My Manager – this time a good one!

Having worked with a few projects at my workplace, gave me a chance to meet a bunch of people. Every time it’s a new place, new work station, new team, and of course, a new Manager! Listening to this name, the IT world will either swear words or give a smiling sigh of relief! For my current manager, I will go with the later one, Thankfully! 🙂

You can set your clock looking at his routine. At 11 am, he enters the hall with sack on one shoulder and lunch bag in other hand. After giving good morning smiles to everyone, (mentally taking note of everyone’s where-abouts) he settles at his work station. Exactly, fifteen minutes later he is up, to grab his tea in his mug and water bottle. In the afternoon, 3 pm is his tea-o-clock and water refill session!

His meetings start exactly as scheduled. He enters the meeting room with his opened laptop, a notebook and a pen! The beauty of his meetings is we get answers for all our queries and they end on the scheduled time. No delays what so ever! Even during the critical phase of our project, he was very much calm and cool, which was the best hope for our team.

Periodically he talks with the team, gets to know each one of us. He has detailed information of one and all. He supports us at our times of contingencies. Most important, for all kinds of approvals, may it be leaves or anything else, he trusts us in every respect.

It is the very first time, that I have a chilled out reporting Manager. A very emotionally intelligent person, with a clear vision in life is the best way I can describe him. May God Bless this gentleman, and shower His blessings over him and his adorable family!

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Permanent Change…

When the workplace and home are the two ends of the city, the commutation time becomes crucial! To decide how to spend these daily hours is fun in the beginning, then bit confusing and then frustrating at times.

My routine of travelling by office bus, took a turn; a nice one I should say. Carpooling, the change in my schedule. One of the friends’ of my friend, asked me if we could start car pooling. I said yes, that very moment. Less had I known that this change would come out to be such a wonderfull one!

Me and carpooler friend, are successfully pooling our cars since a year now. Looking back at these months, recalling the time we spent together, I feel amazing! Every day was a new day, with a new mood. These moods were flavoured with daily news, dressing trends, driving traits, shortest paths, upcoming technologies, the Hot Cakes in Gizmo market and the list goes on…

We both being music lovers, we listened to all kinds of tracks. Right from Indian Classical to Soft Rock, we love all of it. It was all about the heart’s demand, what made it feel happy that day.

My driving lessons were also a daily task for him. To make me a pro-driver, comfortable to drive in all traffic conditions and terrains, was like a duty to him. I loved it the most! Believe me, to get a compliment from him saying, that my driving is improving, was like touching the sky! 🙂

Saving sweets for one another, being company for lunches when regular lunch groups are away, giving honest feedback, lifting up moods; soon became a part of routine. We were friends before, now we are besties!

Another change was by the corner. This time it hit me like a thunderbolt! This friend of mine would be shifting to a new workplace. Half of my heart is happy for him, since it’s a great opportunity for him to pursue this dreams; other half is sad, we wont’t see each other daily…

It’s a total chaos for me. As it is said, this is life and nothing in life is permanent, except change. I guess, this time it is for me…

 

Strengthening the strengths…

We are all made up of ions, the positive and negative ones. We have our list of pros and cons. We have our selections of ok and not-ok!

How often we focus on “the don’t wants”, “the can’t dos”, “the hate its”, rather than “the surely wants”,”the can dos”, “the love to do it”… We have heard many folks saying, take efforts to overcome or lessen our weaknesses. I add to it, sharpen and strengthen your strengths too! What say?

We all have a lot of “I can do this very well” inside us. It’s just a matter of time when we dive into it and make it a part of our daily routine. The old wisdom in our homes always reminds us to practice daily, to make the outcome better and better…

Let us start working on our skills just to make them better. I wish you all the best towards this journey of a better “you”!

 

 

 

Follow the heart…

You feel like doing something totally out of the blue. You just wish to get up and get going for a drive. You want a warm hug in the arms of your dear one. You desire to lay in the bed, bunking office on a weekday. You crave to have your favourite ice cream in the middle of the night. You want to go all the way to the other end of the city, just to sip your favourite coffee!

