Y for You and quotes to inspire you #AtoZChallenge

Sometimes all we need is someone to tell us how important we are and that it’s about us and our life. So, here are some quotes that will inspire you and me.

“You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world.”
― Oprah Winfrey

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.”
― Elbert Hubbard

“You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. “
― Confucius

“Once you figure out who you are and what you love about yourself, I think it all kind of falls into place.”
― Jennifer Aniston

Do you have a quote for me?

I am participating in the A To Z Challenge for the third time this year and I am penning Stories from everyday life.

X for Xs and dots #AtoZChallenge

Crosses and dots

Xs and dots

Last week I was in a conversation with a few people and the topic was around managing people – peers and seniors. While I am no expert when practicing for myself, I do have a fair idea on how to manage.

I have named this understanding and way of handling – ‘crosses and dots’.

Of all people you meet at work or in a personal setting – they can either be crossed off your list or dotted.

Crosses refer to not caring about what people say and think of you. So when you cross a person, you are letting go the person and the thoughts they come to you with. Dots, on the other hand, mean fine-tuning your approach to deal with people or tailoring the message that you intend to convey.

Why is that important?

It is because that person is important. Either by designation, position or there is some value that you see in the relationship and you can’t just let it fade away.

Let’s take an example. You don’t get along with a person you work with. Think for yourself, if you can function without this individual and you have the support of your leadership to run the show on your own? If yes, cross the person off. However, if your work demands to partner with this person, you will have to deal with this. Now ‘dealing with’ usually brings a negative connotation. It’s also not the right way to handle knowing that you have to spend time and effort with this individual. So, tweak the way you work. Tailor your message. Find out what should be done to manage these work interactions in a healthy way. It could be a pat on the back, a joke that you crack to lighten the mood, make the other person feel valued, so on and so forth.

Does that make sense? Let me know. 

I am participating in the A To Z Challenge for the third time this year and I am penning Stories from everyday life.

W for Wounded ego #AtoZChallenge

Picture from The New York Times. Mark Lennihan/Associated Press

I learnt about the tussle between the Charging Bull and the Fearless Girl last week. This is a clear case of ‘wounded ego’ in my mind. Let me break down the case for you.

Close to thirty years ago, an artist Arturo Di Modica sculpted Charging Bull and installed it on the Wall Street. Since then, the bull has been a symbol of strength, greed at the bourses and optimism at the market. Tourists from all over the world have loved it since then. I remember clicking a picture of VT at that spot for his interest in the stock markets. Then one day in 2017, another artist Kristen Visbal creates a bronze statue of a little girl, hand on hips looking straight at the charging bull. The Fearless Girl represents the future. It could mean many things including more women on the Wall Street and why not? It’s just a public art piece.

There have been many debates on whether the Fearless Girl should stay. You can read about all that here and here.

The point I am trying to make is not about the new statue infringing on copyright or distorting the idea of the bull. It is about that times change. Interpretation of art changes in thirty years. Charging Bull and Fearless Girl can co-exist and none should be taken down. Optimism of the markets and presence of women in corporate leadership can go together. If the bull basically means soaring markets, what is the need to associate it with masculinity?  Or that the presence of the girl challenges this masculinity.

To every little girl who must have got a picture clicked there with the Fearless Girl, does it not mean confidence, strength, and ambition? I think thirty years is long enough a time to reign the street with one sentiment and now is the time to apply some balm on the wounded ego and accept the change. It’s time we do that.

I am participating in the A To Z Challenge for the third time this year and I am penning Stories from everyday life.

V for Voice #AtoZChallenge

Voice. It’s in the power of our words. The choice to speak up for what’s right or to stay shut to object what’s not right.

Sometimes, to show a perspective all we need to do is to voice our opinion. Sometimes, differently.

We need this video is in India too. Much needed, isn’t it?

I am participating in the A To Z Challenge for the third time this year and I am penning Stories from everyday life.

U for Uniqueness #AtoZChallenge

Uniqueness - it just happensUniqueness.

What’s that one unique thing about you?

Do you know we all have one thing that we can do but no one else?

You don’t fit the usual bill. Who said you should?

You think differently. They call you a rebel. So?

Do you have the courage to be different?

You killed your ideas before they saw the light of the world. Why?

“So the fact that I’m me and no one else is one of my greatest assets. Emotional hurt is the price a person has to pay in order to be independent.”
― Haruki Murakami

I am participating in the A To Z Challenge for the third time this year and I am penning Stories from everyday life.