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Making conscious decisions

(am reproducing a beautiful piece from Dailyom. Its worth deliberating with yourself)

Just because an idea or way of doing things is popular doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone. However, part of the way that something becomes popular is that many of us don’t take the time to determine what’s right for us; we simply do what most of the people we know are doing. In this way, our decisions about life are made by default, which means they aren’t what we call conscious decisions. There may be many other options available, but we don’t always take the time to explore them. This may be the result of feeling overwhelmed or pressured by family, peers, and humanity at large, to do things their way, the way things have always been done.

Regardless of the cause, it is important that, as often as we can, we decide for ourselves what to do with our lives rather than just drift along on the current of popular opinion.

It is not always easy to make decisions that go against the grain. Many people feel threatened when those close to them make choices divergent from the ones they are making. Parents and grandparents may be confused and defensive when we choose to raise our children differently from the way they raised us. Friends may feel abandoned if we decide to change our habits or behavior. Meanwhile, on our side of the fence, it’s easy to feel frustrated and defensive when we feel unsupported and misunderstood simply because we are thinking for ourselves. It can be exhausting to have to explain and re-explain our points of view and our reasons.

This is where gentleness, openness, and tolerance come into play. It helps if we are calmly persistent, consistent, and clear as we communicate to those around us why we are making the choices we are making. At the same time, we have the right to say that we are tired of talking about it and simply need our choices to be respected. Our lives belong to us and so do our decisions. Those who truly love us will stand by us and support our choices, never mind what’s popular.

Source: DailyOm

Mom, It was you…

It was you who told me you should learn to loss too

It was you who told me, you are not as bad as your teachers say

It was you who told me, you are unique and make full use of it

It was you who stood by me, when I was heart broken

It was you who supported me, whenever I was in trouble

It was after seeing you, I realized women can be this strong too

It was you who taught me, how to multitask so well

It was you who cooked the best food I’ve ever tasted in my life

It was you who showed me, how to counter criticism with dignity

It was you, MOM only you who knows who I really am.

Am fortunate to have born as your son, Mom. Happy Mother’s Day.

Malayali Miracle: Observations by a US reporter

Matt Schwarzfeld is a Freelance writer and reporter from US now travelling across India. He has made some exemplary observations about Malayail's which he found during his brief stint at Kerala. Worth reading.

Other interesting read:

Dr Pamela Clayton (Department of Adult and Continuing Education,University of Glasgow), November 2006

Report of research undertaken November 2005 – October 2006

Road accidents in India : certain facts

Am attending a 3 day International conference on Road Accidents (MoVACon) at Ahmedabad, India. A very well organized conference with an amazing participation from across the globe. Conference is very much informative and interactive as well. Certain insightful facts which I heard from the same, am quoting below.

Quoted Speakers: K.S Money (NHAI), Dr. Nanda (Gujarat Govt.), Dr. Gururaj (NIMHANS), Dr. Mathew Varghese (St. Stephen’s Delhi)

  • On an average 1 accident per minute in India and 290 deaths per day.
  • 130,000 deaths in India due to road accidents in 2007
  • Around 40% of all Road accident death occured in highways
  • 50% of Emergency room cases accounted to Road accidents
  • 3% of Indian GDP is lost annually due to Road accidents
  • 80% of the road accidents victims are either pedestrians or two-wheelers. Yet the entire road system in India is designed for four or more wheelers.
  • 30% of road accident victims die at crash site, 14% in ambulance and rest in hospital
  • Care at hospital is as important as Pre-hospital care
  • If you stop a drunken driver in India, the system allows you to only penalize him. He can still continue driving with the same state. This happens mostly coz there is no system to transport his co-travellers back to destination and arrest driver.

Another very interesting session was by Ravi Krishna (an international lawyer and the founder of 1298 ambulance system in Maharashtra). He pointed out few potholes in Indian Motor Vehicles act which is hindering the pre-hospital care.

  • According to Drugs and Cosmetics act of 1940 (which India still follows), Schedule H refers to ‘certain drugs which are to be only prescribed by medical professionals’ (this includes many emergency medicines)
  • Medical professionals are defined in Schedule K. As it was made in 1940, they don’t include Paramedical professionals.
  • This essentially mean that Paramedical professionals in India are legally not permitted to administer emergency medicine to victims.
  • So the main issue lies with the policy and law.

There were also few other interesting sessions but mostly they were just informative but few digressed from the focus. For eg: One ‘famous’ doc from US talked in length about Hurricane Katrina and Ike, where the conference was specific on road accidents.

But overall it was a great experience in meeting many ‘who’s who’ of the industry. Looking forward to more actions tomorrow as the sessions are going to be focused on Pre-hospital care (which is my topic of interest).

Say What You Need To Say

Take all of your wasted honor.
Every little past frustration.
Take all of your so called problems,
Better put ’em in quotations.

Say what you need to say

Fightin’ with the shadows in your head.
Livin’ up the same old moment
Knowin’ you’d be better off instead

If you could only…Say what you need to say

Have no fear for givin’ in.
Have no fear for giving over.
You better know that in the end
It’s better to say too much, than never to say what you need to say again.

Even if your hands are shaking,
And your faith is broken.
Even as the eyes are closin’,
Do it with a heart wide open.

Say what you need to say

Source: BucketList (2008)