Dream like your life depends on it..

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Sometimes external situations in life may push you to pick up a job that you dont enjoy or it will push you to take risk, be creative, innovative and do the things you always wanted to do and earn your living from it.

But, why wait for external situations in life to decide your destiny? Ya, I understand- fear of failure, people’s judging opinions are all part of not having confidence to take the risk and doing something that you love. Irony is that people will judge you anyways, then why not do the things you love and then allow people to judge you and make opinions about you…

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Let me help you out, just answer these two questions to yourself.

1. What do you really enjoy doing and you won’t mind doing it for the rest of your life?

2. What is the only job you would do if your life depended on it?

Paul Fernandes

Let’s play again – Reviving our forgotten childhood games! Dr. Sandeep Kate

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MAGIC !!!

The mere mention of word is sure to arouse some interest !

Well, let me tell you that this writeup is NOT about Magic, at least not of the kind we usually mean when we think of the word.

I’m talking about the long lost and nearly “magical” period of our lives that we all fondly remember & cherish as our “Childhood days”….

Let’s have a bit of a fun quiz  –

Question –

Did you play any of the following games as a child ??

Spinning tops ( Lattoo/Bhavra ),  Marbles ( Kanche/Gotya ) , Gilli danda ( Viti dandu ) , Lagori, flying Kites, Chor Police, Aandhali Koshimbir (blind man’s buff ), Jiblya/Thikrya, Aba dubi, Sagargote, and so on …

If your answer is “yes” and if the mere mention of these games and play things brings a sensation of nostalgia or “deja vu” to you, then I can safely (magically ) tell you that you were born in the early half of the 1990’s or earlier.

Okay Okay … I know this wasn’t really a demonstration of magic but a simple guesstimate here….

My point is that these and dozens of other such games and activities have been played traditionally by children for hundreds or rather thousands of years. Not only in India but all over the world. However, the advent of technology and the sweeping changes in our culture and lifestyle, brought about by the rapid digitisation of our world, has put these games at a real risk of getting lost forever.

Is it important at all to sweat over this ” trivial ” issue ? How does it matter if the kids of the present and future generations stop playing these games ? Isn’t change the reality and rule of life ??

Is it even our business to get involved as adults ?

The answer is both easy and very difficult at the same time.

For my part, I have chosen to say –

” YES ”

Yes, it is important to ensure that our children are introduced to these wonderful pastimes and that they develop and sustain an interest in these games and activities.

It’s not like we tell them to start playing  these games to the exclusion of their  computers and televisions. I think we need to help them (and ourselves) achieve a healthy balance between the “Real” and “Virtual” games !

There is something wonderful and important about these traditional games that cannot be simply brushed away as rose tinted & sepia toned nostalgia.

Adults or Kids – we all need our regular dose of “Fun” & “Play” to keep our sanity intact in our fast paced and “constantly connected” world !

We need to connect on a more basic, simple and human level with each other and with our own selves. There is no better way to do this than through simple and plain old fashioned games – the games that we all played as children and that we still ought to play with each other AND with our children.

Simple games, simple fun, simple and joyful lives….

If this thought excites you, & if you would actually like to do something about this,  please visit our website http://soilgames.co.in to find out more.

Get in touch with us if you wish to contribute to the movement to revive our long lost / forgotten / traditional childhood games…

चलो, फिरसे खेलते हैं ..

Let’s Play Again!!!

Dr. Sandeep S Kate

Your Unique Journey with Gideon Nielsen, Denmark.

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Paul: If today, I tell you to pack your bags and go for holidays, where will you go and why?

Gideon: That is always a hard question, there are many places I would like to visit, but I guess it will all depend upon what kind of a holiday or trip would be needed the most, I think it would be to go on a long walk and I probably would pick the 88-temple trail on Shikoku Island in Japan (1500+ km).  

Paul: What surprises you about traveling?

Gideon: I will say that an ongoing surprise or appreciation that I have for traveling especially when traveling without a real plan is when getting into the groove of having faith and trust that things, all things,will work out and be alright. 

It’s amazing the kind of people you meet, opportunities you attract and experiences you get on an ongoing basis. 


Paul: Tell me little bit more about your enterpreneurial journey.

Gideon: My first real investment was buying into a network marketing company and that journey didn’t last. I worked hard and gave my all, which was not a healthy thing as I gave up many other positive things, but I guess it got me going.

That is more than 10 years ago now and since then I have continued to pursue entrepreneurship, which has been a journey of many learnings, both when it comes to how I spend and invest as well as what I am pursuing….. and still learning.

 

Paul: Do you have a bucket list?

Gideon: I don’t have a bucket list per say,  although I write down my goal everyday. I definitely have countries and places I want to see like Shikoku I mentioned before, run a marathon, be a father etc.


