3 key understandings to worry less

Yesterday, I was coaching on the topic of seeing the good versus seeing the bad in any situation of life. Seeing the bad even in a good situation is not that uncommon. We all have done that and sometimes more than we needed to. One of the best quotes on this topic is the one from Mark Twain.

“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.”

In this article, I will talk about how we are wired to worry and what are the small steps that we can take to reduce our worrying.

We are wired to worry. That is a fact.

It is a well researched fact that we are wired to worry. You don’t have to read scientific journals on this topic to understand this fact. To understand this fact at a very basic level, compare the reactions of a human being to a lion or an elephant. Have you ever seen or can you imagine a lion or an elephant react the way a cat reacts at the sight of a cucumber? (google videos of cats and cucumbers. I promise you will have a blast.) In any situation, you cannot imagine a lion or an elephant reacting like a scaredy cat. Can you imagine any situation where a human being can react like a scaredy cat? I bet you can. We can too because recently we have been watching re runs of America’s funniest videos and it is just hilarious to see people jumping out of their skin at the slightest reason.

For millions of years, human beings as a species, have been near the bottom of the food chain. Obviously, being near the bottom of the food chain can mess up a human brain. The human brain is wired in such a way that to survive it has to spot danger quicker than opportunity. A human brain over the period of human history has been in more situations of being eaten whereas a lion’s brain would rarely have been in that situation. That can explain why a human brain is wired to worry and spot danger even in benign situations.

For an in-depth understanding of this subject, you can google lizard brain or read Jonathan Haidt’s analogy of elephant and the rider in his book, “The Happiness Hypothesis” or Daniel Kahneman’s explanation of two systems, system 1 and system 2 in his book, “Thinking, Fast and Slow”

How can we stop worrying so much?

The above question has been a subject of countless articles, books, research, seminars, trainings and what not. So, I will not take on that humongous task here. I will list three key understandings, that in my opinion can help to get you started in the right direction.

# 1: Understand that it is not your fault.

At the basic level, worrying is what helped human beings survive. It is part of our survival instinct. Imagine for a moment that you are a pre-historic human and you are out in the wild to bring food for your family. You hear a rustling noise behind you. If you assume that it is your food (a rabbit or a bird or whatever in-fashion diet that you were on as a pre-historic human being) then you could be right 99 times out of 100 but for that one time you were wrong, you could become food for a prowling tiger. So, the conditioned reaction of your brain has been to assume the worst and either get ready to fight or run away.

The same automatic reaction is in play that makes us see bad even in benign, neutral or great situations. Since you are pre-wired to look for danger as a basic instinct for survival, it will help you understand that it is not your fault if you automatically look for danger even when danger is not self-evident. This is the first step. To know that it is automatic.

#2: Understand that you have very little control over your thoughts.

A worrying thought is as automatic as any other bodily function. Just like you do not consciously digest your food, most of your thoughts are unconscious. It is true that majority of our thoughts are automatic. We don’t think them, they just come out of nowhere. If I were to ask you to name the capital city of India and when you say, “New Delhi”, the process of answering this question is as automatic as digesting your food. Which brain neuron triggered what memory and where it was stored and how it was retrieved is as automatic as any other bodily function.

On the other side is the conscious effort that we put. One example is writing this blog post. It is not happening automatically. There is a conscious thought behind this writing. Let’s say I ask you to multiply 43 by 29. Now, it is not automatic and you have to get to an answer by expending your brain power. It is almost similar to that.

Going back to worrisome thoughts, you have to understand that it is not you who is thinking this thought, It is your brain. For example, if your stomach is upset then you do not say I am upset. Similarly when your brain gets a worrisome thought, you have to understand that you are not worried but your brain is. I know it seems crazy but believe me this is where all of the recent neuro-scientific discoveries are leading us to believe.

You may be thinking, it is not my fault why I worry and when I worry it is not me but my brain but so what I am still miserable, how do I get out of it. I am getting there. Having said all the above things, the next key understanding that you need to have is that you can control your thoughts.

#3: Understand that you can exert some control over your thoughts.

Now, this may seem exactly opposite to what I have been saying so far. It is not. Taking the example of the upset stomach further, there are certain steps you normally take to get your stomach back to its normal condition. You may resist your intake of spicy food or greasy food or junk food or the amount of food to help your stomach get back to normal. That is not what we normally do when we are worried. We think harder and longer. And we get more worried.

