To know this will be the last issue as Frozen Thoughts… from the next issue it will be infinithoughts… the heart is beating very differently. There is no hiding… I am in tears.
Frozen Thoughts is not just a magazine, but it is a legacy that was created from India and it was celebrated by the World. Frozen Thoughts will always remain frozen in our hearts.
When Frozen Thoughts was first published in August 2000, one of them hurled the first issue on the floor in a public gathering and said, "Disgraceful!" Another remarked, "Shocking and embarrassing!" From there it has been a long journey to now, where in every city in India or abroad, someone always walks up to me in restaurants, in airports, and other public places, stating, "You are part of Frozen Thoughts, right! Thank you so much. Frozen Thoughts has changed my life."
In this journey from August 2000 to March 2012, where I have helped Frozen Thoughts to grow and Frozen Thoughts has helped me to grow, in this journey where we had mutually helped each other to become what we have become, there have been some priceless lessons learnt. Each lesson is worth a lifetime…
• Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. And, it doesn't matter whether others believe in your idea or not. What really matters is your own conviction about your idea. The energy for the fulfilment of an idea has to come from the source from which the idea was born. If you are willing to go along, sure enough, others will come along. It does not matter how much I have, but what really matters is what I do with what I have. The strength with which an idea is pursued will magnetise the resources that are required for the accomplishment of the idea.
• There is abundant potential, but people lack a sense of direction. Gross human potential is diluted when they don't know what to do with their potential. Frozen Thoughts provided that direction to so many of us. If there is power in your tomorrow, there will be strength in your today. Goals awaken the sleeping potential within each one of us and they provide direction to our potential. Goals are the accelerants of growth.
• The world can stop you only temporarily. The only one who can stop you permanently is yourself. I can experientially validate the dialogue in the movie 'In Pursuit of Happyness' - "Don't ever let someone tell you, you can't do something. You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can't do something themselves, and they want to tell you - you can't do it. You want something, go get it. Period." There will be issues. People will come and go. You will be discouraged. The world will sometimes be vindictive. You will be judged, belittled and laughed at. Friends will turn into foes. You will have 'You too, Brutus…' moments. But all-in-all, whether something is a stumbling block or a stepping stone depends on how you use it. Strength of character is born out of the obstacles overcome. The bullet having left the gun cannot return to the gun. It has to hit the target. A venture begun must be a venture accomplished. Failure is not an option.
• Above all, I have realised the power of ONE. One idea, one thought, one insight, one revelation, one existential intervention, one experience, one incident, one accident, and that's all is required. One human being, in one lifetime, can have a bearing on the rest of the world. In that sense, Frozen Thoughts is just ONE initiative of ONE man… and it has made a difference to hundreds of thousands of lives.
Agnes evolved into Mother Teresa. Mohandas evolved into Mahatma Gandhi. Narendra evolved into Swami Vivekananda. Siddhartha evolved into Gautama Buddha. And, Frozen Thoughts is evolving into infinithoughts.
With infinite love,