Tuesday, July 25, 2017

2017-30 - The small races...

We are probably looking at one ultimate success that the smaller successes seem to take a backseat in the process. I say success is in the journey and not the destination. But I do agree that the final goal is an astounding one.

Let me ask you, how many times have you had an opportunity to pat yourself on the back and say job well done. How many times have you realized that you are getting closer to the goal and how have you acknowledged that? It is easy to look at the final goal and be lost in the process. But I would certainly ask, if you are looking at the one final answer, where are the small answers, the small successes which motivate you, keep you inspired and makes you realize that you are getting there? Well the answer maybe taking up different exams to identify how far you have come and how much more capable you have become from the time you have started preparing for the exam.

Sometimes you don't have to wait that long to realize that you are a success, there will always be these small opportunities, the small races which become equally important because they make you win the big one.

~ Author Unknown



Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.

~ Walter Elliot

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2017-28 - Fill your life...

I lost my own taste for owning stuff when a house fire in the middle of the night destroyed everything my family owned when I was only eleven years old. The only thing I had left was the underwear I was wearing. Yet, our whole family had awakened in time to escape.

In the weeks that followed friends and family gave us a lot of stuff to get us back on our feet, but none of it seemed as important any more. What was important was seeing my Mom's smile, giving my Nana a hug and a kiss, and watching my Dad snooze in his chair after a hard day's work. What was important was the stuff of the soul, not the stuff of this world.

Since then I have tried to limit the things I purchase. I didn't want too much stuff crowding up my life. I wanted to only buy what I needed and to spend my days in learning, growing, and loving others.

In this life we are given a limited amount of time. We can spend it loving each other, enjoying this beautiful world made for us, and making it a better place or we can spend it acquiring stuff. One gives us joy. The other gives us work. One fills our lives with peace, kindness, and happiness. The other fills our days with worry, fear, and regret.

Make your choice wisely then. Fill your life with love not with stuff.

~ Author Unknown



Back home, people had everything in the materialistic sense and were surrounded with abundance, but they were not happy.

~ Goldie Hawn

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

2017-27 - Facing Society

How often have we been under the shackles of the society. How often have we thought, just cos someone else told  us that it is not possible for us, how often have we dared to believe that they might be right? How often have we dared to doubt ourselves, our own capacities, our faculties, our strengths and our weaknesses? How often have we felt bad that we even doubted ourselves?

I know the answer for most of us is more than one. The society does have a dominating role in shaping us because that is what we are as a part of while growing up. But something we often tend to forget as we grow up is that somewhere along the line we give the society too much of power, too much of importance to the extent that it starts dictating us on a few terms. I am sure we all have faced it at some point of time.

But the real question is – do we have to?

Just cos someone thinks something, does it necessarily have to mean something?

~ Clair Oliver




“Society may predict but only I will determine my destiny.”

~ Clair Oliver

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

2017-26 - Do What You Can…

Have you ever been in a place where you have told yourself, I could have made it… If only?!

If only the board was a little friendly, if only the examiner gave me a little more marks, if only I had studied this one topic, if only I had access to more resources like magazines, classes, question papers, answer booklets and so on…. 

Well I guess there will always be such reasons, some we give to others and some we give to ourselves. The thought is that there shall always be ones, the ones that can hold us back from our pursuit. But there is a larger question to be asked. What if not?

Does that still affect the larger picture? Does that change your goal or do you still want to go ahead and do it?

The only thing that matters is whether your goals or stronger or your reasons?!

~ Theodore Roosevelt



Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

~ Theodore Roosevelt

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017-25 - Life is...

A friend's grandfather came to America from Eastern Europe.


After being processed at Ellis Island, he went into a cafeteria in lower Manhattan to get something to eat. He sat down at an empty table and waited for someone to take his order. Of course nobody did.


Finally, a woman with a tray full of food sat down opposite him and informed him how a cafeteria worked.


"Start out at that end," she said. "Just go along the line and pick out what you want. At the other end they'll tell you how much you have to pay."


