Your Best Is All That Matters…

Photography by Tejeshwar Singh

Photography by Tejeshwar Singh

You may not be the best, but always pledge to give your best

You may not be ahead of all, but keep yourself forever abreast

Be prepared to fight for your right, till then don’t give up, don’t rest

You may not have the innate skill, what wins a war is your unmatched zest

 

You may break a few rules, you may disobey some laws

But don’t be a rebel without a cause

You may not be gifted, the wisest and smart

But be blessed with perseverance and persistence for your art

 

You may not create a wonder, but every action must contribute

Not to take, abuse and waste, nor to destroy or pollute

You may not win a Booker, but have a story to tell this world

You may not sing so great, but have a song n sing to your soul

 

Touch a few hearts, live your dreams and passions

Find unfeigned bliss, discover your true potential

Excel, evolve to your best, attain your life’s goal

May you be your own brand, may you live to be one with your soul

 

(This one is for my two sons…and so am adding my younger one’s photography in it, his passion at mere 14 years of age)

My Best Is Yet To Come….

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My best is yet to come…..

For all I have achieved

I was associated n perceived

Applauded and accorded

Speaks of how I evolved

But my best is yet to come….

 

I have risen and seen

From every challenge unseen

Every time I was about to give in

I re surged n preened

Still, my best is yet to come…..

 

I have won battles on ground

I have painted my heart’s hues

I have sung to my soul

Lovely idols I’ve chiseled too

But my best is yet to come….

 

I’ve given birth to verses

Then music notes I made

To this foot tapping melody

My own dance steps I pirouette

However, my best is yet to come…

 

Many buds I helped bloom

Many souls I helped groom

Many led and many followed

I see learning in every lesson crooned

Thus, my best is yet to come……

 

This is not where I stop

For I am more than what I draft

With every passing out parade

I renew my course n craft

So, my best is yet to come…..

 

There is no defined line

It’s just a barrier in the mind

Forever raising the bar

Miles to traverse before I retire

As my best is yet to come…..

 

Rising above lows…

At times I feel so restless

At times so disdained

So lonely and in distress

Extinguished and insane

 

Ever there’d be a spark

Ever there’d be some light

To put myself together

To gather some might

 

At loss of my muses

At loss of cause to write

Suddenly bereft of energy

Beat and full of trite

 

Feeling of hopelessness

Feeling bitterness of compromise

Wondering on my own threshold

Mediocrity no surprise

 

Fatigued by the obstacles

Fatigued by strength of dissuaded

A fight to ignite the expended

A drive to shine the corroded

 

The more I need Uprising

The more I feel rebelled

The jealous and the envious

Are winning battles un-quelled

 

I am to be blamed

I’m to be condemned

For letting the losers win

Ruling of hollow, hypocrite n sycophant

 

Is the light of truth so dismal

Is the excellence so impatient

Unable to pierce the darkness

Unworthy of genuine attempt

 

What do we want to achieve

Where do we want to reach

Why s others endorsement so important

Why is n’t enough to self-seek

 

Well I don’t care to fight the fool

Well I don’t want to prove the ignorant

I just surmounted my strength

to win my-Self and conquer my cause coherent

 

To Win Each Day, Be A Warrior Each day !!

Amidst so much of hopelessness, let’s light hope and win ourselves each day…..

 

Every day I wake up, willful to realize

Take up wattle and daub, in my armor like a knight

There’s new realm to annex, there’s new battle to fight

There s new cause to take up, there’s new reason for strife

 

I need to whet my arms of belief and raison d’être

Need to gather courage to face it everyday

There’s a fire, there’s blood shed

There’s vengeance and hatred

 

Wonder as if am fighting for my selfish goals

Question myself too often, am I warring my foes

They are my very own and so is my holy cause

We need to come together and forward we march

 

It’s time to awaken them to their righteous role

To work for creating around a better world

Somewhere we have lost our vision, sparkle of our sight

We have forgotten our worth and brawn of our might

 

Hey all martials wake up, team up and move

Don’t lose existence, living like dead wood

You have to be fearless, if your goal you wish to attain

It’s you who have to become the catalyst for change

 

Have you all forgotten pleasure of co-creation

Weakened are the values, fallen are foundations

There’s greed n there’s lust, bereft of self esteem

Know not if they know the bliss of earning by true means

 

It’s time to make a difference, it’s time to join crusade

It’s time to be invincible, it’s time to invigorate

There s a dead silence around, no soul so stirred

They have learned to live like corpses or a life of marauder

 

Ahh! I am losing hope and ready to give in……….

