“Another illustration of the difference our simple choices can make comes in a powerful book by Mac Anderson and Sam Parker called 212: The Extra Degree. In the book and a corresponding short video, the authors demonstrate the fact that at 211 degrees water is hot—but at 212 degrees it boils.

"With boiling water comes steam; and steam can power a locomotive. It’s that 1 degree that makes all the difference,’ the authors say. They go on to illustrate the impact of 1 degree through several life examples.

I believe it is that 1 degree that is the minuscule, almost unnoticeable, nearly invisible, yet tantamount difference between choosing an attitude that says, ‘I’m not sure yet,’ and one that says, ‘I’m in for good.’ That is, one that asks, ‘Should I?’ versus one that asks, ‘How will I?’

This 1-degree difference of commitment distinguishes which people you can count on and which ones will flake out on you.”

—Rory Vaden from Take the Stairs

I was listening to a lecture by a well-known thinker of current times and he, too, seemed to be talking about paying attention to the "little" things. He explained how the smallest of details or the smallest of changes made, can make a huge difference in life.

I was inspired by the lines above stating that even one degree of difference in commitment distinguishes the people you can count on from the ones who will flake out on you. Often in life, we may tend to rely on people without completely gauging their commitment or sincerity. Even though some amount of faith in our personal or work relationships is important, it is also important that we clearly gauge the situation the other person is in. If at any time we feel that they are not "in for good", then we should have the prudence to understand and deal with the situation.

On the other hand, sometimes that one-degree difference in one's attitude or approach can make a huge difference and even turn deadlocks around. Sometimes just pushing yourselves out of your comfort zones just a little bit could make the difference between victory and defeat.

Having said that, the holy month that truly inspires us to push ourselves out of our comfort zones by fasting and maintaining various other disciplines came to an end with a feast and a celebration. Muslim brothers and sisters all over the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr in the spirit of togetherness, peace, and festivity. On behalf of the entire team, I take the pleasure of wishing all our readers a very happy and an auspicious Eid. Eid Mubarak. Hope this day brings hope and happiness to all.

In India, the most exciting happening has been the reshuffle by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and the biggest one has been Smriti Irani's move to the Ministry of Textiles. We bring you more details of this in our current issue along with all the other happenings locally and around the world.

Until next time

Giri Gupta