Eid Mubarak

To Dr. Ars, Ayesha and family, To Mustafa-Ayesha & family, to Khadhija & family and all other yet to be friends of TDPP..

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Obamacare Works

seek peeps, seek and ye shall find it all…..With this single significant achievement alone, he has served and saved millions! What a blessing! All the grumbling critics will crumble away when they seek the medical attention they need without declaring bankruptcy or losing their mind worrying about the mounting expenses. What a blessing indeed!

This Week’s Inspiration

….you might have heard the song: “It’s love, it’s love, it’s love that makes the world go around”…..With schools closing in the last week of June, children on side-walks is a common sight in my neighbourhood- be it morning, noon or evening. Every evening while walking back from the bus stop, I always enjoy the lively yelling-laughing-screaming sounds, the kids on bike whistling by and the artsy-kids trying their hands with colourful chalks on our sidewalks and driveways.

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For the past few (4-5) days, we have been in the grips of a severe heat-wave. And coming home after work, the silence on the hot barren roads was understandable but somewhat depressing , until I saw this. The lovely girl from that house is this week’s inspiration!
Simple words, simple deeds yet the thoughts behind are simply extraordinary! You rock lovely girl, you rock!!

CC Gals On The Move

…..and it’s official: The Chutty-Chetty gals have all signed in, 4 of us contesting and 1 gets the judging gavel. Her words are final and she has kicked off the contest. From July 22, 2013 to December 31, 2013 we strategise, work hard and document the results and then celebrate all our successes together. Yup, we the CC-gals are on a roll here….

 

Stop The Seasons…Post By Michael

Stop the seasons, I just want summer.

 High achievers learn to do what others can’t do. They set themselves high goals and develop a belief system that nothing is impossible. They gather supporters to help achieve their goals, those supporters are inspired by the “can do” attitude especially when they think “it cant be done”.

Of course there are physical limits to every scenario. Some high achievers never stumble into them and so their belief is never challenged. Sometimes things change. Resources are removed, people leave, health deteriorates, and suddenly the impossible becomes unattainable. This is a shock to the high achiever.

The concept of working within limits is completely foreign. To cut back feels like failure. To design a job around available resources feels like a cage. It is normal for organisations to cut back resources and still expect staff to do the same job. This causes staff burnout and churn which continues until expectations finally meet reality. This comes after much money is lost, many staff are lost, and market share is lost. Management is often very slow to act. Staff caught in the middle of these cut backs have three choices – try and achieve impossible goals and burnout, leave before they burn out, or cut back voluntarily to do only what is possible.

The third option is very difficult for high achievers, very difficult to explain to management who have no real idea of the practicalities of their cut backs, and will wind up with management blaming staff for their inability to do the job rather than accept responsibility themselves for removing resources. The glimmer of hope is if a staff member can find a way to communicate and educate management to accept real outcomes and understand the consequences of expecting unrealistic ones.

This puts the onus back on staff, which is unfair since they didn’t do the cutbacks and weren’t involved in the decision making. And so even staff who may be able to communicate and educate, may choose not to try. Depending on employment opportunities staff will put their head down and do the least they can to keep their job, thus creating spectacular inefficiencies. Funny to watch organizations go through the cycles of growth, maturity, decline, cut back. Funny because they don’t learn. Funny because management are surprised by change. Funny because every young manager thinks they will be the one to defy physics.

But, it is not funny that good people get sick, sacked, and saddened by managers who can’t calibrate and simply make reactive cuts and load burdens onto their staff. I watched it too often and I suppose that’s a reason I got out of organizations to consult to them – I hoped to communicate and educate from outside the organization, align management with the cycles or seasons of our physical universe, and work with cycles rather than react to them.

And I fundamentally believe that when management and staff work together to manage seasons and work with them, everyone can enjoy their work or job, everyone can experience satisfaction and personal growth, everyone can achieve good results!

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Mia’s note: If MCT’s wisdom doesn’t hold good at your workplace, try this…

Should I Or Shouldn’t I? – Query By Michael

Note from Michael:  I have been writing these for many years now and some of you have received lots of my ramblings. It has always been my desire to publish my writings – I now have 6 books ready but cant break through. A thought is self publishing.
 
Attached is my personal favourite book. Would you mind reading at least a few pages and commenting? Should I persist? Is it rubbish? I’d rather know that I cant write than spend thousands of dollars to self publish and find out then!

At noon the golden sun is directly overhead punishing the desert with relentless fire, scorching everything that lives. That’s one reason Samantha was always alone as she climbed from Sychar to the foot of Mt Gerizem to fill her jar from Jacob’s well.

Her solitude allowed her to pray to the God of the Patriachs, the God of Jacob. She always felt different, better; filled after her prayers.

Samantha was restless. Something drove her to want more and no matter what she did that urge could not be satisfied. Her adventures had caused the women of town to cast her from their presence, the men were no longer allowed to be seen with her. She had become sad and lonely, resigned to her status as a recluse.

For her many sins she did feel sorry and repentant but nevertheless the uneasiness was never satisfied. And so she prayed for help as she drew her daily water from the well.

I read this story many times and had always assumed that Jesus accidentally stumbled upon the woman by the well, it was a revelation to see that this meeting was intentional, that Jesus was there to answer her prayers. In doing so Jesus loves her and his example of love is unique and this is one of the reasons I have come to regard the story so much.

Jesus love causes a change in Samantha, a radical change that impacts the whole town.

Anyone interested in Jesus Christ can find out more about him and his actions and impact on people through this story. We see what Jesus did in Samantha’s life and we can see what Jesus can do in our own life, depending upon our response to him.

Jesus is alive and at work in our lives now, God is not only an idea or a moral code or a worthy intellectual study, we can experience God changing us and as a result changing those around us, the a similar way to how Samantha changed those around her.

 

New Grad In The House

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   It makes little difference how many university courses or degrees a person may own. If he cannot use words to move an idea from one point to another, his education is incomplete.- Norman Cousins

Go boldly into the world dear son and find your purpose: The universe is for you!

Very, very proud of you!!