Saturday, August 13, 2011

Happenstances - Appreciations made me smile!!!

I disconnected my internet after trying very hard to rewrite something that I rewrote already.. Oh yes, these things are very common in technical writing. The best decision that has always worked for me is to switch to my blog and write or read something that I wrote before or approve a comment or may be even write a post that day. For a while I have not been doing this and so it never occured till I almost pressed the shut down button. [ Okay dont ask me, why, you can always restart... You cant, especially if you have worked hard on one page and finally emailed that copy to your client and didnt find the next page interesting enough to spend the next three hours on.. and I dont have that kind of 'bandwidth' in my present lifestyle ].

I really do not know how but I suddenly remembered something I wanted to write about and was sure it wont take long to write it out. So reconnected the net and logged in to blogger.

There was a comment waiting for me. As always, comments make me jump for one good reason - They increase your curiosity and the reader's comment could be one of appreciation, strong dislike, criticism, sarcasm or a different opinion. All of these are worth every minute of their time on my site. So, I look forward to reading the comments and also take a double check on how I take them. The blog really has helped me take comments well on my technical writing world as well.

Now, to this comment which is definitely a happenstance I would say. It was on this post I wrote last February on an art exhibition by Artist Anuradha Nalapat.. Today I saw the artist's comment on the post.. A busy artist that she is, it thrills me infinitely to see that my post has reached her mail box or search index on google. Whatever way, the comments were encouraging.. It has these words " You write beautifully' and I am tempted beyond the extent of what I can express, to tell my project client ( the rework manager ) that there are people who believe I can write well :)

That aside, the comment is very positive and encourages me to close my work day with a smile.

Artist Anuradha made my day. And this is totally a chance, a happenstance.. else I would have left my work desk with a feeling of ' Oh My God, why am I not getting this piece right? '.. So our lesson here, is to give appreciation whenever we get a chance. We never know when it can make someone's day or what level of encouragement it can be to anyone, personally or professionally. Lets appreciate everything around us, everyone around us, for what it is always.

Thanks Anuradha, for the encouragement. Means a lot today.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Worm in the rain....

The South West monsoon and its rains are very popular in India, more so in Kerala and Mumbai. The papers ran news threads saying, Heavy rains lashing Mumbai... and I was in the kitchen making our breakfast. Yummy ( I really mean it ) Aloo Poha ( Cooked rice flakes, potato, and southern spices blended in uniformly) was coming out really well in my mind as I started adding one ingredient after the other.

While at this, my mind was also doing some parallel processing of the 'To Do' list for the day and complaining to much about the rainy day. I had so much to do and the rain started off really early ( rather it had not stopped througout the night, which possibly I didnt know ). I could not hear any other noise except the noise of the rain falling on the asbestos and plastic or whatever other material people used as an extra shade to their existing sun shade. I was not exactly pleased the way my plans were almost getting flopped for the day.

The lovely aroma of the Aloo and spice mix was very inviting and so my mind was back into cooking... while I was still irritated about the rains, I happened to look outside the kitchen window..

I spotted a worm trying to find its way to a safe place away from the painful rain drops.. must be tough for the worm right? It was so small and the rain drops must have been too heavy for the worm.From the way it was staggering, trying not to fall from the sides of the brick into the gushing water beneath, I understood something major..

For us it is just about our day's plans or some minor issue that we normally speak of as 'major'and kill our pleasant times unnecessarily, while for the worm it is about survival. The worm was trying non stop to get its grip on the side of the brick.. The body of the worm was slimy, the brick was slippery from the constant rain and the water level was rising and it could sweep off the worm any minute. And such is the case of the worm's life for the next few months.. Each day is about SURVIVAL and for us life is much better with a roof on top and food to eat and clothes to keep us from the rain... How ungrateful we are!!!

I was no more worried about my plans for the day.. I decided to take it by the tide ( in this case read it as rain ) and happily ate two plates of Aloo Poha.. It somehow tasted better than ever before.


With new opportunities also comes to fear and self-doubt. How can we navigate these very strong forces in order to reach our fulfillment...