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

5 Things you did not know about 2019.

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While some of us are making our New Years resolutions – we have entered into the New Year. In this post I am going to tell you about 5 things you did not know about 2019.

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1. If you don’t take action, this year will not be any different.

You may have decided to do certain things, achieve certain results and live your dream life. This won’t be possible if you don’t take any action on those decisions. I like the Nike tag line – just do it. So let’s take some concrete actions on our desires to achieve higher results.

2. No one is going to help you more than you can help yourself.

We need people around us, no doubt about it. But if we only depend on people to help us reach our destination, we will never reach there. People have their own sh*t to deal with. So, you do all you can to achieve your goals and depend less on others doing it for you.

3. Health is wealth.

Last year I have seen too many young people dying due to health problems. There is no use of trying and getting millions, if your not there to enjoy it. This year let’s keep the balance between work and time to look after our body.

4. You don’t read, you don’t lead.

So many things are happening in our world today, that keeping a pace with what’s happening around us becomes very important. Let’s make a commitment to read more this year, because I believe reading and leading is directly associated with each other.

5. You are awesome.

I believe you are beautiful, handsome, hot, sexy, intelligent, successful and whatever you wish to be. Deep down I know you want to be that. Believe you are beautiful or handsome or successful and I am sure confidence, hardwork and belief in yourself will take you just where you want to be.

May be all of these 5 things were just a reminder to start this year with right mindset and positive attitude..

Have a wonderful year 2019.😀

-Paul Fernandes

Bigger the crisis, bigger the opportunities…

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The words of Napoleon Hill are ringing in my ears.

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit”.

If you are not experiencing crisis or have never experienced crisis in your life than this post is not meant for you. But for those who are or have experienced crisis in your life, let’s make this reading journey together.

Hey, by no means I wanna say that I am an expert at crisis handling, I am in crisis most of the time but there are things that have helped me to come out of crisis and that is exactly what I am gonna share, and may be you can use some of these methods…

One of my good friend committed suicide some time back and no one even knew he was going through crisis or problems, because he never expressed it or showed any signs of it. May be you are going through some crisis in your life or may be someone who you know may be going through one, but never shows it. This post may be just something that you may need or someone else may need. So, don’t forget to share it….

Do you remember when you were a child small things such as electricity going out before your favourite TV show would be so disheartening that we would feel our whole life had collapsed. Time when your best friend did not give you the chocolate and gave it to someone else we would be so hurt that – thoughts like why;what; how would emerge in our head and would not talk to them for days, just because of a chocolate. Today when we have grown up a little we look back and find all those small small tensions = something to laugh at… like wise I feel Half the crisis or tensions go away when we talk to someone with a little bit of more experience in our life than we have, so that brings me to my first point..

1.Find a mentor: Here the person should have seen a little more life than you have, should be professional at mentoring and someone who you can trust and of course who has to be a good listener, no body likes advices, people like people who can be their guide and not advisers.

2.Books: Books(self help) according to me are a great source of support. So always have a good self help book by your side.

3.Don’t tell your problems to everyone: Truth is nobody cares about your complaining and problems. They are rapped in their own world, all don’t really care, they may feel sorry for you. Tell me, what are you gonna do with their feeling sorry?

4.Write down 2 things : Everyday write down 2 ways in which your life can be better. Believe me I tried this for 30 days few years back and let me tell you, it worked and worked in ways I couldn’t fathom. I can’t tell you the science behind it..but it works.. try it..

5.You are in that situation for a reason: You can allow your situation to make you or break you. There is a reason for it all.. wait, it will unfold itself.

I will leave you with few lines…

May be...

If Steve jobs had got stuck in the crisis after he was fired from the company he started, May be, we wouldn’t have PIXAR animation studio.

If J.K.Rowling got stuck in the back of her car thinking of all the problems in her life and never starting to write something, may be, we wouldn’t have HARRY POTTER.

I can go on and on with may be.. but what’s more important is

If ……………………(your name) prevailed through my crisis then may be the world will be able to witness……………….

Remember, Sometimes making opportunities for yourself is better than waiting for one….

-Paul Fernandes

From Mom’s Nose Pin to Brother’s Gym: How at the age of 9 I realised that gender is fluid, Aishwarya

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“Rahul, Raj, Govindda, Ajay…..” the audience blabbers as they were asked to guess the host of OBR (One Billion Rising is a global movement, founded by Eve Ensler, to end rape and sexual violence against women (onebillionrising.org)

“It is Aishwarya”, says the host finally.

