Goals

Here I go again, trying to get back to the rhythm of penning my thoughts and sharing to the virtual word.

I just signed up to Branding and Growth class to get back on track and see if I can follow what I preach to a lot of people I met in setting up projects that are supposed to help change their lives and their situations. I am talking about setting goals — reachable goals as the first task of the class.

Got me thinking what I really want to achieve with joining this class knowing full well that when I return to work in a couple of weeks, I will be overwhelmed with responding to emails. I won’t bore you with details but it’s a known fact that when one goes on holiday however short always go back to backlog longer than the time they’ve been away.

So let’s see, I will try to be as realistic as I can be and convince myself it’s really something I can do while on assignment.

  1. I want to focus on a couple of topics that I will write by the end of each month. It means, I want to make sure that I write about my experiences and encounters as an aid worker and raise social consciousness on topics near and dear to me and the travel perks attached to it.
  2. Write on both topics at least four times a week and increase interest by at least 20% among my followers and eventually gain 20% more by the end of the three months. 
  3. Improve my writing and photo composition along the way and be able to satisfy my interest to get more serious in writing and eventually publish the book I promised my sister I will do. 

Realigning my blog from what it is now will take effort, I will need serious adjusting with my priorities. I envy those that in spite of their workload, their busy lives still manages to write something and share. I don’t want to be that envious anymore –reaching these goals would mean so much. As to what it would be will remains to be seen as long as I keep pushing to meet my goals head-on and reach them.

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On The Third Day it brings with it HOPE

New year brings new hope no doubt about it but it also brings with it the unrequited memories of last year and years before that, whether you or for you and not necessarily love but more often than not it is about it.

The new year seems like a beacon that reminds us that we have to renew what needs to be done and if not then to dump it and move on.

Yes, move on.

A lot of us, me included, cannot leave some of our past(s) behind. We hold on to what should have, could have and would have been if only … we have that tendencies to overthink of the future that we forget to remember that we are actually at present.

The present, not wrapped in red glittery sheet with a bow, but an open gift that renews ones hope everyday that life will be different if only we choose it to be.

So on the third day of twenty sixteen, my true self gave to me is HOPE that

… life will be good

… challenges will be tolerable

… friendship will be real

… love would be unconditional

… freedom is sweet

… peace is possible

… travel will be far and wide

… kindness is eternal

… courage is in me and in you

… fighting is over

… surrender is godly

… differences are tolerated

… charity begins with me

Right here, right now!

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Stroke of Midnight

We celebrated new year way ahead of most of the world … at least by half a day! So when all my friends in the US and Europe were doing their countdown I was in the living room trying to get inspiration on what to write, instead I got hooked on watching re-runs of Vampire Diaries.

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What is it with vampire stories lately … well actually in 2015?

I thought I will not like it but the more I get to see glimpse of it – as in one or two episodes the more I got curious. Soon I’ll be downloading them and spend weekends glued to watching how it all began.

More vampires, witches and zombies throw in some aliens or shall I call them metahumans. These character completes my days when I was not working.

Let’s start of with …

The Flash … I like the thought that there are people among us who has powers from the elements around us. I like to meet them.

Though I am getting tired of the hero – the Flash getting pummeled by other stronger villain. But I also know, DC comics made heroes like that – weak but actually strong to keep us rooting for the underdogs! go go flash.

Then I got to watch Izombie, a doctor that decided to have a life outside the hospital she attended a party in a boat only to be scratched by a crazy guy who turned out to be tainted with zombie blood. So the doctor died and was re-born a zombie.

How to detect them? Well they turned white, they lost all pigments but no problem with day or night like vampires and grew an appetite for spicy human brain.

Are they bad? well only if they are hungry or when the doctor-zombie is mad.

I am liking it, can’t wait for season 2.

