TINY THOUGHT from Brainfood Newsletter.

The right thing to do is often obvious. It’s not the choice that’s difficult so much as dealing with what the choice means.

We have to have a hard conversation. We have to break someone’s heart. We have to do something hard. We have to break out of the prison of how other people think we should live.

The price of avoiding these things is making yourself miserable. While the pain of dealing with reality is intense, it’s over rather quickly. The suffering of miserableness never really goes away.

The choice of being miserable is the bargain you strike with yourself to avoid pain.

11. International Day for Tolerance – 16 November

11. International Day for Tolerance – 16 November


This day is marked to promote tolerance and mutual understanding among different peoples, in the light of rising extremism and conflicts.

Content marketing ideas:

  • Listicle idea: X Books you can read to understand other cultures
  • Infographic idea: What is the triangle of tolerance?
  • Video idea: How can different communities learn to coexist with each other?
  • Podcast idea: What we can learn from children about tolerance

Where is your ifthen?

Where is your ifthen?

We all have them.

“If ____ happens, then I’ll do ____.”

If this emergency passes, then I’ll take a break.

If this customer closes, then I’ll invest in my education.

If we get this finished, then we’ll focus on that.

Too often, the ifthen is nothing but a stall. As a result, we burn trust, and worse, postpone a future we’d like to spend time living in.

Take your ifthen’s seriously. The future always happens sooner than we expect.

courtesy: Seth Godin’s newsletter

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Nellie Bly Around the World Day? New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) began an attempt on this day in 1889 to surpass the fictitious journey of Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg by traveling around the world in less than 80 days. Bly succeeded by finishing the journey the following January in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”

— Plato


Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, late 17th century
1Effort, endeavor.2Especially impulse, tendency.
Examples of Nisus in a sentence “He put a lot of nisus into completing his final project a week before the due date.” “My nisus is to skip my Monday morning workout, but I always feel better when I do it.”


If it were easy…

Then everyone else would find it easy as well. Which would make it awfully difficult to do important work, work that stands out, work that people would go out of their way to find.

When difficulties arise, it might very well be good news. Because those difficulties may dissuade all the people who aren’t as dedicated as you are.

It pays to seek out the hard parts.


सामान्यातुन असामान्य माणूस दर्शन : आक्का मावशी

https://vaishali1372.blogspot.com/2020/11/blog-post_15.html?showComment=1605482862966#c4421083436657868211Article about my mother

Vaishali Deshpande was a close associate of my beloved mother at Shabri Kanya Ashram run by Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram in Raipur.

My mother was a Hostel in-charge till her death and worked for the upliftment of girls from over 200 tribes from North East of India.

We did not live together. At 18, I wanted to be a Non-Sanyasi Lifeworker in North East for Vivekananda Kendra, KanyaKumari. And she wanted her only son to gain a better status than her or my father,

And she took Diksha from RamaKrishna Mission, Belur Math Swami Vireshwarananda and dedicated her own life with the Girl children of North East whose parents were putting 6 months old to 20 year old girls in the hostel /. school for studies as they feared for their life due to the Militancy in the region in 80’s and 90’s.

One of the girls who was always with my mother (Dony Gurung) later became a MD, She did her Post graduation in Yoga Medicine in Germany.

One of the habits of my mother was gifting and I picked it from her in corporate life.  I became the Santa many times over and she gifted Gita/ Ramayan – literally thousands of copies.

We shared a common trait.  Of storing sweetmeats, toffees, peanuts and other goodies like biscuits – she in her Almirah and those who were close to me in corporate life would search for them in my Table drawers.

It was nice gesture on part of Mrs. Vaishali Deshpande to write and give a snap shot of my mothers’ life.  It feels proud to read it. Thank you Vaishali.