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The earth and its natural habitat are gifts given to mankind by God. He is the owner of this universal vineyard. God’s presence is seen in nature. The month of May is a month of holidays. During this time, many families in and around Mumbai visit their native place. Right from my school days, during vacations, my parents used to go to Goa.
Goa is a land of sunshine, surf and serenity. While the other Godrej & Boyce Divisions got their maintenance break, I took my annual leave and set off for Goa with much enthusiasm. The idea was to take some time off for relaxation on Goa’s lovely beaches. My family and I visited the beaches of Baga and Vagator in north Goa. Sitting on the sandy beach, I saw the vast and endless expanse of the sea. I could feel the sun gazing down on me. I heard the waves breaking against the shore.
Most of Goa’s houses have landscaped gardens and an array of coconut trees fenced with brick walls. Every morning, I watched the rays of the rising sun peeping through the trees and felt the refreshing morning breeze, a perfect gift from God.
Modern times are full of stress, but being with nature is a great relief. I meditated every morning for 10 minutes by saying a childlike prayer, praising God for the beauty of nature. As I reflect on my trip, the picturesque scenery in Goa keeps flashing in my mind. So folks, take time off to be with nature and enjoy nature’s benefits even if it is for a short duration.
Joseph Sequeira, Aerospace Division
I, too, am a member of the Indian Association of Secretaries and Administrative Professionals, Pune Chapter, which celebrated the Secretary’s Week from 21st to 27th April, 2003. In his Keynote Address during the cocktails and dinner on the 27th, Mr. Gokan of SAS Global, made a mention of a secretary who was well appreciated by her superior for her excellent work. When he asked the secretary the secret of her excellence, she replied, I’m not doing anything abnormal; every work I do, I’m appreciated. Hence, I put my best efforts in all that I do to get the best out of myself. The moral is to appreciate the employee, if you find something worth appreciative.
Mr. Gokan gave us another instance. There was a man looking for a job, a woodcutter by profession. He was so good at his work, that he got a job immediately. The first day he was given one side of a forest and he cut 10 trees very efficiently. The second day he was given the other side and he cut eight trees. The numbers then started gradually reducing to seven and six. He then asked his superior, why, sir, even though I’m so good at my work, are the number of trees I cut reducing day by day? The superior replied, yes, though you are very good at your work, you need to sharpen your axe to perform well. The moral is, though you feel you know your job well, you need to sharpen your skills to perform better.
Shanta Mohan, Pune Branch