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A Good Time for Silence & Reflection

While many people consider December as a period of party, celebration and merry making, I’ve always used this period as a time for introspection, reflection, thanksgiving & sense making.


We’re two days away from the new year (2021). As CNA reviews 2020, things happening at national & international levels in a few documentary programmes, at the individual level, this is a good time to review 2020 with the objective of learning & making 2021 better in every respect.


These are some questions that have guided me in my Inner Journey which I would like to share:

  1. How was 2020? What are the things that I can be thankful about? If the thankful list goes beyond & earlier than 2020 to significant moments in my life (i.e. 2015, 2010 or even earlier). do not stop at 2020 as the spirit of thankfulness is ‘powerful’ & can positively change our perception & thoughts.

  2. Were there some disappointment, obstacles, ‘bumps’, ‘sorries’, ‘misses’ & crisis in 2020?

  3. Are there any lessons that I can learn which will help me grow better, stronger & wiser?

  4. Am I living a balanced life (time spent in the 4 domains of Personal, Family, Work & Social)?

  5. Energy wise, am I exuding positive, proactive, transformational & focused energy? Or am I exuding negative, reactive, transactional, diffused & stuck energy?

  6. Is my energy balanced & positive in the 4 aspects of my Mental, Emotional, Spiritual & Physical Wellness? Does it require some re-balancing & re-tuning? And if yes, in which area?

  7. How does my energy affect the people around me (home, work, organisations I lead etc)?

The last few questions about our energy is important as we can “infect” people positively or negatively. That’s why CEO, at the physical level, means Chief Executive Officer. At the quantum level, it means Chief Energy Officer.


Allow me to wish all of you and your loved ones a blessed and meaningful 2021 with excerpts of the following poem, titled, “Drop a Pebble in the Water” by James W. Foley :

“Drop a pebble in the water: it’s just a splash & it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundered ripples circling on and on;
Spreading, spreading from the centre, flowing on out to the sea.
And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be.”
……………………….
“Drop a word of cheer and kindness: in a minute you forget;
But there’s gladness still a-swelling, and there’s joy a-circling yet,
And you’ve rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet music can be heard Over miles & miles of water just by dropping one kind word.”

“The Centre cannot hold, things fall apart”. (W.B. Yeats & Chinua Achebe.

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