Elon Musk and Tesla. This is a marketing story that’s going to go down in history, no I mean seriously.
Elon Musk has an incredibly infamous and active Twitter account (twitter.com/elonmusk). Over the years this has become a platform where Elon Musk expresses himself but being a CEO of some of the world’s most innovative companies and showing your real self to people comes at a price.
Elon Musk is not just ‘Elon Musk’ the person, he is also ‘Tesla’, and everything he does and says is linked back to his company. And yes, a company is a separate legal entity, but in marketing – perception is everything, even when it comes to forces like the S.E.C. This, Elon Musk has learnt the hard way.
I am going to explain it, with memes – yes, you read it right, MEMES
Well, so let’s start with this one, August 2018, when Elon Musk tweeted this *ahem* weed joke.
It started with a 7% stock decline and a suit from the SEC. A stock decline indicates not only investors, but also customers losing faith in Tesla, I will explain that after a few memes.
And then you know what happened ?
You think Elon Musk and Tesla go into damage control mode, they get good P.R. and HOORAY!
Ahem……NOPE, he then does this
Tesla, the company spent around $70 million in 2018 for marketing, but this one move, reduced the market capital by approximately $16.2 billion.
Now coming to the point of customers, seeing the ‘leader’ of the company act in such a manner, causes the customers to lose faith in the company, which delivers a product that the customers literally put their life in the hands of the product.
Well……but Tesla is no easy company to manage, post the SEC fiasco, and stepping down as Chairman, and the fine, guess what happened……..
As for the customers,
The number of units shipped went down from 90,700 in Q4 2018 to 63,000 – a 30.5% decline in sales for the company (Statista).
This is how Elon Musk – the very face of Tesla’s tweets and actions affected the company, management, investors and most importantly, customers.
Well you think Tesla & Elon Musk must have learnt from this…….yes they have, but then this happened on November 21st, 2019
Let’s continue with this using another medium…..some time later, shall we 😉 ?!
@ElonMusk (Elon Musk) “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” Twitter, 7 Aug. 2018, 12:48 p.m.
As usual my day oges and at the end of the day i was doing something……OKAY, i agree to it, was playing on my PS3, again :P. So, this time i was getting out of a town, where i am regularly in, the game, but this time i noticed that on the exit of the city, there’s always a flower, i collected amost all, but i didn’t notice this one, i was quite happy….Then again God inspired me.
This reminded me of how, God gives us signs, inspirations, ideas and so many lessons throughout our day, but at times people fail to notice them. I was going through a rough phase in the previous 2 weeks, that time none of this clicked my mind.
I then realized, it was so because all those days my heart and mind were closed, not that they were “closed” but it was i who didn’t let things get through them, see how God helped me to learn and notice that little thing in the game, i don’t think anything of this sort happened in those days…..
Why ? It was because my heart and mind were blocked by me and because of me letting all the chaos around get to me, i saw after that phase now that how many beautiful/wonderful things i missed.
These beautiful drops of wisdom, lessons and learning are always around us, but we see them when our souls, hearts, minds and our senses are open to it. I cherished the feeling of coming home and feeling warm after getting wet and driving in the rain, it just felt so beautiful to sit in my home, in my bed and just breathe…..i almost had tears in my eyes.
Life’s moments are just too precious to be wasting doing things that your soul and your heart don’t agree to or being sad, or depressed or letting anything get to you, its in these moments i felt so full and felt them slowing down, i almost had tears in my ees and Thanks to God for filling my heart with gratefulness in that/those moments.
I felt how special it was to be in this body, to be present in this world, where God has given YOU the ability, honor and potential to make a difference and to be special, unique and wonderful in your own way.
And most of all to DO and be GOOD. You have the power to do something nice today, doing something that just makes God happy, it can be doing something for the homeless guy down the street, something for your neighbour, maybe for a friend, or for a colleague, your loved one, or maybe just yourself, by giving yourself a good amount of rest and relaxation.
These for me are flowers in our life and daily which we just forget to pick at times, or sometimes people are so jammed up with doing things without any good reason and just being jammed busy and not taking out times for such wonderful things.
I say myself i am guilty of this, as you know, i too am just a human. But i can’t Thank God enough for making me realzie this. He has His own way of doing things, at times we just “don’t let ourselves” to see the light “In” the tunnel, the light which God has blessed in our hearts :).
Just think of this, if we keep picking such wonderful flowers everyday in our lives, don’t you think these will slowly become a bouquet, a small garden, an orchard then…….an orchard filled with the beauty of these gifts, eventually making our life, feel like a nature’s gift.
That’s what happends when you give, share or show kindness, its God way of showing us that we too are a part of this nature, this world, we, the people of this world are in it, together, you never know when sharing a smile with a kid across the street or sharing a kind word with someone may make an impact in someone’s life, the rewards of which God will give you returns for.
I truly believe that “You reap what you sow” and “Sowing” is just not a one time action, you need to nurture it conitniously, give it love and feed it, we must sow these in our lives, because these are not flowers that will wither, but they will stay with us, in our souls, hearts and minds, till the day we die. But in order for these flowers to not wither, there’s only one condition.