“My name is Aishwarya and I was born a girl.”

I am a 17 year old student and at the age of 9 started applying the concept of gender fluidity. It started when my mom and dad separated, and my dad was fed up of tying up my waist long hair, hence, got it cut short. I was told by many that it suited me, and that I was looking cute. That was the reason I didn’t return to my long hair, but this of course is not the reason that I am identified as a boy. I have an elder brother and sister and since childhood my brother was allowed to go out, be it day or night, was allowed to hangout with his friends, and take all serious decisions and responsibilities of the house, this used to confuse and annoy me because I too was a human and I used to wonder why was I treated unequally. That time I didn’t know anything about gender equality, or that women were equal before law, I became sensitised only after 6 years when I joined NINEISMINE (http://www.nineismine.in)at the age of 14.

Although I was being treated equal as my brother, by her father, I was sent for grocery shopping or any other important work in the absence of my brother; I was given a phone before my elder sister. Although it made me happy but it also made me realise the level of discrimination in our Indian families and I started fighting for my sister’s rights with my father, and now all the three children of my family are treated equally.

When I got opportunity to speak in public, I spoke on gender equality, and everybody used to think that I am a boy because of my attire, my voice and my built which I had due to the gym, and once I tell them my name the hall used to echo with applause.

Now, everyone refers to me as beta(son), bhai(brother) and my sister looks up to me, as the so called protector, rather than my brother. I know this concept of protector too needs to be eliminated and that’s my vision: I want to become a professional dancer, and by being be the real me on private and public platforms, I know I am fighting gender stereotypes and inequality.

Now that I recall the times I used to apply my mother’s lipstick I laugh, and continue doing my dumbbells. There are lot of people who come to me and say that they want to be just like me and have the same courage. You know what? I am going to fight for all of these people.

My family, friends, neighbours, teachers all have accepted me like I am, and why shouldn’t they?
I am just another human.

One voice was louder than the rest- DANCE, DANCE, DANCE!

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I loved dancing since I was a kid. I always looked for opportunities to get on stage and dance. After I had finished my schooling years, my dream of being a professional dancer was fading away. I knew dance was the only thing that would make me come alive.

After my 3 years of graduation, I was contemplating about going into management sector. It was the movie “3 idiots” that changed my mind and I began to ask myself some serious questions on what I really wanted to do in life. One voice was louder than the rest “DANCE, DANCE DANCE.” I listened to my gut feeling and decided to venture into the world of professional dancing. My family and friends always supported my decision.

Since Bollywood is full of senior experienced choreographers and dancers, the biggest struggle in Mumbai was to find work as a choreographer. On a good day I would get through an audition or an interview, on a bad day it was worst.

I thought of doing my training in my hometown- Goa, but there were no professional institutes that attracted me. I was on a lookout for full time dance training institute and then I came across Terence Lewis professional training institute.

I auditioned in 2010, but I did not get through. I worked hard at my moves everyday for a year and then I auditioned again in 2011 and this time I got selected for the scholarship programme. I finished my training in 2013, then I got selected to work with Terence Lewis contemporary dance co. as performer, I was really happy n amazed to finally work with Terence Lewis. He is one of the most intelligent and beautiful human being I have come across, he is my biggest motivation in life who has always been there when I needed him. He has been a guide and friend to me.

Today, I am a professional dancer and choreographer and this was possible because of immense hard work, support form Terence Lewis and unconditional love from family and friends. To all those out there who aspire to be professional dancers. Get into this business only if you have love for it and are willing to work hard.

-Shailesh

Tell your story to the world and be a part of this Global platform.

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This is what drives me out of bed every morning. I always wanted to make my mark in this world and when you realise that your work is viewed in so many countries listed above, the feeling is unfathomable. I am grateful to all the people who have written for “imagination breathing”. I still remember the day vividly how I wrote my first post knowing nothing about the blogging world and today “imagination breathing” has been a platform for writers, entrepreneurs, adventurist, artists, social activists etc etc and continues to inspire thousands of lives around the world. Just want to say thank you to all those who believed in me and thanks to those who laughed at my ideas because you’ll helped me to work hard and persevere. Without you’ll this success would have not been possible. And to all those out there having big dreams and ideas, your dreams are never too small, you just have to DO IT! DO IT! DO IT! DO IT!