 

I am ready to call it a day and feeling so deplete

A feeling of restiveness, senses so dead and beat

If it’s really worth it, I can also look the other way

Turn my back to misery and let the world decay

 

Then comes a light, to blind my unscrupulous thoughts

The keystones I have laid and groundwork of past

I sleep over this melancholy, with conflicting cacophony

Then dreams lift me to the world anew, springing with harmony

 

I wake up cleansed and bathed, resolute and steadfast

Ambiguous and unassuming, are emotions of the past

Once again to fight, once again to win

Invoking the rabble to create a new sovereign!

 

My Vision, Mission Statement and Goals of Life!!

One of those days, when I pause and introspect

One of those moments, I take stock of life’s true aspects

How much love and happiness I have accrued, how much in return I ‘ve spread

There’re dreams that I fulfilled while some just faded and withered

How much I have achieved and how much more is left

The essence of life so far journeyed, the search of soul that lies ahead

 

One of those days, when I feel special and blessed

I am grateful to God and all of you who incite this smile

Filled with sense of pride for the goals I have met

When I sit here today to reminisce and reflect!

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If feels great this moment, there is  peace, quietude, sense of achievement…but can this be a permanent state of mind!

I have been mulling over this until I stepped out of an exhaustive two days’ workshop conducted on the understanding and imbibing of our organization’s Vision, Mission and goals. We almost pledged with hand on our heart to live by each and every word of it.

Later, I was complementing at the amount of seriousness and focus our organization attributes to its values and the sense of pride we take to live by them.

What about us as individuals. How earnestly do we take our lives?

 If it is the most important and valuable project to us, have we set a clear vision, mission and goal for ourselves. Isn’t it imperative to replicate this wisdom to our lives at large….

So I started working on this new premise and I conceived my strategy around life more formally, using the same format that we do while making organization’s strategy…..

 

My vision-

To transform my life’s journey from ‘Living’ to ‘Winning’!

My Mission-

I will enhance my self-worth, stature and contribution towards all the important stakeholders of my life by refining myself personally, professionally and spiritually in order to create a mutually Win-Win endeavor for all.

 Important Stakeholders-

 

Myself- My mind, body and soul- (Self-actualization, health and internal bliss)

Family & Friends- My spouse, children, close family and friends.

Career- My goals towards my occupation, organization, leaders, team members

Society- A section of society which needs support and abetting

My goals…

I had taken following set of goals to be evaluated and reviewed after every year.

  1. Myself- To feel blessed, fulfilled, physically fit and one with my soul-
    1. To learn and practice new realms.
    2. To publish my poetry.
    3. To be regular on physical fitness regime. Right eating.
    4. Spiritual connect for quietness and internal bliss.
  1. To be an adored and respected mother, spouse and kin to those in the family who have contributed in my journey.
  2. To be an admired and respected professional for quality of work and value I bring by my contribution.
  3. To engage and support my best to a cause towards society.

Being a corporate employee for a while now, I knew you can’t sustain for long by just making powerful statements. It was important therefore to develop a methodology to measure my success on same. To assess that I am making progress on my vision and mission of life.

After a lot of serious deliberation and some consultation with people in family and colleagues I trust,

I concluded as follows.…

The technique to measure if I have met my first personal goals is- When I look at the woman in the mirror, I see an image I revere, respect and adore. I see a person who has lived a life giving her best , have no regrets and yet so much desire to learn and contribute more.

When it comes to goals with respect to my family/friends, my stakeholders are the customers who should rate my performance. If they confirm that my presence and contribution has made a positive difference to their lives and achievement of their important goals…I am home.

Career goals are easy to measure- Top box performance rating and results in each role.

My goal towards society is under planning and deliberation. I have an outline and imagery in my mind, however I have to assign and commence in a specific timeline.

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Before you start judging me for my strategy and goals or may find this entire exercise a little dramatic….My simple message to all is- it has really helped me crystallize and affirm important objectives of my life with an immense clarity ( However ingenuous they may sound). All this while, these thoughts were there in my mind but obscure and hazy. Having deciphered and documented them is like making a commitment to myself that I stand avowed to fulfil.