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Monday 26th December, 2011



     

 

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As I continue my 2 nd   year of blogging and as I sit down to write my blog today on Christmas Eve, I feel pretty nostalgic about the year 2011 that will soon fall behind us.  

As everyone gets busy trying to make their Christmas the best, spending time with their families and sharing gifts, I thought it is the perfect time to write something about the hard realities of life.  I am not trying to write something that will make any one sad or unhappy, but sometimes, hard realities need to be faced!!  

After a great amount of soul searching, I decided not to write about failure and success stories, the usual stories that appear mostly towards the end of the year.  Instead, I decided to drift away from this.  

I just want to be hopeful and say, “I wish you all had a great year” and at the same time, remind myself that a few unfortunate ones may not have had a good one.  I would like to dedicate this blog to those people who may have experienced the unexpected – let it be anything from finances to losing their near and dear ones.  

We are all aware of the life we live in.  It is not just filled with fun and goodies alone.  It could be the other way around.  When one faces the unexpected, the smart and intelligent ones gear up and start preparing for the worst and always stay prepared and this is called, “being prepared for the unexpected”.  Our whole life is to be treated as, “work in progress” with many dreams on the horizon, aspirations and endless   wish lists.  I too had to make hard decisions and face the unexpected this year.  But as I write this blog and with the year-end around the corner, I feel greatly accomplished in having overcome the unexpected simply because, I was prepared.  I agree you can prepare to some extent but not completely because you cannot predict what the unexpected could be.  The key to staying prepared is completely taking stock of your past and carefully evaluating your wish lists. Setting goals that are not achievable can draw you more into the unexpected zone.  

I often think about the people who are in power and in high positions, being able to make decisions that can impact the life of others; from Presidents of Nations to buyers who issue purchase orders.  I have always felt that the people in power should understand the responsibility that rests in them to make decisions which could have a drastic effect in another person’s life.  A decision could hurt someone’s happiness and draw the individual to the danger zone – “the unexpected”.  I hope everyone in this world especially the people who have powers to do things and make decisions would follow the principle of kindness and keep the spirit of being kind and considerate.  This is the way people all over the world should celebrate Christmas, loving their fellow beings.  

I am looking forward to a great 2012 where I hope to do more than I did in the past year ; to give more and to make changes in my life style. I made a promise that every effort of mine should benefit the people whose lives I impact.  It is not as if I have not done this in the past, but I want to do more.  If everyone did this, there would be peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind.

With this note, I would like to start welcoming the New Year into my home and say goodbye to this year that protected me and kept me in good health.  

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!!
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 Subramanian S says:
I read your views on Christmas eve and welcoming new year 2012. This msg just reminded me of my first boss in Aurofood Limited used to tell me that Life is a combination of both expected and unexpected. So to live in peace we should practice to live in attachment with preparedness for detachment in every thing around us. This is very easy to say but more difficult to put into practice. just live and lead your life with attachment but prepared for a detachement at any point of time so that when detachment takes place we will not be more affected.
 
 Deepa says:
Inspiring as always... and well said. Best wishes to you in the New Year!
 
 Sinjini says:
As righthy said -“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Agree to your view that there would be ups and downs in life which we need to experience and move ahead... Wishing you and your family a prosperous new year !!!
 
 C.A.MAJEED ADVOCATE says:
REALLY APPRECIATED. CONGRATS. BEST OF LUCK FOR 2012. HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.
 
 K.Ipe Peter says:
Dear JT, I too believe that people who are in power and in High Positions can do lot many things to the underprivileged one. They can definitely make an impact in ones life. Whenever we do something, we should apply the 4way test.1). Is it the Truth 2) Is it fair to all concerned?3) whether it will build Good Will and friendship ? 4) Whether it will be beneficial to all concerned? I Wish You and Your Family a Blessed 2012. Ipe Peter
 
 Dilip Kumar Pillai says:
I was in search of a long lost friend of mine, Jose Thomas who is somewhere in US and i trampled over your site. Interesting as it is being not a combination of jargons and journalistic style, I felt like asking one question. Being in India expanding your business empire, how did you confront and manage corruption till date? Wishing you and family a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2012. Dilip Oman.
 
 Sudheer Krishnan says:
Dear Mr. Thomas, You have been a great inspiration for me. I have been very silently reading your blog for a long time and I just decided that I should write to you and tell you so. Thank you so much. Happy New Year to you and family. Best Sudheer
 
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