New Year Resolutions: Is it necessary?

The new year have started almost 2 months ago. People have been asking what is your new year resolution, what are your aims, what do you plan to do this year etc. There were also a lot of blog writeups on new resolutions and what they going to start doing in the new year.

I also had new year resolutions and wanted very much to write about it. But I gave myself 2 months to see whether I will be persistent in following whatever aims I set myself before writing about it.

From my previous experiences in past years, it is always very easy to start a task. But what is difficult is finishing it within a particular time frame. Let me give you my personal experience from 2 such resolutions which I took in the past 2 years and wanted to finish it within that year itself.

First is obtaining a driving license 2 years ago. It started out well. I cleared the theory tests and started on the practical lessons. I took manual license. So it is much harder than auto where the driver need not worry about changing gears. Soon I found out that my hand, leg and eye coordination needs alot of practice. I managed to passed the driving test on my 4th try. So including the waiting time, it took me around 1.5 years to complete the task which I wanted to finish within 1 year.

Second is joining Toastmasters and obtaining the competent communicator rank by completing the first 10 assignments within 1 year. It started out well but soon it took me longer and longer to complete each assignment because I couldn’t think of new speech topics. It became more of a chore and after completing the 5th assignment it was 1 year and I didn’t renew my membership subsequently. With all due respect to Toastmasters, it was a fantastic program to improve on your presentation skills. But you must be persistent and be motivated to complete it.

In obtaining the driver’s license, I was motivated to get it. So even I failed thrice, I persisted and managed to get it on my 4th try. For Toastmasters, due to the repeated nature of the assignments, I couldn’t motivate myself to complete the program thus dropped out midway. Thus for the past 2 years I completed 1 resolution late and didn’t finish another. So this year what is my new resolution?

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My resolution is to focus and have the perseverance in completing whatever tasks I do in the year. There is no point in setting a timeframe to complete a task. You already have a timeframe to complete projects at work. Why have it in life?

Live life like a walk in the park where you can see the beautiful sunset and feel the light breeze. It is not a marathon where you force yourself to run finish the full race and then take few days to recover (no offence to any marathoners, just my point of view. Really salute you guys, the max I could only complete 5km).

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Don’t choose a resolution just for the sake of doing it. If you want to lose weight don’t take up a gym membership and go for 1 month and disappear for the rest. Instead choose an activity which you really wanted to do and stick with it. Thus you will enjoy it fully.

Mid last year I took up boxing. I really wanted to try it since watching Rocky movies (pls don’t laugh but it is the truth). I went with no expectation but with the mentality that just to enjoy the sport. It was not a new year resolution, just something I did ad-hoc in the middle of the year. And guess what, it has been fantastic so far and I have no plans to quit anytime soon.

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In conclusion:

  • Don’t choose a resolution at the beginning of the year just for the sake of it.
    • It could be at any point of time of the year. The key is to fully enjoy the chosen activity and stick with it.
  • Life is too short to have time frame for activities. Instead enjoy everyday of your life like a walk in the park.
    • Work hard when at work (no choice folks, there is no easy money)
    • Experience life fully when outside work.
      • How many of us do it? We tend to focus on past quarrels or failures in life. (me too, I am trying to change)
  • You Only Live Once (YOLO).
    • So Live and Let Live!!!

 

Best Regards,

David Webb

“Live and Let Live!!”

Sri Lanka Trip – Conclusion

We left Sri Lanka with a lot of good and long lasting memories. I think the impact was very great because we went with not much expectations and with a open mind. We just wanted to absorb, experience and immerse into the culture as much as possible. We didn’t research to a great extent and have a detailed itinerary. We just wanted to take it as it comes. True enough we enjoyed ourselves very much and at the end of the trip wished that we could have stayed longer. This shows that it was really a fruitful trip.

We met fantastic and hospitable people in Sri Lanka who are very happy and contended with their life.  We learned many life lessons in our trip there.

