Gracious God

Gracious God, ruler in the heavens, your humble servant calls to you. Guide my mind so I might make the right choice. I ask this of you in your divine presence, o giver of love. Support me with your gracious love.

For My Terrific Waterfall

A Love Poem by jay

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Force is terrific,
And so are you.

Orchids are white,
Ghost ones are rare,
A daughter is blonde,
And so is your hair.

Magnolia grows,
With buds like eggs,
Stories are short,
And so are your legs.

Sunflowers reach,
Up to the skies,
Your market is black,
And so are your eyes.

Foxgloves in hedges,
Surround the farms,
Globules are fat,
And so are your arms.

Daisies are pretty,
Daffies have style,
My run is winning,
And so is your smile.

A waterfall is beautiful,
Just like you.

Random acts of kindness – RAK movement – Do one today

  1. Leave a kind message anywhere (in a library book, on a computer etc.)
  2. Remember that family member you haven’t seen for a while? See how they are doing
  3. Bake for your neighbour
  4. Answer the phone in a cheerful voice – even if it is a sales person
  5. Be eco-friendly – unplug electronics when you’re finished using them
  6. Forgive someone who has wronged you
  7. Leave someone flowers anonymously
  8. Go out of your way to thank someone today!
  9. Help someone struggling with heavy bags
  10. Remember that friend you haven’t seen for ages? Give them a call


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Henry Kissinger

“The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.”

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Amelia Barr

“With renunciation life begins.”

via Today’s Quote October 16, 2018 at 10:33AM
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George Chapman

“They’re only truly great who are truly good.”

via Today’s Quote October 17, 2018 at 10:33AM
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Tennessee Williams

“To be free is to have achieved your life.”

via Today’s Quote October 18, 2018 at 10:34AM
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Christian Nestell Bovee

“When all else is lost, the future still remains.”

via Today’s Quote October 19, 2018 at 10:39AM
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Lucy Larcom

“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.”

via Today’s Quote October 21, 2018 at 10:44AM
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Never too late to Learn. Never too late to fill Knowledge Gaps

Knowledge – someone said to me Is – knowing what do you not know.  A Hypercurious person would go in the quest of what he / she does not know.  Learning never ends.  I went on a journey to bridge some of my knowledge gaps via Udemy Courses.  I am on my way to reach the 100th Certification soon.

What is gained so far is below :

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Startup journey UC-7R74GJKG7.Branding startups online UC-R3KEMKDV8.Master Public Speaking UC-B8UDAY8W9. Powerful Speaking UC-EV6EW0A810. NLP Practitioner Certification Course (Beginner to Advanced) Online course UC-4JXQMFKR11. Storytelling for public speaking UC-HZKB8JX812. Power of Persuasion UC-G11CVUA713. 65 Actionable Branding Strategies UC-TVCGGHH414 Ask right earn more UC-OXVQVTRB19.Public speaking and presentations Pro. UC-SD8PK2K423. SEO BEGINNERS COURSEUC-RV6EZMT224 Startup to Scaleup UC-PZE2JH5Q25 Startup Growth Hacking UC-Q3FTXNJH26 Tedx Master CoachUC-0K2CU4R428. Speaking skills for life UC-8RXAUDGY29. 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Laughter is the Best medicine

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With Apologies To Everyone ! 😀😅 “ Doctors vs Dentist! “ 😀😅 Group Mail A dentist was understandably nervous at his first extraction. His hand shook as he got the molar out. He lost grip on the instrument, and the tooth trickled down the patient’;s throat. “Sorry….” said the doctor, “you’re outside my specialty now. See a laryngologist, [throat specialist].” By the time the unfortunate victim got to the laryngologist, the tooth had worked its way much further down. The laryngologist examined the man. “Sorry….”said the doctor, “you’re outside my specialty now. You should see a gastroenterologist! [stomach specialist].” The gastroenterologist X-rayed the patient. “Sorry…..” said the doctor, ” the tooth has traveled into your lower intestines. You should see an entomologist! [intestinal specialist].” The entomologist took some X rays. “Sorry, the tooth isn’t there. It must have gone down farther. You should see a proctologist! [a specialist in diseases of the rectum; anus]. Our patient is now on the proctologist’s examining table, in the proper elbow-knee position. The doctor has inserted a proctoscope and is looking through it….. “Good heavens, man! You’ve got a tooth up there! You should see a dentist!”😀😅 – my fav newsletter

This is the weekly digest by Maria Popova. If you missed last week’s edition — Borges on turning trauma into raw material for art, the mesmerizing microscopy of trees, Ursula K Le Guin on time and the wellspring of responsibility — you can catch up right here. And if you’re enjoying this newsletter, please consider supporting my labor of love with a donation – each month, I spend hundreds of hours and tremendous resources on it, and every little bit of support helps enormously. If you already donate: THANK YOU.

