Did you know…
… that today, besides being Christmas in many countries (Merry Christmas!), is the birthday of Rudolph? Robert May created Rudolph in 1939 as an assignment for Montgomery Ward. The retailer had been buying and giving away coloring books for Christmas every year and it was decided that creating their own book would save money. May considered naming the reindeer “Rollo” and “Reginald” before deciding upon using the name “Rudolph.”
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.”
— Bob Hope
External events do not harm us — only our responses to them can
It may sound counterintuitive — “of course external events can harm us!” we might protest, “I can get hit by a bus, or my partner might leave me!”
But the reality is that the story doesn’t actually end with the external occurrence, even though so many people think it does. We perceive and talk about these events as though they are the defining moment, and sort of gloss over everything available to us afterwards.
These events only have the power that we choose to give them. They only destroy us because we think they are destructive, and allow them to run our lives.
Eleanor Roosevelt famously said,
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
And the same is true with anything external — not just other people.
If our judgement about any event is that it is horrible, then we allow ourselves to dwell in the belief that we are far worse off if they happen. But if we strip external events of their power, and reclaim our internal power to decide, gage, and assign value, we maintain control of our lives — and happiness.
Because our internal judgements are independent of external events, the occurrence of a bad event does not necessarily have to result in sadness.
If we lose something dear to us and get down ourselves, the problem is not the loss, but our outlook on it.
Life results in loss. Loss will happen. It’s part of being alive. And while loss looks different from person to person and we may experience different things, to go through life allowing any loss to bully us or push us around emotionally in any direction that it chooses is to surrender our control — and wellbeing.
This year’s Christmas miracle is a story that will warm your heart, especially in times marked by political unrest and tension. Dayami’s list was typical for a child her age – clothes, art supplies, slime – written in Spanish and sent with the hope that it would reach Santa.
As luck would have it, things got real and the tattered balloon landed across the border, near a ranch in Arizona. When ranch owner Randy Heiss first spotted it, he thought it was trash. But on realising that it was a Christmas wishlist – similar to the ones he would write as a child – Randy was inspired to make the little girl’s wishes come true. With some help from his wife and a local radio station, Randy delivered Dayami her very own Christmas miracle.
Here’s hoping all your wishes come true too.
Stories you shouldn’t miss
Bengaluru-based home interiors startup Design Cafe raised Series B funding of Rs 200 crore led by private equity firm WestBridge Capital along with existing investor Fireside Ventures. The startup plans to use this fund to expand its operations in six cities including Mumbai, Delhi-NCR and Hyderabad.
In a report by Trust Research Advisory, Samsung Mobile emerged as India’s most trusted brand, closely followed by Tata Motors. Apple was at number 3 despite its declining market share, especially in the smartphone segment. Telecom service provider Reliance Jio and automobile manufacturer Maruti Suzuki were fourth and fifth, respectively.
With just a few days left until the year-end, some new tax-related changes are being put in place for Indians. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hinted that a standard GST rate may emerge by merging the 12 and 18 percent slabs for commonly used goods.
Dream big and aim even bigger – this has been the mantra for 2018, a year best defined as a sum total of ups and downs. Despite all the hardships, though, one thing that has served as a constant source of inspiration is the success stories – or simply the stories of ceaseless grit and courage – of some of the startups and entrepreneurs. We list our Top 20 startups of 2018.
How to Tell If You’re a Highly Sensitive Person
When I first encountered a description of what it means to be an HSP, it was like looking at myself in the mirror. I hadn’t realized there was a specific term to describe my way of perceiving the world. It brought me incredible relief to know I wasn’t alone.
If you suspect you might be an HSP, see if you relate to the characteristics below.
Your empathic nature makes you a master of emotional intelligence and relating to others.
You have a vibrant inner life. For you, being alone is grounding, not lonely.
You think before you act. This means you excel at strategy and planning — that is, if you can move past second-guessing yourself and perfectionism-induced procrastination.
You are conscientious and prepare, which makes you trustworthy and reliable. But if you’re caught off-guard in a meeting or conversation, you get easily overstimulated and may recoil.
You’re able to sense conflict and mitigate it before it becomes a problem (and often before others are even aware of it). This is one reason HSPs are great problem solvers and team members.
You have a low annoyance threshold. It’s particularly hard for you to work in noisy (sirens going by are the worst), overly bright, or aesthetically abrasive environments. You have trouble concentrating if you feel slightly uncomfortable. You also might be extra-sensitive to fragrances or coarse fabrics.
You love connecting with people, but at a big party you’re most likely to be found in a quiet corner chatting with a few people, getting into deep, far-ranging topics (or hanging out with the resident dog or cat).
You are deeply moved by art, literature, or music and often unexplainably affected after witnessing the pain or suffering of other human beings. This is why HSPs tend to excel in careers like medicine, teaching, and even social entrepreneurship, but it also means HSPs need to be mindful about the news and content they consume.
You cry more easily, both from sadness and happiness.
In reality, you don’t find passion until you get good at something. When you develop competence in something you enjoy, you build more confidence to help you tackle larger challenges, and you continue to grow, which fuels more passion to repeat the process.
This strange phenomenon is what’s known in psychology circles as the spotlight effect.
If we understand and feel that the greatest act of devotion and worship to God is not to hurt or harm any of His beings, we are loving God.
If, instead of worrying over our own misfortunes, we think of ourselves more fortunate than many, many others, we are loving God.
——-AVATAR MEHER BABA
“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.”