Do I enjoy..?

Today, I was taken by surprise when I went to the Sunday morning church service.

There was a band of African brothers called ‘Chariots’. They came to entertain us by singing carols.

Wow!  I always wanted to listen to traditional carols. I wanted to learn .. but I never did.

They all came up to the stage.. They spoke among themselves in hushes and gesticulations. All set, with no music, just the sheer rhythm of their voice and clicking sounds of their fingers, they started singing…

It was not a traditional carol..I realized after the first line that it was not even in english but in an African language. I thought they are making a mistake. Normally when you want to sing to a crowd, you would want to start singing songs in which are familiar to the crowd in the language known to the audience. That’s the way, I think..my logic.

They sang their first African carol… though not one person in the audience understood their song.

But to my surprise…I liked it … I turned to look at the audience. Crowd’s eyes  were intently watching,… all people’s lips were extending to show a smile… ‘Chariots’ song made everyone in the audience to look at them with joy.  Their beautiful enthusiastic voices, resounding hummings, their faces which clearly showed that they are enjoying their song.. not lightly but thoroughly.. No wonder the audience including me gave a big ovation..

The next song.. was again in African language. Everyone loved..seeing them enjoying their singing.  When one brother sang, the other six just hummed.. They all took turns singing this way.. Nevertheless, it was a fabulous song… though none got what they sang. Their last song was in English.

By that time, I start wondering does my logic ever holds. When audience see…. performers enjoying what they are doing… It brings an exquisite attractiveness even when they don’t understand the language nor one word in the song.

I am tempted to ask  this: As a teacher, do I enjoy teaching?.. As a singer, do I enjoy singing…etc..

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You : What does Mother Teresa say about You?

In our efforts to listen to God’s words to us, we often neglect what might be called his “first word” to us.

This is the gift of ourselves to ourselves: our existence, our nature, our personal history, our uniqueness, our identity.

All that we have, and indeed, our very existence, is one of the unique and never-to-be-repeated ways God has chosen to express himself in space and time.

Each of us, because we are made in God’s image and likeness, is yet another promise that he has made to the universe that he will continue to love it and care for it.

(Mother Teresa, Leadership, Vol. 10, no. 4)

Why do we shout in anger?

A saint asked his disciples, ‘Why do we shout in anger? Why do people shout at each other when they are upset?’

Disciples thought for a while, one of them said, ‘Because we lose our calm, we shout for that.’

‘But, why to shout when the other person is just next to you?’ asked the saint. ‘Isn’t it possible to speak to him or her with a soft voice? Why do you shout at a person when you’re angry?’

Disciples gave some other answers but none satisfied the saint.

Finally he explained, ‘When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other through that great distance.’

Then the saint asked, ‘What happens when two people fall in love? They don’t shout at each other but talk softly, why? Because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is very small…’

The saint continued, ‘When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper and they get even closer to each other in their love. Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other and that’s all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.’

MORAL: When you argue do not let your hearts get distant, do not say words that distance each other more, else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return.

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Thing BIG!- Calvin and Hobbes

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End result of True Learning

All my learning can be tested…

Are you wondering how ? or You know how – by test, exams etc…

No…

“Change is the end result of all true learning” – Leo Buscaglia

Now, I wonder -did I learn anything?

Academia – Here I come! -Calvin and Hobbes

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Seneca’s Poignant Quote

“So called pleasures when they go beyond a certain limit, are punishments”

From ‘Letters from a Stoic’- Seneca