The 3Ds

In a book that I recently read, there was something really interesting. It says, to achieve something, you need 3 things - A vision, discipline and passion. In other words, we can call it the 3D.

First D stands for Dream. It is the vision that you see of the future. Everything starts with a dream. Dream is the goal. It tells us where we want to go. But unfortunately, this world is full of people lying asleep, doing nothing with high dreams. So, dreams alone will not help you achieve what you want.

The next D is Discipline. It means rigorous practice, doing whatever is required, when it is required, at regular intervals, irrespective of whether you feel like doing it or not. For a designer, it could be a daily practice of your technical skills for an hour or reading on new design concepts for an hour and so on. This is like putting your whole mind and body into your goal.

But only those 2D 's are still not enough. You need a third D. It is dedication or passion. One has to be fully dedicated to the goal. No moonlighting. Dedication means bringing in your heart. But, if someone is dedicated, but not disciplined, the goal cannot be achieved.

Thus one needs all the 3D to rule the world! 

Independence Day 2016

15th August, 2016: Today is Independence Day. 69 years ago, this day, India got its independence from British rule. Yes, we are politically independent, a democratic country. But like many other things in life, independence also has many layers to it.

So, the question to ask today is, are we truly independent? Today, we may not be governed by a foreign country. But we are definitely bound and governed by various personal habits that hold tremendous power over our life. Have we become independent of procrastination, anger, jealousy, greed, covetousness and laziness?

Have we become mentally independent from the shackles of fixed mindset thinking, from our limiting beliefs, from our fear and our insecurity?

Have we become independent of social evils like untouchability, dowry, alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence, female infanticide and gender inequality?

Are we independent spiritually, allowing good thoughts to flow in from all directions, accept the diverse religious beliefs, yet coexist peacefully.

The true meaning of independence is not only being independent in political sphere, but also being independent economically, financially, spiritually and personally.

We have to become independent in all spheres of life. To this goal we must strive. More than 100 years ago, Rabindranath Tagore’s  penned a poem that is quite apt for this day!

“Where The Mind Is Without Fear”

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake

The Nonagenarian Runner

Running has many benefits. The physical benefits are well known. But the other day, a chance encounter with a person while running, made me realize what exactly running can do.
It was a little overcast morning. It had rained the previous night and the roads were still wet. Some of my running friends had gone for a 10K run around Novotel hotel and since I had started late, I was trying to catch up with them.
I reached the hitex exhibition grounds and was expecting that I will meet them. But they were not to be seen. I was in double mind. I was weighing whether to return back from there or to run alone. The morning was wonderful. The place was beautiful. But for me, doing a 10k alone is somewhat dreadful.
As they say, while in doubt, run! So, I kept running.
I saw him coming towards me in a red vest. He seemed about 80. His face had wrinkles and freckles, a sign of old age. But he looked wonderfully strong. He was straight and moreover, he was running!  He waved his hand towards me. When he came within audible distance, I said good morning. He stopped his run, came near me and asked me what. I shook his hand, wished him again and asked him his age. His hands were strong. He had well defined muscles. I was admiring his persistence and effort. But when he told me his age, I could not believe myself.
He said he was 94.
It was really inspiring to see someone running at that age. When I asked if I could run along with him,  he said some very profound words - You go on your way, I will go on my own. Do not keep your mouth open while running. Breathe through the nose, send it to the spine, everything will go away.
And he ran off slowly. I stood there pondering what happened. I forgot to ask his name or where he lived. Even I forgot to take the customary selfie. I turned around helplessly, looked back at him as he was going. On his red vest, it was written CHITTOOR.
Later that day, a runner friend shared this link about him.