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New Skin

January 2, 2015 1 comment

If you could spend the next year as someone radically different from the current “you” – a member of a different species, someone from a different gender or generation, etc. who would you choose to be?

Many great leaders, sportsmen, actors, singers and scientists have inspired me and I have read their autobiographies and grew up admiring their character, perseverance, integrity and resilience.

However, coming to the question of living their life or mimicking them would be totally impossible for me.  I believe that each of us is unique and we are also shaped by our unique environments, our society, our parents, our teachers and our close friends.  So although we may look up to someone as a role model  it is wrong to draw comparisons or  envy them or dream of coveting their possessions.

More than a new skin, a makeover or cosmetic surgery to create a replica of someone else, what is needed is an inner surgery to examine how we could change our character and our attitude.  Gandhi said : “Be the change that you want to see in the world”.

So I would rather spend the new year being myself but making a purposeful effort to better myself, to take risks, to learn new skills, to  be thankful for what I have  and  to enjoy every day.

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December 1, 2011 15 comments

From a seed springs forth a plant
Reaching  out to the sun
Branching out with vigour
Into a full-grown tree

A tender, helpless child
Grows into a teenager
Then matures into an adult
Grows old and dies one day

A tiny caterpillar
Nibbling on green leaves
Slowly transforms into a pupa
Until it breaks free into a butterfly

Seasons change
Plants, animals and humans change
Day changes to night
Change is all around us

Let us remain centred
While riding this wave of change
Soaring high into the sky like the redwood tree
Keeping its roots firm underground


© copyright skm, 1st Dec, 2011

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