A Speech on 3 Changes I Want to Make in My Village

Respected Teacher and my dear friends,
A warm good morning to one and all.

It was the Greek Philosopher Heraclitus who said, “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change.” As he noted, the world has become a better place today because of several positive changes that came to our society.

Two things are to be remembered about change. One is that change is happening very fast. Two, if you do not change you will soon be pushed out from the mainstream of society. Keeping these two thoughts in mind, let me now share with you my dream of 3 changes I want to make in my village.

The first change I want to bring to my village is regarding formation of reading habit. Everywhere I find young and old simply wasting their time in the evenings doing nothing but idling away their time in talking about silly things. If this time can be utilized in reading it will not only increase their knowledge but help them utilize their spare time wisely.

So the first change I wish to make in my village is to establish a small library and reading room to bring better knowledge. In this library I also wish to have at least one or two computers with internet connection so that people can also learn to keep connected with the world using latest technology.

The second change I want to bring to my village is regarding the formation of the habit of saving for a better future. Why? This is because most of the bread earners in our village are men who go for work on a daily basis. They do not have a permanent income. But sadly many of these people spend their money to drink or gamble. Thus they create broken homes and dissatisfied children.

So, I wish to start an awareness campaign which will take the message of encouraging people to start savings bank account either in the nearest bank or post office. So the second change I wish to make in the village is regarding economic well being.

Now let me come to the third change. It is said that cleanliness is next to godliness. One sad thing I find in the village is that the beauty of our village is slowly being destroyed by littering of waste in public places. This is a new trend but can seriously affect the health of people living here.

So the third change I want to make in my village is to create a proper waste disposal system. It will encourage people to dispose all degradable waste in their own compounds and have them store plastic waste in bins. Later this can be collected centrally and properly disposed off with the help of panchayath/village authorities.

Let me now summarize the 3 changes I want to bring in my village. First of all, change regarding knowledge and technology, secondly, change related to economic well-being and thirdly and more importantly change related to healthy living.

I do hope that these 3 changes would make the people in our village better educated, better secure and help them to live healthy and happy.

Thank you.
Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

Public Speaking Wins in a Technological World

9izEpB6ATMan is unique in God’s creation. He has been endowed with the ability to smile and to speak. With the passing of time he learned to live in social contexts. Thus speech became a social grace; a democratic necessity and a leadership requirement.

Now, with the happening of technology, man is compelled to speak with much more clarity than ever before. But technology has not substituted public speaking. Instead, it has multiplied opportunities. More visibility and wider coverage has compelled leaders of all walks of life to really refine and fine-tune their speaking skills.

New avenues of expression are not confined to the media alone. Within an office or video-conferencing across continents, briefing your team or informing the launch of a new product, or answering questions from the floor are all areas where skill in public speaking is called for. The expertize required is so demanding that people are trained to deliver the goods.

Simplicity, clarity, brevity and impact are the watchwords for today’s speaker. If your speech is short, sweet, clear and memorable; then it could be said that it has succeeded.

But it would be too simple an equation to be realistic. The chances are that your message gets forgotten not because it was bad; but because it was another good message among others. So it points out the need for consistent quality communication. Maybe the reason why advertisements are repeatedly used by companies to stay strong in the minds of its target audience. Likewise your message should get across consistently without quality loss.

Noise level in communication has gone high too. Even a casual stroller across the street is confronted with so many messages. In this competition where colors and words, reality and fantasy, sense and non-sense all vie for your attention; the mind becomes a battlefield. It is in this context that you have to learn to communicate effectively.

Perhaps the saddest thought could be that people are relying on technology as a substitute for public speaking. It can never be. The best messages are wrapped in the individuality of a messenger. When that element is sacrificed a message hangs in thin air. It does not create impact.

Therefore the individual with his public speaking skills will always be in demand.

Even though technology might change, the art of public speaking will remain.

Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

7 Skills You Need to Stick with New Year Resolutions

New Year resolutions do not last long. We all know that from past experience. So how to stick with New Year resolutions when they break; that is the big question!

#1. Accept the reality of you being human and not a robot.
There is an element within all of us which tends to err and make mistakes. So before the thrill of the New Year wears out, there is a great possibility of breaking your New Year resolutions. So the first step is to be sure that in spite of your brave determination, you are going to break your resolutions.

yelagiriroad#2. Do not decide to start afresh.
Now what does that mean? It simply means that people fail to achieve success because they think of starting all over again when there is a break in their attempts to stick on with resolutions. What is needed is a change of thinking. Treat failures as red lights you see on traffic signal posts as you journey. You don’t go back to the start of your journey when you see a red light; do you? You just continue when the light becomes green.

