THE COMEBACK KINGS!!!

EUPHORIA!!!! There’s a sense of serenity around YOU. It’s that feeling that You have returned…You have made a comeback! Many a time there is that numbing feeling that something great is about to erupt, a phase where one who was written off by all and sundry is about to return with redemption! How many times have you had that feeling? No one thinks the world of you anymore, but then somehow the higher powers give you that chance, the chance to return to a path on glory, that moment when it seems life is back to the way it should be and you belong to the place you were destined to eventually reach.

Sport is often a great ambassador and personifying tribute of comeback stories. We hear of sports persons being written off once they are no longer in their prime or injury cuts their career short, BUT their sheer determination and a believing is what takes them through to the finishing line of sporting comebacks.

There are the odd moments when I have thought about how people can write you off in life in general so easily. Sometimes those people are the very ones you felt had a belonging in your life, a sense that they believed in you through thick and thin. But sometimes we need such reminders that there are those who are not really there to see you go to greater heights. Sometimes we need the moments where we are written off, so that we can script a greater story by making a great comeback.

There’s something about comeback stories that have a great feeling than compared to the feeling when you first achieve something in greatness. Maybe it’s that sense of satisfaction of all the pain one would go through during the process of making a comeback that makes it all the more sweeter. When we first achieve something in greatness, we often don’t savor it as much because we look to strive for something better, knowing that if we could achieve the first level, then there is something even greater to achieve.

There have been times when I had a sense of being written off…maybe not so much as being completely being phased out of people’s lives, but to the extent the respect and recognition once earned seemed to have been lost. I was no longer a favorite or one of those that was belonging. But that feeling of making a comeback always drove me on, knowing someday that sweet feeling would make the pain go away in a whisker. There is also a great danger in writing someone off too easily. Sometimes we don’t realize how such a situation elevates a person’s potential. It’s a great driver and motivator, and sometimes such elevation brings them to a place where they are better off than before.

If you feel people doubt your ability and want to write you off, then take a few moments to reflect on all those great comeback stories. Imagine and feel in your mind the moment where you achieve the euphoria, that feeling that the best is yet to come. Strive to become one of those people who belong to that class…the class of the COMEBACK KINGS!!

This is Funjabi Guy wishing you a great weekend and beyond! Be safe. Till next Friday.

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Disclaimer: The opinions in this piece are solely those of the author and in no way reflect any person, institution or theory, nor is the author associated with any specific publication or institution. This article is purely for entertainment and insightful purposes.

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Fulfilled Fatigue

It’s about 6 am, with the warm breezy summer air greeting me. I feel fully rested, though my momentarily passage away from the world awake seemed like only two minutes. I could feel the grin coming over, feeling some great sense of satisfaction. There was no indication of that odd whining or complaint of the events of the day before. It seemed like the journey had started well, and more enrichment was on its way.

Over the years I have heard countless stories, notwithstanding my own, about the constant rat race we engage in hoping to get a step higher in our careers. We all dream about that fantastic job or work opportunity, paying us the rolling stream of money (relatively speaking at least), just enough to satiate our monthly desires. We all want that perfect team of colleagues, that great mentor, and generally a good feeling that you have accomplished a great work ethic.

But there’s something more about having gone through a day, feeling like you have exposed and utilised all your inherent mental and physical energy, almost achieving that sweet spot of success. I began to reflect on this notion over the last couple of days; I realised there is a great sense of fulfillment after going through a hard slog that yields you something on a path where you notch higher in realising your potential. It wouldn’t really matter how fatigued one would feel, it’s the greater of the benefit of this slog that overcomes that fatigue at the end of the day.

It made me also think about all those potential sports talents, the ones that just seem to have the gift of the eye, or that specific co-ordination that can define them at the genius level. But so often I have come across testimonials of those that were mere mortals, only to graft hard and work through a steady progression of seeking, making mistakes, learning from the mistakes, and progressing forward. Some believe in luck playing a major role, but I have always stood firm on the belief that the harder you work the more luck you bring for yourself.

Perhaps some of us ‘mere mortals’ need to forget about the negative spiral the rat race may bring us. Perhaps we should reflect more on the additional potential we are using, even though it’s a small step at a time. So the next time you get home and plonk yourself on that couch thinking about the rough day you had, think about how that potential was used even more in a new day to bring you on a higher step towards greater fulfillment!

This is Funjabi Guy wishing you a great weekend and beyond! Be safe. Till next Friday.

