3-week rule

It really does work – The three week rule!

As a child I read somewhere that the humans take roughly three weeks to get ‘used to’ things.

e.g. I recently moved to the U.S. for a long-term(1 or 2 years) assignment. Initially I felt like any other red-blooded Indian. I want to go home. I am getting the hell out of here as soon as possible. But, then on the 24th day of my stay, something changed. In a moment, I was like, this place is not so bad. I think I will be able to manage a year or two here and it’s going to be child’s play. From that second on everything seemed so different, so nice, so wonderful. Then I said to myself, the 3 week thing really does work.

I have seen many other instances of this rule in my life as well as those of others. As for any other rule, there are exceptions to this one too. But, then it does work.

Doesn’t it?

Appreciate It!

Most of us don’t have the time to say our prayers more than once a week. Very few of us manage to spare the few extra moments to say our prayers during a 24hr period. Even fewer deem it necessary to thank God for the food that we eat.

We are at a point in time, when each one of us is busier than the rest of the world. Busy doing what? I wonder if there is even a single living soul who has an answer to that. I don’t. Anyways, since we are so busy doing SOMETHING or should I say doing NOTHING, we do start taking a lot of things for granted. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and millions of other things that God showers upon us day after day forgiving our idiosyncrasy.

Guess what folks, I have some great news. God is OK with us not showing him the gratidute that we should be. He is OK because He is the Supreme being, he is Perfect. But, all the other humans you and I are surrounded by are not. We start taking the ones we love for granted. The lady of the house cooks two meals a day out of love and affection for her family, not because its her duty. The grandparents babysit the children not because its their duty, but because they love their children and even more so their grandchildren. Hardly EVER or should I say NEVER, do we find time to say or do something that would make the ones we love feel that what they are doing for us means the World to us. NEVER.

Ask yourself this, when is the last time you said or did something as simple as a hearfelt Thank You!

I say, NOW would be a good time to start.

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Life in the fast Lane

Recently I came across the following fact in an article on discover.com:

“More people commit suicide in New York City than are murdered.”

The instant I read that, I said to myself, “So much for life in the fast lane”. I have always struggled to understand what that phrase means. “Fast lane” towards where? I even dared to ask out loud the same question to some of the super achievers that I have had the fortune of interacting with. The unequivocal reponse that I got was, “Towards fame and fortune”. If I were to answer that question, I would say, “Towards stress, ill-health and misery.”

Don’t get me wrong. I am not the guy who drives at 40mph on a 6-lane freeway. I just don’t see the point of trying to go at 100 mph all the time when you very well know that the odds of you making it are one in a gazillion.

Riding in the fast late for a while is a smart thing. Living in the fast lane is foolish. But hey, that’s just what I think.Recently I came across the following fact in an article on discover.com:

“More people commit suicide in New York City than are murdered.”

The instant I read that, I said to myself, “So much for life in the fast lane”. I have always struggled to understand what that phrase means. “Fast lane” towards where? I even dared to ask out loud the same question to some of the super achievers that I have had the fortune of interacting with. The unequivocal reponse that I got was, “Towards fame and fortune”. If I were to answer that question, I would say, “Towards stress, ill-health and misery.”

Don’t get me wrong. I am not the guy who drives at 40mph on a 6-lane freeway. I just don’t see the point of trying to go at 100 mph all the time when you very well know that the odds of you making it are one in a gazillion.

Riding in the fast late for a while is a smart thing. Living in the fast lane is foolish. But hey, that’s just what I think.

Sugar Ain't Sweet

The average American consumes nearly 240 pounds of sugar per year. And most of the excess sugar will get stored as fat in your body, which elevates cancer risk and can suppress your immune function. When study subjects were given sugar, their white blood cell count decreased significantly for several hours afterward. This held true for a variety of types of sugar, including fructose, glucose, honey and orange juice. In another study, rats fed a high-sugar diet had a substantially elevated rate of breast cancer compared to rats on a normal diet. To live long, draw sweetness from other aspects of your life.

No to negativity

Stop your negativity! Lighten up! According to a University of Michigan research, men who think the worst of themselves may be headed for early graves. Scientists found that those who saw every personal setback as a catastrophe had a 25 percent greater risk of death and died an average of 2 years earlier than men who addressed their failures more positively. So the old luxury of negative self talk, self condemnation, put downs, and self degradation must cease, permanently.

Sugar Ain’t Sweet

The average American consumes nearly 240 pounds of sugar per year. And most of the excess sugar will get stored as fat in your body, which elevates cancer risk and can suppress your immune function. When study subjects were given sugar, their white blood cell count decreased significantly for several hours afterward. This held true for a variety of types of sugar, including fructose, glucose, honey and orange juice. In another study, rats fed a high-sugar diet had a substantially elevated rate of breast cancer compared to rats on a normal diet. To live long, draw sweetness from other aspects of your life.