Elizabeth Gilbert on Love, Loss, and How to Move Through Grief as Grief Moves Through You

“All your sorrows have been wasted on you if you have not yet learned how to be wretched,” Seneca told his mother in his extraordinary letter on resilience in the face of loss. One need not be a dry materialist to bow before the recognition that no heart goes through life unplundered by loss — all love presupposes it, be it in death or in heartbreak. Whether what is lost are feelings or atoms, grief comes, unforgiving and unpredictable in its myriad manifestations. Joan Didion observed this disorienting fact in her classic memoir of loss“Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be.” And when it does come, it unweaves the very fabric of our being. When love is lost, we lose the part of ourselves that did the loving — a part that, depending on the magnitude of the love, can come to approximate the whole of who we are. We lose what artist Anne Truitt so poetically termed “the lovely entire confidence that comes only from innumerable mutual confidences entrusted and examined… woven by four hands, now trembling, now intent, over and under into a pattern that can surprise both [partners].”

But we also gain something — out of the burning embers of the loss arises an ashen humility, true to its shared Latin root with the word humus. We are made “of the earth” — we bow down low, we become crust, and each breath seems to draw from the magmatic center of the planet that is our being. It is only when we give ourselves over to it completely that we can begin to take ourselves back, to rise, to live again.

How to move through this barely survivable experience is what author and altogether glorious human being Elizabeth Gilbert examines with uncommon insight and tenderness of heart in her conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson on the inaugural episode of the TED Interviews podcast.


Rayya Elias and Elizabeth Gilbert (Photograph by Elizabeth Gilbert)

Gilbert reflects on the death of her partner, Rayya Elias — her longtime best friend, whose sudden terminal cancer diagnosis unlatched a trapdoor, as Gilbert put it, into the realization that Rayya was the love of her life:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngGrief… happens upon you, it’s bigger than you. There is a humility that you have to step into, where you surrender to being moved through the landscape of grief by grief itself. And it has its own timeframe, it has its own itinerary with you, it has its own power over you, and it will come when it comes. And when it comes, it’s a bow-down. It’s a carve-out. And it comes when it wants to, and it carves you out — it comes in the middle of the night, comes in the middle of the day, comes in the middle of a meeting, comes in the middle of a meal. It arrives — it’s this tremendously forceful arrival and it cannot be resisted without you suffering more… The posture that you take is you hit your knees in absolute humility and you let it rock you until it is done with you. And it will be done with you, eventually. And when it is done, it will leave. But to stiffen, to resist, and to fight it is to hurt yourself.

With an eye to the intimate biological connection between the body and the mind (which is, of course, the seedbed of feeling), Gilbert adds:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngThere’s this tremendous psychological and spiritual challenge to relax in the awesome power of it until it has gone through you. Grief is a full-body experience. It takes over your entire body — it’s not a disease of the mind. It’s something that impacts you at the physical level… I feel that it has a tremendous relationship to love: First of all, as they say, it’s the price you pay for love. But, secondly, in the moments of my life when I have fallen in love, I have just as little power over it as I do in grief. There are certain things that happen to you as a human being that you cannot control or command, that will come to you at really inconvenient times, and where you have to bow in the human humility to the fact that there’s something running through you that’s bigger than you.


Illustration from Cry, Heart, But Never Break, a Danish meditation on love and loss

Gilbert goes on to read a short, stunning reflection on love and loss she had originally published on Instagram:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngPeople keep asking me how I’m doing, and I’m not always sure how to answer that. It depends on the day. It depends on the minute. Right this moment, I’m OK. Yesterday, not so good. Tomorrow, we’ll see.

Here is what I have learned about Grief, though.

I have learned that Grief is a force of energy that cannot be controlled or predicted. It comes and goes on its own schedule. Grief does not obey your plans, or your wishes. Grief will do whatever it wants to you, whenever it wants to. In that regard, Grief has a lot in common with Love.

The only way that I can “handle” Grief, then, is the same way that I “handle” Love — by not “handling” it. By bowing down before its power, in complete humility.

