Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I am currently reading a book by name 'Hot, flat and crowded'. I guess some of you may have read it already. This book is about where we are heading in terms of environment and ways to save it. Most importantly its a wake up call to everyone as if we sleep over this issue any longer we are surely heading towards disaster at lightning speed! The facts stated in the book about pollutants today and if they grow at same rate what effects it could have on the environment really scare the living daylights. I mean its obvious in the name of progress we are digging our own grave and best thing is no one is bothered. We are carrying on as though there is no danger even though its actually lurking behind and closing in faster. I feel our parents left us a relatively clean planet but look at the mess we are creating. We are going to just leave a garbage yard for our next generation. The book has motivated me a lot to do small simple things...not sure if it will help but atleast I'll be satisfied I did something. I have made my mind that one hour of every saturday or sunday (mostly dinner time) I will insist on candle lit dinner at home...it works well as it will be a romantic dinner as well as save some electricity even though candle burning also releases CO2 its still a good pay off. Now, you may say...hey thats not too tough. Yes, you are right. Solutions to most of the complex problems really start with small simple steps. I hope you also start taking some of these baby steps.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
We always seem to think that each of us have the most difficult problems, challenges to face when compared to others. But you may change your mind after you read 'Billy Mclaughin's problem. For those of you who do not know about Billy here is a small profile of this great man - Billy McLaughlin is a chart-topping guitar virtuoso and composer who has astounded audiences since the 1980's with his complex, rhythmic music and uniquely personal style. He has been travelling across various Accenture locations to share his inspirational story with us. Now lets see the problem Billy has - He developed Dystonia (its no country in Eastern Europe) but a name of a neurological problem which mean he could never ever play the guitar. When he got to know this what do you think he did? Shattered, became disillusioned, lost focus and hope, lost everything....is that what you think he did? Yes, you are right. He did all these things but the difference is he did not do this forever. One fine day he decided to solve his problem. He started learning guitar with his left hand. After 3 odd years of practice amounting to just about 9000 hours he mastered it and today play left handed guitar with such passion and precision that leaves his audience crying for more! Now think about the problems you have. Some of you may even stop calling them problems because it is so small. Can you even imagine what strength it must take to have the world at your feet, one fine day you wake up and see all is lost and you have to build from scratch what is lost and build it using skills (in his case left hand) that you have never had. I hope you are inspired reading Billy's story and use newer ways to solve the problems you may have......