Archive for June, 2007

There is no I in a team

June 27, 2007

These slides seem to make more sense to me after a recent gathering with 1978 – form class, and the unexpected encounters in life.

Life – slideshow

June 26, 2007

The Elderly Woman with Two Urns

June 26, 2007

An elderly Chinese woman had two urns, each hung on the ends of pole which she carried across her neck.

One of the urns had a crack in it while the other urn was perfect and always delivered a fill portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the House, the cracked urn arrived only half full. For full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half urns of water. Of course, the perfect urn was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked urn was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.”

The old woman smiled, “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other urn’s side?” “That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.”

“For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.”

Beautiful Singing Voices

June 25, 2007

May the beautiful singing voice of a 6 year-old girl named Connie brighten up your days.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En0A8KGMgq8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDdnDnsFKEc&mode=related&search=

Bhutan – the Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom

June 25, 2007

Click on the following link to view some nice photos of Bhutan.

http://www.buddhanet.net/bhutan-gallery/pages/Bhutan%2520114.html

Bhutan

分享 – 席慕蓉

June 24, 2007

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A Chat with Dr. Devi Shetty (Heart Specialist)

June 24, 2007

A chat with Dr.Devi Shetty , Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist) Bangalore was arranged by WIPRO for its employees . The transcript of the chat is given below. Useful for everyone.

Qn: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart ?

Ans:
1. Diet – Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil
2. Exercise – Half an hour’s walk, at least five days a week; avoid lifts and avoid sitting for a longtime
3. Quit smoking
4. Control weight
5. Control blood pressure and sugar

Qn: Is eating non-veg food (fish) good for the heart?

Ans: No

Qn: It’s still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy person
gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?

Ans: This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.

Qn: Are heart diseases hereditary?

Ans: Yes

Qn: What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to de-stress?

Ans: Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.

Qn: Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?

Ans: Walking is better than jogging since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints .

Qn: You have done so much for the poor and needy. What has inspired you to do so?

Ans: Mother Theresa , who was my patient.

Qn: Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?

Ans: Extremely rare

Qn: Does cholesterol accumulates right from an early age (I’m currently only 22) or do you have to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?

Ans: Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.

Qn: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart ?

Ans: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body’s enzyme release for digestion gets confused.

Qn: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?

Ans: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.

Qn: Can yoga prevent heart ailments?

Ans: Yoga helps.

Qn: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?

Ans: Fruits and vegetables are the best and the worst is oil.

Qn: Which oil is better – groundnut, sunflower, olive?

Ans: All oils are bad .

Qn: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?

Ans: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.

Qn: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?

Ans: Help the person into a sleeping position , place an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him to a coronary care unit since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour.

Qn: How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?

Ans: Extremely difficult without ECG.

Qn: What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart problems amongst youngsters? I see people of about 30-40 yrs of age having heart attacks and serious heart problems.

Ans: Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also, edentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack of exercise in a country where people are genetically three times more vulnerable for heart attacks than Europeans and Americans.

Qn: Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?

Ans: Yes.

Qn: Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child. Is it true?

Ans : Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities and you may not have a software engineer as a child

Qn: Many of us have an irregular daily routine and many a times we have to stay late nights in office. Does this affect our heart ? What precautions would you recommend?

Ans : When you are young, nature protects you against all these irregularities. However, as you grow older, respect the biological clock.

Qn: Will taking anti-hypertensive drugs cause some other complications (short / long term)?

Ans : Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However, modern anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.

Qn: Will consuming more coffee/tea lead to heart attacks?

Ans : No.

Qn: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?

Ans : No.

Qn: How would you define junk food?

Ans : Fried food like Kentucky , McDonalds , samosas, and even masala dosas.

Qn: You mentioned that Indians are three times more vulnerable. What is the reason for this, as Europeans and Americans also eat a lot of junk food?

Ans: Every race is vulnerable to some disease and unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most expensive disease.

Qn: Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?

Ans : No.

Qn: Can a person help himself during a heart attack (Because we see a lot of forwarded emails on this)?

Ans : Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet of any description under the tongue and ask someone to take you to the nearest coronary care unit without any delay and do not wait for the ambulance since most of the time, the ambulance does not turn up.

Qn: Do, in any way, low white blood cells and low hemoglobin count lead to heart problems?

