Saturday, February 7, 2015

Magical Mondays/10

Mondays are full of madness! Mondays for most people brings out the colour blue (Monday Blues). But like so many things, is it just a figment of our imagination? So if we change our attitute, is it possible to change Manic Monday into Magic Monday? What if we feed it into our system that Monday will be a grand day? It will be a day when our energy levels will be the higest because we will be refreshed after a break and that we will start a new week with zest and high spirits! What if we tell ourselves at the start of the week that this week we will be unstoppable, be a powerhouse and race ahead,  could it change things? I believe it could :)

And believing is the first step towards changing things for good !! :)

This is my tenth  post in the Magical Monday series of inspirational stories aimed at motivating us to bring out our best on the first day of the week! 

Today the story is of a brave officer of the Indian army, Colonel M N Rai, who died fighting militants in  Jammu and Kashmir, a militancy-hit region of India 


Rai, a commanding officer of 42 Rashtriya Rifles,  was killed during an encounter in Tral in Pulawama district last month while fighting militants. He was just 39.


 Colonel M N Rai

Rai along with being a brave soldier was a good leader and a motivator. He had taken a number of initiatives for the positive engagement of youth  (like organising cricket and football tournaments) in Tral, the distubed area where he was posted. He organized these matches to keep the youth positively and proactively engaged ensuring that the youth do not stray into the ranks of militancy.


Under his leadership, the narrative in Tral was changing. He earned the admiration of all the administration for his meticulous planning



Unfortunately Rai died a day after he was conferred a bravery award, the Yudh Seva medal, for outstanding contribution in planning and conduct of operations including a gun battle with militants in south Kashmir last year.


Even though he was at the rank of a commanding officer, very senior rank, he chose to fight from the front with their men at all times.



His status on a social media site stated his mindset clearly: "Play your role in life with such passion, that even after the curtains come down, the applause doesn't stop."

19 comments:

Suzanne said...

I do love to read about those who serve their country. They are an inspiration to us all. It is so sad when they do not live long enough to reap the benefits though. Just doesn't seem fair..

Franc said...

It's unfortunate that he died. I guess what matters was that he did make a difference and was a great leader and influencer.

Pingerrain said...

Love the quote. Very inspiring.
I think we always must learn to be humble in whatever we do.

Mia Foo said...

A meaningful life is not based on the length but the things accomplished and achieved. In my opinion, though his life was short, it was surely a meaningful one.

Kylie wenn said...

Sad.. but his sacrifices will make a different. May his soul Rest in Peace.

Russ R. said...

Though his life was cut short, he didn't die in vain. The world needs more people like him. May his service and achievements be an inspiration to future soldiers and to his comrades who were left behind.

Tiffany Yong W.T. said...

While it's Monday Blues for most, I'm glad it is Magical for you and should remain magical! At least it brings a bit of happiness and brightness to the blue-ness!

May De Jesus-Palacpac said...

Oh that is sad that such a brave soldier who went beyond his duty to serve had to die. What a great story but at the same time, tragic. I hope that men like him will live on.

Raymond Vasquez said...

True leader indeed! I could only pray our leaders would also be like him. Just recently we've suffered the loss of the SAF44 who are in a supposed "misencounter" with armed men. This is real leadership here.

katrina centeno said...

This reminds me of our #fallen44. It is really heartbreaking when good men lay down their lives so others may live safer.

Jason P. said...

Love how inspiring this is! We could all definitely learn something from this :)

papaleng said...

He was a brave man and can be considered a hero of modern day. Sad that he died.

Vanessa said...

I wonder when turmoil in different parts of the world will stop. I felt sad about the tragic fate of this officer although his name will be remembered forever.

Eliz Frank said...

It is a great honor to be remembered long after one has left this world. May he rest in peace.

Mazino Oyolo Kigho said...

There are a lot of positives and anyone can draw inspiration here.

Fred Hawson said...

The life of a brave man should always be celebrated so all of us could draw strength from it. I wouldn't have known about him if not for you. Thanks.

Ron Leyba said...

What a great leader. He led by example and action, not just by words. This world needs more people like him. Grand salute to you dear SIR! RIP

Aisha Kristine Chong said...

A very inspiring person indeed - I love that quote as well.

Marie said...

Rai was a brave man and a great leader. What a great loss for the country! :(