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Self Worth 

​”Self-worth”

For anyone that experiences a major traumatic event the question of self-worth becomes very important.  Regardless of the event, it is easy to conclude that it was experienced either because of a lack of worth to others or, more painfully, a lack of worth to God.  When others hurt us this pain can be internalized and tied to the insecurity of value.  We begin to think that if only we were more valuable we would not have been treated this way.  This easily develops into the belief that we must not even have value to God or he would not have allowed these things to come into our lives.  We believe the voice inside of us that says, “no one cares.”

A misunderstanding of our own worth can lead us to do one of two things.  Either we accept that we have no value and live or die as one who is worthless, or we fill our minds with empty “happy talk” that may prop up our esteem for a while but will ultimately let us down.  Our value is not based either on what others think about us or what we think about ourselves.

We have value because we were created in the image of God to have a relationship with Him!  We are intrinsically valuable regardless of how we feel, how we are treated or what we experience.  This is a difficult thing to understand.  We so closely tie the events of life to our worth that we have a hard time separating the two.  What happened to you or how you were treated should not define you and has no bearing on how much God loves you!  You are so valuable, in fact, that Christ paid for your sins so that He could have a relationship with you!

The “why” of life’s events may never be explained, but don’t ever believe that those events somehow define your worth.

You are loved.  You are valuable. You have a bright future because the one who created you has a plan for your life that you alone can fulfill.  

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Some Sunday Thoughts…

​#SundayThoughts 

Sometimes, I forget from how much strong background I come from. I forget what values of strength my parents instilled in me. Shame on me!! Just that some morons belittle me…how did I forget who I am…how strong I am….why did I forget the lessons of Dad..

My Dad is the first role model. After a rich and wealthy childhood; in his early teens, they lost the property and farms. Dad started his career at 16 th year as “Messenger”( the role just above sweeper) in the bank. He rose to the level of Senior Manager in due course of years. He never cursed his fate, instead dreamt great dreams in that gutter level of life too…..and in all these journey he never compromised on his value system. He never asked for favors, he got transferred to all the odd towns, but like a “Lotus”, he bloomed wherever he was posted.

My Dad reminds us( the siblings) “Don’t forget your roots. Don’t get carried away by the power, wealth and luxuries you have now. At any cost don’t forget thanking, meeting the people who were with you in your bad times. The people you have around you when are powerful and wealthy are not the real wellwishers…Don’t disrespect these new people but don’t count them, they will leave you as soon as their work with you is completed. At the same time, don’t forget improving yourself constantly, dream high, achieve your dreams with your hard work. Don’t trade your self-esteem for a better job, better promotion. Become best version of yourself by your own efforts…that’s real happiness; never make fun of others we never know about tommorrow”.

If TIME can lift you to Abnormal HEIGHTS, the same TIME can push you to Abnormal Low levels too…be so self sufficient and capable that you can rise again..yeah meanwhile don’t make mockery of others who are struggling and don’t get jealous who are winning…everyone has their day….kindness matters..hurting and killing others doesn’t lead anywhere 😀 .And if you feel happy degrading others and belittling others…then definitely you have a problem.

Just a beautiful and important thought to ponder ❤

Have a beautiful Sunday.

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Inspirational Stuff, Management

4 ways to build a human company in the age of machines

HiAll,

Got to watch a beautiful TED talk on “4 ways to build a human company in the age of machines”. So am sharing it here. Do watch it.

To maintain our humanity in the this second Machine Age, we may have no other choice than to create beauty. Beauty is an elusive concept. For the writer Stendhal it was the promise of happiness. For me it’s a goal by Lionel Messi.So bear with me as I am proposing four admittedly very subjective principles that you can use to build a beautiful organization.
First: do the unnecessary.

The second principle: create intimacy.

Third: The risk to be ugly.Be UglyTo be authentic is to be ugly.