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Disclaimer: The opinions in this piece are solely those of the author and in no way reflect any person, institution or theory, nor is the author associated with any specific publication or institution. This article is purely for entertainment and insightful purposes.

Having a DIWALI of a time!

This week’s festivities brought an air of great nostalgia for me. The Diwali festivities could be seen in full bloom, with flows of people making those last minute food arrangements and purchasing stacks of fireworks so that a night of thrills could be enjoyed. So what brought about this nostalgia?

The diwali diyas at Diwali Celebrations at Ban...

The diwali diyas at Diwali Celebrations at Bangalore 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I saw a picture of a moment where as a child I was bowing down in prayer along with my father. This was surely during one of those auspicious prayers we have every year when Diwali comes around. There was something about that picture that touched a past which made me realize how significant Diwali celebrations were for me, not just spiritually, but in terms of the year ahead. It always feels like Diwali ushers in something new, like the cycle of events of the past year had come full circle, and this auspicious moment was renewing the commencement of a new cycle.

For some that may not be aware, Diwali preludes the Hindu New Year. Diwali also is a time to ask for the blessings of all the success and prosperity one hopes for in this coming New Year. This is why in India it’s believed to be a very auspicious occasion and many businesses actually operate on Diwali. But more than the religious or spiritual foundation behind which Diwali is celebrated, it evokes great and everlasting memories, memories sometimes so vivid that I would feel like I was in a déjà vu world.

Moments that echo in the memory are the sweet and lasting aromas of those delicious Indian delicacies and sweets my mum or aunts would be busy making; the moments where as friends we would go on a fire cracker bursting spree; my family earnestly praying together for prosperous times ahead; and the fun and thrill of dressing up for special Diwali functions or events, rejoicing with close friends and family.

If there is one thing I am fortunate for, it’s for some unique Diwali celebrations I have experienced in the past which etch deeper in my memory. The first such memory was about 20 years ago in India. This was a rare occasion where we visited our extended family during this festive period. This Diwali was special! I can recount the bursting of fireworks for days and days, sometimes all through the night. These moments created so much color and flair, that it doesn’t do justice to describe the events in words. I remember my glee as an 8 year old, receiving all these gifts from my cousins, uncles, and aunts. But perhaps the most lasting memory which I am surprised to still hold, is the wide smiles I saw on people less fortunate then us, something that struck a chord…that’s what Diwali does, bringing joy, even for fleeting moments for such people.

The next memory I have is during a large Diwali event that was held in my birth country, Zambia. I remember all the Asian expats: Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans all celebrating Diwali together like one large family. Perhaps the best memory for me was celebrating this event with the company of all my close childhood friends. The loud exploding sounds of all the fireworks got our adrenaline going, letting us last through the early hours of the next morning. It was as though we wanted the celebration to go on for the rest of the year. School was only a distant priority for us, at least during these happy hours. It was hard to believe how people from different countries, though very similar in culture, could celebrate Diwali with such fervor!

The final and most recent memory would have to be the Diwali celebration we had during my MBA year in Dubai! I remember it clearly because so much thought and dedication had gone behind the preparations by my Indian classmates. Even the minute of details for the prayer ceremony had been attended to, ensuring this would be an event to remember for ALL. What was most significant for me was how all our classmates, comprising of about 30 different nationalities, came together to celebrate with such happiness. It was impressive to see how some of the non Indian students wore traditional attire, adding to the great color the event had. I remember all of us taking a thousand odd pictures, creating such lasting memories, that thinking about it now, it almost feels like it happened only yesterday.

So long as every Diwali comes around, I feel these memories will pop up from time to time. Though sometimes the past should remain the past, such past memories and joys of previous Diwali moments can be an inspiration for instilling a new vigor and hope in the new cycle and New Year that is to follow!

Let the lights shine and may there always be that time when you could say I had a Diwali of a time!

This is Funjabi Guy wishing you a great weekend and beyond! Be safe. Till next Friday.

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Obamanation?

A short one for today…

November 2008: A stoic Barack Obama stands and utters those famous words, “YES WE CAN!

Forward to November 2012 and you could have sworn that you were seeing the greying of this same man reflecting the rough passage that had been endured in the past four years! Instead of that now famous Martin Luther King like quote, Obama must have been thinking CAN WE REALLY?
I was quite amazed to see the stark differences in voting patterns for both candidates. Almost 60% of white men voted for Romney, while almost 98% of the black population voted for Obama. I am not naive to think this wasn’t a possibility, but perhaps it highlights something about the United States that could be startling for the future generations of this dynamic country. You would think race is something that wouldn’t reflect much in modern 21st century America. But these figures illustrate that the voting electorate is becoming somewhat bipartisan in terms of race rather than party.