Paul: You are an author of ‘Your Unique  Journey’, What is it about?

Gideon: The book I wrote ‘Your Unique Journey’, is a self-help book about the understanding our uniqueness and that we are all unique as well as on a unique journey through life and that has a huge value due to that we can all share and learn with each other because none of us are the same. 

Here is the link to my book: Link (UK) Link to US-Amazon: 

Paul: What does it take to follow your passion?

Gideon: To pursue ones dreams and goals you need courage, because what you face all the time will be new and uncomfortable, and to endure that will take persistence, will and trust that what you do, what you are in is  what you are meant to learn to grow into who you are meant to be. That often is frustrating and you can often feel confused, but that is what growth is – to consistently be in new territories of yourself and life. 


Paul: I see you have got involved in ‘Ocean Clean’ campaign. How did it all start?

Gideon: Clean Ocean is a project I got involved with at the end of my last semester at my school called The Kaospilots, here in Bern in Switzerland. It’s a school for entrepreneurs and our business exam for my little group became this project. 

It’s a project that revolves around an app that will make it possible to report trash and plastic and enable individuals to start and join clean up events and all of this will be visible on the interactive map. 

The idea started with Aidan, who at that time was 11-years old who had a school project that was about the environment. He picked the ocean as he loves the ocean and his parent went to Sardenia in Italy at a turtle rescue center and set a turtle free as well as started to clean a beach from trash, which inspired locals to join in and then the idea came out, that if more people did this and were more aware of it more would probably do something about it, and that is where the app comes in. 

Check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CleanOceanApp/ 

Paul: Any advice for young passionate travelers?

Gideon: It is never too late to start traveling and the people who regret it are always the people who didn’t do it when they had the chance to do so. 

So go! Explore the world, because the more you explore the world the more you explore yourself and we are as aware as we are of ourselves as we are of the world – it goes hand in hand in my belief and experience.  

Paul:What are your future plans?

Gideon: I will rather answer that question with the idea of dreams and what I am pursuing… and that is to establish myself as an entrepreneur and make a difference within the sustainable field of projects and businesses. Clean Ocean for example and interesting products that are healthy for people

and the environment is something I have a passion for and then writing and DJing and music is something I enjoy very much too. 



Gideon, we wish you all the best for your future endeavours.



-Paul

Imagination Breathing 

Face your fears, don’t run away. by Paul Fernandes.

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WP_20140111_00620140218184052      Paul Fernandes.

Face your fears, don’t run away.

“Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”  ― Paulo Coelho, Alchemist.

           I was twelve years old and my brother was seven. One afternoon we decided to go for a cycle ride, so he sat behind on the cycle as I was riding.  We had gone on many rides before, but this was the most painful ride that I ever had. I remember the words which I told my younger brother “Hold on tight” as we were approaching a very steep slope. Within seconds the horror struck. The cycle slipped, I tried my best to control it, pressed the brakes but they were stuck. All I could see was a pile of huge stones ahead of me and I feared the worst. My brother screamed “stop, stop”. I had no idea what to do, I was  desperately trying to press the breaks ,for a moment the breaks worked, but trying to apply sudden breaks on a steep slope, the cycle slipped even more ,It threw my brother off from the bicycle on a pile of sand. “I am fine he said” that was a relief, but now it was my turn – two choices were before me ,First choice- either to jump off the cycle , in which case I will have multiple fractures or aim at the pile of stones ,with a risk of banging my head. Before I could decide I had hit my head on the pile of stones. “All I could see was darkness” . My head was bleeding and I had bruises all over my body.

         I and my brother survived the accident but the effect it had on me was more painful than the scars it left. I never wanted to touch the bicycle or bike  again and every time I was on a bike with someone else riding it, I would close my eyes when we approached a slope. Years went by and I was just too frighten to ride a vehicle. Last year, I decided I will ride again and I knew “the only way to overcome the fear was not to run away but to face it”. It took time, determination, belief and courage to overcome the fear. We cannot run away from our fears, we have to face it one time or the other.

       What are the things you fear the most, which is not allowing you to live a happy life? Is it fear of speaking in public or is it that you are afraid to trust someone else, just because you were hurt in the past? Whatever it may be it’s a choice set before you either to face it or keep running away from it.

Today when I look back, this experience has thought me to value life. Some of us take life for granted and we only realize the value of it, as it slips away from us.  Same goes with our relationships  – some only realize the value of a person when they are no longer with them.     I don’t mean we should not enjoy our life , we should and it’s our right, but not at the cost of taking foolish risks.  We have one life to live, let’s not take it for granted.

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We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.-Galileo Galilei.

With Gratitude.

Paul Fernandes

Founder

Imagination Breathing.

(Inspiring Lives).