The way you can exert some control over your thoughts is to relax your brain. Relaxing by not thinking. It can be done in many ways. Through meditation or through chanting or through prayers or through journalling. There are some ways – not easy though – but some ways to control your thoughts. One other thing that may help is to get on a media diet if watching current news is one of the causes of your worry.

Conclusion:

My coaching focussed on these key understandings because I wanted to impress upon the fact that sometimes not understanding what is abnormal can be the root cause. What do I mean by that? An upset stomach is not normal, we all know that. An upset and moody brain is also not normal. But that is difficult to understand. We all live in our own head, in our own brains and every thought of ours seems very normal to us because there is no other way of knowing. We have not lived outside of ourselves to know how others think and process the same inputs that we are getting. So, whatever we think seem to us as normal thoughts and that is where the problem is.

I hope that these 3 key understandings will help in becoming self-aware so that we can see more good than bad in most situations.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!!!

 

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3 steps to be a learn-it-all instead of a know-it-all

Last week, I fell victim to the urge of being a know-it-all instead of being a learn-it-all. Because of this urge I lost a very good opportunity to learn a little bit more. You see, I had called one of my mentors to learn his insights on the market trends in our industry. It had been almost a year since I spoke to him and wanted to use this opportunity to learn as much as I can. Most of the conversation was very helpful to me and it could have been more helpful had I resisted the urge to be a know-it-all.

In my past conversations with my mentor, I always get one or two books recommendations and it was that time during the conversation to get a book recommendation. Before me asking, my mentor mentioned the book, “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. I have been a huge fan of David Allen since 2009. I have documented that on my blog and also bastardized some of his stories in my book, “Manage. Lead. Transform: A Project Manager’s Guide to Reducing Project Timelines by 50% or More.”. In that moment, I could not resist the urge to being a know-it-all. I blabbered on about David Allen and GTD for a few minutes trying to showcase my knowledge. It was totally unnecessary which wasted his time and my time.

If I did not want to be disingenuous by saying, “Hmm..sounds interesting. I will check that book out.”, I could have at least veered the conversation by asking, “Hmm, what other book have you read recently?”. By resisting the urge to be a know-it-all, I could have benefitted like I did on numerous other occasions when my mentor recommended great books to me. I am using this missed opportunity be a lesson learnt to become a learn-it-all.

So, here are the 3 steps that may help in becoming a learn-it-all.

Step One: Shift the mindset by understanding the benefit of becoming a learn-it-all.

Know-it-all mindset may give some pleasure. It may feel good to show off. But that is temporary. In the long run, a know-it-all mindset is like a cup that is full. No matter how much water you pour into it, it just overflows. Whereas a learn-it-all mindset is going to bear fruit time and time again. The advantages of this mindset which is called the “Growth Mindset” by Carol Dweck, has been well researched and documented in her book, “mindset, THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS: HOW WE CAN LEARN TO FULFILL OUR POTENTIAL.”. This book is so popular that multiple people have referenced it in their interviews and articles. Here are couple of those references, one by Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella and the other by Tony Robbins.

Now that you understand deeply that a know-it-all mindset is not that useful, you may still not be able to resist the urge and here is the next step to help you during the spur of the moment.

Step Two: Count to ten to resist the urge to be a know-it-all.

When you become aware of the urge to be a know-it-all then count to ten before speaking out. This may give you the time to not become a slave of your urges. This urge may be easy for some and difficult for others. To get some tips on resisting this urge, Google ” marshmallow test on 4-year olds”, an experiment conducted by Stanford to study the techniques that 4-year olds used to resist the urge to eat candy/cookie/marshmallow. This will give you some insights on how our brain works and how we can build the self-control muscle.

While you are getting better at resisting this urge, there is one more thing called, the “willpower fatigue” that you should remember. By resisting too many urges, you may lose your willpower and bounce back. In some cases, the bounce back can come in the most obnoxious manner at the most inopportune moment. To help in not blowing up when faced with the willpower fatigue, you may want to follow the next step of sharing your knowledge in an appropriate medium.

Step Three: Share your knowledge in the appropriate medium.

It may be a huge ask for most of us to resist the urge to be a know-it-all day in and day out. It may result in willpower fatigue. To avoid this scenario, you may want to find the right avenue or the right medium to share your knowledge. Maybe you may want to teach a class or write an article or write a guest blog post, or post reviews on Amazon on the subject/object (product) of your interest, or share a presentation on slideshare.

