Attitude can turn problems into blessings


There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big positive difference is weather it is positive or negative.

Long time ago I read the story of two shoe salesman, who were send to an island to sell shoes. The first sales man was shocked to realize that no one wore shoes. Immediately he sent a telegraph to his home office saying, “will return home tomorrow, no one wears shoes.”

The second sales man was thrilled by the same realization. Immediately we wired his home office saying, “please send me 10,000 pairs, everyone here needs them.”

In Awake, My Heart, J Sidlow Baxter wrote, “What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty and every difficulty has an opportunity.” [Source]

Similarly in the story of David and Goliath, when Goliath came to fight all of the soldiers thought, “He is so big, we can never kill him.” But when David looked at the same giant he said, “”He is so big, I can not miss him.”

Many times we see the challenges as the sunset of life rather than the sunrise of bright new opportunity.

Stillness: Art of doing nothing


A hotel in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

In my last post I collected three comics on Calvin and Hobbes on their adventure of doing nothing.

What does it mean to do nothing? I know what it means literally, but what would be Calvin’s take on this subject, I wonder

Does it really mean hanging on a tree trunk and settling for a snooze fully knowing that mum and dad are in charge, life is wonderful and there is not a thing to worry about? Perhaps that would make sense to a 5 year old, but me?

Or does it just mean what it does, namely not having anything specific to do marked on my calendar? What do you have to say Calvin? No meetings, no shopping, no work, no cooking & cleaning up?

What really is a “doing nothing” moments?

We live in a madly accelerating world, where new technologies — for all their benefits — are making our lives more crowded, chaotic and noisier than ever. There’s never been a greater need to slow down, tune out and give ourselves permission to be still.

A prolific journalist for Time magazine and a travel writer Pico Iyer, in his book The Art of Stillness, suggests that the greatest adventure may be found in going nowhere.

This book offers practical wisdom on reducing stress through stillness. In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still.

In our chaotic time, the greatest luxury is actually the ability to go nowhere and do nothing. To Iyer, it’s this time for quiet, inward, still reflection that snaps all of our experiences into focus.

Doing nothing…isn’t about turning your back on the world; it’s about stepping away now and then so that you can see the world more clearly and love it more deeply.