Did you know…
… that today is Christmas Poem Day? The poem A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement C. Moore (‘Twas the night before Christmas…) was published in 1823. The poem, which has been called “arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American,” is largely responsible for some of the conceptions of Santa Claus from the mid-nineteenth century to today.
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn’t matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark.”
— Barbara Hall
“There’s nothing wrong with wealth,” Dad used to tell me, “But for many, they lose themselves in the process. It’s not wealth that defines you…it’s character.”
At a deeper level, we are all experiencing life through a Human body.
We all have the same worries, priorities, and needs.
I can reduce my whole existence to three levels:
1- Becoming Better,
2 – Social Relationships,
3 – Chasing pleasure / Removing Pain.
Every “race” is also human, we are the ones separating things in the mind.
What is the gravity of the problem?
Farmers’ suicides are increasing. However, the statistics are not reflecting it. After 2016, the NCRB has stopped publishing data related to farmers’ suicides. In a two-decade period from 1995-2016, as many as 3.1 lakh farmers have committed suicide. The problem is serious and compounding. In Adivasi and Dalit areas, there is hunger and malnutrition, and deaths of children have been reported.
Can loan waivers solve the problem?
Merely loan waiver will not solve the problem, but it is the starting point. During the 2014 campaign, Modi promised loan waiver. But once the BJP-led NDA assumed power, there is not a single word on it. On the contrary, the government, through an affidavit, told the Supreme Court in February 2015 that loan waiver cannot be done as it would distort the market. States like Maharashtra, Karnataka and Punjab among others announced loan waiver. The loan waiver of Uttar Pradesh government was a farce. What we need is a comprehensive loan waiver by the Centre covering various aspects. The UPA government had come out with a loan waiver but made a condition of up to five acres. Dryland farmers in Vidarbha and Marathwada did not get the expected relief.
As weather shifts with seasons, so must I.
It seems the Earth keeps turning in my head.
Behind my eyes, the storms intensify,
to form these tears I never like to shed.
My Love, look deep into these troubled eyes.
I’m here beyond the clouds that choke my light.
Like thunder cries in broken summer skies,
we yell, we hurt, not knowing why we fight.
Can we resuscitate our dying love
that feels as cold and still as fallen snow?
We’ve wasted half a lifetime dreaming of
the perfect love, when imperfect’s what we know.
It’s always you, my dear, who makes me whole,
who dances with the seasons of my soul.
Big Ideas for 2019: What India can expect in the year ahead
“How to Be Awed by Ordinary Moments” by Andy Smallman https://link.medium.com/WsvqQyaZRS
“How to Develop Better Habits in 2019” by Ryan Holiday https://link.medium.com/CxmJg47YRS
“Standing ‘Against’ Everything, But ‘For’ Nothing” by Deborah Christensen https://link.medium.com/Ywt9Nz4YRS
“Seniors are no sleeping giant politically” by Michael Greiner, PhD, JD https://link.medium.com/hYgayJ0YRS