By doing any of the above-mentioned activities, you will find a helpful medium to overcome your willpower fatigue. In the heat of the moment, when the urge to become a know-it-all rears its ugly head, you may be able to divert your mind towards the title of your next blog post/article/presentation/review on this subject which may give you sufficient time to overcome this urge.

Conclusion.

Sam Harris once said if any of his friends came to him to solve any of their problems then he would be able to do that in practically no time whereas solving his own problems would be a different story altogether. In the same vein, it may be very easy for some of you to follow these 3 steps but it may be not be as easy for me. So, whenever I falter, I will remind myself to come back to this page to follow my own advice. That way, I will have one less regret of “coulda. woulda, shoulda”.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!!!

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The 21-Day Complaint Free Challenge

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I have started the 21-day challenge to become complaint free inspired after listening to a podcast from Tim Ferriss, the details of which I have provided in my earlier post. In one way this post is an update of what I have done after listening to the podcast.

The first thing that I did was to use a bracelet that I found in my home to start the 21-day challenge. Then I got the book, “A Complaint Free World. TAKE THE 21-DAY CHALLENGE” by Will Bowen from the local library. This book was an easy read and so I was able to finish it over the weekend. I am planning to write a detailed book review of this in a later post but for now let me say that this is a book that I will add to my personal library so that I can read it at least once in 3 months.

After reading the book, I ordered the bracelets from the website, www.complaintfreeworld.biz. They come in a pack of 10 for $10. I have already received these bracelets and the bracelet is now on my wrist as I type this, a constant reminder to become complaint free. My 9-year old daughter was curious of why I was wearing a bracelet. When I explained all of this to her, she started wearing one too. So, we are now doing this as a team.

Since I had eight more bracelets to share, I was looking for a way to give these away. It so happened that yesterday my daughter was going to have a lunch with her school principal because she was selected for some award along with a bunch of her school mates. I remembered reading in the book how schools were also taking up this challenge. So, I thought this was a good opportunity to introduce this challenge to her school as well. I found on the website www.acomplaintfreeworld.org a pdf for kids titled, “Complaint Free Kids, A curriculum for positive transformation [levels K-12]”. I printed this pdf out and sent 3 bracelets to her principal.

Here are the simple rules for wearing this bracelet taken from the book.

 1. Begin to wear the bracelet, on either wrist.

2. When you catch yourself complaining, gossiping, or criticizing, move the bracelet to the other arm and start your 21 days over again at day one.

3. If you hear someone else complain, you may point out their need to switch the bracelet to the other arm; BUT if you’re going to do this, you must move your bracelet first

4. Stay with it. The average person takes 4-8 months to go 21 consecutive days Complaint Free

The quote below will explain what complaining is and why it is not in the best possible way.

“Complaining is not to be confused with informing someone of a mistake or deficiency so that it can be put right. And to refrain from complaining doesn’t necessarily mean putting up with bad quality or behavior. There is no ego in telling the waiter your soup is cold and needs to be heated up—if you stick to the facts, which are always neutral. ‘How dare you serve me cold soup…?’ That’s complaining.” —Eckhart Tolle, “A New Earth

Also, here is the actual meaning of the word complain.

Complain:(verb) to express grief, pain, or discontent

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary

With this inspiration and information, I have started my journey towards becoming complaint free and start enjoying the life I always wanted. I am currently in the eighth day of the challenge but I have started the count again yesterday. So, 8-days duration of the challenge in which I went four days consecutively without complaining but have started over from yesterday. I want to be above average and take less than 4 months to go complaint free for 21 consecutive days.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day

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How to be mindful and complain less – from Tim Ferriss

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Opening the Flipboard App on my iPhone has become an involuntary habit of mine, immediately after I wake up. Most of the time I flip through a few articles usually Technology related and then get on with my day. Recently, I have deliberately started looking at the section called “Finding Purpose” on the Flipboard and today, in my semi-wakefulness, I kinda liked the following sentence from the first article that showed up.

“….If you can’t be happy with what you have, you’ll never be made happy by what you get”

This quote is from Tim Ferris’s blog post, “The Magic of Mindfulness: Complain Less, Appreciate More, and Live a Better Life”. After reading the blog, I also listened to the podcast later in the day. The podcast had many tips that I am listing down below. I want  to complain less and appreciate more and so am planning to put some of these tips into practice.