In Nepal, while writing my report, I got hooked with the series called Sleepy Hollow and the cable was running a weekend recap of the latest (at that time) seasons. I forgot the writing for half a day (I continued in the night – bad planning) and watched all 5 episodes and promised myself I will watch the first season to see how it wall began. Now I got to the third and can’t wait for the mid season premier to see what happened to Icabod Crane — who I thought as a young child was the headless horseman but actually it was his friend Andrew whom he betrayed because the woman Andrew loved, loved Icabod instead. What a twist! But that is season one … now they have more enemies, fiercer and more fun to watch. And don’t forget to notice his accent and his fashion forward outfits.

The Originals was not appealing as a vampire story title but since I watched two episodes I realized it was indeed appropriate — the thought that the original vampires are hard to kill makes me want to know why, so maybe if I keep on watching I’ll learn their secrets (secret to eternal youth ha ha). Plus the fact that most of them are good looking makes me want to know if the guy across me in the train is actually a vampire or gay (no malice intended), too clean shaven to be my standard of the boy next door.

There are more movies and TV series that deals with the undead or the super humans. We are never short of it. If only they real the world would be a better place.

The un-dead can start sucking the blood of the corrupt official and hanging them dry to feed the vultures while the super humans can reverse the effect of climate change by planting trees at the speed of light and turning back the time for when life was simpler and cheaper.

COP21 should start recruiting meta humans … work can be done faster, cheaper and they don’t need a lot of guidelines to do their job. The same to fight ISIS, no waste in weapons and no death except to those that deserve them and migration will not be problem and rich countries will not suddenly develop xenophobia.

Like I said, 2015 and even before that have no shortage of the supernatural. You will have a lot to choose from and hopefully you enjoy watching them the way I do … when not busy that is.

Check out see what you fancy …

You can add more of what you fancy … let me know might get me interested.

For now … Happy Monkey New Year! 

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WAD #19: Resolution

There are many ways to define the word Resolution 

In Optics which can be applied to Photography and Prints

the act, process, or capability of distinguishing between two separate but adjacent objects or sources of light or between two nearly equal wavelengths.

It can be defined too based on relationships and personal interactions which we do at home, at work, with strangers and with people close to us

a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting,by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group.

determining upon an action, course of action,method, procedure, etc.; the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute; firmness of purpose;

Which is more commonly done at this time of the year when all of us, well almost all of us make resolutions (on changing) on how will this year be different from last year. How much resolute we are in keeping them is another questions.

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WAD #18 : Paradox

a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory.

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a glaring example of paradox … it doesn’t look like  the statement makes logical but it makes perfect sense – it is to point out the truth even if the statement contradicts each other.

I can also invite you to read the quote of G. K. Chesterton on the paradox of Christmas.


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WAD #17 : Autonomy

from αὐτο- auto- “self” and νόμος nomos, “law” = when combined understood to mean “one who gives oneself one’s own law” >>  is a concept found in moral, political, and bioethical philosophy.

Within these contexts, it is the capacity of a rational individual to make an informed, un-coerced decision. In moral and political philosophy, autonomy is often used as the basis for determining moral responsibility and accountability for one’s actions.

Listen to what Kauffman Founders School has to say about Autonomy

“Create an environment where people can direct their own lives … when people have that they do better work” 
– Daniel Pink


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WAD #16: Competition

in biology, ecology, and sociology, is a contest between organisms, animals, individuals, groups, etc., for territory, a niche, or a location of resources, for resources and goods, mates, for prestige, recognition, awards, or group or social status, for leadership.

Competition occurs naturally between living organisms which co-exist in the same environment

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“An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.”  — Jack Welch

” It is nice to have valid competition; it pushes you to do better.” — Gianni Versace


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WaD #15 : Dependability

is a measure of a system’s availability, reliability, and its maintainability

In Leadership

Dependability means a leader can be relied upon not only to perform one’s duties in a proper manner and with integrity, but in so doing building the trust and accountability that result. A leader makes and keeps commitments, has the discipline to avoid procrastination, and puts forth a full effort to complete a task. (Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/7241193)

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