Thursday, March 29, 2012

Man at War to Save 2000 Islands

Photo courtesy: NationPost

I just chanced upon this inspiring Mashable story of Mohamed Nasheed, recently ousted President of the Island nation, Maldives, a group of 2000 small islands in the Indian Ocean.

Charismatic and articulate, this crusader’s long fight against climate change, and restoration of human rights and democracy is indeed moving.

As early as 2004, Mohamed Nasheed organized first public protest against the three-decade-old dictatorship using sms texts and was brutally put down with hundreds arrested. He rode to power during the first multiparty elections in 2008, but in Feb 2012 dictators ousted him and he has now been exiled.

But he’s not a man to give up his mission to save the Maldives and its people. He his war against climatic change in international forums and has led to a movie, The Island President, which was launched today in New York.

Here are two facts that might stir you to see his movie - Maldives is just about two metres above sea level. And coastal erosion has already led to relocation of people from 16 islands.

Just hit the The Island President trailer below and you’ll be inspired by this man’s story.

THE ISLAND PRESIDENT—A Documentary By Jon Shenk | Official Trailer from Sawyer Studios on Vimeo.

With 60% of the country’s population below 30, Mohamed Nasheed feels that it’s time the youth became aware of a submerging nation. And he’s using the cost-effective social media to amplify his message not just to youth in Maldives but leaders across the globe to help save the Island.

He needs your help, share his story and earn some karma.

Do you know another inspirational story, share it with us.

Rajasekar Raju KS

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

5 Zen Ways to Life Without Regrets

Regrets don't take you anywhere. There are better things to do. Here are 5 ways that successful people overcome regrets.

Regrets are in the Past
Humans have a tendency to regret the past. But not many understand that the decisions one took was based on the wisdom and knowledge at the point in time. Today, you're definitely wiser and knowledgeable and its clear to you that you could done things better.

So, don't waste your time regretting because that's the best you could do at that time.

The point is ...did you learn somethng from the experience.
Don't Compete, Don't Regret

The tendency to compete breeds regret sometimes. You always want to do better than before. But try it and you're sucked. You want to do better even tomorrow. Life never ends its challenges. Its best to live life in the present without competing and certainly without regrets.

If Things Go Wrong, They Will
Regrets seep in when things are not going good in your current life. Think about how you could resolve your problems and find a way to be content and happy. Think about the past could ruin the present too.

Think about it.

Short Quotes about Living Life with No Regrets
I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.
Rita Mero

Never regret something that made you smile.

The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.

Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience.
Victoria Holt

Looking back, I have this regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so.
David Gayson

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.
Josh Billings

The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake - you can't learn anything from being perfect.
Adam Osborne

Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy, you can't build on it it's only good for wallowing in.
Katherine Mansfield

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein

If you obey all the rules, you'll miss all the fun.
Katherine Hepburn

I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.
Lucille Ball

When you can think of yesterday without regret and tomorrow without fear, you are near contentment.
Old English Saying

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when their right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
Marilyn Monroe

Live in the Present
The beauty of life is about living in the present, moment to moment. When you feel the snow, see the rainbow, touch the chill waters, feel the warm hug or embrace a moment of silence in your life....that's living in the moment.

You're experiencing bliss because there's no thought in your head. No memory. No past.
Try it. Live in the present and the experience will change your life.

Embrace the Reality
If you have the guts to face the truth, you won't have any regrets in life. It's when you want to duck, find cover from your failures, shovel up all the excuses to say that you didn't fail.

Then life will be full of regrets.

Face the truth, accept failures and you will find the strength to tide over all failures.
Regrets keep you away from enjoying the pleasures of life. Go ahead and enjoy life on your own terms and with no regrets.