Friday, October 30, 2009


Posted by Pratiba Bhat at Friday, October 30, 2009 7 comments

Dear Friends,

I felt that the new article "When in doubt, sing loud" is a little incomplete. Personally, I'm really not satisfied with what I've written. I was supposed to include many more aspects in the article but it was my mistake that I wrote in a hurry.... :( Hence I would love to re-write the article... with improvements... Hope you all don't mind me doing this... :D :D

Pratiba Bhat

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

When in doubt, sing loud

Posted by Pratiba Bhat at Tuesday, October 27, 2009 12 comments

It was funny when someone just asked whether my next article is going to be about time management. I had uploaded a picture of the sand timer during the waiting period. :D :D Pictures could get very misleading…: D But it is quite interesting to mislead people about what my next article is going to be. It is kind of is fun to get unpredictable also….: D: D: D

As of now I feel as though I haven’t written for ages. I guess it is because I had not written anything last week. :D :D :D But I’ll do try my best to convey my thoughts to you all in the best way possible….; D and of course I again thank you all for your good wishes and a special Thank You to all the followers of my blog. It has been a pleasure for my eyes to see the follower count increasing. :D Thank you all.

All of us are made in such a way that we tend to think at situations and apply what our mind or heart says. Every body has a mind that thinks. These thoughts that come to mind create our destiny, as you already know it (if you already have read my previous articles) But we tend to think so much that we generate questions in our minds. It is a natural tendency to generate questions when you think a lot. But it doesn’t end there itself. One needs to clear the doubt he/she is carrying in his/her mind. Doubt is the key to knowledge Nobody gets away without his/her doubts being solved. No doubts solved means you become paralyzed with doubts. It is almost like someone has tied an invisible knot around you.

Who knows? You may discover something new and exciting when you ask questions and clear them. Now don’t tell me that you have an EGO problem. ;D I’ve already mentioned previously in my article. EGO-Eliminating Growth Opportunities. You retard your own growth if you have an EGO problem!!!!!! However silly your doubt may be you have the freedom of clearing it. A person who clears his/her doubts is a fool for five minutes, but a person who never clears his/her doubts remains a fool forever (Sadly :() People may laugh you say?? Then be happy with the fact that you made people laugh. :D It is your question and your mind. You have the freedom to think in whichever way you want. (But, preferably good thoughts… Not the bad ones :D)

Right now I’ll not comment about “those doubts” created between a husband and a wife or any other couple for that matter. That is completely a different issue. A skeptical mind creates doubts between couples. So right now I wouldn’t highlight on that, but, since I’ve already mentioned it I would add that it is the loss of trust that makes a mind skeptical and negative about someone. Probably, even being too possessive also may not be ideal for some.

But in the other lines it is very important that we help our mind invite doubts happily. :D :D Trust me “you will” enjoy it. And believe me, it doesn’t show that you don’t know anything about something, but it shows that you want to learn something and you are having a thirst for more learning. It is a sign of you being very strong :D But this doesn’t mean that you start off from tomorrow onwards saying that you don’t know about anything in this world. :D :D

But I’m happy that I know some people who are down to earth and still ask questions if they don’t know something. Some of my very own classmates for example ;) Very sweet people do exist in this world. I’m happy about that. :D :D :D I doubt, therefore I think; I think therefore I am

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog action day

Posted by Pratiba Bhat at Thursday, October 15, 2009 4 comments

NATURE is the queen of surprises and wonders. She is so unpredictable that we’ll never know what her plan is for us till she makes it happen in real. Believe you me; the manner in which natural calamities hit us sometimes gives me the creeps. I know I know I shouldn’t be talking negative stuff here, but still, I would stick to what I said just now.

When I hear the word nature a picture of trees, plants, greenery and garden gets registered in my mind. Personally, I love greenery around, especially around my home where I stay. I’m happy that I’ve a small and cute garden in front of my home which I could see and relax whenever I want to. Very small birds that look like butterflies keep visiting my small and cute garden. It gives me a sort of satisfaction to see that these tiny birds take shelter from rains and wind in the plants that I planted long time back. I still remember that I had taken a blasting from my mom for emptying all my pocket money in buying an expensive sapling from the nursery and planting it in the garden. Looking at the sapling she said that it was a big waste and it wouldn’t grow. And she was absolutely right. It never grew for one whole year. After waiting for a year, to everybody’s surprise the same sapling which was very stubborn for one year started growing taller. It grew taller and taller and taller and now it is taller than me… oh it is taller than my father too. My mom was apologetic about what she said initially and now she thanks me for bringing it home. I've uploaded the snap below.

Somewhere these plants, trees etc. are all related to this unpredictable climate change that is happening around everywhere. Take for example, the floods in Karnataka in the recent days which puzzled every person because it was a heavy pour in a region which is usually not blessed by rains. It is sad that everything that used to be green is turning into dust now. I personally feel, the only difference between the good old days and today’s days is that, in the olden days we had green patches everywhere. But now it is the complete reverse. Probably this is the turning point that led to all the problems which were generated as byproducts like green house effect and what not. The root of every problem related to nature is the disappearance of the green.