#3. Look at what you have accomplished rather than what you left undone.
In spite of your worst failures there will be something in the attempt that you made which can be inspiring. Look at your effort rather than how it failed. There will be people in plenty to point out how you did not do well. That is expected. Why should you also join that crowd? For a change take a look at how you stuck with your resolution the first three days in January. You failed the next 5 days. So what? There are still 3 days you did well. And there will be plenty more days you will do well this year.

#4. Encourage someone.
The truth is that all people need encouragement. Coaches provide more than just skills and they do more than just enforce discipline. They inspire, motivate and challenge people to be the best they can be. Do that for someone. You can do that in your area of expertise. Help someone by going the second mile for him or her. What is the result? You too will be recharged.

#5. Forget the past.
You and I often change the calendar on our walls and welcome the New Year. But we fail to leave the baggage of the past year behind. We bring that too into the New Year. I am not talking about failures; I am talking about your success. It is those who enjoyed success in the past who need to be the most careful. When the world is changing at a fast pace methods employed in the past might not be best to meet the present challenge and opportunity.

#6. Make yourself accountable.
Without good friends, it is difficult to get right advice. It is better if you can have one of your friends to keep track of your progress with New Year resolutions. You can update him or her about your success and failures as well. Your friend will be able to help you have a balanced perspective on issues that tend to pull you down. All of us need a pair of eyes that can look at our situation objectively and without emotional colouring. Thus when you open up your concerns before your friend, you are committing yourself once again to the goals you have established. He or she will hold you accountable and that will help you progress.

#7. See the bigger picture always.
When you climb up and have a look down, the scene appears different than when you looked around while you were on ground level. The scene from above is the bigger picture. Life is not just about the little things you do every day. There are things eternal that matter more than money, career, achievements or fame. Life can be lived out in days and not in years. So have the impact of your entire life and beyond in mind when you use the present moment wisely.

Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

7 Sure Steps on How to Handle Confidence Loss

I am yet to meet a genuinely talented person who has not passed through a period of confidence loss in his or her life or career. Certainly these dark periods of doubt have really made people stronger than before. But many are not so fortunate because they do not know how to handle periods of confidence loss. So here a few trusted steps to handle it in your life.

#1. Share your confidence loss with a trusted friend
A trusted friend can help you see reality which otherwise you will not be able to see. He or she, who listens to you, can help you by giving you a proper perspective on what is happening to you. What you think is a mountain of a problem will not look so huge or threatening or impossible to conquer once you have shared your difficulty with your friend. The real comfort and strength in such an exercise is that you can be yourself and not feel ashamed about your weakness or inferiority complex .

#2. Think of your best past performances
When you pass through a period of confidence loss it is quite natural to brood on all negatives and failures that has happened to you. That is self-defeating. Instead of doing this, think of all your best past performances. If you have memorials of them like trophies, medals, videos, certificates, mementos or even a card of appreciation, take a look at them and think about all those great performances you did in the past. And go one step further. Think that you can do it again.The only difference is that you are going to do much better now than before. Believe it.

#3. Never believe that confidence loss is a permanent condition
Some people accept confidence loss as a permanent attachment of their lives! How sad to see people live in the belief that they will never get out of self confidence. Such a belief is a lie and wholly untrue! What we need to accept is the fact that for a brief passing period of life we have entered a tunnel experience where all is dark. But hold on. Light will break at the end of the tunnel. Confidence loss therefore should be accepted as a normal part of life but never accepted as a permanent condition. In this acceptance you will find freedom!

#4. Change those things that can be changed
Certain situations in life cannot be changed. No need to waste your time thinking “What if it were like this or that?” But then there are things that can be changed. And it is absolutely necessary to do so when it is contributing to your confidence loss. Let us take a simple example. Some people struggle with confidence loss when they are given a new responsibility which involves expertize they do not have. So what’s the problem. Enrol for a course that will get you that expertize. Or meet with a few people who have had previous experience handling that responsibility and learn from them. These are do-able things. Therefore embrace change instead of resisting it. Yes, do not fear change.

#5. Do not rush things
Speed and mad rush have become part of our lives. The sad story is that we really forget to live because we don’t have time to stop and enjoy life. And when it comes to confidence loss, the huge temptation is to rush things and try to get back to top gear as quickly as possible. This is going to backfire. Instead take your time. Go it slow. Stop your activity and simply do nothing for long periods. Your mind and body needs the stops rather than the notes of music at this time. And remember each person in the same situation of confidence loss takes a different time to recoup and recover. So take your time and do not allow anyone to rush you!

