail about the spirit, essence, energy, animal morphology, elemental body types, complexion, radiance and glossiness of the skin, vitality and mind. Though methods vary, the face is generally divided up into sections and sectors that refer to organs in the body and points are assigned to the face. The lines, moles, knots, shape, color and texture of the flesh are observed to determine one’s character, longevity, wealth, fertility and general health.

When an experienced face reader or personality analyst studies your face structure, understands the hidden expressions on your face, observes your skin tones, pigmentation and color, locates the position of each facial organ with relation to each other, compares your face with various other set stereo-types to give you a detailed analysis of your past, current & future personality, basic aspects about your future family and love life.

A child read faces all the time. Studies in child development show infants as young as the pre-speech stage of life read their mothers faces to detect moods, energy level and disposition.

I remember of having read a bit about Stevie Wonder. The artist was quoted as saying, “God made me blind so that I could teach those with eyes how to see.” I invite you to let me teach you how to see the vast world which exists in the contours of the human face.

A physiognomic named Yoshito Mizuno was employed from 1936 to 1945 by the Imperial Japanese Naval Aeronautics Department. Admiral Yamamoto’s staff discovered that he could predict with over 80% accuracy, the qualifications of candidates to become successful pilots.

By the way, even if you are an expert in face reading, remember a Chinese Proverb:

Do not employ beautiful girls in your office and never employ handsome servants at home.

Photos shown here are my own and are part of my FLICKR album. I own the copy right.