But in India, we have a wonderful festival called “Vanamahotsava” (“Vana” means forest “Mahotsava= Maha+Utsava” where “Maha” means great or big and “Utsava” means festival). This festival is celebrated for the purpose of planting trees around. But this festival also has lost its charm. Only the enthusiastic people celebrate this festival wholeheartedly. But, imagine the Indian government passes an act saying that, “During Vanamahotsava, every plant that is planted newly will fetch Rupees 100/- to the planter.” Now just think, what might possibly happen? Everybody’s houses would be filled with plants. There would be plants, plants and only plants everywhere. I’m not claiming that government should take this action, but this is how we are. It is only that we need a motivation for even doing a small job of planting.

I had an urge that I should have plants in my garden that would be taller than me. And it did happen. I made it happen. This is my kind of motivation that I have always. I feel happy that in the due course I helped nature improve. A lot of joy will be bubbling within me when I see the regular guests i.e. butterflies, birds using my home’s plants for their activities. I really love it when it happens. A small plot of land that looks ugly, dull and dusty can be made to look beautiful naturally by only making a tree grow on it.

An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The problem is not the problem

Posted by Pratiba Bhat at Sunday, October 04, 2009 5 comments

It has been a good journey for me from the time I’ve started blogging. Friends, I appreciate your responses over comments and mails. This kept and will keep motivating me to pull out thoughts from my mind and write it down on this playground of mine. These are not just theoretical; these are the actual things that I have been working on so that I remember and practice the aspect in which I want to improve myself. That’s because learning will never end even if I would become a granny one day. :D All we have got to do is learn, learn and only learn. We can learn from anything we want. We can learn from our past experiences, our mistakes, our failures. There was a recent turning point in my life where my eyes actually opened up and I realized that I’m not doing anything to improve myself. I realized that I only used to make the mistake of complaining about the things happening around me. 50% of the time my problems would increase only because of the complaining nature I had before. In fact I would create more problems in the process. That is when I decided first to stop complaining about the problems around me.

We all have seen oyster shells that are found in beaches. Haven’t we? Let me talk about the pearl oysters. The outer appearance of a pearl oyster shell or any other oyster, for that matter, looks like an ordinary piece of shell. It may not look appealing for some of you out there. :D But it has its own looks and God has created it in the best way. It has a hard and rough surface with a random color and it is some what shapeless. But, every pearl oyster has the most beautiful jewel in world i.e. the “pearl” inside it. Similarly at this point I would love to quote what Robert Kiyosaki says, the author of the famous best seller, “Rich Dad Poor Dad”, a financial expert, educator and a successful investor. He says, “Inside of every problem lies an opportunity.” I hope you now realized why I took the example of the pearl in the oyster.

“Problems” I was waiting to write a blog on this since it is one of my favorite topics and the most challenging one. But, why are problems born? What creates the problem? How many kinds of problems do we have? What are the different problems that exist? Many questions like these can be raised regarding problems. There are different kinds of problems. But among all the different kinds of problems we have in this world, the mother of all problems (You can call father also) is the “Attitude” problem. This is what makes the difference from one person to another. This is why some people are happy in life and some others are not. This is why some people get what they wish for but some don’t.

As I’ve already mentioned initially that I decided to stop complaining about my problems. But this did not happen overnight. I worked on it really hard. And it became possible for me because I wanted to make my mindset positive. Here comes the attitude. You know, I know, everybody knows that problems pay a visit in everybody’s life. I personally feel that problems are oysters in which there is something precious hidden. When you know that a problem is knocking at your door, you should know that it is an opportunity knocking at your door. Let me give you an example on this. Imagine a couple, i.e. a husband and a wife are facing a serious family problem. Now they can go ahead with the problem in two ways. First way: Both can get frustrated with the problem and keep arguing with each other on every silly reason and throw their angers on each other. Second way: Both can stay calm and cool. Think on how to go about with the problem. You may have noticed that the first way is a negative approach and the second way is a positive approach. The couple will not get anything other than extra frustration by using the first way. But, if they go for the second option, they get an opportunity to get to know each other even more and understand the perception of his/her partner. Even better, their relationship gets stronger. Next time when they face the similar problem, they could catch up with it easily. This is what Robert Kiyosaki means. Thus, even if the problems exist, it is only in the way in which one takes it or faces it.

There are some who have done so many mistakes and haven’t learn t from them. These are the people who face problems constantly and unnecessarily. Yet there are some who face a constant shower of problems, but, still even to this day they have held themselves extremely well. I really want to congratulate such people because they have become an inspiration for me.

The bottom-line is not the problem; it is actually the way one thinks about the problem. The problems we face cannot be solved by thinking in the level in which we created them. We need a totally different mindset while searching the way out of our problems. This has worked not only for me, but for most of the others who have practiced it. I would say, watch the video that I’ve uploaded in the sidebar at least once a week. (The Secret: 20 minutes video) It has a huge impact. I would say the core of everything is only the mind. “It is all in the game of mind.”

Let me tell this to all those who keep complaining about the problems they have. Troubles, hindrances, obstacles and problems are those things that don’t actually last forever unless you make it bigger by frustrating on its arrival. It is hard but not impossible to practice “Non- frustration attitude” when problems are at your feet. But let me tell you that there is the word “possible” hidden within the word “impossible” (IM POSSIBLE). The problem is not the problem; the problem is your attitude about the problem.

So as humans we have different sorts of troubles that may be shot on us by God. But it is only up to us to understand why God does it, because stars are seen only at night.

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