Just look at the list! All of these wishes sound so weird. They make no sense at all. It’s an assortment of illogical notions. But, these thoughts surely made you smile, for a while!

These instances are from our routine life. Give a thought for some of the life changing decisions. Choosing your hobby as your career. Investing in a not-so-popular theme. Starting a venture tossing the current reliable job. Standing firmly by a friend who is dejected by society for being less fortunate. Doing an act against the socio-economic culture… All this, just because your heart says… it’s right, just do it!

The heart’s voice is our courage. It’s the strength which refuels us, every single time we need it. Mind you, it’s very very powerful which can make you go topsy- turvy. In the end, making you proud of yourself and making you own yourself!

 

Tiny Little Things…

How you express your love, your care, your affection? It’s just taking care of the tiny little things. It can just be holding the heavy office bag, carrying the jacket in AC movie theatre or refilling the liquid soap at the washbasin!

It takes a lot of thought to be proactive. You really need to be a keen observer. These small observations are your love for the person. These become our guiding light to the adoring actions.

Love whispers in the beautiful language of these actions. It is the touch of a warm hand in a crowd, saying,”Don’t worry, I am there by your side!”

Lucky are the one’s who are blessed with such loving hearts! May God bless these soulmates!

Tenterhooks for all…

Tenterhooks

The shirt on the tenterhook has still a part of the day to deliver, before getting revamped in the washing machine. It has a task to serve, before making a new start. The buttoned-up look, with dash of a pleasant perfume, topped by a slightly broken crease; are the proof of a hectic day. But we have a hitch. The tenterhook is a resting period to gear up for stamping the day as “Done”!

This resting period is our “power nap”. It’s just like the refueling session of a Ferrari, equipped to cover up the remaining laps and cross the finish line like a shining star!

These tenterhooks happen to be a part of all things, may it be living and non-living. A log of wood is resting till it turns into a drawing board. A flower is dormat inside a seed, before it shoots up as a plant. A foetus is asleep in the mother’s womb, to rise and shine in this wonderful world of ours!

Let us take such tenterhook breaks in our day and our weekly routine. Take a coffee break, sit up in cafeteria, breathe in some fresh air. Leave a day early from your workplace, meet up a friend, relive your memories. Visit a garden, watch the kids playing, smell the flowers. Sit back in the armchair, with your favourite novel and a cup of hot coffee!!!

Wish you all some awesome tenterhook breaks and may you all fly high with brighter and shinier colours, to achieve your dreams in a marvelous manner!

 

 

Let bygones be bygones…

One-Way

Everyday we meet our folks. The everyday ones, the besties, the oldies, the blue moon appearances, and the categories continue… We interact with them. There is a barter of thoughts.

Each of us has our list of likes and dislikes. We all have our point of views. There comes a time when we fight for “the last word”, while sometimes we “agree to disagree”.

The next time we meet, it’s a decision to be made; whether to let go the past and start afresh or to live with prejudice and play the attack-defense game.

I have learned to follow the former one! I just live in the moment, say out loud whatever I feel and relax. I follow my heart, to just look forward rather than in the rear view.

Like it’s said “To err is human, to forgive is Divine”! I feel to let go the bygones is the simplest implementation of this quote. It’s the easiest way to buy peace for ourselves.

As quoted by Dale Carnegie in his book ‘How to stop worrying and start living’, he says “to live in day-tight compartments”. It’s nothing but to focus on the today’s day and face it, fair and square! Set targets for the day, achieve them, pat ourself on the achievement and that’s it. For me, to implement this was a tough job. But after racking my brain regularly, I can now very well decide the tasks for the day and achieve it.

In all these quotes and sayings, there is a common thread. We need to look in one way, we need to look forward. Let’s  seize the moment between recent past and immediate future, and live a happy life!