Building Dreams... Shaping Lives... Influencing Society

You and your appearance

Well, few of you are entirely satisfied with your appearance.Unlike Narcissus, who fell in love with his reflection in a pool of water, some of you nearly fall into depression when you see your reflection. ‘I’ve got this dislike about my body,’ laments 16-year-old Sruti. ‘I think I don’t look so good.’ Bobby has a similar grievance about himself: ‘I don’t like my hair, the way it sticks up here in the back.’ To make matters worse, a teenager’s appearance can change so rapidly that, according to one psychologist, young people often “feel like strangers in their own bodies.” Many thus fret about their face, hair, figure, and physique.


The Power of Character

It is often said that when wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; but when character is lost, everything is lost. Character is the sum total of a person’s values, beliefs and personality. It is the awareness of what is right and appropriate in one’s role, one’s behaviour, and ones’ relationships. Character is vital to building strong personalities. Our actions and our reactions define our character. It is not the polls or public opinions but the character of the leader that determines the course of history. There is no twilight zone in integrity. The road to success has many pitfalls. It takes a lot of character and effort not to fall into them. It also takes character not to be disheartened by critics.

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The Magic of Motivation

Motivation is the intense desire to achieve a fixed goal because of the rewards attached to it. Some of the synonyms for motivation are: drive, push, stir, urge, determination, eagerness, keenness, enthusiasm,devotion, intensity, dedication, ardour, passion, zeal etc. Motivation is what makes students do things. In another sense it what makes them put real effort and energy into what they do. It is the will to act. Motivation, in short is ‘Getting students to do willingly and well those things which have to be done.’ Here is a story about a young boy who attended regular soccer practice but always sat in reserve and never made it to the playing eleven. Every day, during practice, his father would sit at the far end of the field, waiting for him to finish.



Think Big, Aim High

One thing that sets apart many successful individuals is their ability to think big and aim high. Michael Phelps, the greatest swimmer with 28 medals in Olympics alone (23 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze) allowed himself to think big and said in a interview, "If you dream as big as you can dream, anything is possible.” Imagine, someone diagnosed with ADHD at the age of seven, suffered the divorce of his parents when he was nine years old was able to achieve what he achieved because he thought big and aimed high. If you want to achieve extraordinaryresults you need to think extraordinary thoughts and take extraordinary steps to achieve them. The problem is that our natural environment mostly conditions us to be “realistic” or to “play it safe” by thinking small. This leads to so many people living small lives, way below their potential. In order to move beyond the mundane and press into our God-given destinies, we must recondition ourselves to think bigger and aim higher.


Building Your Self-Image

Self-image is your own personal view of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. It is a feeling of worth you have about yourself or the value you place on yourself. In short, it is your self-esteem, how you feel about yourself, your opinion
of yourself, the way you see and look at yourself. Your self-image is made up of thoughts and feelings you have about yourself. It develops because of your interaction with the people around you, basically by their reaction to you.
Self-image may be positive or negative. The more positive feelings you have about yourself, the higher will be your self-esteem. 'I'm pretty'. 'I'm smart'. 'I can do it' etc. are good feelings that build up your self-esteem. The more negative
feelings you have about yourself, the lower will be your self-esteem. 'I'm afraid of all'. 'I'm stupid'.'I'm boring'. 'I'm ugly' etc are signs of low self-esteem. Many individuals suffer from low self image for a variety of reasons and need to build their self
esteem in order to succeed in life. Remember, the only one who can make you excel is you and no one else. Remember, the only person who can build up or consequentially tear down your selfimage is you. Although other individuals may aid
in the process, the end decision is yours. Poor self-image is at the root of many of our problems. It can sabotage relationships and careers, cause self-destructive patterns and hold us back from achieving our full potential.



Coping with failure
Failure is simply defined as the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Failure occurs every day, in school, jobs, housework, and within families. It is unavoidable, irritating and causes pessimism. Failure is inevitable if we are to succeed in life. Unfortunately, many people do not know how to overcome failure, and they are stopped by it when they encounter one. The ability to overcome failure is one big difference between successful and mediocre people. After all, we should pass failure on the way to success, so it is the ability to pass it that makes the difference between those who eventually reach success and those who don’t. Failure can be differentially perceived from the viewpoints of the evaluators.


Dr. John Parankimalil received Excellence Award for Schools from Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the President of India Global Award for Educational Excellence

Fr John Parankimalil given the 2016 Global Award for Educational Excellence


Meghalaya-CM honours Dr. PD John

Meghalaya CM honours Dr. (fr) John Parankimalil


Nurturing Friendships
Friendship is a connection between people. We come in contact with so many people in our life but few of them will become our friends. Some people have many friends, some have few friends. An average person is estimated to have 2-5 close friends in which they can confide in, as well as up to 50 people which one can know fairly well and interact with on a semi-regular basis. According to the World English Dictionary ‘friendship’ is defined as: “a person known well to another and regarded with liking, affection, and loyalty.” We are human beings and we form relationship right from the moment of our birth. We build our first relationships with parents, siblings and family. As we move outside our home, we have friends, teachers and neighbours. As we get older, we have our partners and associates. We require friends to experience our need for love, companionship and belongingness. They share our hopes and dreams, assure us safety and protection and satisfy our physical as well we emotional needs. Friendship is one of the most valuable commodities of life. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: "The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to me when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him."



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