by Sunil Bali, 24-07-16
Japan’s bullet trains can move people more quickly into its major cities, than any other country in the world.
Japan also has one of the highest suicide rates in the world.
So the question has to be asked, what’s the point of taking people faster to somewhere they don’t want to go?
The World Health Organization estimates that in the last 50 years, suicide rates have increased worldwide by over 60% largely due to work related stress and isolation.
We are technologically overfed, but emotionally malnourished.
Every day hundreds of millions of people take photos, make videos and send texts.
IBM estimate that by 2020 there will be nearly 2000 trillion gigabytes of data in existence.
What if we spent more time face to face, communicating with our lips rather than our thumbs, and synced our hearts rather than our iPhones?
Whilst we stream huge volumes of data around the plant, the human race suffers from connectile dysfunction.
The answer is to log onto our Innernet and transmit wirelessly at the frequency of our heart.
Hat Tip to Alan Cohen
The woman at the bar noticed a guy who kept staring at her.
Finally, he come over to her and said, "How about you give me your number?"
"Have you got a pen?" the woman replied.
"Yes I have," the man replied with a huge smile.
"Well you had better get back into it, before the farmer realizes that you’re missing," the woman replied.
Live big & love deep.
by Sunil Bali, 17-07-16
As Erik Wahl says in his excellent book Unthink, you are a natural born artist.
As a young kid you loved playing in the sand and building sandcastles.
As a young kid you loved drawing, playing make believe and making up stories.
But then something strange happens. Over the years you play less, and you become less artist and more art critic.
Because you realized that if you never create, you can never be criticized.
As adults we have two core fears: losing what we have and not getting what we want.
The solution is to play and fall in love with where we are.
Being a participant is more fulfilling than being a passenger.
There’s more to life than watching other people live it.
You can’t hide and seek at the same time ….. Go seek, go play.
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at Athens Airport where the Security Officer asks her,
"German, she replies.
"Occupation?" asks the Security Officer.
"No. Just here for a few days," Merkel replies.
3 minutes of pure comedy genius from Ronnie Corbett and Harry Enfield, in My Blackberry isn’t working
Live big & love deep.
by Sunil Bali, 10-07-16
Yesterday I was reminded of this remarkable story …..
On a cold January morning in 2007, at a Washington DC underground station, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes.
During that time:
Approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing.
He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.
About 4 minutes later:
The violinist received his first dollar.
A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.
At 6 minutes – a young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
At 10 minutes…
A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time.
This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent; without exception – forced their children to move on quickly.
At 45 minutes – the musician played continuously.
Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while.
About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace.
The man collected a total of $32.
After 1 hour…
He finished playing and silence took over.
No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.
Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theatre in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to listen to him play the same music.
This is a true story.
Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. underground station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.
The experiment raised a number of questions most notably:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made…
How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?
Whilst the phrase Carpe Diem is a useful reminder to live each day fully, it’s not very practical since you can’t actually seize the day.
What you can seize, however, is the moment.
Life is a series of moments, and it’s the quality of each moment which determines the quality of our lives.
The revered psychologist Abraham Maslow said that each moment presents an opportunity, where we can either step forward into growth, or step back into safety.
Whatever we decide to do with each moment, once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.
If we want to close the gap between the results that we’re capable of achieving and what we’re actually achieving, then we need to seize the moment or in Latin, Carpe Punctum.
Enjoy life now….. it has an expiry date.
Ps. Here’s a video of the great Joshua Bell in action:
Beauty lies in the hands of the beer holder.
Cataracts are the third biggest cause of blindness. Religion and politics are the first two.
The divorce of the two clowns led to a custardy battle.
Live big & love deep.