Thank you WordPress for the stats, you have made me and all those who contributed their articles on Imagination Breathing, SMILE.

If you too want to be part of this venture for inspiring lives, if you want me to cover your story or if you know anyone whose story is worth sharing on a global platform, kindly write to me at paulib005@gmail.com

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Best wishes,

Paul Fernandes
Founder
Imagination Breathing

Inspirational journey of Daniel Syiem

Designer, Inspiration, Motivation, My Blog, shillong.

FASHION DESIGNING is something which I was always very passionate about since I was a boy.  It’s funny looking back at my school days and finding scribbles and sketches of designs on my notebooks, whereas you’d find sketches of buildings and skylines on my brother’s who is now an architect. Goes to show that even at an unconscious level we had already tapped into our passion.
It was only after school and after completing my 12th that I realized  I wanted to pursue this further. Keeping in mind that during the time, the fashion industry was was almost non existent here in Shillong and there were no known local designers, so it wasn’t surprising that my parents were not supportive with my decision and insisted that I do a regular graduation course.

I joined St Edmunds college pursuing a degree in Arts majoring in Sociology. Little did I know that being in St. Edmunds would pave the way to my designing career. It was during my final year in college that I got to organise a fashion show during our college festival. That in itself was a challenge trying to convince our principal and getting his permission to host the college’s first ever fashion show. But with the support from the teachers,  my friends and fellow students, we managed to create history in the college by hosting the biggest fashion and talent show ever and which later set a trend for other colleges around the city.

  The show was called Young Talent Time or as they popularly call it now YTT. I got to showcase my first ever collection during that show. It was well recieved and that led me to being selected to represent my state at a Fashion Designing Competition(Fifth World Organisation) and me winning the North East Best Designer Award. Brian Wallang being the curator of the competition.

Winning the award was a turning point for me and I knew then that this was something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Taking it further I took up a three and a half year course on fashion designing at the prestigious Pearl Academy of Fashion in New Delhi. However due to unavoidable circumstances I had to drop out after completing a semester.

Dropping out of Pearl dampened my spirits and my passion for designing, and that led me to think of other career options.  After a few months working at a call center in Delhi, I returned back home to Shillong.

That was one of the lowest points in my life. Unsure of what to do next I took up odd jobs around the city.. from driving a cab to waitering at Shillong’s first coffee shop led me to being asked to manage Shillong’s first ever night club called Platinum.
I spent two years of my life working at Platinum. Those were the most challenging yet stimulating times which helped me kick start my professional life and again paved another path for me to get back into my designing career.


I have always said that I believe in Angels. Mine was a fun loving party hopping man by the name of Tennyson Lyngdoh. Tenny would visit club almost every Saturday. I later came to know that he was an officer with the Sericulture department.

Tenny had heard of my short lived career as a designer and would bring it up during our conversations. He would mention about his work with the weavers of Ri bhoi district and his attempts at promoting The Ryndia – our heritage fabric. From our brief conversations I saw that Tenny was very passionate about his work and insisted that I get back into fashion and help him promote the weaving community.

That was the turning point in my career. After much persuasion I agreed to visit the weavers of Ri bhoi. This I always say, the moment I was introduced to the Ryndia,  I felt  an almost spiritual connection to it. I knew then I had found my calling.


A little bit about my background- I come from a family where both my father and grandfather were  great social activists and their works had contributed a lot towards the upliftment of our people. From the time I had decided to take up Fashion Designing, I always wondered how can I do the same for my people through my work? Having been introduced to the Ryndia gave me that opportunity.

Till then inspite of Tennys great efforts, not much was being done to protect and promote this heritage fabric. Working with the Ryndia would give me a chance to not only promote the weaving community and better their livelihood through weaving but also using fashion as a platform to give the outside world a chance to peak into our culture and tradition.
Over the years Tenny and I worked hard to introduce the Ryndia to the market through my designs. I had to overcome a lot of challenges one being that I was never formally trained in designing. It was through a lot of trial and error that I came to hone my skills.

My relationship with Tenny blossomed into a beautiful friendship. Unfortunately he passed away leaving a huge void in my life. I however decided to carry on his mission. In the process I came across Janess. Janess was working with a weaving community in Manipur at the time. After many conversations, we decided to join hands.  That led us to start the Daniel Syiem’s Ethnic Fashion House. The aim of the fashion house would be to promote textiles from the North East with Meghalaya- being our first priority. And our dream was to take Ryndia to the world.