"I soon learned that's how everything works in America," the grandfather told a friend. "Life is like a cafeteria. You can get anything you want as long as you are willing to pay the price. You can even get success, but you'll never get it if you wait for someone to bring it to you. You have to get up and get it yourself."


~ Brian Cavanaugh






"Don't just bargain for success. Pay the price!"

~ Israelmore Ayivor

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

2017-23 - Don't judge…

Once on my way to meet my newly wedded husband, I had to travel thru a park full of bridges, each one different, in length, or in height. I was to meet him somewhere near the middle of the park and had to cross many of these bridges to get there.

As I neared our meeting point, I noticed that the last bridge I would have to cross was a rope bridge, a bit higher than the rest. I was a bit nervous being the only one crossing over, and about midway got a bit scared by the swaying. I noticed my husband waiting for me at the end of the bridge and called out to him to come and help me. He shouted back saying he was doing something more important which he could not drop that I should learn to manage my way.

I felt bad, but with tears streaming down my face, I somehow managed to cross the bridge. There I saw my husband… holding the end of the broken bridge.

~ Author Unknown



Things are not always as they seem.

~ Phaedrus

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

2017-22 - More Smiles...

The other day, I found myself shuffling along Faneuil Hall in Boston, side-stepping the crowd that converged around a clown providing a comedy routine. I was feeling rather low this day. Maybe the bumper-to-bumper traffic had something to do with my disposition but it certainly could have been better than what I was showing. In fact, it was more of a frown than a happy face.

"Did you drop something?" a voice gushed out of the clear blue. I looked around to see who it belonged to and it happened to be the clown. I didn't know where to turn and instinctively glanced at the pavement below. The clown looked at me and said, "You dropped your smile."

I may have ignored him but since others were watching, I decided to play his game. I reached to the ground and picked up a handful of air, putting it smack dab on my face. In place of the grimace, appeared that all elusive smile. To tell you the truth, it took a clown's quip to change my mood and set me on my merry way.

Not enough people, myself included, are smiling these days. We're living in a serious world where laughter and levity are foregone conclusions these days.

So, here's the deal, folks. If a yawn can take on a contagious effect, perhaps the same is true of a smile. Maybe, just maybe, if enough people smile, perhaps it will cause a ripple effect. Not only that, but curious people will be wondering what there is to be smiling about and you can tell them this. "You're not fully dressed without a smile."

I dropped my smile that day in Boston and a clown reminded me to pick it off the ground. My disposition changed in a nanosecond and I suddenly wore a happy face.

~ Tom Vartabedian



We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.

~ Mother Teresa

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2017-21 - True confidence...

True confidence does not come from fantasy. True confidence does not come from arrogance.

True confidence flows from a strong sense of purpose. True confidence is based on a genuine love of life and a love for the good possibilities that are always present.

To be confident, you must be honest, with yourself and with others. You must be willing to give of yourself, to do the difficult work that will create excellence.

Today's world suffers on many different levels from a lack of confidence. Too many people are too invested in sparkly, superficial things that really don’t matter.

Yet the confidence necessary to move forward is always within reach. To the extent you let go of what doesn't matter, and put energy, enthusiasm and effort into what does, you become more confident, more effective.

It is time to stop hiding from the best possibilities. Invest your time, your actions, your life in what matters, and move confidently forward, transforming your highest visions into reality.

~ Ralph Marston



Confidence comes from discipline and training.

~ Robert Kiyosaki

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

2017-20 - Faith...

In the country of Armenia, in 1988, Samuel and Danielle sent their young son, Armand, off to school. Samuel squatted before his son and looked him in the eye. "Have a good day at school, and remember, no matter what, I'll always be there for you." They hugged and the boy ran off to school.

Hours later, a powerful earthquake rocked the area. In the midst of the pandemonium, Samuel and Danielle tried to discover what happened to their son but they couldn't get any information.  On reaching the schoolyard... what Samuel saw brought tears to his eyes. Armand's school was a pile of debris. Other parents were standing around crying.