Fourth: Remain Incomplete

So to do the unnecessary, to create intimacy, to be ugly, to remain incomplete — these are not only the qualities of beautiful organizations, these are inherently human characteristics. And these are also the qualities of what we call home. And as we disrupt, and are disrupted, the least we can do is to ensure that we still feel at home in our organizations, and that we use our organizations to create that feeling for others.

 

 

Warm Regards,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Year of Introspection and Inner Strength :When Life Slapped ME Every Month in 2016


It all started with a joyful January 2016, like any other normal girl of my age, I was happy and merry that I will be “settling down” with the person I really liked.  And like most of the girls, I too was lost in the day dreaming of ” How to sort my new home and how interesting life looks like when I too get married “. Thada!!! Life slapped very hard for the first time in 2016 in the month of January. Somehow, things didn’t work and I did’nt get married. Oh yeah! This is not a great thing to be advertised on my Blog or FB post, however, this SLAP of life in January was hard and painful.

It was a time, I just lost interest in career or life or anything. I took a good one month break in February and all I did was ” For the first week,  all I did was to realize what exactly has happend in January, Cry as much as I could (Secretly) .  I didn’t want to get depressed or waste time like a loser. I was determined to become strong and deal the situation. The remaining weeks of February I spent in introspection, forgiveness, gratitude, prayer, lots of reading. I did all these by staying close with my Mom and Dad. I did focus on improving my car driving skills. This month helped me build my inner strength to a good extent.

By March 1st of 2016, because of my good break in Feb, I was completely recharged. I got back to my work and I was completely recharged. I started with my new assignments and Thada!!! Life slapped again with HEALTH slap. I had a terrible food poisoning and got dramatically hospitalized and was busy with it for some days. By this time, I was really ashamed the way 2016 was so unkind to me.  Thanks to Mom, Dad,  Martin, Amit, Alka, Sharo, Bishakha (My Bengali Tigress) for taking care of me in this crazy time of mine. I survived  and was normal only because of these few people. They were very vigilant about my well being in this time. They ensured that the crazy and lively Prasanna is back to form.

April was a super good month . I was back to my form and I totally focused my entire time on Work.

May. May is my birthday month and I received unconditional love from somany wellwishers. Comewhat May…I always celebrate my birthday very well with my family members. I just love spending my birthday with my family members. I celebrated my birthday very well happily. Thanks to my Second Brother, Sis in Law and my Niece for making my birthday more special. Tiny celebrations in the rough times really mean a lot 🙂 In May, I visited Europe for the first time(infact it was the first time I visited anyplace out of India) and .it was an awesome business trip. I went to Riga in Latvia and Helsinki in Finland. Met lot of wonderful people. This trip was so special to me because I met somany stalwarts with respect to my work. It was a enriching working experience working with those learnt people. Apart from my work, in this trip I met my Senior Colleagues from my previous organizations. The time they took out of their busy schedules to come and visit me for lunches and dinners is something which I will cherish for entire life time. Thanks to Leena and Veer ji. My special thanks and regards to Liisa for such a motherly care and good discussions on life in Helsinki. Interactions with these people helped me to heal very well of my silly disasters of January. In later months, realized, the January thing wasn’t a big deal compared to the other slaps of 2016.

June was a busy month at work with new mentors and  wonderful month of trips to Hyderabad to home. There is nothing more joyful than having hands-full of work at office and ample opportunities to spend time with family in hometown. Not to forget about the regular days in Pune with the caring friends.

July. The month of frequent trips to my friend’s place as my bestie Bishakha was heavily pregnant by this month. Month with lots of excitement about the delivery of my friend and all the talks about the pregnancy, the feeling of mother.

August. The month, 2016 SLAPPED ME and KILLED A PART OF ME FOR ENTIRE LIFETIME. My friend Bishakha died after delivering baby on August 19, 2016. Even today after 4 months, I don’t want to accept the fact that my bestie expired and left all of us. I still don’t know how am i dealing this. Even while writing this post tears roll down my eyes. The cry i have is same as the cry i had on August 19, 2016.  I still don’t know how could my Bengali Tigress leave me without saying a proper goodbye. The only good thing is we see her in her daughter “Dugi” now. And Dugi is my brand new Bengali niece and I am her Pisi( Father’s Sister). And the only promise I can make to my Bengali Tigress Bishakha is that I will be the perfect Pisi to Dugi.