In a span of four years and with numerous collections the world got to know about the Ryndia and our people. From back home in India to London, New York,  Toronto,  Italy,  Dubai,  Thailand and Singapore the story of the Ryndia was well received and appreciated.  Doors of prestigious organizations like the Nehru center in London, IFFAD in Rome and the World Intellectual Property Organisation, United Nations in Geneva were  opened for us.

The journey has been long and challenging and I still have a long way to go, to achieve my childhood dream of becoming one of the biggest designer in the world. All the ups and downs have made me stronger and wiser. But all these experiences have also made me realize that there is no true recipe to success. A dear friend once told me that ones true aim in life is to be Happy. That in a way has helped simplify my outlook in life.

It’s all about being true to yourself and not being afraid to listen to your inner voice, because that voice is true and wise. It’s about allowing yourself to fall and having the strength to rise back up and not being afraid to give up and starting all over again. It’s about loving yourself and loving others unconditionally. It’s about not being afraid to show off your true colors, because those colors are beautiful.

-Daniel Syiem

Imagination Breathing

Coffee or Passion? Choose Wisely!

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Our lives are made of choices and what we choose is going to decide the quality of our life. So with this thought I present to you my book Coffee or Passion? Choose Wisely! There are countless number of people who made this possible. Thank you all for being a blessing in my life.

Only read this book… if you are about to make a choice in your life. Only read this book… if you want to find your passion. Only read this book… if you love your pets. Only read this book… if you want to save our environment. Only read this book… if you want to live a balanced lifestyle. Only read this book… if you want to have a fulfilled relationship. You must read this book… if you want to follow your dream. So, Choose Wisely !

If you fall into any of the above situation, I think this book may add a value to your life. So, Choose Wisely! Whether you buy the book or not is not the most important thing. What is most important is, I want to sincerely thank the audience of “Imagination Breathing” from 113 countries as it stands today and to all the people around the world who have been part of my life journey.. “THIS IS DEDICATED TO YOU”

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If want to have a copy of your own or want to gift it to your friends, following are the links. I have provided you with different links so that you may pay less for the shipping charge, depending on your location.

(Coffee or Passion?)  

                     1. amazon.in  (India)  For Kindle edition at just Rs 195 click

                                                                         here-  http://amzn.to/2mXG8xO

                                                                 For Paperback  edition at just Rs 612 click

                                                                         here- http://amzn.to/2nUJq5E

                    2. amazon.com  (US and rest of the  world)      

                    3. amazon.fr (France)

                    4. amazon.es (Spain)

                    5. amazon.ca (Cannada)

                    6. amazon.co.uk  (UK)

                    7. amazon.it  (Italy)

 

Once again, Thank you so much.

With gratitude,

Paul Fernandes
Founder
Imagination Brething
(Inspiring lives)

113 countries, 100 articles. – Paul Fernandes

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I want to thank each one for making this journey possible. 100 quality articles is a big landmark. A special thanks to each contributor of the articles for believing in my venture for inspiring lives. Today when I see the site “Imagination Breathing. Com” viewed in 113 countries around the world. I feel proud of the decision I had taken and the sacrifices I made to start the website. As a child, I always wanted my name and work to be known around the world. Today when people from 113 countries are being touched by what I do. I feel happy and blessed. I wish to continue this journey with your support in the years to come.
I would like to thank the people from the following countries listed below who have viewed the site “Imagination Breathing. Com.”

India, United States, Brazil, United Kingdom, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Philippines, Canada, Portugal, Russia, Israel, Vietnam, Kenya, Germany, France, Argentina, Norway, Bangladesh, Qatar, New Zealand, Ireland, Japan, Egypt, Turkey, Kuwait, China, Indonesia, Iran, European Union, Spain, Singapore, Hong Kong SAR China, Mexico, Thailand, Austria, Sweden, Greece, Papua New Guinea, Belgium, Rwanda, Oman, Lebanon, Bhutan, Ecuador, South Africa, South Korea, Ukraine, Cote D Lvoire, Chile, Pakistan, Malaysia, Malta, Algeria, Denmark, Romania, Venezuela, Uruguay, Peru, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Poland, Albania, Estonia, Mauritius, Angola, Bahrain, Bolivia, Uzbekistan, Liberia, Azerbaijan, Nicaragua, Montenegro, Luxembourg, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Jamaica, Barbados, Kazakhstan, Trininda and Tobago, Tanzania, Finland, Georgia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zambia, Hungary, Croatia, Macedonia, Puerto Rico, Tunisia, Iceland, Slovenia, Latvia, Fiji, Guatemala, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Mongolia, Brunei, Seychelles, Honduras, Cameroon, Reunion, U.S. Virgin Islands, Suriname, Cyprus, Belize, Mozambique.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

LOVE YOU ALL.

