One life to love

Make a Difference

“make a Difference” : That was the topic of today “Toastmasters” meeting at our office. Today is the last day of the second month of the year and I have not made much blogs yet. I decided that before this month gets over, I should have made some new post and so here I am, trying to make a difference by being regular in blogging..

Everyone is here on this earth to make a difference in their own small way..

February 28, 2007 Posted by | Visheshangal | 1 Comment

An Interesting Reflection ( Author Unknown)

It’s been 18 years since I joined Volvo, a Swedish company. Working for them has proven to be an interesting experience. Any project here takes 2 years to be finalized, even if the idea is simple and brilliant. It’s a rule.

Globalize processes have caused in us (all over the world) a general sense of searching for immediate results. Therefore, we have come to posses a need to see immediate results. This contrasts greatly with the slow movements of the Swedish. They, on the other hand, debate, debate, debate, hold x quantity of meetings and work with a slowdown scheme. At the end, this always yields better results.

Said in another words:
1. Sweden is about the size of San Pablo , a state in Brazil .
2. Sweden has 2 million inhabitants.
3. Stockholm , has 500,000 people. !
4. Volvo, Escania, Ericsson, Electrolux, Nokia are some of its renowned companies. Volvo supplies the NASA.

The first time I was in Sweden , one of my colleagues picked me up at the hotel every morning. It was September, bit cold and snowy. We would arrive early at the company and he would park far away from the entrance (2000 employees drive their car to work). The first day, I didn’t say anything, either the second or third. One morning I asked, “Do you have a fixed parking space? I’ve noticed we park far from the entrance even when there are no other cars in the lot.” To which he replied, “Since we’re here early we’ll have time to walk, and whoever gets in late will be late and need a place closer to the door. Don’t you think? Imagine my face

Nowadays, there’s a movement in Europe name Slow Food. This movement establishes that people should eat and drink slowly, with enough time to taste their food, spend time with the family, friends, without rushing. Slow Food is against its counterpart: the spirit of Fast Food and what it stands for as a lifestyle. Slow Food is the basis for a bigger movement called Slow Europe, as mentioned by Business Week.

Basically, the movement questions the sense of “hurry” and “craziness” generated by globalization, fueled by the desire of “having in quantity” (life status) versus “having with quality”, “life quality” or the “quality of being”. French people, even though they work 35 hours per week, are more productive than Americans or British. Germans have established 28.8 hour workweeks and have seen their productivity been driven up by 20%. This slow attitude has brought forth the US ‘s attention, pupils of the fast and the “do it now!”.

This no-rush attitude doesn’t represent doing less or having a lower productivity. It means working and doing things with greater quality, productivity, perfection, with attention to detail and less stress. It means reestablishing family values, friends, free and leisure time. Taking the “now”, present and concrete, versus the “global”, undefined and anonymous. It means taking humans’ essential values, the simplicity of living.

It stands for a less coercive work environment, more happy, lighter and more productive where humans enjoy doing what they know best how to do. It’s time to stop and think on how companies need to develop serious quality with no-rush that will increase productivity and the quality of products and services, without losing the essence of spirit.

In the movie, Scent of a Woman, there’s a scene where Al Pacino asks a girl to dance and she replies, “I can’t, my boyfriend will be here any minute now”. To which Al responds, “A life is lived in an instant”. Then they dance to a tango.

Many of us live our lives running behind time, but we only reach it when we die of a heart attack or in a car accident rushing to be on time. Others are so anxious of living the future that they forget to live the present, which is the only time that truly exists. We all have equal time throughout the world. No one has more or less. The difference lies in how each one of us does with our time. We need to live each moment. As John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”.

February 8, 2007 Posted by | Good Read | Leave a comment

2007 .. The year of the Pig

The Chinese calendar says that 2007 is the year of the Pig and that 2006 was the year of the Dog…lets see what life has in stock for us, be it pig or dog!

Already a month is past since 2007 arrived, I guess I was busy welcoming the new year and making plans and resolutions for a great year…

2006 is past.. it was an year of lots of happenings in our lives, it definitely changed my outlook towards life for good…reinforced the teachings that I follow in life

Take each day as it comes.. Enjoy life!
If things we want happens then “good”, if it doesn’t then “very good”!

Resolutions ! resolutions!..I too have my set of resolutions for the new year.. and so far I have been doing a good job keeping them.

This year I want to tap into my creative skills in painting and see what can be done to improve them..and make time to indulge in activities like painting, good reading and watching great movies…. the list goes on ..the ever enthusiastic me as usual makes lots of plans …….with the hope of achieving them all…”Hope” is what keeps us going.. let me talk about “hope” at a later time..

Wishing everyone a healthy and prosperous year in 2007!

February 8, 2007 Posted by | Visheshangal | Leave a comment