Keep nurturing it, because they will replensish your soul, fill your heart and refresh your mind.
On this note, i wish you all my readers have had a most wonderful week and wishing you all a most lovely weekend ahead
Ooooh okay….i know, i know i’ve been “In the Shadows” for a while :P…..i had my readers asking me, that do i write blog posts anymore ? what’s happened to my blog ? WHY :O ?? LOL….and many other questions.
First of all, apologies to you lovely people, but i Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your love and support and for hanging on, i am truly Grateful to God for all of you :))). Last 6-7 months, i’ve been through changes, rock crushing schedules, illnesses, ups and downs like “Man, this a Camel!!!”…and phew!!!
Well, this post was like a chain reaction to all the thinking that was goin’ on in my mind…….okay, i confess, i was thinking while devouring on some tasty Indian Alphonso Mangoes :P…….**Back to the point you distracted BOY!**….okay…**deep breath** 😛 …well, with the new things coming up, i joined Empire Avenue on Friday evening….loved the response there and Thanks to God for a friend i realized some new things. So, with Empire Avenue, i have been thinking of making a **Come Back :D!** on Social Media….that’s when….my mind & heart were like “Waaaaiiiiittttttt :D!”…it was like “Spot on” to the thought that was going on in my mind :D! I said, YES!
I was thinking about various things of how should i slowly and gradually step back into Social Media without letting it interfere in my life’s activities……well, God gave me that idea and it was something i realized i am always doing, but you know how you feel when you “Realize” that :).
For me, Thank God, there hasn’t been something like “a way” or “the way” for me when it comes to doing thngs, i always believe in that if there are certain guidelines to doing something, following those, i do things the way i like or to say in a way that comes to my soul & heart, something that resonates with them :).
Things settled, my mind calmed, i breathed deeply, looked around…..and i thought “Wow! Now that’s Clear!”, feeling that shiver which runs through your spine, i said, “Yeah, that’s what i’m gonna do.”
I realized that, that’s the thing which comes in when following/doing things that resonate with your soul and heart. There’s that sudden blast of peace and calm that runs through, with the silence that comes with it…..you feel you know the way and, you’re ready for action like “HELLS Yeah :D!”
That’s the point when i thought, why shouldn’t all of us do that when it comes to work, running an errand, doing something that people find monotonous, but YOU…..yes, YOU can do it!
Aaaaaand then memories popped in one after the other……That was one of the first lessons i learnt, How ?
Whenever we went for a vacation to Dubai as a family, it was my duty to do the dishes…..and since then i was very enthusiastic and energetic about, i loved it, still do and i really Thank God for that…..that was the time when it first hit my mind that doing things by the way that God has guided your soul/heart, there’s no doubt that you’ll fall in love doing that.
I had a had a bunch of posts which were in draft….still do, but it wasn’t that energetic for me to get up and write it…and well i lacked time, still do, but i thought, “I’ll make the best out of this!”
The Soul & Heart’s Joy, that’s a combined effort, that’s when that happiness is powerful enough to generate that much energy from within you, that you don’t get up, but you “ZOOM”, with a smile across your face when you do that.
There’s that sense of curiosity blooming within you, like that of a child, not only that, but start enjoying the journey/path to your destination, because you know, you’ve fallen in love and you are loving what you do, its because of “How” you are doing.
At times people do things a certain way and they “seem” bored and they “think” that what they are doing is boring….STOP right there, what if that what you’re doing, you are not doing “YOUR” way…so why not add something that spices it up a bit.
Well, i’ll give an example of myself, at times i have to write many theories and theoretical notes, usually i see other students are bored or they get bored and feel lethargic when it comes to writing those notes, Thanks to God i’m not like that, i LOVE writing notes…….Why ? I write them in a very stylish way that it makes fun for me, not only to write it, but also if someone reads it, they’d enjoy it too. And well, i’ve seen some others, they use different color inks according to the importance of the subject.
And then, there’s simply the love of doing what you love, no matter how many times you do it, you always want to do it…..you know what, its not late to “Add” that love in the other things that which you might be doing and you find them boring.
Life and everything in it, is an Adventure, the more you spend each moment loving what you do, you’ll cherish those moments over the years to come. Not only that, you’ll see that love, and all the dedication, hard work, compassion that you’ve put into it by that love, Reflected in no matter what it is you do. There will be “Your” perfection that comes to it.
So you know what, trying doing something that you do everyday, this time in a different way, where you feel all of that, when you feel that rush within you to get it done, not because you want to get rid of it, because you love doing it, because you enjoy it, because it is an extension, a part of YOU that you add in to whatever you do.
And then slowly, let that bloom and crawl into all of your life’s activities, then no matter what it is you wanna you do…..you’ll be like “HELLS Yeah :D!”
Coming to the end of this post **breathin’ deeply**…..YAYHOOO….i actually did this :D! Published a post after 6 months and 19 days….Thank God :D! And my lovely readers ‘n’ subscribers, Thank you, once again…..Never hesitate sharing your love via your amazing comments, likes, responses, retweets and much :).
