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If Today Was Your Last Day

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

I came across this song today on Facebook. My friend, Parth, had shared a video of the song. The strong lyrics of the song caught my attention and I really liked it.  The lines which I liked the most are:

And would you call those friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories?
Would you forgive your enemies?
And would you find that one you’re dreaming of
Swear up and down to God above
That you’d finally fall in love if today was your last day?

Here, I am sharing with you the lyrics and the video of the song. The later half of the video is really interesting. Enjoy :)!

My best friend gave me the best advice
He said each day’s a gift and not a given right
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less traveled by
That first step you take is the longest stride

If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last
Leave old pictures in the past?
Donate every dime you had, if today was your last day?
What if, what if, if today was your last day?

Against the grain should be a way of life
What’s worth the price is always worth the fight
Every second counts ’cause there’s no second try
So live like you’re never living twice
Don’t take the free ride in your own life

If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past?
Donate every dime you had?

And would you call those friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories?
Would you forgive your enemies?
And would you find that one you’re dreaming of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you’d finally fall in love if today was your last day?

If today was your last day
Would you make your mark by mending a broken heart?
You know it’s never too late to shoot for the stars
Regardless of who you are

So do whatever it takes
‘Cause you can’t rewind a moment in this life
Let nothing stand in your way
‘Cause the hands of time are never on your side

If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past?
Donate every dime you had?

And would you call those friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories?
Would you forgive your enemies?
And would you find that one you’re dreaming of
Swear up and down to God above
That you’d finally fall in love if today was your last day?

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THINK

January 21, 2011 4 comments

Thomas J. Watson Sr., the founder of IBM, had coined the term “THINK”. One of his famous quotes is “All the problems of the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think“. Founded in 1911, 2011 marks the centennial year for IBM as a corporation.

I came across the following interesting video which recalls the 100 years of IBM. The list of firsts by IBM is impressive. It makes me think, how has it been achieved. It’s probably due to the motto and philosophy of IBM which Watson had envisioned 100 years back – “THINK”.

I like it when they say towards the end of the video, “After a century of innovations, we are just getting started“.

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Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

January 10, 2011 Leave a comment

After leaving from office, I was walking through the university woods. I switched on my ipod, but didn’t know what to listen. I let the ipod pick up something for me. Ipod’s choice brought a smile on my face; it seemed to know what I exactly needed. It picked up Baz Luhrmann’s song “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” from his album “Something for Everybody”.

I first heard this song, about 10 years back when I was in college. Since then it has been my retreat on days which weren’t exactly what I asked for. It’s words have always been very soothing for me, like drops of first rain on parched earth. I am sharing here this beautiful song with you.

I came across this funny spoof of the original song :).

The Awesome Things

January 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Neil Pasricha is the author of the book “The Book of Awesome“. In this book and his blog, 1000 Awesome Things, he writes about those small things in life which are easily missed but always make us feel happy.  Very often, we involuntarily describe these moments as awesome. Out of his top 1000 such awesome moments, I could relate to the following few:

#936 Perfect parallel-parking on the first try

#419 Correctly guessing if the door is push or pull

#484 Getting the Emergency Exit row on the airplane

#485 When someone saves you a seat

#498 Long comfortable silences between really close friends

#609 Finding hidden compartments in things you already own

#699 A long hug when you really need it

#762 The moment at a restaurant after you see your food coming from the kitchen and before it lands on your table

#771 Waking up before your alarm clock and realizing you’ve got lots of sleep time left

#791 Getting the armrest at the movie theater

#913 Having a whole row by yourself on the plane

In his blogs, Neil has beautifully conveyed that the charm of life is not only in the few awaited big moments but also in innumerable small moments that happen each day. I heard his TED talk titled “The 3 A’s of Awesome” where he breaks the Awesome into its 3 A’s – Attitude, Awareness and Authenticity. Any moment in life can be turned into an awesome moment with the help of these 3 A’s.

I especially liked his description for awareness where he relates to 3 year old kids. As a 3 year old kid, everything around fascinated us and caught our attention. We were more aware about the world around us and would stop-by to admire something as insignificant as a spider hanging from the leave of a plant kept in the verandah. As we grow up, we start becoming unaware of our surroundings and in this we also start missing those small “awesome” moments.

He tells an interesting story about authenticity. He talks about Rosey Grier, a former professional American football player. Rosey was a tough 300 pound skull-cracker on the field but off the field his passion was needlepoint (knitting). After his retirement, he also wrote a book “Needlepoint for Men”. Neil picks up Rosey’s story because Rosey is being authentic by being himself. He is truly following his heart, which is what authenticity is all about.

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