Complaining Less

  • Read the book, ” A Complaint-free world” by Will Bowen
  • Define correctly what a complaint means by referring to this blog post
  • Start the 21-day thought experiment of complaining less and track it using the wrist band

Appreciating More

  • Keep a “Jar of Awesome” to scribble down any positive thing that happened
  • Live a week in poverty to take away the anxiety of the worst case scenario and also to help in taking risks
  • Read Seneca to learn and practice stoicism
  • Thank at least one person every day

Journaling

  • Buy the Five Minute Journal to follow the format given out in the journal
  • Categorize gratefulness into Relationships, Opportunity, Best thing happened yesterday and Simple things so as to cover all critical aspects of being grateful
  • Do not repeat the same gratefulness item twice in a row
  • Do an AM and a PM check-in in the journal

Being Mindful

  • Meditate daily. Start with 5-minutes and then go on to 20 minutes every day
  • Download meditation Apps, Calm and Headspace for guided meditation
  • Go to TM.org for tips on transcendental meditation

Decreasing Anxiety

  • Take 10 deep breaths when overwhelmed
  • Use OneTab Chrome Extension to declutter browser tabs.

These are all the tips that I quickly jotted down so I can start complaining less. As usual, this blog post is a reminder for me to follow my own advice. If you have come across any similar behavioral changes that helped you to complain less and better your life then please include them in the comments.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!!!

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The Hidden Reason of Poverty – Ted Talk by Gary Haugen

An eye-opening talk by Gary Haugen on the hidden reason of poverty. In this talk, Gary Haugen, explains very clearly that without stopping violence against poor people, poverty cannot be reduced in the world. After listening to this talk, I am now able to see how true the connection between poverty and violence is. Here is the link to the Ted Talk, do check it out.

At the end this talk, there was a reference made to Gary’s book and so, I went onto Amazon.com to check out the book. Seems like the book released today. I have downloaded the audio book and plan to listen to it soon. Here is the link to the book on Amazon.com

I found this infographic on Amazon which gives some jaw-dropping statistics regarding violence and poverty.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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Spiritual But Not Religious – is this group here to stay? – part 3

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In part 1 of this series of posts, I mentioned that there is a growing phenomenon called SBNR; Spiritual But Not Religious and this group could be here to stay. Before getting into the specifics, I wanted to come to a common understanding that almost all religions change from where they started. So, in part 2, I took an example of a made-up religion called “Roundism” and walked through 5 of the 7 stages of transformation that are typical to most religions. In this post I am continuing with the remaining 2 stages and then making a connection with the topic at hand of Spiritual but Not religious group.

As mentioned in the earlier post, the 5 stages are:

Stage 1: Broken Social Order

Stage 2: Arrival of a visionary leader

Stage 3: A new social order

Stage 4: An underground movement

Stage 5: Standardization of Corruption

Stage 6: The namesake religion

The general public had fallen in love with the idea of Roundism even though they had not fully realized the benefits of Roundism like flying on an airplane, going to the moon etc., (In today’s reality, the discovery that earth is round eventually led to many discoveries which in turn helped people build airplanes and rockets. I am using this as a benefit). Incidentally, the general public had bought into the idea of how Roundism is a better truth than Flatism. So, there was no going back fully to Flatism. The closeted Flatists were smart enough to understand that. So, they kept the name of Roundism but transformed the Roundists’ way of life by slowly modifying the rituals to suit their Flatists leniency and also to keep the power to themselves. In short, a web of lies was woven whereby the absolute truth got hidden somewhere in this web and the general public lost the benefits of Roundism.

Stage 7: Full Circle: The Broken Social Order

The broken social order comes back full circle with the general public not deriving any benefits due to the false beliefs masquerading as truth. Barring a new innovative tool to prove these beliefs as false, the general public did not have the wherewithal to dissect these tools to remove the corruption in them. Also, the general public was kept busy with old rites/rituals. So, as long as the standardization of the corruption continued, the lies perpetuated, the status quo remained.

If anyone questioned any of these lies then these questioners were deemed heretics and sent away. Also, some adjustments were made using propaganda so that the answers to these questions can be found within the context of the aforementioned lies. In other words, more lies were told to cover the existing lies. On top of that, questioning any of the rites/rituals was made to look like a very bad thing.

As time passed, the general public slowly liked these lies because everyone around them believed the same. There were good people too who knew nothing better than to believe and propagate these lies. If someone had even a slight bit of doubt then well-intentioned but misinformed folks including family members, would give answers that perpetuated the lies. So, the broken social order continued for generations.