Samuel found the place where Armand's classroom used to be and began pulling a broken beam off the pile of rubble. One of the parents looking on asked, "What are you doing?" "Digging for my son," Samuel answered. The man then said, "The building is unstable," and tried to pull Samuel away from his work.

But all through the night, and into the next day, Samuel continued digging.  Parents placed flowers and pictures of their children on the ruins. But, Samuel just kept working. He picked up a beam and pushed it out of the way when he heard a faint cry. "Help! Help!"  Samuel listened but didn't hear anything again.  Then he heard a muffled voice, "Papa?"

Samuel began to dig furiously. Finally he could see his son. "Come on out, son!" he said with relief.

"No," Armand said. "Let the other kids come out first because I know you'll get me." Child after child emerged until, finally, little Armand appeared. Samuel took him in his arms and Armand said, "I told the other kids not to worry because you told me that you'd always be there for me!"

Fourteen children were saved that day because one father was faithful.

~ Author Unknown



Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

~ Mother Teresa

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

2017-19 - A Good Citizen?

Jim Langstaff was a Canadian doctor who practised in the early 20th century. He was known for his extraordinary commitment to the welfare of his patients.

For example, upon learning that a woman who lived on an isolated farm was about to have a baby and needed medical help immediately, Dr Langstaff set off. It was a bitterly cold winter's day and the roads had become unusable. Undeterred, Dr Langstaff strapped on his skis and continued. Snowdrifts on the road made skiing difficult, so he took to the fields beside the road. At one point he tripped over a fence and became badly tangled in the wire. He freed himself, and continued on to the farm house, delivered the baby and, once the weather had cleared, returned to his car.

People who knew Dr Langstaff say that dedication of that sort was typical of the good doctor.

It came from a sense of place in the world instilled into him by his father. One day Dr Langstaff's son Walter came to his father and said "Dad, I got 99% in mathematics on my report card." His father responded, "That's great, but are you being a good citizen."

Decades later the words still challenged Jim. "I have remembered that remark for the last 45 years", he said. "Was I being a good citizen?"

~ Author Unknown



Confidence comes from hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.

~ Roger Staubach


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

2017-18 - Respect...

A young officer was on his round when one of the riflemen did not notice him and missed saluting him.

The youngster got cheesed off and summoned the Gorkha and asked him the reason for not saluting him. The Gorkha innocently gave out the reason that he did not see "Lieutenant Huzoor".

The youngster not convinced, punished the Gorkha to a thousand salutes. The soldier immediately started saluting...

A Field Marshal who was passing by noticed this and asked the young officer as to what was happening.

The youngster said, "Sir, this soldier had the audacity of not saluting me. So I have punished him with a thousand salutes."

The Field Marshal replied, "Bloody good punishment young man... but do ensure that you return each of his salutes."

For the next two hours the unit was treated to a scene of a Gorkha saluting and the young officer returning each of his salutes.

~  Captain Mahesh Singh



Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.

~ Laurence Sterne

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2017-17 - I just stopped...

A little girl was one day very late coming home for supper. Her mother made the expected irate parent's demand to know where she had been.

The little girl replied that she had stopped to help Janie, whose bicycle was broken in a fall.

"But you don't know anything about fixing bicycles," her mother responded.

"I know that," the girl said. "I just stopped to help her cry."

~ Author Unknown



From caring comes courage.

~ Lao Tzu



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2017-16 - Bearing Another's Burden

Albert Schweitzer was one of the most famous missionaries of the modern era. Leaving behind both an academic career, and a musical one, he set up a medical clinic in French Equatorial Africa. He was 85 years old when Andrew Davison of Colgate Rochester Seminary had the privilege of visiting.

Davison tells how one morning, at around 11.00, he, Schweitzer and some others were walking up a hill. It was extremely hot. Suddenly the 85 year old Dr Schweitzer walked away from the group. He made his way toward an African woman struggling up the hill with a large load of wood for the cookfires. Schweitzer took the entire load of wood from the woman and carried it up the hill for her.