Wishing you all and all your loved ones a most wonderful new week with many many blessings & best wishes :D!
Reflections – Image is Subject to Copyright of its owners
Well, after my previous post, which as i had mentioned in a few places on my Facebook that i “accidentally” published it, that taught me a lot. God taught me through it that it was His Willing that my post was published “accidentally”, i was in actual going to delay it to some date later, edit it and etc. when i wasn’t busy, just like the 7-8 other posts that i have……LOL.
This made me realize that you must let Life go the way God want us to, there’s no use in delaying, rushing, or resisting at all. you must Participate in The Moment, and give it your best, that’s the best you can do, and that’s all you have and that i am Grateful, that i learnt and realize this….then at the speed of ***SWOOOSH*** came a thought which said “what if i had realized this later, i would’ve started working on what i have to” and then Strikingly Fast at the Speed of Light came in another thought **SWOOSH** from my heart that said “God drives our lives the way He wants to & He didn’t want me to realize this before”
Remember, Never EVA let regret even come near, Thank God my heart was on a total “Shooo off you moron” mode :D!
Surely a moment for me to wink on myself ;). LOL…..well, that’s pretty much the way life goes, **Confession Mode Activated** i’ve been into resisting and delaying a lot of stuff, not only like my blog posts, even related to what i do and what i aspire ‘n’ inspire to do. All it just takes is to open your eyes : ). When God wills and the time is right, things will happen and they surely will fall in place, why worry ? why rush ?. The same day was filled with more surprises, a kind Twitter friend and the Founder of Twylah, Kelly Kim, she RT’ed my post, i was like “Whoa :D! From where did she come to know about it 😀 ?” In a happy way though, i was about to kinda jump and dance.
Realizations – Image is Subject to Copyright of its owners
You can never expect how or which way life goes…OMG……ooh not to mention i had my solid “weird beard” cc. my post “Weekend Chewbies“, i had my mind screaming “Hoooray Hooray, you like a drunkard”, how worse can it get….LOL. The night about Gratefulness and then the end of the same day on the note of “Realizations” some secret lessons this day had to teach, well i also learn about “Patience”, i was gonna Publish this one too at the same day, i gave it a thought that, after my deadlines are over, i will Publish it, without thinking about or editing my words, at times i even drastically edited my posts thinking that they were too Frank or Outspoken, this right now, and Thank God for the blessing for a friend, they made me realize that this is who i am, editing my writing and what i write here which comes first from my heart, i just edit my authenticity somewhere, my message remains the same, but i intended to, you know, redraft my language thinking that some might find it to be appropriate, what i learnt, and also some one told me before, i should write for myself, i just have to write, it flows from my heart, and God wills, whatever flows from one’s heart is always liked and loved by everyone : ).
Those things and words from our heart that we edit, takes away a part of ourselves, leaving something unsaid, so never edit what comes from your heart : ).
Thank God for bringing these words to my heart “Never let the words & actions that come from your heart ever be edited”
And i am publishing this one after many days of writing the above parts, its not that what i write or something, its what God taught me, that matters. I learnt that its important that we keep God first and let things take their own course, that we have a strong will and intention to DO and God will open the doors on His own.
This year has been an Incredible Journey, with many many ups and downs, All my Gratitude to God for blessing me with growth, for showing me the right way, for guiding me, in each step of mine that i fell for giving me His hand and so much more.
Including, giving me an opportunity to to share of all of this with you, i Thank you all from all my heart, for taking out your precious time from your busy days to read my posts, to comment on them, to share them, to give your Amazing compliments and SO much more : ).
A sleepless night, sitting on my bed, having chocolate, under the moonlight. Usually i tend to get pretty fuzzy when i am not able to sleep or if i don’t get sleep. This night, well it was maybe something else. I sat, stood, moved around, had something…..i felt blessed, although i was not able to sleep and i was having a “head-banging” headache, nothing stopped me for sitting under the moonlight and admiring God’s created Nature. At times, how we do forget to look around and apppreciate our blessings, even though we have so many, we tend to turn blind and blind folded by something called “Ungratefulness” as “Gratefulness” is a parent of virtues, the exact vice-versa goes for “Ungratefulness”, its when people become “ungrateful”, we disregard, forget and appreciate all that we have and have had. I Thank God for keeping me away from that and making me realize that Hey, if He didn’t want it, i wouldn’t be awake this night writing this post laying on my bed w/o even looking at my laptop
If He didn’t want, i wouldn’t even be on this bed……aaaand thats just the beginning…..how many times in a day we just stop everything, look around, realize and Thank & be Grateful for all that we have, when do we pause and say “Hey God, sorry for being a jacka** and for any of my actions that may have saddened you, and Thank you for everything” and you smile from your heart and continue with what you were doing. Remember folks, Life is just too damn short, so live each moment, with the magical seed of Gratefulness in your heart, nurture and care for it, by remembering it, which will just make you realize, that just how beautiful really is life. While writing this i did get reminded of my kind Dreamer friend Deanna……and also the friend i met in the mall cc. my post “People and Probabilities“. Could this all ever have been poossible if i hadn’t carried this parable of Gratefulness which later my eyes were opened to. “Carpe Diem”.
