Between friends its always old wine in new bottles, but why is it that in much of life its old whine in new battles? Yes, why old whine in new battles!!
Wine is happiness. Shared wine is more happiness.
Wine is made with fruit, sugar, water, yeast and time, with a sprinkling of a few other additives, in a very clean and controlled environment so that the ‘must’ (as it is called) does not turn sour.
The fruit is the result of our toil, our work. Water is life. Sugar is the appreciation we give to our fruit, and the yeast is the wisdom that gives us our learning from the appreciation over time. The environment is the context we give to our reflections. In the wrong or tumultuous context, without the wisdom and appreciation, the wine turns sour, into the whine.
I guess the secret to lasting happiness is to make more wine than whine, to keep making new wine, to appreciate and savor it with friends and loved ones over time.
Cheers! Stay happy!!
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Whenever people hear of having to know something they don’t know, the common reflexive response is – “I don’t have time to learn this now”. This is almost as if regretting the fact that they missed knowing this earlier, when they may have had the choice to spend time on this.
We only seem to have time to be more of what we are. Unfortunately so. We don’t ‘have’ the time to be different from what we are. Or at least to be different from what we think we are. We think we are bound to be the way we think we are. Think about it. And think about where to get the time from, to be different from what we think we are.
I’ve realized that making time begins in the mind, and fructifies in removing waste reducers. I just believe I have more time than my watch may tell me. My to-do list is always longer than my day, but never so long that I feel defeated. I always believe that if I’m doing something I’ve done before, I will take less time doing it again. That’s where I ‘make’ time.
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The only value we add to time, is what we gather from it.
Time would pass still, though we would not gain from it if we didn’t pay attention and attempted to gather more, to understand more from its passing.
An example will make it clearer. Say we are managing a two month project. As the project progresses over the two months, if we don’t try to understand what the project goes through we will have no reason to do any differently or better on our next project. We wouldn’t have managed this project if we couldn’t benefit from the numerous learnings it could make possible. If only we looked for them.
To have managed is to have gained from the time we spend in any environment.