Saturday, March 22, 2014

Give Me a Break!

A story is told of a man who goes out to church and prays, "God, I need a break. I need to win the state lottery. I'm counting on you, God." Having not won the lottery, the man returns to church a week later and once again prays, "God, about that state lottery....I've been kind to my wife. I've given up drinking. I've been really good. Give me a break. let me win the lottery."

A week later, still no richer, he returns to pray once again. "God, I don't seem to be getting through to you on this state lottery thing. I've been using positive self-talk, saying affirmations, and visualizing the money. Give me a break, God. Let me win the lottery."

Suddenly the heavens open up, white light and heavenly music flood into the church, and a deep voice says, "My son, give me a break! Buy a lottery ticket!"

So, the point was to convey the spirit of "taking action". Nothing will happen until we take action. There are several nice quotes in this book. below is one of them.

Things may come to those who wait,
but only the things left by those who hustle. - Abraham Lincoln 

P.S. The story above is from a book by Jack Canfield. The title is "How to Get from Where You are to Where You Want to Be"

Friday, March 7, 2014

The miniature book I created

Hi everybody!

Wondering what this is?

I am just coming back from a session on 'How to create a book'. It was put up in the library an hour ago. Honestly speaking, initially I was not very sure of what is it exactly that they are going to talk about at this event but the title sounded interesting. It said -

Discover the ways books are constructed and what makes some books last seemingly forever. Make your own miniature book.

So, it wasn't going to be just attending a lecture but actually creating something. Good enough!

In a little bit more detail, it was conducted by the preservation lab at University of Cincinnati. They take care of re-binding the old books. And it's all manual work. Not like any machines or tools used. I think the hand work really requires precision and lends creativity to it. 

On the right is a picture showing our raw materials! Now just looking at this, it might seem straightforward. But there's a lot that goes behind.It was interesting to get a glimpse of how meticulously this book binding process is done.

This miniature book is going to be my souvenir!