This time of the year is always considered to be very special. With the festive season underway and the anticipation of the New Year, your mood also changes. You begin to reflect on how the year has treated you, everything you have been through and what lies ahead.
It’s truly a great time to just stop and be still. Let yourself feel proud of your journey, whatever it may be until this point and time. Let it sink in that you have come so far and are ready to make next year even better!
Spend time with loved ones, wrap up long pending things, reorganize and redecorate, tune into color, dress up and do all the things that make you feel sparkly from the outside.
To take care of your inside, make a note of everything you have accomplished this year, reflect on all your victories, your learning lessons and set aside time to do things you love, whether that means spending time with your kids, pursuing a hobby, learning salsa or discovering the hidden chef in you. It’s never too late to follow your passion and live blissfully in the moment.
The time is now. To celebrate everything you represent. Be gentle on yourself and others and learn to forgive. Get geared up for everything that lies ahead. Find the passion in you and let that be your driving force for everything to come!
While you do this, don’t forget to Smile…because every day is a fresh start, a new voyage and a brand new canvass waiting to get painted.
How many of you think of the word Courage in your day to day life? And if you do, how often? It’s a word that has the ability to be a part of everything we think, do, feel and share. But still, we go about our lives without giving Courage much thought….until something happens that stops us dead in our own tracks! It could be a life-altering decision a situation or even a tragedy that forces us to act out of Courage.
But what does this word really mean to you personally? It probably means something a little different to each one of us but yet, it’s got a common relatability within each of us that’s inherently shared.
For me, Courage means giving conscious thought to the way I live my life. And sometimes that means taking the tougher route and carving my own path and at other times, sticking true to what I know is right and taking the higher road. It also means that I possess the ability and confidence to say “no” to things and people so that I can erase unnecessary clutter from my life. It’s not always easy, but for me, it’s always a choice.
Courage for me also means the ability to see things differently, and get inspired by others and their points of view. It means being open minded enough to enhance my life journey every step of the way. There are many things surrounding us everyday that teach us life-lessons and help make us stronger, give us a bit more wisdom and freedom, but we often ignore these subtle God-sent messages.
But most importantly, courage to me means living my life on my own terms. By being the best I can be everyday…in every role I play. As a daughter, a sister, a friend, a business woman. It’s believing in who I am unconditionally. This Courage grows inside me every single day as I continue to do more and more of what I desire and surround myself with people who love and support me and what I stand for.
I ask each of you to think about how you incorporate Courage into your daily lives. Who serves as your inspiration? And what has taught you to become more Courageous? Who are the heros in your life that you salute because they exemplify this “C” word.
Today is a great day to EMBRACE COURAGE and make it a part of your natural being…
Happy C Day!
Steve Jobs, the mastermind behind Apple‘s iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, has died, Apple said. Jobs was 56.
Jobs died “peacefully” surrounded by family members, his family said in a statement.
Neither Jobs’ family nor Apple revealed where Jobs died or from what cause, though in recent years he had fought a form of pancreatic cancer and had a liver transplant.
“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” read a statement by Apple’s board of directors. “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”
The homepage of Apple’s website switched to a full-page image of Jobs with the text, “Steve Jobs 1955-2011.”
Clicking on the image revealed additional text, credited in a separate memo to Apple employees to current Apple CEO Tim Cook.
“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” the text read. “Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”
Reaction to Jobs’ death came far and wide — even from the White House.
“Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs,” President Obama said in a written statement. “Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.”
Jobs co-founded Apple Computer in 1976 and, with his childhood friend Steve Wozniak, marketed what was considered the world’s first personal computer, the Apple II.
Shortly after learning of Jobs’ death, Wozniak told ABC News, “I’m shocked and disturbed.”
Industry watchers called Jobs a master innovator — perhaps on a par with Thomas Edison — changing the worlds of computing, recorded music and communications.
Jobs’ rivals in the development of personal computers, Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen, immediately reacted to his death and highlighted his importance to their industry.
Allen called him “a unique tech pioneer and auteur who knew how to make amazingly great products.”
Gates extended his condolences and noted in a written statement that he and Jobs “have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.”
“The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come,” Gates added. “For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”
A more recent rival, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, also weighed in with a statement on Jobs.
“Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend,” it read. “Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.”
Personally, I salute this legend and everything he represented. His courage and grace fighting whatever illnesses he was through the years, never interrupted his focus, passion and ability to be the ultimate visionary. Because of him, the world has changed for the better and will always be altered.
Peace and Love -
A lot of people are in a continuous battle with themselves. On one hand, there is this constant strive to love & discover oneself and live a more fulfilled and purposeful life. On the other hand, they tear themselves apart and are sometimes critical to the point that there is no room for a self-break.
And to add to this, we are always wanting to achieve something, get somewhere and become something else. All of these thoughts lead people to be in a constant state of cross-fire. By focusing on getting somewhere else, you are not paying attention to where you currently are. By not being Present, you lose out on so much. You create so much self-injustice. In fact, you lose out on everything. Because it is only in this moment, that anything really matters. This moment is all we know. We are the very best we can be in our present state of being.
By shifting your focus into the present, you give your life far more joy, purpose, contentment and balance than you may ever imagine. It is this awareness of knowing that you are exactly where you are meant to be and having innate faith in this feeling, that carries you beautifully through your entire life journey.
We all get anxious from time to time that things aren’t exactly going the way they should or if only, we could fast forward through a certain phase of our life, we would be happier. Well, once you pass through one phase, there will always be another one waiting for you which may again leave you feeling lost or anxious. Therefore, it is important to ground your belief system and create a full-proof attiutide towards life’s circumstances. Our atitutides make every experience we have based either on worth, substance and growth or they can shatter, destroy or undermine our self-worth. It is only when we are grounded that we can know ourselves. And when you know yourself, your journey to come can be self-directed and hand-crafted. You then hold the power to carve your future.
The key to blissful living is to live life to the fullest in the present state. Appreciate everything you have today. Smile because everyday is an opportunity to do things differently, start with a clean slate and create a new path. Having this realization brings respect towards the Universe and gratitude towards your own life and others around you. This helps you discover the true charm that our lives hold.
Our life journey is the stuff that really matters. That’s where the meat is. That’s where the substance resides.
So next time you find yourself getting caught up in the daily rut, stop and remind yourself that we are all blessed in our own way. We are no better or worse than anyone else. And if you still feel someone is luckier, more successful or happier in their existence than you are, check their attitude towards their own life…you will find that the most content and successful people in the world share many common traits. The biggest one being respect for their personal life journey.
Here’s to Being You. Here’s to Just Being.