When Schweitzer rejoined the group one of them asked why he did things like that. With the rest of the group this person was surprised and concerned that a person of Dr Schweitzer's age would strain themselves so. Dr Schweitzer looked at the group, and said, "No one should ever have to carry a burden alone."

~ Andrew Davison



No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of anyone else.

~ Charles Dickens

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

2017-15 - Yes and no...

Sometimes it is best to say yes. Other times it is best to say no. When you never say yes, you miss out on most of what life has to offer. When you never say no, you encourage others to take advantage of you and to foster their own false expectations.

One of the most valuable skills you can possess is the ability to make wise, timely and useful decisions. The more of yourself you put into a decision, the more appropriate and beneficial it will be. Your knowledge, your experience, your love, your integrity, your compassion, your purpose will all contribute positively to your decisions.

Just because you've made some wrong decisions in the past is no reason to avoid decisions. Learn from your mistakes and your decisions will improve dramatically.

~ Ralph Marston



"Follow your heart and make it your decision."

~ Mia Hamm


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

2017-14 - I Wish You Enough

Speaker Bob Perks was at an airport when he overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together. They had announced her departure and standing near the security gate, they hugged and he said, "I love you. I wish you enough." She in turn said, "Daddy, your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough too."

They kissed and she left. He walked over toward the window where I was seated. "When you were saying goodbye I heard you say, 'I wish you enough.' May I ask what that means?" I asked.

He smiled. "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone." He paused for a moment and looking up as if trying to remember it in detail, he smiled even more."When we said 'I wish you enough,' we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them," and then turning toward me he shared the following from memory.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
My friends, I wish you enough!

~ Author Unknown



The greatest wealth is to live content with little.

~ Lucretius


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2017-13 - Butterfly Insights...

A marvelous lesson appeared for me just now as I was exiting thru the garage, to come to this little playplace they call an office.

As I opened the garage door, I startled a large moth, which, upon spreading it's wings, displayed a bright red "tail" hidden by the motley brown wings, more a "butterfly" than a moth.

It flew immediately to its perceived escape, the circle-topped window where it frantically tried to exit thru the invisible wall of closed glass.

I raised the third-car garage door in hopes of aiding it's escape. That caused it to fly higher and higher and become entangled in a spider web. Fearful that it would remain entangled in the web, I selected a long-handled broom to assist him escaping the tangled threads.

At this, he returned to furiously pumping his wings and banging into the glass, which was, in his perspective, the pathway of escape, but remained his cage.

By simply turning his focus to one side, he would have easily exited his prison. Rather, due to his intent on one direction, he remained confined, captive.

~ Joie Lake



Overcoming what frightens you the most strengthens you the most.

~ Matshona Dhliwayo

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

2017-12 - Balance...

Once Anthony was relaxing with his disciples outside his hut when a hunter came by. The hunter was surprised to see Anthony relaxing, and rebuffed him for taking it easy. It was not his idea of what a holy monk should be doing.

Anthony replied, "Bend your bow and shoot an arrow." And the hunter did so. "Bend it again and shoot another arrow," said Anthony. The hunter did so, again and again.

The hunter finally said, "Anthony, if I keep my bow always stretched, it will break."

"So it is with us," replid Anthony. "if we push ourselves beyond measure, we will break. It is right from time to time to relax our efforts."

~ Brian Cavanaugh



There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.

~ Alan Cohen


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2017-11 - Keep pushing forward...

When you feel like quitting, you're actually closer than ever to getting the work done. Keep going, keep moving, keep working and finish the task.

Sure, you can think of plenty of reasons to stop short of the goal. Yet there are even better reasons to push yourself forward so the goal is reached.

If the work has been difficult and challenging, that's certainly no reason to stop. In fact, that means you've got a whole lot invested in what you're doing, so keep going and reap the rewards of that investment.

You already made the choice to get started, so choose right now to reaffirm your commitment. Keep up the good and valuable work, and get the results you desire.

