Grateful to the Second Glass of Water

Yesterday, I was having a haircut at my Salon.

An aged semi-bald Uncle came—about 65 years of age.

Uncle sat beside my chair and started talking to the Stylist.

While getting his haircut done, Uncle shared his story: his son is settled in America, and his daughter lives 3 km away. That’s why he recently shifted to our society.

  1. Uncle is on Dialysis for the last six years;
  2. Uncle needs to get the Dialysis done three times a week;
  3. Uncle drinks less than a glass of water per day!
  4. After his kidney failed, he sold off his business which had a huge turnover and offices in 5 different cities;
  5. He got Kidney donners twice but it did not match;
  6. He observed that after the kidney transplant very few people live longer so he decided not to pursue it;
  7. He is doing Stockmarket investments now…Gujju, you see!
  8. Uncle had high spirits and talked now he spends time with his friends and music and lives the best life he can!

I was listening to Uncle’s tone and the talk. Uncle’s tone was confident, and he was upbeat about this phase of life despite having to do Dialysis three times a week.

Uncle’s spirit touched me. Inspiring!

We take so many things for granted. Uncle drinks just a glass of water every day. If he drinks more, he needs more frequent Dialysis!

I am grateful for the second glass of water I drink every day!

Note to self:
1. Most of us have an abundance of all such things: food, shelter, money, relationship, health … but we don’t pause to feel grateful about all that we have.

2. Uncle’s upbeat view of life teaches that no matter the challenges, one has the power to remain optimistic. That’s the power of choice in action.

3. If we embed being grateful in our life as a habit, we feel more celebrated.

4. No matter what, you continue to create value for yourself and your near ones (Uncle’s stockmarket activity!)

Why do we do what we do? To feel celebrated, isn’t it so?


The Professional Listens

In a leadership position or not, you, as a professional, are a “pro” at your craft.

But being “pro” at your craft is just the beginning. You need to listen as effectively as you are flawless in your craft.

CCL’s Michael Hoppe has authored this excellent book that can improve your Active Listening Skills.

Michael has described six skills that contribute to an active listening mindset:

1) Paying attention: Listening begins with paying attention. No attention, no listening.

2) Holding judgment: Seek first to understand and then to judge.

3) Reflecting: Don’t agree or disagree; just reflect by paraphrasing key points.

4) Clarifying: When you don’t understand something that you think you should; clarify.

5) Summarizing: Restate key themes and summarize the crux of the matter. Ask others to do the same to reach the same ground.

6) Sharing: Sharing requires being comfortable with being vulnerable. Share your personal experience based on the same theme or the crux of the matter, and you will show that you have listened to what matters.

No matter how great you are as a professional, if you lack listening skills, sooner or later, you will face less than desired results.

The professional listens; you could, too!