‘We have not wings, But we have feet to scale and climb’ (Post.8471)

WRITTEN BY R. NANJAPPA                        

Post No. 8471

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R. Nanjappa

Time as ally

This is a great read, unlike any other book on motivation. In nine enchanting chapters, it tells us how to make time our ally to realise our dreams. It gives numerous examples of real life cases. Even if we had to work at some job for a living, it need not stand in the way of shaping our life the way we dream of. Those long years could actually turn out to be a preparation, in ways we cannot decipher! Only, we should not give up hope, or waste our time or talent but nurse it by due application and sustained effort.

I deliberately refrain form giving a summary of the ideas as I want our people. especially youngsters, to read the book first hand and be inspired. 
 I will just give three quotes from the book:

“The universe is filled with examples which suggest that all good things take time… Yet in our fast-moving age, we begrudge the role of time and are embarrassed by the time it takes to do worthwhile things.”

“…..your success is more likely to occur the moment you stop looking for ‘great moments’ of motivation and instead give yourself the time to bring real things into being.”

 major goals can and are often realised by anyone, as long as they are cast within appropriate time frames.”

Friends, don’t miss this book. Whatever the age we are at, we all can still do something! We can make life meaningful.

We have not wings, we cannot soar; 

      But we have feet to scale and climb 

By slow degrees, by more and more, 

     The cloudy summits of our time. 

The heights by great men reached and kept 

      Were not attained by sudden flight, 

But they, while their companions slept, 

      Were toiling upward in the night. 

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


What do we mean by greatness? It is not necessarily concerned with great wealth or public acclaim. It need not be confused with public leadership roles. Essentially, it has two dimensions: it is realising our inner urge or potential, and making a useful contribution to society. It is leading a fulfilled life, Self-actualization as Abraham Maslow said it.

“…..in thinking about time as a separate dimension of our lives, we rapidly slide into the view that time is finite and short, that it is in some sense our enemy, or at least a commodity in short supply. Yet time is none of these things. Time is a dimension of our life and experience. Time is an integral part of what we do and who we are.”

Time is no doubt precious, and non-renewable! Yet, how we waste our time in the pursuit of trivial things, and complain of ‘no time’ for really big things! Again, as Butler-Bowdon quotes Anthony Robbins:

” Most people overestimate what they can achieve in a year, but underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.”

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Manu and Longfellow: Great Men think Alike (Post No.4074)

Written by London Swaminathan
Date: 12 July 2017
Time uploaded in London- 18-24
Post No. 4074

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Tamil saint Tiru Jnana Sambandar says we can lead a good life on the earth; there is no paucity of good things (good ways)here (mannil Nalla vannam Vaazalaam…..)


Manu said this first in the Manava Dharma Sastra:

“On the path on which his fathers and grandfathers have walked, on that path of good man let him walk, and he will not go wrong” 4-178

H W LONGFELLOW (1807-1882) said,





Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle !
Be a hero in the strife !

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant !
Let the dead Past bury its dead !
Act,— act in the living Present !
Heart within, and God overhead !

    Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time ;

    Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate ;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.


Bhagavad Gita 3-21

Whatever a great man does, the same is done by others as well. Whatever standard he sets, the world follows.

Dr Radhakrishnanan comments on this sloka:

“The Gita points out that the great men are the path makers who blaze the trail that other men follow. The light generally come through individuals who are in advance of society They see the light shining on the mountain heights while their fellows sleeps in the valley below”.


Swami Chinmayananda says,

“The moral rejuvenation of a society in any period of history can take place only because of the example set up by the leaders of that nation. Students can be disciplined only when teachers are well behaved; the minor officials cannot be kind and honest when the rulers of the country are corrupt and tyrants. Children’s behaviour depends entirely upon , and is ever controlled by, the standard of purity and culture of their parents.