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My sister recently forwarded the writings of Chitra Jha, a life coach doing great work in India. I connected with Chitra and we have been exchanging some wonderful, thought-provoking emails. She blogs at http://mylife-mysuccess.blogspot.comShe is challenging me to grow and stretch! Here is a sample of Chitra's writing:

Many of us have been taught to believe that we are valued for what we do, not just for who we are. Doing' is important, but to keep life in balance, we also need time to just be.
Henry David Thoreau expressed this so well in Walden Pond:
"There were times when I could not afford to sacrifice the bloom of the present moment to any work, whether of the head or hand. Sometimes, on a summer morning, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in a revery, amidst the pines and hickories and sumacs, in undisturbed solitude and stillness, while the birds sang around or flitted noiseless through the house, until by the sun falling in at my west window, or the noise of some traveller's wagon on the distant highway, I was reminded of the lapse of time. I grew in those seasons like corn in the night, and they were far better than any work of the hands would have been."

Between Blackberry's, cell phones, traffic jams, soccer games, and Lists, our lives get lost. Our time is destroyed and our purpose clouded and diminished. May you pause to enjoy life.

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About Dr. Gupta

Dr. Uma G. Gupta is the Founder and President of STEM.SMART, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the pipeline of U.S students interested in STEM careers. In addition, she is the CEO of PlanetGPA, an international student recruitment services that serves as an extension to the recruitment offices of U.S. universities.

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