As i heard in a Tv serial, which means “Seize the Moment” P.S. that’s the only word/thing i liked in that serial….LOL…..back to the point, (Hell, i got distracted pretty damn fast…..lol) yep, so as the words say “Seize the Moment”……..you see, its just the present moment that we’ve got to be Grateful, okay at this point i was Grateful about that calculator/typewriter like-ish sound that my phone was making on tapping the keys,as my eye lids started drooping and i remembered of some Prose i studied years ago in Grade 9 & 10. Isn’t that just FAB, all of a sudden all of these coming back, that put me to thought, what if i had been “the usual fuzzy boy/man” ??? I don’t even know if i’d have cherished all of the sweetness, at this point it was 5 am on the 10th of December, this seemed more like a diary, the way is was going and i noticed how i placed it all in past tense and again went back to a FAB literature teacher called Mr. Rose we had back in school.
We can’t even imagine where Gratefulness can go
Remember, somethings in life can never be traded, like memories, we all have our own, like our personal diaries to look back, learn and cherish them……i noticed how my post was flying towards many many words.
If you notice, “Gratefulness” can be broken up in two words “Grate” & “fullness”…..this reminded me of how we can Grate a carrot or cheese, when we do that, each piece then, as a result of that “grating” has an identity of its own, same as our lives, which when these “grates” of Each Moment of our lives are put together makes it whole. So why not Live each bit of this Life’s moment “grate” with “fullness”, which someday we all will look back and see at before we leave this temporal presence. So, what are you grateful for, at this moment, what comes to your mind, i am Grateful right now for at least being alive…………..Gratefulness is like a river, the greatness and love of which can fill and quench the thirst of one’s heart.
You know, at times we all tend to get fuzzy, that’s human fuzziness at times…..lol….when that happens (God forbid), just don’t forget to be Grateful, close and open your eyes then, feel the difference as things seem calmer, so does your heart :-). Begin that moment with a smile, Life may not always give a second chance, so just grab this very one, and change your life from this moment.
Well i kinda ended this post @ 5:15 am……yawwwwn…….Hope you liked this little journey of mine, i know, i know, i haven’t been upto blogging much lately these days because of stuff………..well…..stuff….LOL….Hope you like this post and please do let me know so by your loving comments below.
Another day in my life, struggling with sickness and the load of stuff that I had to do as the beginning of a new week came by, cold, minor food poisoning, breakdowns/metldowns, name it! God, it was like an Ordeal,………as I always say, “Each experience in Life, whether soft or hard comes with a learning for your growth ~ M. Faizan “…..well this had something new to teach.
I had to rush to a certain number many of places and that too each task with a time constraint…..woo hoo….now that’s quite a challenge. What I learnt was that, I had to stop taking any sort of stress/tension about all these tasks to complete, all I had to do is just focus on one of them , while not loosing focus on my health and the current task at hand.
I did hear a lot that “When you wish for something from your heart, the universe conspires it to give it you” well yeah, that’s exactly what happened, I was rushing between places and it so happened that I didn’t even had to wait for a single light, really! I was like “Whoa!” what’s happening, because usually when I rushed to multiple places I used to get ALL the lights on the way, I used to say “GEEZ Man! Why my at this time when I m gettin’ late….God!” and I started honking and trying to find a way out and God! That used to be nuts…..seriously!
I learnt that when you focus your mind towards one task at a time, your clarity increases substantially, your mind out of everything else, and aligning with your Heart and Soul, its beneficial for your body too, in reduces the stress levels, you are able to figure out alternative ways and solutions to achieve your task, your speed increases greatly, it reduces confusion and the mess that can happen, believe me, when I tried to rush with my mind in stress and a whole lot of things, I’ve had accidents, which is not good. Its like your mind clicks open, and wow, there’s a Rush of Calm and Peace, even if what you’re dealing with is a lot of work, and after those all minutes and moments of focus, when you’ll look at your achievement, you’ll see your beauty, creativity and light reflecting in that, making me understand, that
Clarity is such an important part of our lives, it’s like the windscreen of a car, if its blurred, unclear and etc. there are chances of the wrong things happening. Pertaining, our Perception. Its how we look at things that matter, if at that time I thought “This is a mess”….. I m quite sure it would’ve been an Ordeal for me to make it to all these places that too in perfect time, keeping your Calm active and running, and being centered even though so many things that happen around, that’s what matters.
Keeping your Perception focused at one goal at a time, putting your 110% into it, with all your heart & mind. The power of achievements that we have when we combine our hearts & minds is amazing.
Something that helps the most in times of stress…..Breathing…..close your eyes, only one long breath, with all your heart and soul, you’ll feel the energy around you, how in those seconds you breathe a million molecules and how your lungs convert them into oxygen, scientific, but now combine this with your Soul, you’ll feel a Deep immense energy running through you and energizing you.
The heart’s sound must always be active in us, which is Peace, and indeed it is 100% possible to achieve that Peace all 24 hours a day, I almost suffered a breakdown/meltdown this weekend, I was so stressed, and all it took was…………. just one opening drive to help me see what I was doing wrong, Indeed, Life’s Blessings comes from some of the most unexpected mediums.
