Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out. This quote is from American self-help author, Robert Collier. According to Collier, success isn’t handed to anyone. It’s achieved by hard work and what one does every day to reach their goals. The efforts need not Your efforts have to be big leaps and in huge bounds, but if one takes a realistic approach and takes small but incremental steps regularly, success will automatically come.
In my walking quest, I crossed the state of Bihar and reached one of India’s largest states, Uttar Pradesh and am about 100 km north of Varanasi and about 5000 km into my journey. I have about 1700 km to reach my home in Mumbai, which I doubt I will be able to finish this year, but one can always hope.
My reading is going strong and I have read 56 books to date this year, which is about 75% of my target for the year. I read 8 books this month and am on track to meet my reading goals for the year.
There is a shortage of wheat flour in Singapore due to the ban on exports of flour to insulate the Indian market from the global wheat crisis. India is the world’s second-largest producer of wheat. The heatwave during the summer months parched crops and affected wheat supply domestically which has led to this crisis. And those who rely on wheat-based products like rotis and chapatis as their main carb intake are finding it very hard and rush to buy wheat flour when they hear any store has stocks of wheat flour. Hopefully, this crisis ends soon and we are back to eating the rotis and chapatis as usual.
According to entrepreneur, author, and business coach, Brad Sugars, words can inspire, thoughts can provoke, but only action truly brings us closer to our dreams. What this means is that while we can read inspirational quotes and messages and even think of doing good, unless we get up and take action, all the thoughts and words in the world are useless.
BB is enjoying his project work and we hope he can do his best this semester. GG is enjoying her break and is also busy with her CCA activities. She is also busy working on her university applications and I hope that she gets admission to the course of her choice at the university she wants to go to.
The festival of Navaratri starts tomorrow and for the next 10 days, we will spend time in prayer and contemplation of the female power. May the feminine energy bring you the blessings, luck and joy you deserve.
The highest spiritual leader and former head of state of Tibet, the 14th Dalai Lama is the author of this week’s quote. The Dalai Lama reminds us of something so basic, but something we don’t see that often. He asks to choose to remain optimistic because it feels better. Being optimistic means seeing a glass as being half full rather than half empty. So when one sees the good in every and any situation, we automatically start seeing the good as opposed to seeing the bad when we are pessimistic and this opens up our hearts and our lives. And for me especially, this quote spoke to me this week as I grapple with seeing some things happen and taking it positively as opposed to my usual pessimism.
This weekend, we celebrated BB & GG’s 19th birthday. Because they have different sets of friends, BB’s friends came yesterday and GG’s friends will come later today. And because the bulk of the children coming wanted Indian food, that’s what they got. We had a lot of fun yesterday and will do so today also.
According to the World Health Organization chief, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the world has never been in a better position to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Though we are not there yet, the end is in sight according to him, the most upbeat assessment from the agency since the start of the pandemic. It has also been reported that deaths from COVID-19 last week were the lowest since March 2020. We’ve moved beyond the emergency phase of the pandemic and today most governments are now looking at how best to manage COVID-19 as part of their routine healthcare and surveillance.
Today’s quote is attributed to the polymath known as Omar Khayyam, known for his contributions to mathematics, astronomy, philosophy, and Persian poetry. This is excellent advice for all of us. What it means is that we need to find the now and revel in it. Life is nothing more than moments and we should not waste this moment by being anything but happy and feeling the joy of this moment. And this is something that nobody can or should tell us about feeling this joy and happiness, it should come from within us.
This week, the longest-reigning monarch in the world, Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96 on Thursday 08 September. Her son took over as the new King of the United Kingdom and is to be known as King Charles III. For many generations, she was the only Queen they have known, but I guess the death of her husband, Prince Philip last year may have hastened her death because I believe that when two people love each other very much and have a long marriage together when one passes away, the other pines for them and soon has not much will to live.
BB starts his final year project tomorrow and will have to start going to school daily. When I asked him about his project, he told me something, but I didn’t understand much about it and will try and learn more about it when he has had a chance to work on it some more.
This week’s quote is a very simple one which comes to us from Jim Thompson, the American businessman who helped revitalise the Thai silk industry in the 1950s and 1960s. Thompson disappeared in March 1967 from Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands. His disappearance generated one of the largest land searches in Southeast Asian history and is one of the most famous mysteries in the region. What this means is that when we positively look at everything around us, be it something small or large wins, it means that our lives will start to become more positive and just as like attracts like, when we exude positivity, positivity flows back into our lives.
This month, I am still in the state of Bihar, but very close to the state’s borders with India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh. I have been slacking a bit, but have decided to give it my all in the last four months of the year.
I have been reading more this month too and because some of the books were so interesting, it was very easy to read them. I have read seven books this month and am currently on the way to finishing the eighth one very soon.
GG & BB are busy with their lives and are having fun on their break. BB will start going back to school in less than two weeks to start work on his final year project, while GG still has another month of holidays before her final semester.
And that’s all the news from my side, have a wonderful week people!