Saturday, June 20, 2009

Thoughts for the weekend

1. Little three-year-olds manage to get their way in spite of our best efforts at coaxing, cajoling, pleading, screaming, shouting.

2. A good leader lets his team make decisions once in a while, as long as it does not thwart their principles.

3. The dreams that I see in my dreams move in slow motion.

4. I have not figured out yet if my dreams are in colour or black and white, though I believe them to be colour.

5. If one gets away with a mistake seemingly easily, he may be tempted to try it again.

6. My son's doc prescribes steam inhalation for the cold, and honey for the cough. My cousin says, smelling crushed leaves of thulasi is equivalent to steam inhalation.


  1. #4 -- When I was in eighth grade, our literature text said, "Did you know some people dream in color?" I was astonished. It had never occurred to me that some people didn't. I had to pay attention to find out if I only imagined it, but, no, I dreamed in color. However, I find that I don't often actually read anything in dreams, and that, if forced to read a text in a dream, I usually wake up. (I think it's too specific a task.)

    #2 -- "To lead people, walk beside them ... As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate ... When the best leader's work is done the people say, "We did it ourselves!" -- Lao Tse

  2. ... and adding to #2 -- I don't know if Lao-tse had this in mind, but, in leading a horse, a lot of people will face the horse and pull on the reins. The horse then digs in and pulls back, and he's much stronger than you are. However, if you simply hold the reins and walk forward, he will come with you. One of the best techniques, in both parenting and management, is to walk forward with confidence, rather than to assume that a confrontation is inevitable.

  3. You are so right, Mike, especially in the context of parenting. The moment my face shows 'confrontation' even in the smallest font, my son catches it and becomes defiant.

  4. wow, from the comments of Mike, I am gonna read more on Tao Tse, impressive.