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Cremation

Cremation

Recently, I attended a funeral.

Indian custom dictates a long series of ‘last rites’. When the seemingly endless sequence of rituals ended after nearly an hour, the mortal remains were ceremonially consecrated to electric heat of the modern crematorium.

We waited outside for an hour, chatting aimlessly about various things – subliminally aware, all the while, about the event we were soon about to experience.

Finally, the time came.

A young man, bent a little with the weight of his burden, came out carrying a metal box by it’s handles. Each side of the square box measured about 18 inches, and it was 3 inches deep.

It contained all that was left of the man we once knew, respected and loved.

Cremation shifts many paradigms about what we value in life.

Everyone, no matter how great or small, rich or poor, young or old, powerful or weak, influential or ignored – everyone will be reduced to a box full of ash… literally!

Isn’t that a great perspective from which to focus on more than the merely physical?

Think outside the “box”!

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Limitless Possibility

Possibility

At the time I first saw it, the video of Susan Boyle’s performance at “Britain’s Got Talent” had been viewed 6 million times on YouTube. Just a few days later, it was at – hold on to your hat!over TWENTY FIVE MILLION views!

Wow. (For a double wow, see the view count today!)

When I first watched it, my mind was in turmoil. I hit ‘REPLAY’ three more times, and each time, a wave of strong emotion ran through me.

Predominant was that surge of sheer adrenaline that makes you want to stand up and scream at the top of your lungs:

“YES!”

It’s the primal, atavistic rooting for the underdog, the irrational desire to see passion triumph over logic, the excitement that we live vicariously through seeing someone else go for that impossible dream… and win!

When the audience rose to give Susan a standing ovation, I didn’t just see a middle-aged 47-year old house-wife receiving accolades for a superlative on-stage performance.

I saw validation of the relentless persistence of a determined dreamer who dared to follow her heart.

I saw the collective cheering of humanity for someone who stared down a cynical universe, and spat in its eye.

And I saw MY FUTURE.

Yours too. If you want that.

Because Susan showed me – and you – that it is NEVER ‘too late’ to shoot for the stars.

When Simon asked, before she sang, about her ambition to be famous: “Why hasn’t it worked out so far, darling?”

Susan answered:

“I’VE NEVER BEEN GIVEN THE CHANCE!”

Didn’t we ALL tell ourselves that at one time or another? And didn’t we then CHOOSE to shelve those dreams – forever?

And isn’t THIS our wake-up call?

Maybe you, like me, told yourself “But there are dreams that cannot be… And there are storms we cannot weather”

And then, perhaps, you buried that hope and desire and ambition that once burned in your soul deep inside you, brushed aside the restless spirit that rose up in stubborn rebellion from time to time, soothed the nagging voice that echoed in the silence of the night with the platitude,

“Later. Yes, later.”

Watching that video made me UNCOMFORTABLE. Because until now, I had an excuse. Now, I don’t.

The song Susan Boyle performed at BGT, ends with the words:

“Now life has killed the dream I dreamed”

My question to you is:

ARE YOU GOING TO LET IT?

Or are you going to fight FOR it to come true?

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Lyrics of “I Dreamed a Dream”

There was a time, when men were kind
And their voices were soft
And their words were inviting
There was a time, when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time it all went wrong

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high and life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving

Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung, no wine untasted

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they turn your hope apart
As they turn your dreams to shame

He slept a summer by my side
He filled my dreams with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came

And still I dream he’d come to me
That we would live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather

I had a dream my life would be
So different from the hell I’m living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed

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8 Powerful Steps To Effective Time Management For Students

Why Managing Your Time Is Crucial For Your Success – And Simple Ways To Do It Well

Time management for students is growing ever more important as diverse interests and pressures add up in young lives, creating distractions and piling on more stress. These eight time management techniques will help students find extra hours in their busy days and handle their workload comfortably.

Time management for students has never been more important – or challenging.

To balance the time needed for study with a hectic social life is a challenge for many students, and this makes time management of great importance. Many students realize that they must manage time effectively if they are to ever juggle all the important tasks they must handle within the limited time available.

These 8 powerful time management techniques will help you cope with your responsibilities and do it comfortably, while staying in harmony with other elements of your life.

1. Start Planning

Time management for students can’t begin too early. You need a diary or calendar to help you plan your days and weeks. You may use a digital organizer or mobile phone app, if you prefer that. But start planning your days and weeks as early as you can, to enjoy the rich benefits that come from a well organized schedule and life.

2. Organize Yourself

Jot down all the things you are expected to handle. Appointments and test schedules. Deadlines for projects and social gatherings you’ve been invited to. Special classes, hobbies and other events. Note all of them in your calendar. It helps you cope effortlessly with increasingly hectic schedules when you know exactly what you have left to complete.

3. Relax

No, not all the time. But chalk in some time to wind down, relax and slow your pace a bit. It may seem that there’s too much to get done even without a break. But resting in between prolonged periods of activity can help enhance your productivity. By letting you return to your chores refreshed and energized, it will help you get the job done quicker, easier and with less stress.

4. Learn and Adapt

If time management for students is your keen interest area, be sure to experiment with some proven systems and see if it works for you. Not all of the effective time managing courses and systems will be suitable to you, for a variety of personal and unique reasons. Just keep watching out to learn as much as you can from each one you try out.

5. Set Deadlines

If your research paper is due next week, don’t put it off until the last minute. Instead, set a deadline to finish the project well in advance. Start from the due date and work backwards, so that you have a realistic estimate of how long the project will take. This helps ensure that you are ready well ahead of the actual deadline.

6. Be Prepared

The unexpected often happens. Be ready to adapt and stay flexible enough to adjust to the new situation. This will give you a great advantage over others. Some unexpected stresses and surprises can leave you flat footed. But as long as you stay prepared, you won’t be forced into making too many mistakes.

7. Reward Yourself

If you worked hard to prepare for an examination, reward yourself with a movie or dinner with friends. This acts as an incentive to encourage you to do your best next time around. The body and mind crave recognition and reward for a dedicated effort. You can be the one to award it – and thereby reinforce positive behavior that will serve you throughout your life.

Time management for students is not very complex. But it requires devoted discipline to tested and proven time management techniques. Follow the logical steps to effectively managing your time and you will automatically have enough time to complete all your activities, and find balance between different areas of your life.

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“Why Are You So SCARED To Dream BIG?”

Dream Big

Over the years, I have been asked this question many times. It always evoked strong feelings – especially of defensiveness.

Until recently.

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