We can multi-task, the power that we have to do things, its wonderful beyond words, so is our capability of achieving them and keeping up a positive attitude showers in the Love, Dedication and Sincerity in no matter what you do :).
When we take our Clarity and Perceptions to another level in combination with our Hard work, sincerity and dedication, we go beyond, we Love what we do, then the time that we spend doing, it doesn’t matter, nor do we take stress, as a result of which we are able to listen to what our body has to say, and step aside when our body sends the message. Like me, Hell i was writin’ this post yesterday, but then my eyes started drooping and the head started to spin i was like “whoa! that feels new……LOL”….i really mean the beginning something like that, and your mind continuously blinks “May Day! May Day!”…..hahahaha.
Well, that’s me :D! Very very human, with my own set of Awesomies and “GEEZERS!” in my daily life, with roller coasters, as i’d said in my post Challenges as we know Them I flow with the time, fighting against it is not the solution, this new De-stressing Wonderfully Awesome New Experience by the Graciousness of God has taught me a LOT more.
And as i’d written in a quote a long while ago and was reminded by someone who said the similar thing : Every moment is a new beginning, a new journey, observe the power of each moment and see your present mold your future ~ M. Faizan.
I Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for reading and commenting on my posts, i read each of them and its your Love, Enthusiasm & Response which makes me want to write a lot more……Another Thank You….with my hand on my heart.
Well ……you know what….It was last weekend Weekend 😀 😀 :D!!! YAY!!!!! An Awesome start i had to a Thundering Saturday…..i was like wooohoooo, still had, i saw the shining bright sun bring the new day, as the monsoon clouds retreated and went away back to their humble abode, finding a new destiny, i know they’ll be back, same time the next year. Theeere i go poetic :P.
And you know, there are times when things happen…..well Anger is not me, this Saturday took a U turn, suddenly things happened and my day felt like “Wha???”, while holding on to the Awesomeness of the day :). I tend to get angry when my Awesome day starts running towards “OMG! i want this day to pass real fast”…..
I don’t know how, and i didn’t remember also but i held onto this saying of Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) : “A strong person is not the person who throws his adversaries to the ground. A strong person is he who contains himself when he is angry.”
“Geez! what’s happening to my day”, another thought ran through my mind, “Its the weekend, this isn’t supposed to be happening!”
I do stuff at times when i m angry…..okay i mean ……Stuff…..LoL…here’s a small list of what i do :-
1) Sit if am standing, sleep if am sitting
2) Take a Long sleepers
3) Start watching something (movie, Tv, etc.)
5) Take some real long deep breathers
6) Talk to a friend
8 ) Drive professionally…..my racer self is into action, but not causing probs. to anyone at all 8)
9) Indulge in Creativity 🙂
10) Give up a some cash i have in pocket to charity…..that can go crazy at times, it helps me calm but 😛
This time, something different happened, i took the keys to my Nicey scooter, prayed for a while, had tears in my eyes……Okay, let me tell you, people say, for them, one of the difficult things at times about being a man is crying, but i wasn’t nor am nor will be in those perceptions of others as the Soul we hold within is from God, so i let tears flow, which made me calm :). I looked at a cafe and my mind whispered “cafe” “cafe” I told myself “Next time ;D” and planned to Get Lost, yes Get Lost on purpose i planned on discovering new roads in the city, i’d done that once before when i was out of focus, but couldn’t drive much because it was very late at night, but i’d promised myself i’d be back that place and continue to see where the road leads, No Maps, no GPS, nothing!…….well i drove, I drove to the end of the city City, Literally the place where the city ends and the only way you can get ahead is by a floating…….i mean its an ocean………it was a wonderful feeling.
I saw a beautiful little Church on the way before that, i was like “God! haven’t ever seen that one!…..it was actual an Uphill road via a bay where the city ended. I’d learnt to assess the energy from my anger by putting it into something else, something beautiful, i Thank God for my sister, who let me know more about it.
I was humming a line from a song “The roads feel lovelier than the destination….” that was amazing.
I stopped humming the song as i saw the thick trees across the road, blended their beautiful scent in the afternoon breeze, i took a big refreshing breath……..still not knowing where i was headed :).
I let my spirit wander……i knew, wherever i went, my heart would direct me home.