  • Be accommodating to all people.
  • Be happy and contend with what you have. Don’t chase after material wealth. Work hard and you will get what you deserve.
  • Never say no to new opportunity nor chance. You will never know where it will lead to nor the experience you will gain until you have tried it.
  • Be humble and happy. It is infectious and people around you will also be happy.
  • Live and Let Live!!!

In conclusion, life is short. So don’t waste it worrying about the future nor regretting about the past. Don’t think too much! Live the present to the fullest.

Enjoy and savour each moment with your love ones cause you will not get back this moment again.

Sri Lanka Trip – Day 7 (Dunhinda Falls) & Day 8 (Colombo)

On Day 7 we started out by heading out to the most beautiful waterfall in Sri Lanka. It was a short trip from Banderawela. We took train and tut-tut to reach the place. After which we trekked for about 2-3km to reach the waterfall. You could only watch the waterfall from a distance as it has been barricaded. But what a sight it was, look at the picture below. You could literally feel the water droplets as the water is crashing at such a speed into the stones situated that are at the bottom of the waterfall.

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It was truly the most beautiful waterfall. Imagine having a house there and you wake up everyday to enjoy the beauty of the waterfall. That is exactly the type of feeling you get. You do not want to leave the place. After trying our best to absorb as much of the view as possible, we left knowing that we need to make our way back to the capital, Colombo.

In the evening we left Banderawela to Colombo for Day 8 and our final day in Sri Lanka before catching a flight back home. Our flight is at night so we still will have couple of hours in Colombo before flying off.

Day 8 – Colombo

We reached Colombo early morning of Day 8. We were exhausted from the 8+ hours travel from Banderawela. We rested in the morning and in the afternoon we headed out for last minute shopping. What else is the best place to shop other than Pettah Market!!

We bought some cheap shoes from Pettah market and stocked up on tea from the supermarket on our way to the Airport. After checking and clearing customs, we bought more teas for souvenirs.  Seriously, the range of tea in the Airport is really mind boggling.

Finally we boarded the flight bidding goodbye and farewells to Sri Lanka.

Stay tuned for reflections on the Sri Lanka trip in the next scribble!!

Sri Lanka Trip – Day 6 (Yala National Park)

Yala National Park is a large African Safari type park in Sri Lanka. You can read more about the history in it’s wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yala_National_Park

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Apparently it has been only been opened a few years back and thus it is largely untouched by any major human driven developments.

Basically it is a huge wildlife sanctuary where animals just roam around in the wild in their own habitats. Humans like us will hire jeeps and will be driven around by a ranger. On the trip inside the sanctuary, if you are lucky will come across the animals.

Apparently the animal most hard to spot are leopards. According to the ranger there is quite a high concentration of leopards in the park. But they rarely come out in the day and only comes out to hunt at night. We did not spot any leopards during our time there. The second most rarest animal to spot are elephants. We were luck to spot a elephant but only for a brief time while there. Nevertheless, it was still worth the experience.

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Other animals commonly spotted are water buffaloes, deer, crocodiles, peacocks etc. We even managed to take a picture where the peacock have spread it’s beautiful feathers fully (look at the picture below).

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I have not been to the African Safari, so I could not compare the experience between the both. But travelling on a jeep into a wildlife sanctuary where animals roam around in their homes and humans remain away at a safe distance reminds me of the role reversal that has taken place (Gives you the hunter becomes hunted kind of feeling).

At the end of the safari, you will end at a seaside which has a splendid view of the Indian ocean. Apparently tsunami has struck this place and at that time there was a concert taking place. There is a memorial to indicate this there.

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It was a humbling experience to remind us that even though human has achieve great technological advancements, we are still the lesser beings compared to the power of nature.

Another lesson is life is unpredictable. Those who have attended the concert on that day would not have even thought that such an incident would be taking place. Life is short and we should make full use of it. Live every moment fully!!!

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After travelling around Yala National Park which took us till the late afternoon, it was back to Banderawela. We reached Banderawela after sunset. It will be our final day in Banderawela the next day before going back to Colombo to catch flight back home.

On our final day it will be a visit to Dunhinda Falls. Supposedly, the most beautiful waterfall in Sri Lanka.

Stay Tuned!!!