Technically, I really donot know how my August, September of 2016 have passed. These were the months of anger, frustration, confusion, trauma. I focused more on my office work in these months. Thanks to work for keeping me alive.

By the ending of September 2016, I was technically drained of all my energy, however was keeping myself motivated by praying and surrendering to God. Because, I didnt want to die out of pessimism. I was technically like the Gajendra of Gajendra Moksham. This was the time, my bestie Amit suggested me to read “Srimadh Bhaghavatam” . I started reading Srimadh Bhaghavatam from October and it is quite a really divine experience reading Srimadh Bhaghavatam. With the help of Martin, I started reading lessons from Bible. Reading these is helping me build my inner strength. There is a long way to go, however these holy scriptures and lessons are helping me understand the beauty of life  and the power of God. Without the inner strength, I could not have survived 2016.

Oh..yeah..with all these dramatic activities, I did ensure that I don’t lose the “Madonna element” in me. I am very happy that i could effectively make good use of the work opportunities given to me in learning several new aspects about  Transitions and Transformations. I am blessed to work with several senior leaders in this year.  I ensured that i did continue my regular habits of  travel, photography, blogging, exploring new places, cooking and watching movies in the first week of their release. In the ending of 2015 December, i stopped watching Television, I made a promise to myself not to watch Television for a year and throughout 2016, I didnt watch Television. I could save lots of time for my book reading, travel, walks, meditation. Yes, it was crazy year without watching TV, however I could get ample time for my own care and well being.

I am generally notorious for embarrassing my loved ones by expressing how much they mean to me. And I want to continue that good old habit of mine. Thank You Mom, Dad, Martin, Amit, Alka, Sharo and Bishakha.

Bishakha! Thankyou for being a great friend, rest in peace in heaven . I miss you badly.

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I believe in the plans of God and am looking eagerly to the brand new year 2017. 

Wish you all a happy 2017. Stay blessed. Don’t give up on yourself and Don’t give up on the God who created you. Life is beautiful and worth living. A bad year is not a bad life. And for that matter any year is not bad completely. It has something to teach and make us more beautiful.

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friendship with God

​#FriendshipWithGod #BestFriend #YourBestVersion 


Lately, got opportunity to learn lil bit more about the “Importance of Friendship with God” from Holy books of Hinduism and Christianity. Striking a best friendship with God? Is it possible? Is it feasible?

Was trying to relate to the best friends we have in normal world. We do have so many friends, thanks to social media, the people whom we never met are also friends. However, there are very few…rather countable people..May be 2 or 3  whom we call “Best Friends”. They are our support system. So do they catch your hand and take you everywhere. Do they solve all your issues for you? Do they do all your works for you?

No. They don’t. However, you have immense trust in them. You know they will save you when you are in trouble. They will kick your back and ask you to deal the stuff like boss. So, you are fully convinced that come what may, you have your best friends to rescue you. 

So, in this situation what do you do. With this tremendous moral boosting and confidence you have on your friends, you try to be best version of yourself. You raise your standards of achieving stuff, you push yourself out of your comfort zones. You become audacious, fearless and you become your best. How is it possible? Just because you know that your best friends are there for you to save you.


Similarly, if we nurture “Close friendship with God”, God will become our best friend. Our inner strength increases tremendously. Our normal best friends are humans, if we can achieve so much with their friendship, imagine the levels of bliss and happiness we will have striking a close friendship with God who is of infinite power.