Okay, first thing if you wanna get lost, have a full tank of gas, i had! I came to junction, i had been there before, a long while ago, gosh!…..having a choice where to go, i asked a driver for direction to my home, i just drove away from it to find a longer route to be back ;D! I kept driving straight and i discovered some beautiful places, . I came across a pretty many HSBC bank branches, im like “man they’re everywhere” ….one of ’em reminded me….”oooh! I can call my relationship manager in the other Bank, she’d know some fool who could help me out if m lost :D!…LOL” My mobile was on Silent mode and i knew calling anyone wouldn’t be any use…coz many of them i knew didn’t even dread to go to those roads because there were shorter routes :P…i took a left ahead and after a little while another left. Guess what! I am back at the same junction…im like “Geezerzz!! i m back here….hahaha”
I drove, drove, drove and drove, God knows how many kilometers, finally i come to this Gianormous Road! NO two wheeler’s where there…. and Huge SUV zzzzzzoooomed! past me…i was like **gulps**…where the hell am i 😀 😀 😀 ???”….i noticed a Muslim shrine far across, i knew people talking about going there, i’d been near that place only once as a child with my parents…..it was beautiful sight……finally! i came to the road where a close friend lives..,..”hahaha this fool doesn’t even know i m here”….noticed the coffee shop where he usually had coffee with his girlfriend…..he was out of the city then ;D!…..took up another junction of Getting Lost…LOL!!!….but now it was BRIGHT afternoon, the sun shining at its highest, you can’t really drive much on a Two-wheeler with that kinda Sun smiling upon you..LoL………i chose the way home.
SEE!!! There wasn’t anger, sweet warm feelings, wonderful memories and nothing else…..it had all disappeared….i came home taking a deep breath and laughing at myself, i had been through roads only surrounded by trees and the afternoon breeze, i had heard insects creaking in the bright sunlight, all the magic engulfed into me, i watched tall buildings and drove UP the hilly roads…..and down them….smelled the fresh sea as i drove by the 2 bays, both at different corners of the city. A time memorable indeed :).
Anger is a natural emotion, its when we experience it, we must hold our tongue and actions, think, observe and understand what it is, or just feel the anger, and put it into something beautiful, or do nothing at all, as one of the things i do, just going to bed for a few minutes, or taking a good shower, that helps, because at that time you start focusing on yourself, at times in anger we don’t focus on ourselves, in those moments we should smile and appreciate ourselves, do what we Love and let it vanish in your Love for ourselves.
Thank you so much for taking out your precious time for reading this and commenting on here, i’d Love to know what you like to do or do when you’re angry :). Wishing you all a wonderful new week ahead :D!
Just one of these sick days that i m going through, i remembered some episodes of Doctor Who a Science Fiction Tv show, well, memories & fun as my mind plunged into thoughts. In the recent Season of Doctor Who featuring a new or as fans know the Eleventh Doctor, played by Matt Smith. At first in a doubt as he was stepping into the shoes of a most honored show which began in 1963 and is still going on (Believe me!) and great character played by 10 excellent actors before him.
Undoubtedly, Matt being the youngest actor ever who’s played the role of the Doctor, won the hearts of the fans by his charm.
A little background into The Doctor :- He’s a 900year old Time Traveler (humanoid species known as Time Lord) from the planet Gallifrey who has spent his time traveling the universe in his Time Traveling machine : The TARDIS and protecting Planet Earth and its inhabitants. Wisdom, wittiness, strong will, compassion, kindness, intelligence just being a few of his traits. A man of Peace, he is always a child from within.
And that role was perfectly played by Matt Smith. We saw moments of fun where he dips fish fingers into custard and moments where he uses his much needed intelligence and wisdom. And even at places proving that although having a younger body, his wisdom is that of a 900year old man, and the expressions, the dialogue delivery and acting by Matt, i must say, i m truly stunned. After the amazing impression the Tenth Doctor (David Tenant) had left in the minds of fans, i thought it would be very difficult for someone to take his place, but Matt handled it, Amazingly.
Two traits which i found most remarkable about The Doctor are him always being the child he is within and his Fearlessness. No matter the how big the challenge would’ve been, with these as a combination and keeping that witty and silly smile of his, he always finds a way out of any unexpected situation he has thwarted into. It really makes me smile to see those moments and have been really fascinated by them.
I find that real for Life too.
One of things i enjoy is learning more about a character, understanding its traits and Wow! i must say people know how to make them so inspiring. I am indeed inspired by the character of The Doctor. So those moments of wonder and fun watching this incredible show are indeed good.
Indeed being a child at heart is a most wonderful thing about life, the portrayal of The Doctor shows it how. Being a man of Peace The Doctor never uses a weapon, but relies on his Love, wisdom, intelligence, fearlessness, his other amazing traits and his little Sonic Screwdriver [More in the Infographic below], by which he indeed leaves a wonderful impression on those who he has always helped, they remember him for his child like kindness and innocence and his empowering wisdom. Even at the most unexpected and shocking things thrown at him, he breezes through them with a smile which = Positive Attitude and about which i am sure is the solution to all the problems :D!
The story of The Doctor tells us that how much in a life time even after going through so much, we should & must always be the Child within us, Smile and Always be Shiny Positive, that’s when we find a true way out. Always being Excited, Enthusiastic, Crazy, Fun Loving, Joyful and Loving about whatever and however we do it. That things happen in life, and also they come and go, Life is all about Enjoying and living it to the best and Happiest in each of the moments. In the episode “Big Bang” when The Doctor is ready and is sacrificing himself and has barely any hopes of coming back, even in that Bleak moment, he’s shown to have hope, that ray of light within his heart that he will be out of it and he will come back and guess what, he does. This tells us how important Hope is in our lives, even though at times by the circumstances it may “seem” that there is none.
I like to get some great/good inspiration from some amazing things that i watch/read and it is indeed wonderful an amazing :D!