#6. Go for lesser goals for the time being
There might have been a time when the big stage was your playground. But after a period of confidence loss, just aim for the small stage. There you can perfect the basics of your craft once again. There the pressure is less as the audience will be few. Maybe some people will ask why the big fish is playing in the small pond? There is no need to answer that question. Your goal at the moment is to get back the rhythm and the passion and the enthusiasm and the effortless grace with which you did things in the past. Till you get back to your absolute best stay contented on the small stage. Your time to roar and soar is just a few days away!
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#7. Trust God for a great comeback in your life

No matter what the darkness in your life;
no matter how great the loss you have faced;
no matter whether it was your irresponsibility or mistake;
no matter how long you have been out of touch with your best;
no matter who or what great odds are pitted against you;
no matter how depressed and sorrowful you are now;
know that with God nothing is impossible.

As King David rightly expressed,: “You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light” (Psalm 18:28). Yes, with God you can. Even before you stop reading this thank God for the mighty comeback he has enabled in your life. It will happen; it surely will!

The true inspire!
A final thought that we need to keep in mind is that confidence loss is no hopeless condition. If rightly approached, such a phase in life can bring the best out of us; and can result in an outflow of creative use of our hidden potential and talents. More perhaps has been achieved by people with confidence loss when they have trusted in the grace of God. When St. Paul prayed thrice that God will remove a thorn in his flesh (exactly what this source of his confidence loss was no one knows), the Lord Jesus Christ told him the secret to get the better of it:

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weaknesses.”

Paul, powered by that word of confidence, became a great achiever in spite of all negatives that happened to him in life. So also we too can achieve trusting in the power of the One whose grace is sufficient in all our confidence losses and whose power energizes us to rise and conquer in spite of all our weaknesses!

Jesus Christ of Nazareth!
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The Tree of Life!

A tree has always been a symbol of life.

It has become more so after Jesus died on a wooden cross. Peter, the foremost disciple of Jesus, comments: “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree.”

The precious blood that flowed from his body brings forgiveness of sins, peace with God, and unending life to those who believe in him. The wounds of his body bring us healing.

On the cross he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows.
He became a curse for us to save us from all evil.
For it was God’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer that we might have life, and have it to the full.

A look of faith at the One lifted up on the tree of the cross is enough to make one pass from death to life. For there is life-giving power in the blood of the Son of God shed on the cross. It is a fountain of cleansing opened to remove all man’s sin and impurity.

Therefore come to the tree of life and look on the one crucified for you!
Jesus Christ of Nazareth!
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The Power of Story in Communication

Stories have got great power in communication. Primarily we need to understand that a well-told story is a complete piece of communication. It has a definite beginning. Are we not familiar with the well-loved phrase, “Once upon a time”? And stories do have a definite end. Again, we remember how we loved those fairy tales which ended, “And they lived happily ever after.”

Most stories arouse our curiosity. It gives our imagination a good exercise. Thus we become active participants in the action when we listen to a story. This power to engage the listener is so vital to communication. That is why a story succeeds in capturing attention where other speech techniques probably fail.

Therefore it is important for a speaker to try to communicate using stories. Yet many hesitate to open up before a group especially when it comes to sharing a personal story. The reason is not far to find. Sharing a personal story makes a speaker feel vulnerable. Many speakers confuse this as weakness. It is not. The truth points the other way. When a speaker shares a story from his life, the audience sees beyond a speaker’s credentials. They see a human being on stage with flesh and blood like all the others; with no other claim to greatness than the fact that he or she too is a participant in life’s rise and fall.

Rarely does a story fail to illuminate if told well. But the mastery of story-telling is a little bit difficult to attain. Yet the truth is that we were all master story-tellers as children. Somehow we lost that capability in the process of growing up. Is it because we lose the innocence of childhood as we grow up? Is it that we lose our sense of wonder? Or is it that we forget somehow the art of asking insistent questions to know more? Perhaps all of these. But the sad result is the lost art of story-telling. Becoming like a little child on stage is the key to holding audiences spellbound while communicating, especially through stories.

It is also important to understand that great stories do revolve around themes that lie close to life: Fight between good and evil; competing for love; principles of honour, loyalty and sacrifice; war and hate; heroes and villains; journeys and dead-ends; explorations and conquest; myths and legends; light and darkness; crime and punishment, law and justice, death and beyond; pain and suffering; joy and fear; success and failure; birth and new beginnings. This list is by no means exhaustive. Yet anything from personal life that touches one of these chords will not fail to captivate the audience if told well.

Yet another great theme is the theme of change!

The theme of change is what makes the story of the younger son (prodigal son) a timeless classic. Told by Jesus (recorded in Luke’s Gospel, Chapter 15), it talks about the transformation that happens in the life of a son who was wasting his life in riotous living in a far country when he comes to think of the unconditional love and acceptance offered by his father at home. The moment of realization of this truth makes him begin his journey home. Of course, it is a parable of God’s love towards a sinner who genuinely and sincerely wants to come back to the welcome of God’s home.

Good stories will always fascinate and provoke thought. It will touch our emotions. Beyond that stories help us to understand our lives too as a story whose script is being written even as life goes on!
Jesus Christ of Nazareth!