With Gratitude,

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Paul Fernandes
Founder and Editor-in-chief
Imagination Breathing.com

“Oblivion.”     By Naisha Richmond. Shillong, India

Inspiration, Motivation, My Blog, Uncategorized

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Naisha Christine Richmond Tariang.

 

                        “Every piece is a vision I had. I’m just giving my vision life.”

 

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Onto the Next Horizon. by: Matti War. New Delhi, India.

Inspiration, Motivation, My Blog, Uncategorized

1398495_740019682692012_1067980546_o  Matti War. 

Onto the Next Horizon

Yesterday was the last day of my exams and it was a relief. Four days of back to back papers and term papers makes every exam I’ve appeared for so far, look like a walk in the park. Add to that an ill-timed attack of the cold and cough and I was effectively hindered. Not a good semester for me, it seemed. The last paper was quite tricky. If there was one thing I’d learnt ever since arriving at the university I’m in now, it’s that one should never think that they know enough about anything. I still find that I am quite ignorant about the world around me, where everything is cutthroat. And for someone who came from a different world, it was a bit of a nasty shock.

Today, my friend and I decided to go for a morning walk to clear our heads after nights of feverish reading and preparations. I found it a spooky experience, as we walked along the pathways I thought I knew like the back of my hand. Throughout my stay, I had only seen the place flooded with sunlight, soaked in rain or coloured with dusk; never have I seen it shrouded in stillness so eerie and peaceful at the same time. The paths which branched out in different directions receded into the inky shadows and the darkness seemed capable of swallowing anything that walked into it. I am ashamed to say that though I have never been one who endorses in beliefs of ghosts, spirits and whatever that’s associated with a life beyond the grave, that moment made me hyper-aware of my surroundings. The slight crackling of a leaf getting stepped on, the whoosh of a breeze teasing the foliage, distant footsteps that reverberated in the ground; every single sound or movement made me glance over my shoulder one too many times. Even my friend’s assurances that there was nothing to be afraid so did little to soothe my paranoia. However, the sky started to lighten up, the midnight blue softened to lighter shades as we walked together in companionable silence. When we reached the hostel, we agreed to stay for the sunrise as well. No use going back to sleep when in an hour’s time, we’d be getting breakfast.

The horizon blushed orange when we reached the rooftop. Breathtakingly beautiful and calming! And I realized that it was the perfect way to begin the ending of the 2014 chapter of our lives. I have been struggling with feelings of insecurity and uncertainty for quite some time and it showed in my inability to work on anything I had planned to accomplish. But that simple moment made me realize that it doesn’t matter at all. That’s not how one should live. Not by regretting, or looking back with hopes that we will somehow end up in some place we wanted to be but couldn’t. Not by thinking that it’s impossible to change what had transpired so far and resigning ourselves to simply living. By not getting discouraged when we’re at the lowest point of our lives but knowing that it always gets better as we go.

A year ago, I was reluctant to open myself to new experiences and I was craving for the familiar faces, sights and smells. Now, I realize that my life is going to go through its cycle of change in a few months’ time. Everything is transient yet we are hardly aware of it. I have friends who are going through the exact same motions I went through some time ago. I know that it’ll get better for all of them, the same way it got better for me. For me, the place I had felt out-of-place initially is now a second home to me. Leaving it would mean leaving all the kind people I have encountered but they will remain. In their own small way, they have left their impressions on me, postcards that I treasure in my heart.

And so, as I watched the horizon emit a stronger glow, I felt a secure sense of security in life that I know is going to help me in the days to come. Yes, there’ll be moments of darkness where I’ll have to find my way, stumbling in the dark. But there will be good times as well. An occasional helping hand, a small act of kindness from some stranger that I will encounter in future, as I keep moving on. And in time, it will be me who is going to be that kind stranger to some other lost soul. We keep taking and giving as we move on and we take each and every precious moments of happiness and keep them close to our hearts for inspiration.