I hope you all enjoyed this little post, still been very busy and having a cold, hoping to be back at the soonest :). Thank You so much for taking out your time to read it and comment here, i end my post with an Amazing Infographic by Bob Canada . Do let me know what you think about it in the comments below :).
A hungry child in East Africa can’t wait. Her hunger consumes her while we decide if we’ll respond and save her life. In Somalia, children are stumbling along for days, even weeks, on dangerous roads and with empty stomachs in search of food and water. Their crops failed for the third year in a row. All their animals died. They lost everything. Thousands are dying along the road before they find help in refugee camps.
At my house, when my three children are hungry, they wait minutes for food, maybe an hour if dinner is approaching. Children affected by the food crisis in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia aren’t so lucky. Did you know that the worst drought in 60 years is ravaging whole countries right now, as you read this? Famine, a term not used lightly, has been declared in Somalia. This is the world’s first famine in 20 years.12.4 million people are in need of emergency assistance and over 29,000 children have died in the last three months alone. A child is dying every 5 minutes. It it estimated that 750,000 people could die before this famine is over. Take a moment and let that settle in.
The media plays a major role in disasters. They have the power to draw the attention of society to respond–or not. Unfortunately, this horrific disaster has become merely a footnote in most national media outlets. News of the U.S. national debt squabble and the latest celebrity’s baby bump dominate headlines. That is why I am thrilled that nearly 150 bloggers from all over the world are joining together today to use the power of social media to make their own headlines; to share the urgent need of the almost forgotten with their blog readers. Humans have the capacity to care deeply for those who are suffering, but in a situation like this when the numbers are too huge to grasp and the people so far away, we often feel like the little we can do will be a drop in the ocean, and don’t do anything at all.
When news of the famine first hit the news in late July, I selfishly avoided it. I didn’t want to read about it or hear about it because I knew I would feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable. I wanted to protect myself. I knew I would need to do something if I knew what was really happening. You see, this food crisis is personal. I have a 4-year-old son and a 1 yr-old daughter who were adopted from Ethiopia and born in regions now affected by the drought. If my children still lived in their home villages, they would be two of the 12.4 million. My children: extremely hungry and malnourished? Gulp. I think any one of us would do anything we could for our hungry child. But would you do something for another mother’s hungry child?
My friend and World Vision staffer, Jon Warren, was recently in Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya–the largest refugee camp in the world with over 400,000 people. He told me the story of Isnino Siyat, 22, a mother who walked for 10 days and nights with her husband, 1 yr-old-baby, Suleiman, and 4 yr.-old son Adan Hussein, fleeing the drought in Somalia. When she arrived at Dadaab, she built the family a shelter with borrowed materials while carrying her baby on her back. Even her dress is borrowed. As she sat in the shelter on her second night in camp she told Jon, “I left because of hunger. It is a very horrible drought which finished both our livestock and our farm.” The family lost their 5 cows and 10 goats one by one over 3 months, as grazing lands dried up. “We don’t have enough food now…our food is finished. I am really worried about the future of my children and myself if the situation continues.”
Will you help a child like Baby Suleiman? Ask5for5 is a dream built upon the belief that you will.
That something I knew I would need to do became a campaign called #Ask5for5 to raise awareness and funds for famine and drought victims. The concept is simple, give $5 and ask five of your friends to give $5, and then they each ask five of their friends to give $5 and so on–in nine generations of 5x5x5…we could raise $2.4 Million! In one month, over 750 people have donated over $25,000! I set up a fundraiser at See Your Impact and 100% of the funds will go to World Vision, an organization that has been fighting hunger in the Horn of Africa for decades and will continue long after this famine has ended. Donations can multiply up to 5 times in impact by government grantsto
help provide emergency food, clean water, agricultural support,
healthcare, and other vital assistance to children and families suffering in the Horn.
I need you to help me save lives. It’s so so simple; here’s what you need to do:
I’m looking for another 100 bloggers to share this post on their blogs throughout Social Media Week. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in participating this week.
A hungry child doesn’t wait. She doesn’t wait for us to finish the other things on our to-do list, or get to it next month when we might have a little more money to give. She doesn’t wait for us to decide if she’s important enough to deserve a response. She will only wait as long as her weakened little body will hold on…please respond now and help save her life. Ask 5 for 5.
Thank you on behalf of all of those who will be helped–you are saving lives and changing history.
P.S. Please don’t move on to the next website before you donate and email your friends right now. It only takes 5 minutes and just $5, and if you’re life is busy like mine, you probably won’t get back to it later. Let’s not be a generation that ignores hundreds of thousands of starving people, instead let’s leave a legacy of compassion. You have the opportunity to save a life today!
Hmmm….where should i start from ;D! I met Anthony Knutson via Twitter as he began following me, expressing my plight on a rough day, Anthony rained down upon kind & wonderful words upon me which made me smile. Learning more about him, i came to know that Anthony ran a foundation by the name The Art for Life Foundation. Its message and its cause really touched me, i sent out a few Tweets for his foundation, but didn’t feel much, so i decided to write in a post about it, as i have been also supporting other causes on my page Causes I Support and Promote.