Think about it 🙂

Have a great week ahead ❤ 

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Some Random Thoughts: Don’t Give up on Yourself

​#Some Random Thoughts 

Sometimes, I just get disheartened thinking of all the crappiest things that happened to me “Couldn’t study the mechanical engineering which I wanted to”; “Didn’t write the UPSC exams to become a IAS which I always wanted to become”; ” Couldn’t Do Ph.d in Nanotechnology which I wanted to do”; “Couldn’t marry the people I had serious crushes to”; “Got hurt to that extent that I get scared of the concept of Love and Marriage”; “Got hurt like hell by so many because of my dusky complexion and obesity “; Got harassed for my outspoken attitude and aspect of questioning status quo at work” and wonder “Hell! Is this a life”…

And then I think what all could I achieve in spite of all these. (Yeah, I still could earn 2 Masters degrees, do several decent jobs and now I am a Project Manager…might not be best Project Manager yet….if I could come so far…I will a best PM too one day; And then I work a lot to reduce my weight..now I ain’t dangerous like 10 years back )

And then I think of all the people who still trust me and love me for what I am.

And then I think of my support system ( my family and my few of mentors/ friends) who still treat me like a Diamond of immense value. They don’t see me like a bin with trash, they don’t see me as a less priced …they see me as Priceless….

Life…is worth living…is worth living in a beautiful manner…no matter what has happened…we still have so much to achieve..our plans might be different but God’s plans are beautiful…so trust the God’s plans for you and Never Give Up. Cry…if you feel like…but start new day with gratitude and hope. And ensure you have you have your support system near you in all these…they are the army of angels sent by God to you.
PS: I don’t write for attracting some likes or comments…I would feel my life has better meaning if at least one person who reads this feels better about his/ her life and will not give up on him/herself. 
Have a beautiful day ahead.
Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Deal the Problems like a Boss : Tom Sawyer Whitewashing The Fence….

The Story: Tom Sawyer Whitewashing The Fence (From The Adventures of Tom Sawyer)
Tom Sawyer was asked to whitewash the fence as a punishment.
As Tom begins the dreaded task of whitewashing, he sees Ben Rogers approaching. When Ben teases Tom about not being able to go swimming and being forced to work, Tom points out that it is not exactly work if he is enjoying himself, and he makes a great show of applying whitewash and then stepping back to admire his own effects. When Ben wants to try his hand at whitewashing, Tom pretends to be reluctant until Ben offers him first the core of the apple and then the entire apple. Other boys show up–boys who “came to jeer, but remained to whitewash,” and by the middle of the afternoon, the fence is whitewashed (by the other boys), and Tom finds himself a rich man, having collected marbles, a part of a Jew’s harp, a kite, and many other items as payment from the boys doing the work.
Analysis
In this chapter, Tom reveals his basic knowledge of human psychology; that is, that a person most desires what cannot be easily attained. Tom is also a fine actor, and he cleverly uses this ability in handling his friends. Thus, Tom is able to use this basic understanding of human nature to get others to do his work for him and to pay for the privilege of doing it. Instead of being able to join the others at the town center, he brings the center of the town to him, has others do his work for him, and he ends up with all sorts of treasures. In this way, Twain reveals Tom as a natural leader. Throughout the novel, we will see that Tom is the leader; it will always be “Tom Sawyer’s gang;” it is always Tom’s ideas of what game to play; and Tom is always the winner in games as well as in fights with his peers. He is also usually the winner in his conflicts with the adult world.
In life there are so many situations we are pushed into where we don’t want to be, which we dont want to do. We are forced to be in that situation, complete it. However when we are in such situation it is not necessary to give up. It is not necessary to cry and crib. Even such situations can be turned into opportunities. Even such situations can be shown/ sold to the world as “Never before Never Again” kind of opportunities to the world. The only and main investment here is RIGHT ATTITUDE and PRESENCE OF MIND. This approach can be called as “ Tom Whitewashing the fence “ attitude.
We will be happy, we will be successful, wealthy when we adopt this approach in personal life and in professional life. We can deal our problems like a BOSS without suffering, we can deal our problems ENJOYING them 🙂 Most of my mentors whom I work are perfect examples for this approach, they turn every problem into an opportunity and above all package the problems in such a way that everyone volunteers to work for them 😉
So Be Like Tom, Be Like a BOSS 🙂
Loads of Love,