Keep going, keep pushing forward, and keep creating real, meaningful value in your world.

~ Ralph Marston



If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.

~ Henry Ford

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

2017-10 - We'll Get Bigger

George Mallory was the famed mountain climber who may have been the first person ever to reach the top of Mount Everest. In the early 1920's he led a number of attempts to scale the mountain, eventually being killed in the third attempt in 1924.

Mallory was an extraordinary climber, and nothing would force him to give up. His body was found in 1999, well preserved by the snow and ice, 27,000 feet up the mountain, just 2000 feet from the peak. Give up he did not. His body was found face down on a rocky slope, head toward the summit. His arms were extended high over his head pointing upwards.

At a banquet was held in his honour, it is said that the leader of the group stood to be applauded, and with tears streaming down his face, turned and looked at a picture of the mountain, "I speak to you, Mt Everest, in the name of all brave men living and those yet unborn" he said. "Mt Everest, you defeated us once; you defeated us twice; you defeated us three times. But Mt Everest, we shall someday defeat you, because you can't get any bigger but we can."

In 1953 two climbers, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzig Norgay, reached the top.

~ A snippet from Illustrations Unlimited




All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

~ Walt Disney

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2017-09 - Learning to Soar

When I was a boy a neighbor gave me a baby crow. After the crow was about half grown I decided that he needed to learn to fly. I climbed a ladder to the top of our house with my crow named "Rocket". Then I dropped him over the side. He fell, then flapped his wings, and landed safely. I repeated the process six or seven times until, finally instead of landing, Rocket flew over to a tree. He now knew how to fly!

An eagle that lives in the mountains does much the same with its young. When the time is right the mother eagle literally tears the nest apart and forces the eaglets to go plummeting toward the earth. Before the eaglet hits the ground the mother eagle will catch the eaglet and bear it up on its wings. The process is repeated until the eaglets can fly. Because the nest has been destroyed the eaglets are forced to begin their own lives.

Have you ever been safe and secure then suddenly your nest has been destroyed? Sometimes somebody, just like the mother eagle, must nudge us out of our comfort zone. It isn't always pleasant but then we do want to learn how to fly don't we? Actually eagles don't fly they soar on the currents of wind. We want to be able to soar as well on the wind.

~ Ed Wrather



The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn.

~ David Russell

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2017-08 - Four Magic Words

Long ago an Eastern monarch called his wise men together and asked them to invent a motto, a few magic words that would help him in time of trial or distress.

It must be brief enough to be engraved on a ring to be ever present. It must be appropriate to every situation, as useful in prosperity as in adversity. It must be a motto wise and true and endlessly enduring, words by which a man could be guided all his life, in every circumstance, no matter what happened.

The wise men finally came to the monarch with their magic words. They were words for every change or chance of fortune... words to fit every situation, good or bad... words to ease the heart and mind in every circumstance.

The words they gave for the ring were: This, too, shall pass.

~ Author Unknown



Your struggle is a part of your story.

~ Laura Hilton

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

2017-07 - Keep Your Goals in Sight…

On July 4, 1952, Florence Chadwick was on her way to becoming the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel. She had already conquered the English Channel.

The world was watching. Chadwick fought the dense fog, bone-chilling cold, and many times, the sharks. She was striving to reach the shore but every time she looked through her goggles, all she could see was the dense fog. Unable to see the shore, she gave up.

Chadwick was disappointed when she found out that she was only half a mile from the coast. She quit, not because she was a quitter but because her goal was not in sight anywhere. The elements didn't stop her. She said, "I'm not making excuses. If only I had seen the land, I could have made it."

Two months later, she went back and swam the Catalina Channel. This time, in spite of the bad weather, she had her goal in mind and not only accomplished it but beat the men's record by two hours.

~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross



"Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals."

~ LL Cool J

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

2017-06 - Heaven…

To a disciple who was obsessed with the thought of life after death the Master said, "Why waste a single moment thinking of the hereafter?"

"But is it possible not to?"

