Does it matter who gets the Credit?

You can have whatever you want so long as it does not matter who gets the credit

It’s so human to crave applause and recognition and acclaim. We all want to be appreciated by our peers. But leadership is a lot more than trying to look good in the eyes of others. It’s about standing for A Cause. It’s about being excellent as you do your work. It’s about leaving people better than how you found them. And it’s about not worrying who gets the credit for a job well done.

People who are brilliant at what they do always get found out.

The cliché is true: The cream always rises to the top. The best always come to light. And The Great Ones amongst us can never be held back.

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Did Mayan’s think of this?

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Scientists reveled that Japan earthquake may have shortened length of days and shifted Earth’s axis. I am not going to talk about this story, bu I am going to relate this to what I wrote about a few days back; The Mayan Prediction.

Did Mayan think that this could have been happen and their so called accurate calendar may already been incorrect?

Control – can we ever be in control?

Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of this principle:

Some things are within our control, and others are not. It is only after we have accepted this fundamental rule, and learn to distinguish between what we can control and those we can not, that inner tranquility and outer effectiveness become possible.

Time to get Priorities right

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2″ in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full?

They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked the students again if the jar
was full.

They agreed it was. The students laughed.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognise that this is your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car.
The sand is everything else, the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal. Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

 

Mayan predictions for 2012 – What is it exactly?

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It all started, when I read two posts on my Facebook wall that linked that the Earthquake in Japan could be signs that 2012 will be end of all days. And, I was like no not again. And, there started my research on what exactly this Mayan piece all about.

Apparently, the world is going to end on December 21st, 2012. Yes, you read correctly, in some way, shape or form, the Earth will cease to exist. Stop planning your careers, don’t bother buying a house, and be sure to spend the last years of your life doing something you always wanted to do but never had the time. Now you have the time, four years of time, to enjoy yourselves before… the end.

Let us look at how The Mayans came to that conclusion. One thing we have to give to Mayans is their indepth knowledge of the solar system and how they calculated time. Based on their knowledge, they came up with a complex calendar system. You want to know what that is go and read it on Wikipedia. What links to the 2012 prediction is the Long Count. The Long Count days were tallied in a base-20 scheme. Thus 0.0.0.0.1 is day 1 and 0.0.0.1.5 is equal to 25, and 0.0.0.2.0 is equal to 40. As the winal unit resets after only counting to 18, the Long Count consistently uses base-20 only if the tun is considered the primary unit of measurement, The Long Count 0.0.1.0.0 represents 360 days, rather than the 400 in a purely base-20 count.

There is one case where some experts are divided as to when the Long Count ends, but as the Maya used the numbers of 13 and 20 at the root of their numerical systems, the last day could occur on 13.0.0.0.0. When does this happen? Well, 13.0.0.0.0 represents 5126 years and the Long Count started on 0.0.0.0.0, which corresponds to the modern date of August 11th 3114 BC. Have you seen the problem yet? The Mayan Long Count ends 5126 years later on December 21st, 2012.

This is where all goes crazy; Mayans believed that at the end of the time a new age started, but there are no artifacts from the Mayan era that tell what will happen when that time comes. Another dimension to this is the belief that there are 5 ages, and we are already in the 5th age and hence earth has to end for all purposes. People have theories like – All the planets in the solar systems will align and a huge gravitational force will pull Earth in the black hole or There will be a solar flare which will bring in radiation and kill everything; or a meteor will strike earth like Armageddon. Read what NASA has to say about all these theories.

Well, given there is no proof and there are experts who are still divided on the 13.0.0.0.0 piece; some feel that the calendar will end on 20.0.0.0.0 which means it will last so many more generations.

Bottom line – no one knows what will happen and it based on a calendar system that is based on reset function; Can it simply be that they wanted to keep things simple and liked resetting it 🙂

A few interesting links that I found, in case you are interested and want to read more:

The choice to live or die

Last week brought with itself a great learning experience for me; it was more of a self-realization. I did something that I never thought I would do. More surprisingly, I can bet all that I have that my family would not have even thought I would do that too. I have always lived my life from my heart and I have been happy as well or mostly. It is now that I have started to realize the number of hearts that I may have been breaking. There is a a famous saying:

Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option”

But if you commit the mistake of doing so, then remember that

“There is, in addition to a courage with which men die, a courage by which men must live.”

I have many people in my life who are my priority and I know I am not their option. But, the second quote still is very close to my heart because I need courage daily to deal with the curve balls that life has planned for me. One of them is Death.
With 32 years already spent in this life, what I do not know is how many more do I have? But, that is the least of my worries, because when I am gone, all my troubles are gone as well :-).  What I am worried is that how much time do I have with people around me? Some say it is not good to think this way, but that is the truth of life. Sometimes I sit and think of death, I remember what my Dad said to me once – Parents should always die before their children. The pain of loosing a child is unbearable. I believe that it can not be lesser than pain of loosing a parent. I do not know that yet, but one day I will have to bear that pain. Then, I think if I want to die first and give that pain to my kid or my wife? If given a choice, I would want to be  Paul Egdecomb from The Green Mile; who lives so long that everyone around him dies. I want to be the one who takes all the pain.

Bricks

I was standing on my porch and when I noticed some masons working on a house. I saw them picking up bricks and putting them together and in a little while there was a wall; a little while later there was a structure of what later may be a beautiful room in the house.

Thinking of life in the same way; we are born and a foundation is laid. Then it is our parents who try to provide the best foundation during our childhood. Then we grow up and find life throwing bricks at us every day. It is then us only who can pick those up and build a great building or leave them scattered.

Just like we put together bricks to build a house that provides us shelter in stormy weathers, we should use the bricks of life to build a house of experience to help us in difficult times.