After the 7 Stages 

With this made-up religion and these 7 stages, I think I tried to simplify the process that most religions go through from truth to falsehood. There are multiple assumptions and simplifications in the above stages but if you look at the history of religions, other than your own, then you will immediately see some, if not all, of these stages that some of these religions have gone through.

Over the ages many folks have analyzed and questioned the underlying assumptions, beliefs, and rituals of many religions but this analysis could not get to the masses easily. As there was no easy way of discerning the truth, the general public stayed ignorant for hundreds or thousands of years. All that has changed now.

With the internet and easy access to information, the silos that earlier generations faced in terms of knowledge-sharing have evaporated giving rise to a sudden boom in global wisdom.

As we all know, what wisdom does is, it gives you the criteria/toolset to sift out truth from falsehood.

To Be Continued…..

In my next post, I will discuss how the rise of global wisdom has contributed to a greater understanding of truth and has caused more folks to become spiritual.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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Spiritual But Not Religious – is this group here to stay? – part 2

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In part 1 of this series of posts, I mentioned that there is a growing phenomenon called SBNR; Spiritual But Not Religious and this group could be here to stay. Before getting into the specifics, I wanted to come to a common understanding that almost all religions change from where they started. In this post, I would like to take an example of a made-up religion to walk through the 7 stages of transformation that are typical to most religions.

Stage 1: Broken Social Order

Let’s say there was a religion called “Flatism” whose core tenet of faith was a flat earth. It required its followers, “Flatists” to believe that the earth was flat and follow some rites and rituals that aligned with this belief. These rites and rituals prop up a social order that is somehow broken. Maybe this social order restricts people to not venture out of their village and puts a fear in their minds that they will fall off the edge of the earth if they venture out. It maybe one or many such fears that cause a small group of folks to hold sway over a large majority and in some ways even to oppress the majority. This is a broken social order.

Stage 2: Arrival of a visionary leader

A visionary leader arrives at the scene who figures out the falsehood in the current belief system. The leader also has a magical tool that shows the falsity of the current belief. Initially, not many people follow the leader but after a few years, the leader has enough followers and establishes a new way of life based. The new way of life is now called “Roundism” based on a universal truth that the earth is round.

Stage 3: A new social order

The magical tool/s that the leader utilizes help Roundism establish some universal truths. The old social order is replaced by a new way of life. Folks see the intrinsic advantages of Roundism and join it in droves. While Roundism is gaining supporters, Flatism goes underground.

Stage 4: An underground movement

Even though Flatism is overthrown, a small group of Flatists who greatly benefited from Flatism, become Roundists but stay Flatists at heart. Their hypocritical approach is not that uncommon. (Remember the character from the movie Matrix who gets back into the matrix because of his love for a good steak). So, an underground movement comes to life with an objective of bringing back the rites and rituals from Flatism but under the garb of Roundism.

Stage 5: Standardization of Corruption

As long as the tool/s of truth are well maintained by the leader and the immediate disciples, the truth is easily understandable. After the leader and the disciples are gone, the control and maintenance of the tools is taken over by the hypocritical Flatists.  These tools slowly get corrupted to such an extent that they start proving that the earth is flat. This does not go well with the truthful Roundists and so there is a struggle for dominance. Since the underground Flatists are wily and cunning, their machinations are no match for the truth-loving Roundists who eventually get eliminated. To avoid any future flare-ups, the corrupted tools are standardized so that the truth can be kept hidden.

To be continued……

In my next post, I will walk through the remaining two stages and connect these stages with the growing phenomenon called SBNR.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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Spiritual But Not Religious – is this group here to stay? – part 1

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There is a growing phenomenon in western societies that is called SBNR; Spiritual But Not Religious. I once watched a TED Talk by Jonathan Haidt, who asked the audience how many thought they were more spiritual vs religious and it looked like the majority were spiritual. It is understandable that the typical audience of a Ted Talk in North America can be more SBNR but research is showing that it is a growing phenomenon and could be here to stay. Before I get into the specifics of what this new phenomenon is, let me first talk about how most of the religions have changed and how these changes are causing many folks take the path of SBNR.

It is a well-known fact that almost all religions have changed from how they were in the beginning, maybe not the religion that you are born into or converted into. However, barring your current religion, you can still agree that most religions have changed, for better or for worse, from their beginnings.

The basic premise of any religion, when it starts out, is that it has the absolute truth. It may be true. I am not denying that. All I am saying is that, knowledge of the truth is the basic premise. As the religion gets older it changes, for better or for worse, and the truth sometimes is lost (except for your particular religion or the sect in your religion that you belong to).