"Yes."

"How?"

"By living in heaven here and now."

"And where is this heaven?"

"In the here and now."

~ The Master



"Today Is My Everything."

~ Richie Norton

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

2017-05 - A Samurai and a Zen Master...

A Samurai, a very proud warrior, came to see a Zen Master one day. The samurai was very famous, but looking at the beauty of the Master and the grace of the moment, he suddenly felt inferior.

He said to the Master, "Why am I feeling inferior?  Just a moment ago everything was okay. As I entered your court suddenly I felt inferior. I have never felt like that before. I have faced death many times, and I have never felt any fear - why am I now feeling frightened?“ The Master said, "Come outside, I will answer you."

And he said, "Look at these trees. This tree is high in the sky and this small one beside it. They both have existed beside my window for years, and there has never been any problem. The smaller tree has never said to the big tree, 'Why do I feel inferior before you?' This tree is small, and that tree is big - why have I never heard a whisper of it?"

The samurai said, "Because they can't compare."

The Master replied, "Then you need not ask me. You know the answer."

~ Author Unknown



Each one of us has our own evolution of life, and each one of us goes through different tests which are unique and challenging.

~ A R Rahman

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

2017-04 - Love...

A man offered to pay a sum of money to his twelve-year-daughter if she mowed the lawn.

The girl went at the task with great zest and by evening the whole lawn had been beautifully mowed – well, everything except the large uncut patch of grass in one corner.

When the man said he couldn't pay the sum agreed upon because the whole lawn hadn't been mowed, the girl said she was ready forego the money, but would not cut the grass in the patch.
       
Curious to find out why, he checked the uncut patch. There, right in the center of the patch, sat a large toad.

The girl had been too tender-hearted to run over it with the lawn–mower.

~ Anthony de Mello



"Where there is love, there is disorder.
Perfect order would make the world a graveyard."

~ Author Unknown


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2017-03 - Painting Peace...

There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror, for peaceful towering mountains were all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.

The other picture had mountains too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell and in which lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But when the King looked, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest.

There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest… perfect peace.

~ Author Unknown



Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without."

~ Buddha

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2017-02 - An Act of Integrity

Reuben Gonzales was a leading racquetball player. In his first ever professional tournament Gonzales reached the final. He held match point in the fifth and final game when he made a terrific “kill shot” into the front corner to win the tournament.

The ball was called good and all were ready to congratulate the new champion when Gonzales turned around and declared that his shot had hit the floor before it reached the wall. He lost his serve and his opponent went on to win the match and the tournament.

The next issue of National Racquetball Magazine featured Gonzales on its cover. Everyone wanted to know why Gonzales did it – why would a professional sportsman disqualify himself after he had just been declared winner of match point?

Gonzales reply was simple: “It was the only thing I could do to maintain my integrity.”

Source: reported by Dennis Waitley, Being the Best.



"Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you."

~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017-01 - They Sent Me to Finish...

The Olympic Games, Mexico, 1968. The marathon is the final event on the program. The Olympic stadium is packed and there is excitement as the first athlete, an Ethiopian runner, enters the stadium. The crowd erupts as he crosses the finish line.

Way back in the field is another runner, John Stephen Akwhari of Tanzania. He has been eclipsed by the other runners. After 30 kilometers his head is throbbing, his muscles are aching and he falls to the ground. He has serious leg injuries and officials want him to retire, but he refuses. With his knee bandaged Akwhari picks himself up and hobbles the remaining 12 kilometers to the finish line. An hour after the winner has finished Akwhari enters the stadium. All but a few thousand of the crowd have gone home. Akwhari moves around the track at a painstakingly slow pace, until finally he collapses over the finish line.

It is one of the most heroic efforts of Olympic history. Afterward, asked by a reporter why he had not dropped out, Akwhari says, "My country did not send me to start the race. They sent me to finish."

~ Author Unknown



"Beginning in itself has no value, it is an end which makes the beginning meaningful, we must end what we have begun."

~ Amit Kalantri