And that’s the purpose of a journey, isn’t it?

Voice of Nature. by: Raka Agitok. Shillong, India.

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IMG-20141122-WA0002  Raka  Agitok.

Voice  of  Nature.

                 My nightmares are not filled with monsters from horror movies, but with reality that we’ll soon face if we do not put an end to this global environmental mess we are in. The consequences will be unfathomable. Do not ponder much on the natural disasters that are devastating certain parts of our planet or on the anthropogenic activities that are preparing Nature’s funeral. Unless we take a step, our thoughts will rot in our mind. Let the ethics of solidarity blossom in the conscience of every individual and let us conduct our everyday life in an Eco-friendly manner.

Let us not leave carbon footprints wherever we go. To err is human. But let our benevolent qualities be seen in the decisions we make. Let us be the voice of Mother Nature. Let us not be among the silent spectators and let us not tolerate those who are muffling the voice of Mother Nature. Let us act before it’s too late. I hope we are not too late already. Nature is calling for a hero.  She is at the limits of her carrying capacity. Her calls are directed towards everyone and not against anyone. Nature is kind and compassionate but her force can trigger the extinction of human race. So let us unite and be the voice of Nature before she unleashes her wrath on this incorrigible world.

Thank You.

Raka Agitok

 

How do you want to be remembered? by: Paul Fernandes

Inspiration, Motivation, My Blog, Uncategorized

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How do you want to be remembered?

A question that has been lingering in my mind is, how do I want to be remembered?  I like what Steve Jobs once said “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today.” This quote has been stuck in my head and every time I have to take a major decision in my life this quote plays back in my head.

So my friends of Imagination Breathing . Are you doing what you always wanted to do?  Are you living a life that you always wanted to live?

May be it’s about time to ask yourself – How do you want to be remembered?

Thank You.

Best Wishes:

Paul Fernandes.

Founder

Imagination Breathing(inspiring lives)

Once upon a time. By: Mebadaiaka M Kurkalang.

Inspiration, Motivation, Uncategorized

Edited in Lumia Selfie  Mebadaiaka M Kurkalang.

Once upon a time, she wrote for her school magazine, as it was her last year over there, about her beloved one_of_a_kind friends who had stood with her all the way during her schooling years. She had attained quite an appreciation for her piece from them(friends) and as well as other people who thought she had the knack for writing. Because of these praises and encouragement she had gained, she thought of attempting a pursue in writing. She would come up with a number of stories which she thought would turn out into novels or sentences that rhymed into poems or lyrics for a song. But to her dismay, none seemed to work out. Either the contents don’t make sense or she loses  track.
She wondered as to why didn’t it work out the way she thought it would. Not yet disheartened, she wondered and pondered until one day she realized something – Passion.“Passion” said she “was what I had when I wrote of my friends”. She was passionate of what and whom she had written and it turned out to be a good reminder. And then she waited for something or someone who she would be passionate about to cross her mind if ever she should produce something, in this case, out of a pen.
As days went by, along the awaited passion, she experienced others experiencing moments that made her want to reflect upon so as to pen these down. Another realization took a shot at her-Inspiration. If writing is something that she wants to do, besides other activities on her daily life, then inspiration is also what she needs.
This gradually enlightened her small confused mind, that talent is what makes a person know what to do in whatever he does, but if passion and inspiration join the cruise, everything is at its best.

A Walk with John Abraham. by: Paul Fernandes.

Inspiration, Motivation, My Blog, Uncategorized

_DSC0005  John Abraham and Paul Fernandes. (15th oct  2014.)

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Bollywood actor and co-owner of North East United FC  – John Abraham  interacts with the students of St. Edmund’s college,Shillong.

Couple of days  after his visit, I asked my friends what do they  remember from his visit besides taking his  photographs and autographs .  Most of them said – we remember his words when he said – ” Follow your dreams”.

There are people  among us who have followed their dreams and they are in a place where they always wanted to be. So today I leave you with a question –    if not us, then who? If not now, then when?   . 

 

Thank You.

Best Wishes:

Paul Fernandes.