So what, some might ask, it’s America and who cares. The same situation could be applicable to a voting generation in South Africa that may not change much with the social tide. And this is especially tricky considering there could be a change in the South African political landscape in the coming year.  This could have implications that go beyond traditional economic and monetary influences. The Race and social aspects maybe soon camouflaged in intertwining political debates and revolutions.

I didn’t really want to make this is a politically aimed article, but rather make us think about this outcome. What I really wanted to highlight is what the above figures could imply for multi cultural democracies around the world. These might be mere numbers, but there could be a deeper phenomenon that is happening before our eyes and we don’t recognize it as yet.

Maybe down the years we will find another term for this; Obamanation will then probably have seemed as a fleeting premonition!

This is Funjabi Guy wishing you a great weekend and beyond! Be safe. Till next Friday.

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Breaking News!

Almost all of us have that lingering memory of a famous anchor or news person signing off with their signature conclusions, or a peculiar mannerism which made them famous in the first place. Even in the country of my birth, Zambia, the then unknown Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation had its own set of celebrities that had us glued to the television on the odd occasion. Now the landscape has changed so much in the last two decades that almost on most occasions I confess to only wanting to watch the news to see the beautiful woman anchors, almost like I am connecting with them on a personal level (even though I am sure they are aware of the millions of men who are conjuring in this act for a fleeting moment…I can hear the women laughing at this right now).
So it humored me when I was watching an episode of The Newsroom and one of the female executive producers remarked to a co-female anchor that the only reason she would pull in the ratings was because of her legs. This made me feel that news and news channels seem to have lost their sense of purpose, especially in a kaleidoscope world of information. So what is it that has led to this change in purpose? Was the news not supposed to be informative and give its audience the truth?

The problem really is that major news networks are owned by mega media corporations. And what is the major objective of such corporations? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that they need to make profits, profits that will keep their shareholders happy (or at least that’s what they brain washed us with in Business School, last I remember).  Ratings drives future profitability prospects. In order to ensure that ratings continue to improve and outshine competitors, news content is generated in such a way that the objective of telling the truth is no longer a reason. Hell, telling the truth is considered a death calling for superior ratings. This scenario is depicted somewhat in The Newsroom storyline.
It’s no wonder then that major news channels were somewhat blamed as perpetrators for bowing down to major corporate head wigs in the aftermath of the Florida vote that affected the outcome of the US elections in 2000. The rest we know is history! Such Corporate honchos have major connections with influential politicians, and want to produce news content that will ensure that the apple cart is not upset. You would be naive to think that such influences do not exist; it’s the new world we live in unfortunately. The problem is that a trend will continue, where corporations will continue to buy news channels and networks. This will mean information and content we receive could be fabricated to favor an electorate or influence the way society will behave. This will result in far reaching consequences for humanity. Consumers will buy certain products that will help certain companies increase profits, and such corporations might have  a slice of the pie in that very news channel that broadcasted the ad for the product. Children’s perceptions of society would be influenced, affecting the way they dress, act or project themselves, mostly to their own detriment. It’s no wonder that education standards around the globe have deteriorated, thanks in large to how the news and media has changed the game and children’s perceptions of good and bad.

I don’t want to sound like a news basher; some channels still exist with the purpose of informing on the truth (and I’ll let you figure out which ones). The question we need to ask of us is if what we see on daily news really tells us what is going on in the world? I think it’s our responsibility to look at alternative sources and then make our judgements on what information we have, and decipher the information that reflects the truth. There are so many information sources now that it’s hard to believe people still make decisions and judgements based on information they receive from one news source only.

The next time you see ‘Breaking News’ flash on your screens, take a moment to reflect. Ask yourself some pertinent questions: How relevant is the timing of this news? Whom would it favor? How would this information influence society’s actions? What are other sources saying about this information?
Maybe somewhere in your answers the truth will be discovered…

This is Funjabi Guy wishing you a great weekend and beyond! Be safe. Till next Friday.

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Disclaimer: The opinions in this piece are solely those of the author and in no way reflect any person, institution or theory, nor is the author associated with any specific publication or institution. This article is purely for entertainment and insightful purposes.