When Grief comes to visit me, it’s like being visited by a tsunami. I am given just enough warning to say, “Oh my god, this is happening RIGHT NOW,” and then I drop to the floor on my knees and let it rock me. How do you survive the tsunami of Grief? By being willing to experience it, without resistance.

The conversation of Grief, then, is one of prayer-and-response.

Grief says to me: “You will never love anyone the way you loved Rayya.” And I reply: “I am willing for that to be true.” Grief says: “She’s gone, and she’s never coming back.” I reply: “I am willing for that to be true.” Grief says: “You will never hear that laugh again.” I say: “I am willing.” Grief says, “You will never smell her skin again.” I get down on the floor on my fucking knees, and — and through my sheets of tears — I say, “I AM WILLING.” This is the job of the living — to be willing to bow down before EVERYTHING that is bigger than you. And nearly everything in this world is bigger than you.

I don’t know where Rayya is now. It’s not mine to know. I only know that I will love her forever. And that I am willing.


Gilbert adds in the interview:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngIt’s an honor to be in grief. It’s an honor to feel that much, to have loved that much.


Rayya Elias and Elizabeth Gilbert (Photograph courtesy of Elizabeth Gilbert)

Complement with life-earned wisdom on how to live with loss from other great artists, writers, and scientists — including Alan Turing, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Rachel Carson, Charles Darwin, Johannes Brahms, and Charles Dickens — and the Stoic cure for heartbreak from Epictetus, then revisit Gilbert on creative bravery and the art of living in a state of uninterrupted marvel.

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Daily Capsule | 22nd October

Some of us are raring to go, others are missing the super-long-weekend that just flew past and find that suddenly there are urgent things to take care of. Here’s something for you. 

“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 or letting my mind relax-  that I find that the thoughts that come to me unbidden are far fresher and more imaginative than the ones I consciously seek out.”

That’s probably not what you expect to hear on a Monday morning, but this is what has been working for me. I hope that you were able to relax these past few days without feeling guilty about it (because, let’s face it, we do feel guilty about switching off).

Those lines I’ve quoted are from a book by Pico Iyer, ‘The Art of Stillness’. It is a remarkable read without being preachy. He should know – he and his family live in a modest home in the countryside near  Kyoto-without internet, television, mobile phones, or even cars.

As he says, “Going nowhere, as Leonard Cohen would later emphasize for me, 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.” 

So if you didn’t get a chance to do nothing over the last few days, then remember that Diwali is just around the corner. Until then, here’s a collection of our inspiring startup stories from the past week. 




[Tech30] This Ahmedabad-based app aims to find the future icons of Indian cricket

Cricket and dreams are synonymous in India. But growing up to become Sachin Tendulkar or Rahul Dravid ain’t easy. Enter an Ahmedabad-based app that aims to find the future icons of Indian cricket. Founded by Abhishek Desai and Meet Shah, Tech30 startup CricHeroes is an app that tracks scores of local matches and tournaments to help aspiring cricketers become better players.

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[Tech30] Now moms-to-be can pose their questions to doctors available 24/7 on PregBuddy

Pregnancy brings along one thousand questions and more. And the books just don’t seem to help. But moms-to-be can now pose their questions to doctors available 24/7 on PregBuddy. The Tech30 startup, founded by Sivareena Sarika and Subhadeep Mondal, provides personalised care to women from the preconception stage to the early years of motherhood. Mum’s definitely not the word!

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[Tech30] Researching sleep techniques for newborn gives birth to smart cradle

How does a startup’s journey start? For Radhika and Bharath Patil, researching sleep techniques for their newborn gave birth to a smart cradle. The married couple has founded Cradlewise, which will soon launch NiNi, a responsive, automated smart cradle that aims to provide newborns – and their parents – with sound and sweet sleep.

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[Tech 30] Uncanny Vision brings sight and vision to ‘blind’ surveillance cameras

Surveillance cams are everywhere these days, but can they be used to prevent crime? Bengaluru-based Uncanny Vision brings sight and vision to ‘blind’ surveillance cameras. The startup develops optimised computer vision solutions for the embedded market and uses artificial intelligence to make CCTV and surveillance cameras more intelligent.

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Did you know

Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of the Guggenheim Museum of Art (1959)? Located on New York’s Museum Mile at the edge of Central Park, the Guggenheim has become one of the city’s most popular attractions. Reflecting architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s love of nature, the nearly 540,000 square feet of space resembles a giant seashell, with each room opening fluidly into the next.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“It’s better to bite your tongue than to eat your words.”

— Frank Sonnenberg