For over 13 years now, Art for Life has focused on creating programs that help kids who are undergoing physical, emotional or mental crisis to use art as a way of helping them work through and with their illness. They’ve been empowering kids from an early age through their teens to embrace art as a way of expressing how they feel during and what is a very scary and difficult time for them.
Self expression through Art has been a wonderful way to help these kids and has been a method used by Art For Life. Children’s Hospitals can be places of noticeable tension, where the struggles, fears and hopes of patients, families and staff make for a stressful experience at times of them. At a time like this, people realize that healing goes beyond curing the body, curing comes in emotionally also and that its very important. At various children’s hospital locations,
The Art For Life Foundation offers various arts programs to pick up where medicine stops to help guide patients through recovery. They also reach out to Children’s Hospices &
Juvenile Centers, Behavioral Health Centers, Children’s Houses and many more places
wherever these kids need any love & support.
Their programs provide inclusive, interactive, therapeutic art activities that help normalize the hospital experience for kids. All patients are encouraged to participate, regardless of physical limitations. The programs work either in a group environment or in one-on-one sessions with the objective to provide a nurturing and inspirational creative experience to every child. All the programs are not in children’s hospitals. They also work with a juvenile courthouse and with a childrens hospice/respite location, however all of their programs work with children using art as an effective tool – empowering them and often times their siblings and family members – to actively participate in their own healing process.
The Art for life Foundation runs a various number of amazing programs that makes these kids and teens smile, some of them are :-
Feeling Notes – The Foundations uses the soothing music of the harp to help the patients feels calm and relieved.
Art While you Wait – In this program the founder provides a variety of art & craft materials & projects to the patients and their siblings waiting for treatment in the Emergency Department – Located in 7 states across the US.
Vickie & Friends (Ceramic Painting) – Vickie Geistkemper, the program director and her friends have helped 1,750 children to paint Ceramics, they’ve got beautiful themes for these kids each month, for eg: bugs in June and Hearts in October. And also the family members of children are encouraged to take part so that the children feel the Love & Support from everyone around them.
Artfelt Memories – This program helps kids cope up with the death of a parent or sibling and parents cope with their loss of a spouse or child, they work with children, teenagers and their parent(s). It gives each family member an opportunity to create a ceramic memory piece in honor of their loved one. Giving them a way to create their own art as a way to capture their own unique memories of their loved one.
Painting Hearts! – It as an arts program for children/young adult cardiac patients, their siblings and adult family members, as well as parents whose infant children are undergoing cardiac surgery and/or procedures. They’re given an opportunity to create their own unique ceramic heart with a question What makes your heart happy 😀 ?
And you know the best part, this is just beginning of some of the most wonderful programs that The Art for Life Foundation runs :D!!!
These various beautiful programs help kids to feel better, it takes their mind off the stress and tension that they face, these beautiful pieces of Art created by the kids themselves and by the volunteers become a symbol of healing of love, radiating happiness and joy in their lives and making that time an phase much more easier and comforting for them :D! It gives them an opportunity to help and create something out of their own hearts.
Anthony started this foundation 13 years ago with a dream of helping a few children, now it reaches over 18,000 kids per year. With its simple yet wonderful & profoundly amazing idea the foundation won prizes and achieved great recognition throughout the country. Which include – The Bertha Wright Award in 2004 – Winner of The Blair L. Sadler International Healing Arts Competition and some more.
Anthony’s kindness, love, hard work and dedication towards his foundation has now made it a large foundation with an amazing reach, The Art For Life Foundation has 22 programs located across 8 states including Washington DC.
The foundation helps hundreds of kids to smile each day, it makes them feel happy about what they can create, it takes their mind of the pain and experience that they go through, not only that, but it gives them a positive insight about life that no matter what happens, everything in life is a learning experience, and that even when times are not so easy, we must always smile and release our creativity in different ways and forms, as it expresses our deep innermost emotions, the beauty, the love, the happiness and the innocence of these children can be seen in the wonderful pieces of Art that they create, not only providing them with healing emotionally, but also from their hearts and minds.
If you’re interested in knowing more about the foundation, then do please visit their website here : http://www.artforlife.org
Concluding this post with some wonderful messages from Anthony himself :
“Sometimes healing can come from the love & support of a volunteer artist helping to add a special finishing touch ~ Anthony”
“Children just don’t do Art, but they live within it. They take a crayon and a piece of paper and create a world that is real and in that reality find a place to heal ~ Anthony”
” It is important to create. It is important to Play. Art is the Rainbow that appears after every storm, reaching out, inspiring, transforming and reflecting back the love & life of everyone it touches ~ Anthony”
This Foundation truly inspires me, each time when i think of a child creating Art that makes him/her smile, it warms my heart, i remember when as child i drew or painted and when i saw my work, i know the smile it brought me and how Love flowed from the heart in every single line that was created and each drop as it touched the paper.
I Thank you all for taking out time to read this post and I pray and hope from my heart that May God always & always Bless This Foundation and Anthony with Lots of Love, Happiness & Blessings.