Ans : No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to increase your exercise capacity.

Qn: Sometimes, due to the hectic schedule we are not able to exercise. So, does walking while doing daily chores at home or climbing the stairs in the house, work as a substitute for exercise?

Ans : Certainly. Avoid sitting continuously for more than half an hour and even the act of getting out of the chair and going to another chair and sitting helps a lot.

Qn: Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?

Ans: Yes. A strong relationship since diabetics are more vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.

Qn: What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?

Ans : Diet, exercise, drugs on time , Control cholesterol, BP, weight.

Qn: Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when compared to day shift workers?

Ans : No.

Qn: What are the modern anti-hypertensive drugs?

Ans : There are hundreds of drugs and your doctor will chose the right combination for your problem, but my suggestion is to avoid the drugs and go for natural ways of controlling blood pressure by walk, diet to
reduce weight and changing attitudes towards lifestyles.

Qn: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks?

Ans : No.

Qn: Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men than in women?

Ans : Nature protects women till the age of 45.

Qn: How can one keep the heart in a good condition?

Ans : Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food, exercise everyday, do not smoke and, go for health checkup s if you are past the age of 30 ( once in six months recommended) ..

Mother of the Year

June 23, 2007

In a zoo in California , a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.

The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother’s cubs, perhaps she would improve.

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How to be a Nobody

June 20, 2007

Everybody wants to be a somebody
Nobody knows how to be a nobody
If ever there is a somebody
Who knows how to be a nobody
Then that nobody is a real somebody

If you ever want to be a nobody
Then follow that somebody
Who already is a nobody
Later, let go of everybody
Even that somebody
Who already is a nobody
Eventually, you will be a real nobody

Written by somebody, who wants to be a nobody, for the benefit of everybody.

Revel in Miracles

June 19, 2007

Taking a page written by Eugene Loh from “A Slice of Life“, a regular programme on the 938Live radio station :

Think of the last cool drink you had. Did you fully savour just how wonderful it felt and tasted?

What about the last conversation you had with a loved one on the mobile phone? Were you grateful for the technology that made it possible?

What about the last time you were late for an appointment, desperately wished for a cab and there it was?

How often do we celebrate and revel in the miracles that occur in our every day lives?

The bane of Man is that he tends to focus on life’s problems and ignore its blessings. We rant and rave when things go wrong, but when life is good, do we give thanks for it? The very fact that you are walking, talking, breathing, tasting, touching is a miracle in itself! We live in a world bursting with possibility and here we are complaining all the time!

Life was meant to be savoured. Life was meant to be simple. Sure, it has its fair share of problems, but these are mitigated by its pleasures and joys. The reason why you are feeling all this pain and misery is that you have magnified the complexity of things. Children are never miserable, at least not for long, and your pets are ridiculously excited at your return? why? Not because they’re mindless? not because they’re not intelligent enough? but because they know how to see things in simple ways? the ways they were supposed to be seen.

External forces act on us now and then to test our faith and will. Would you really want to give in to confusion, chaos, and complexity? when all you need to do to be happy, is to see things simply, and revel in everything that’s being revealed to you?
Most people are so busy waiting for miracles to happen that they fail to notice the ones occurring right under their noses. It’s a bit like people who spend their lives hunting desperately for the partner of their dreams, while ignoring the ones who would gladly share their lives with them.

If we open up our hearts, minds and eyes, we’ll be touched by the many miracles that occur everyday. These things and more exist to increase the depth of our lives, yet how many of them do we appreciate for the miracles that they are?

Change your perspective and you could change your life.

My Father By Author Unknown

June 16, 2007

“One life can make the difference”  — cheers for all fathers !

When I was: 
Four years old: My daddy can do anything. 
Five years old: My daddy knows a whole lot. 
Six years old: My dad is smarter than your dad. 
Eight years old: My dad doesn’t know exactly everything. 
Ten years old: In the olden days, when my dad grew up, things were sure different. 
Twelve years old: Oh, well, naturally, Dad doesn’t know anything about that. He is too old to remember his childhood. 
Fourteen years old: Don’t pay any attention to my dad. He is so old-fashioned. 
Twenty-one years old: Him? My Lord, he’s hopelessly out of date. 
Twenty-five years old: Dad knows about it, but then he should, because he has been around so long. 
Thirty years old: Maybe we should ask Dad what he thinks. After all, he’s had a lot of experience. 
Thirty-five years old: I’m not doing a single thing until I talk to Dad. 
Forty years old: I wonder how Dad would have handled it. He was so wise. 
Fifty years old: I’d give anything if Dad were here now so I could talk this over with him. Too bad I didn’t appreciate how smart he was. I could have learned a lot from him.

