Slaughter

By P.R. Rajeswari

Deadline nears….
A voice deep inside cries…
Neither dawn
Nor twilight is mine
My wish to see thy face
Taste thy nectar shalt remain unearned..

I heard thy Brine, mother mine!
Stealthy shedding in solitude
Pining for my shine…
Ah,Boor designs my fate
Thy prayers and hopes…
In vain..

I leave the world…
Without leaving a mark…
I depart thy womb…
With ache in my heart…
None sensed sting
In thy nidus and my heart..

I pine to smile in thy shrine,
Ah! none to hug me as mine,
In or out, I’ll be hurt,
For I am a dirt,
I’ll be gone without a trace,
God! Save the male race.

( I wrote this in 2009 for my blog )

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About Sallyann and Steve – and the roles they play in my life

Sallyann Della Casa doesn’t do things in half-measures. We’ve been planning on workshops together, she would continue with hers on Leadership, and I would start on (what else?) English – this is the plan. So as I was discussing presentations with her, she told me about Steve Jobs and his unparalleled presentations. And being her, she didn’t stop with that – she went out, bought the book and gave it to me the next time I met her. (Now you know what an unstoppable force is.)

My world, so far, has not crossed Steve Jobs’ in any way – he was a person the world outside revered; I have a few young friends in the IT, and they had grieved his death; if I were to play a word association game, I’d probably have connected Bill Gates to Microsoft, Microsoft to Apple (for whatever reason), Apple to iPod, and iPod to Steve Jobs – that’s about it.

When I started reading The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, however, things changed. Now he is as real to me as Robin Sharma is – a man who had amazing vision, was passionate about what he did and set out to change the world. His single-mindedness stuns me as I read along.

So, again, the point is that you’ll not only have to put up with me and Robin Sharma now, you have Steve Jobs to deal with as well. Here’s something I read about him, which impressed me:

“In 1983, Jobs was aggressively courting the then PepsiCo president John Scully. Apple desperately wanted to bring in someone with Sculley’s marketing and managing experience, but despite Steve’s charm, Sculley failed to budge.” (Then it goes on to the details that lead to a conversation that ‘provided one of the most famous quotes in the history of corporate America’.)

“…Jobs then looked up and issued a challenge to Sculley that would ‘haunt’ him. Jobs said, ‘Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?’ Sculley said it was as if someone delivered a stiff blow to his stomach.”

What impresses me is the utter conviction Jobs had in what he was doing. And that, I believe, is what made him extraordinarily great at it. Just like so many others. For the past couple of months, I have had the great fortune to be associated with that kind of utter conviction – conviction that one can change the world, one ought to, in fact. I mean, once again, Sallyann. I’ll introduce her to you soon.

Let us believe – in ourselves, in our cause. The universe will conspire to give us what we need to see things through.

—ONE BEATS A MILLION—

By Karen Christina Stellus

 

One if guides,
Millions will follow.
One if show,
Millions will see.
One if tells,
Millions will hear.

One if shares,
Millions will get.
One if loves,
Millions will be loved.
Since one is one
And is one in a million.

One’s truth,
Millions can not tell.
One’s power,
Millions can not grab.
One’s ways,
Millions can not show.

One’s life,
Millions can not see
One’s heart,
Millions can not get.
Cause one is one
And is one in a million.

If one wishes,
Magic surrounds a million.
If one leaves it,
Millions forget it.
That is why one becomes the leader
And millions his followers.

The Robin Sharma in my life

Sometimes, life has a way of bringing together a confluence of people, events and situations that all but shove us in a certain direction.

The other day, my husband had attended a workshop conducted by Robin Sharma as a part of writing an article on him. He came back impressed (not something that happens to a seasoned journalist, I must add…). A while later, life literally took me by the throat and threw me towards Sallyann Della Casa, who has taken Sharma’s vision a step further by teaching leadership to children. Working with her opened my eyes to so many things that I’d previously not noticed. I’d told you about it earlier.

On Thursday, we had dinner at my brother’s place, and there I happened to find The Greatness Guide 2 by none other than – yes, Robin Sharma!! I approach such books with a lot of wariness because most of them, I feel, talks down to the reader – as if the writer is standing on a pedestal and giving us, lesser beings, some tips on how to go about life… An entirely personal point of view, I admit.

So I took the book, (more out of curiosity about the weird set of coincidences that keeps bringing Robin Sharma into my life than anything else) and started browsing through it.

Well, let me just say that it’s now with me, shamelessly borrowed and to be retained until I can get one of my own. The book is now like a good friend telling me stuff that she thinks I should know, that she finds interesting…

The point of all this intro is that for the next few days, you’re going to be bombarded with a lot of gems that I find in there, whether you like it or not. 🙂 And I hope, as you had done in the past, that you will indulge me in this as well!

Be the Best You:

Warren Buffet once observed, “There will never be a better you than you.” Brilliant insight. From a brilliant guy. There will never be a better me than me. And there will never be a better you than you. Some might try to copy the way you think, speak and act. But no matter how hard they try, they will only be a second-best you. Because you are unique. Only one of you alive today. Among the billions of us. Makes you stop and think, doesn’t it? Makes you stop and think, doesn’t it? Makes you realize you are pretty special. No, very special. And that there really isn’t any competition.

(And it goes on to say that…) There will never be a better time to be the best you than today.

What more can I say…