If I have to make a general statement as to how truth is lost then most likely the truth is lost because people tell lies knowingly and propagate these lies again, knowingly, for their personal benefit. This is as general a statement, as it can be. The specifics may be different for different religions but in most cases, religions lose the knowledge of the truth, as time passes, because of lies.

The general statement that I made above is not very original. Lots of folks have said the same thing. But here is the interesting thing about this statement. You can agree with this statement if you look at other religions. Not your own religion though, if you are a good follower of your religion, but with other religions you can see the truth in the above statement. In you study these other religions, you may see some iota of truth at the beginning which was then lost.

However, if you are having trouble seeing even an iota of truth in other religions then you can at least see the false premises on which these other religions are based upon. You probably see a house of cards. Pull one card and the entire edifice will come tumbling down. If that one basic premise is false then everything else is automatically false.

If it is so easy for you to see then why is it not that easy for the followers of the religion to see what you see in their own religion?. For that we need to understand why lies get introduced into a religion, in the first place. I will explain this further in my next post by taking an example of a made-up religion that does not resemble any of the current religions.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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Change in mindset needed to protect women

Yesterday, my wife showed me two well-made videos on mindset change that is needed to protect women in India. These videos made a great impression on me and so I am sharing these videos here.

In my recent visit to India, while hanging out with my well-educated mature Indian friends, I broached the topic of the recent case of rape by a Uber driver. I was curious to know their opinions. I was very surprised when the topic shifted to how women are dressing these days. I think there is a big cultural problem and two things need to happen.

In the short term the law needs to be made stronger and strictly enforced. In the long term, the mindset has to change. A man cannot think/assume that if a woman is dressed scantily (relative term), it means that she has given an open invitation to touch her or abuse her, physically or mentally.

I heard this argument too when I was in India, that a goat has to be careful otherwise a lion will attack her. There are folks who think the best protection for a woman is to locking her inside the home and making her live in fear. To make their point they use this idiotic goat-lion analogy.

If you have to compare then you have to compare animals of the same species. Compare a lion with a lioness and not a lion with a goat. The more your mind makes this goat-lion analogy meaningful, the more your mind gets set with gender inequality. Let’s drop these unequal analogies and focus on changing the mindset so there is true gender equality.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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Telluride – breathtakingly beautiful place

The Drive

We went to Telluride, a mountain resort in Colorado, for this year’s spring break. It was a 6.5 hours drive from Denver to Telluride. While going to Telluride, we took 70 West to Grand Junction and then 50 E. While coming back, we took 50 E to 285 N. Both routes were very scenic and took almost the same amount of time. If I were to drive in winter then will definitely take the I-70, both ways. Since the weather was sunny and clear skies, the drive was enjoyable and when it became dark, there was a full moon to light up the mountains.

The Hotel

We stayed at the Madeline Hotel in the Mountain Village town. We planned to have our dinner in the restaurant in the hotel but it was closed early that night. However, the hotel staff was very helpful in finding us a place to eat since many restaurants were already closed even though it was not even 10 PM. The hotel was located in the center of the village with easy access to the Gondolas. It was a very nice hotel and the staff was very good. Definitely staying there when we go there again.

The Rooms

After our dinner, we went into the 1-bedroom condo that we rented that had a connecting door to another room so we all could stay together. The grandparents stayed in the adjoining room and the three of us in the condo that was 1200 sq ft with a kitchen and a living room. The condo was spacious and the balcony overlooked the mountains instead of the village. So, the views from the balcony were breathtaking.

Sunrise on the mountain top

I woke up early morning at 4:15 since I was still doing The Miracle Morning 30-day Challenge. Of all the things, there was a lunar eclipse too that morning. Could have taken a picture but was more eager to go to the mountain top to watch the sunrise. Took a gondola from outside the hotel to the mountain top.

The sunrise on the mountain top was unbelievable. There were snow covered peaks on all sides and each peak was radiating the morning sunrays. Here are some pictures of the mountain peaks.

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The Town of Telluride

It was the perfect time for non-skiers like us since there were no crowds and folks were getting ready to close down businesses and go for the off-season. We went around the small and sleepy town of Telluride and took some breathtaking pictures.

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The Mountain Top Restaurant

For dinner, we went to a mountain top restaurant, AllReds and the sunset views were gorgeous from there too. In half an hour or so after the sunset, the full moon came up and wowed us.

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All in all, it was memorable trip and looking forward to going there every year.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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