Founder

Imagination Breathing.(inspiring lives)

http://www.imaginationbreathing.com

 

 

 

 

 

Social Network – A ‘Boon’ or a ‘Bane’? By : Imran Choudhury. (Shillong,India)

Inspiration, Motivation, My Blog, Uncategorized

1380385_709127515783945_855913020_n   Imran  Choudhury.

Social Network – A ‘Boon’ or a ‘Bane’?  

I update my Facebook status before I sit for my final exams, I check-in every time I use the restroom. I post selfies with my new-born nephew even before he is picked up from the hospital and I judge my IQ based on the results of an online app. In short, I am a Facebook addict.

You can connect to old friends, remember birthdays, study, joke and do much more online. Facebook for me is about personal goals. I would be lost without my Facebook account.

Nowadays, social media plays an important role in teenagers’ life. The vast majority of teenagers in India are daily Facebook users. But does social media really have a positive impact on us? To me the answer is yes. For the vast majority of youngsters, the overall impact on social media has been positive. It of course helps us stay connected even if we are thousands of miles away, and thus strengthen relationships, it keeps us up to date with what’s going on around the world and so on.

As a teenager, it’s also very important to understand what’s going on around us rather than just knowing what’s going with friends. Nowadays we receive digital news from social media sites rather than turning on news channel or reading newspaper. 70% of us receive most of the news national or global we read or watch via Facebook, It’s amazing how fast news spread on social networking sites.

Just Giving, United Nations Aid, Asian Development Bank and World Health Organization widely use Facebook as a fund-raising channel. All one needs is an active Paypal account and a cause to get started. From advocating environmental concerns to women’s safety. Facebook’s social currency can easily be converted into social opportunity.

Facebook might have initially been invented for social purposes but its uses go far beyond just meeting new people today. From advice on scholarship interviews to tips on solving the GMAT, online student groups and forums discuss millions of topics each year.Some official university and campus groups even have special invite-only portals by way of which class notes, lectures, schedules and exam results can be shared and posted through Facebook.Topics often go beyond academics and many students seek personal counselling and relationship advice from like-minded people via Facebook’s many forums and pages.

But here is the BIG question- is Social Networking really a boon or a bane? Especially in the case of students and today’s generation. As my  teacher once said, we would probably be taking out our phone and send a ‘Hi!’ to a person thousands of miles away but won’t even greet the person sitting next to us. Social Network indeed brings people closer who’s literally far away but sometimes takes us far away from the people who’s literally near. Today we prefer to text or call a person rather than going to meet them. This sometimes increases the distance between the people and the device which was supposed to bring people close becomes the key factor that makes them un-social. In parties and get-togethers we are so lost in our phones that we don’t mix up with the people present.

No doubt social networking gives opportunity to interact with different people and make new friends across the world. But many are asking if the social networking sites are indeed being used for such productive reasons. The interaction with the family members, the concentration towards studies comes drastically down. Moreover so many youngsters are being lured by conmen and other shady individuals through these sites and this is leading to grave risk. A recent incident of an IIM student committing suicide after knowing about her boyfriend through a social networking site is a clear example of how extreme things can become.

At a time when facebook comments and posts are valid terms for divorce, it’s not uncommon to find wives, husbands, girlfriends and boyfriends stalking each other online.

All one needs to do is create a fake username. While Facebook India business manager PavanVarma stresses that the company is making a huge effort to crack down on fake profiles, the fact remains that one’s privacy can easily be compromised online if one doesn’t understand online privacy options clearly. Very few youngsters care if third party apps can access their profile or not as they are yet to be made aware of the downside of disclosing their private details online.

We all know, excess of anything is bad. What initially started as tools for enhancing knowledge and to communicate has now become means of addiction for most of the youngsters today. Regular users have a tendency to stay in that virtual world  for a longer period of time than at the real world. This has made people lose their valuable time and energy beyond their conscious. This in turn takes a toll on the health of the users and also on their study/work performance.

Like every other technological marvel ever invented, the ultimate value of the social networks lies in hands of its users. But still we need to be cautious of what level of personal information we reveal.The experts are suggesting that using of social networking sites is not wrong but the way it is being used is important, we must be aware about the dos and don’ts . We must know the overall development activities instead of getting glued to the mobile phones and computers and spending precious time chatting all the time. So we students from our end must take initiative to find out how best such sites can be used. So folks, wake up and use technology as a boon and not a bane.

Thank You.