Nation on the March

Nation on the March
Nation on the March

Oct 18, 2009

The God with two heads , the New Year , and my “daily dozen” resolutions:

Diwali - in my part of India – is the last day as per our local calendar called Vikram Samvat, immediately followed by New Year on the next day . And this ushers in the occasion for making resolutions!! So my time for the ritual has arrived on 19th October, about two months ahead of English calendar

Who started this all?

It is believed that the Babylonians were the first to make New Year's resolutions, and people all over the world have been breaking them ever since. As per , the tradition of the New Year's Resolutions goes all the way back to 153 B.C. This was , however, not done on 1st January because, the New Year did not always begin on January 1, till 46 B.C.

In his book “Gods, Goddesses, and Mythology, Volume 6” C. Scott Littleton mentions that Janus was one of the earliest Italian gods. He was the guardian of all entrances, thresholds, beginnings and endings. The first hour of every day belonged to Janus, as did the first day of every month and the first month of every year.

With two faces, Janus could look back on past events and forward to the future. Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions and many Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies . Interestingly, Janus is still alive in modern English through the month of January and the caretaker of doors and halls, the janitor, both named after him.

So, since 2162 years people have been making new resolutions , and who am I to be different – because I too am mystified by Janus, the ever-watchful and vigilant Roman god ?

Now the ball is squarely in my court !!

Resolutions are a tricky subject, just like corporate mission statements and vision statements! You can go on writing and re-writing and yet, the eerie feeling hangs that you have not chosen your best words to bring out what resides in your heart!

Sean Covey mentions in his pocket book, Daily reflections of Highly Successful Teens about one shortest, meaningful mission statement from a teenager, Katie Halls viz." Nothing Less!"  Very well said, Katie.

Disheartened by Katie’s spectacular feat in brevity, I turn to the best-selling author John C Maxwell,
• who is a leadership expert, speaker & author, who is the author of more than thirty books, including the bestselling The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and has sold over 13 million books and whose organizations have trained 2 million leaders worldwide

Maxwell says: “Everyone has the power to impact the outcome of his life. The way to do it is to focus on today….Today is the only time you have. It's too late for yesterday. And you can't depend on tomorrow."
In this hands-on and inspiring guide TODAY MATTERS, he offers twelve daily practices to help you control your daily agenda, make time for people you love, and find success in your career. Maxwell offers 12 decisions and disciplines-he calls it his daily dozen -that can be learned and mastered by any person to achieve success

1. ATTITUDE: Choose and display the right attitude daily
2. PRIORITIES: Determine and act on important priorities.
3. HEALTH: Know and follow healthy guidelines daily.
4. FAMILY: Communicate with and care for the family daily
5. THINKING: Practice and develop good thinking daily.
6. COMMITMENT: Make and keep proper commitments daily.
7. FINANCES: Make and properly manage dollars daily
8. FAITH: Deepen and live out your faith daily
9. RELATIONSHIPS: Initiate and invest in solid relationships daily.
10. GENEROSITY: Plan for and model generosity daily.
11. VALUES: Embrace and practice good values daily.
12. GROWTH: Seek and experience improvements daily.

I wish to stop here, saying “Thanks, Mr. Maxwell” & also saying “Nothing More”.
Dear Lord Janus, please  wish me good luck for next 365 days. 
Amen !

New Year Resolutions


And, now some fun   :

Heaven knows we all could improve ourselves, but we're also fully aware that the chances of achieving success in keeping vows to ourselves are slim to none. Yet we make them. Let us see what happens to them, progressively .  Courtesy

2002: I will read at least 20 good books a year.
2003: I will read at least 10 books a year.
2004: I will read 5 books a year.
2005: I will finish “The Pelican Brief”
2006: I will read some articles in the newspaper this year.
2007: I will read at least one article this year.
2008: I will try and finish the comics section this year.

2002: I will get my weight down below 180.
2003: I will watch my calories until I get below 190.
2004: I will follow my new diet religiously until I get below 200.
2005: I will try to develop a realistic attitude about my weight.
2006: I will work out 5 days a week.
2007: I will work out 3 days a week.
2008: I will try to drive past a gym at least once a week.

2005: I will go to church every Sunday.
2006: I will go to church as often as possible.
2007: I will set aside time each day for prayer and meditation.
2008: I will try to catch the late night sermon on TV.

Where has the leisure vanished ??


What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Remember the school days when we studied this poem LEISURE By William Henry Davies. (1871-1940)? The poet  spent a significant part of his life as a tramp or vagabond in the US and the UK , but became known as one of the most popular poets of his time. He is generally best known for two lines from his poem, Leisure, first published in "Songs Of Joy and Others" in 1911. Its other beautiful lines are equally  true today , even after 100 years  :

No time to see, when woods we pass,   
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. 
No time to see, in broad daylight,  
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.  

I was reminded of this poem when  I visited  DEEP'S BLOG at  which has this modern-day wonderful , often -quoted poem , with a picture which speaks a thousand words:Publish Post

Please read on and see if it creates a feeling of deja vu, or going back to the memory lane !!. 

Thinking-Hard ( an-E-mail forward )

Here i am sitting in my office @ night…
Thinking hard about life

How it changed from a maverick collage life to strict professional life……
How tiny pocket money changed to huge monthly paychecks
but then why it gives less happiness….
How a few local denim jeans changed to new branded wardrobe
but then why there are less people to use them
How a single plate of samosa changed to a full Pizza or burger
But then why there is less hunger…..
Here i am sitting in my office @ night…
Thinking hard about life
How it changed…..

How a bike always in reserve changed to bike always on
but then why there are less places to go on……
How a small coffee shop changed to cafe coffee day
but then why its feels like shop is far away…..
How a limited prepaid card changed to postpaid package
but then why there are less calls & more messages……
Here i am sitting in my office @ night…
Thinking hard about life
How it changed……

How a general class journey changed to Flight journey
But then why there are less vacations for enjoyment….
How a old assembled desktop changed to new branded laptop
but then why there is less time to put it on……….
How a small bunch of friends changed to office mate
But then why we always feel lonely n miss those college frnz.….
Here i am sitting in my office @ night…
Thinking hard about life
How it changed…..