Inspirational Youtube clip

June 15, 2007

… about an incredible handicapped lady in Cantonese with Chinese subtitle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GNzBFnUAdo

Photos of Stupa

June 15, 2007

What Healing Is

June 15, 2007

As Seneca said, “The wish for healing has always been half of health.” Read these inspiring thoughts about what healing actually is–and what it isn’t.

承諾 — 妙妙

June 15, 2007

我與小黃相遇在台灣的一個有機農場。小黃體型中等﹐全身黃色毛髮﹐是一隻不怎樣起眼的中年狗。在農場的幾天裡﹐小黃經常默默地陪伴我與朋友們走去餐廳或宿舍﹐它的友善給予我們安祥的“回家”感覺。

從一位學長的故事中﹐才知道小黃與他的因緣。幾年前﹐學長路過一塊農田﹐聽到了悲慘的呻吟﹐令他觸目驚心的是小黃的一隻腳被捕獸器卡住﹐血流不止。此景深深觸動了學長悲悯的心﹐把小黃帶回家療傷後﹐便一直留在他身邊。之後﹐每逢學長為義工或海外朋友分享生活經歷﹐它風雨不改在講堂出現﹐似乎也不落人後的要參與一份呢。

一天輪到學長與我們分享的時刻﹐小黃出現在我的桌子前﹐懶洋洋地側身躺在地上﹐慢慢閉上雙眼。我心想這次小黃可是要打瞌睡了。豈知坐在小黃旁邊的一位台灣義工不時撫摸著它﹐然後對我說﹕”它生病還沒完全好“ 噢﹐我望著呼吸急促的小黃﹐不禁默默說了聲對不起﹐我錯怪了它。

當天晚上﹐我們參與了一個文娛晚會﹐觀看了一些演出後﹐我在茶水桌上拿了兩塊農場小朋友精心製作的月餅﹐準備跟我的朋友及自己品嘗。就在我要轉身回座位時﹐小黃出現在我的眼前﹐望著我手上那兩塊月餅。看著小黃的眼睛﹐我對它說﹕”小黃﹐這兩塊愛心月餅是小朋友為我們海外朋友特別製作的。等會我回去宿舍把我的餅干給你吃﹐好嗎?” 小黃似乎聽懂了我的話﹐搖搖尾巴走開了。

溫馨的晚會在歡笑中圓滿結束﹐我與大夥兒回宿舍入眠時﹐壓根兒也沒記起對小黃說的一番話。

在農場的最後一個早上﹐我們一大夥人依依不捨地上了旅行車。在等待啟程時﹐幾天來的美好回憶像電影般浮現在腦海裡。突然間﹐我記起一件還沒做的事﹐心裡可是十分焦急﹐不禁向同座的朋友說﹕“怎麼辦﹐我還沒給小黃餅干吃。”朋友笑著說﹕“車就要開了﹐你明年再來吧。”

可是人生無常﹐我也沒有把握明年能否重返此地﹗心裡喊著﹕“小黃﹐你在哪裡﹖”就在旅行車即將開啟的五分鐘前﹐我遠遠看到小黄從前面好幾輛的旅行車疾步走過来,然後停在我們的旅行車旁,我真是驚喜萬分﹐趕緊拿了手袋中的一包餅干﹐直沖下旅行車﹐感動地把一塊餅干放在小黃的嘴裡﹐在我與它雙目互相交流後﹐它一如往常一般搖搖尾巴﹐就離我而去。

在小黃的眼神中﹐我看到了它的柔軟心及善解人意。我也看到了自己的冷漠﹑堅硬的心及粗心大意。謝謝小黃幫我完成我對它的承諾。

怀著感恩之心﹐我向這裡的朋友、一草一物﹐特別是有靈性的小黃﹐說聲再見﹐願我們有緣再相聚。