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When You’re chewing on life’s gristle
Don’t grumble, give a whistle
And this’ll help things turn out for the best…
And…always look on the bright side of life…
Always look on the light side of life.
Monty Python’s Life of Brian
I saw this lovely snap on Flickr. It brought back memories of a high school incident wherein one of our science club experiments went haywire, but we still tried to put it up for the exhibition. (We did get a second!!) Everyone gets these trying moments, wherein which we get irritated, frustrated and royally annoyed. Somehow the lighter side is lost. We give into the emotions at that moment and then regrets follow. A spider’s web has two stories to follow; the web of pain, deceit and anger or a beautiful design of nature showing the ability of the spider, its spirit of resilience and its agility and strength irrespective of size. Which one would you look at ?!!
Running around the clock ? Short of time ? Did you notice the doorman who held the elevator for you in the morning haste ? Did you note the fact that your wife made you coffee in the morning before going for work ? Or that your colleague covered up the fact that you were late ? Or that your supervisor had ordered the materials that you had forgotten to get, before your big boss came to know about it ? Or that your employee prepared that pretty impressive presentation which you used to clinch you that big project !!!
Sometimes all it takes is to appreciate someone for the little things that they do. It may not seem like a quite important thing then, but later on looking back; these small little acts made your day to be a better one.
Let me tell you of a real incident that when I was at school. In my class, there was this guy, who was literally a nerd. But he had a hidden ability, to play the piano with the hand of a genius. Unnaturally reserved and surly, he mostly kept to himself. When my music teacher heard it, she told him, ” You can achieve great heights if you want to. ” He blossomed, and to day he is finishing off in the London Academy of Music. Funny, if you look at it, how these little words affected him greatly…
So the next time, no matter how busy you are, take a minute…just one minute, and tell somebody ” thank you”or “well done!” . How you appreciate them for doing something for you; especially if it is out of the way. Don’t take them for granted. Remember, you may end up making a significant difference in somebody else’s life !!
Have you ever experienced the feeling of getting stuck ? And then trying to worm your way out of the situation. When I am in such a situation, it ends up in me telling, one ‘white’ lie after another, and then I eventually contradict myself !!! Aw, what a royal mess!!!!
So today I took it upon to tell myself, that it is completely alright to say, ” I DON’T KNOW…..”
The best thing is that, when I admit to others that I really don’t know something, there are no pressures involved, no false expectations, no reaching up to the mark and definitely, no implication of any false knowledge or making up new stuff !!!
It gives me an opportunity to learn something new, eases the pressure on me and allows me to explore at my own pace. As once said by Confucious, ” If you know, to rcognize that you know. If you don’t know, to realize that you don’t know; that is knowledge.”
So if I am asked something that I am totally clueless about, ‘m gonna say “I don’t know “; how else will I ever learn ?!!