Saturday, July 28, 2012

WORK – an easy and efficient time killer?

I started ‘work’ in December 2008. I am yet to come across any guy who is perfectly satisfied with his work. Well, perfectly satisfied would be expecting too much. But, even finding people who are partially satisfied has been a challenge.

It is as though not being happy with work is an accepted norm. This really got me thinking as to why is it so. At first, my immediate thought was maybe we just don’t have any other options and we all need money for survival and this is all it is. But, quite possibly, I was wrong.

Now, just for the sake of discussion, let’s consider an imaginary situation, where in one fine day our employer would tell us that we don’t have to report to work any longer, but we would continue to get unlimited money for the rest of our lives. Initially, this might sound like an offer too good to refuse. But, trust me, most of us would not continue with this offer and within a few weeks/months, we would be requesting our employer to take us back [we might even agree for a pay cutJ]. We would start feeling guilty that we are not being productive. For a fact, we have been tuned from day one of our lives that we should be engaged always and being idle is an unpardonable sin. But then, we don’t have to report to work and we have all the money we need, can’t we just pursue whatever we want? I think here is the core of the problem. Even if we have all the time and resources in the world, am not sure how many of us are clear as to what would we want to do with that, including me. Or maybe, few of us do know what we would want to do in such a luxurious situation, but just lack the guts to do it now. Worst case, some of us might never try to know what we would want to do.

The perfectly satisfied worker might just be the guy who has realized what would he do if he had all the time and resources at his disposal and who does exactly that every day of his life. Whether this is practical or not is a different question, but blessed are the people in this situation. For the rest of us, until we fix this gap, I think we should be content with Monday morning blues and Friday evening rainbows.

Monday, July 23, 2012

A puzzle which only Time can solve

It has always been a tough task for me to understand why things in our lives happen the way they happen. Sometimes, things turn out the way we planned. But, more often than not, they turn out quite different from what we planned. Of course, there is always that nightmarish situation when things unfold diagonally opposite to what we aspired for. I am sure all of us have been through phases where we wonder, why me? At times when life puts me in situations I never wanted to be in, I wonder if the whole world is conspiring against me!!

An equally tough question to answer is –would it have been better if nobody intervened and let us shape our lives as we wanted? Also, would we be the same persons we are now, if things never failed and we always had the privilege to take the road we wanted? Most possibly, the answer is a strong NO. Undeniably, when we look back, those unfavorable situations and unexpected turns have been instrumental in shaping us into what we are today. It is as if the present is a complex integral resultant of the past. Would the equation be the same even if one single component of the past changes? May be not. May be, the path would have been altogether different and the present would just not be the same. Looks like the past, present and future is complexly intertwined and the complexity is beyond our comprehension. Given this situation, its better we learn to go with the flow and wait for time to answer the question. Does this mean that we don’t make any plans and just ride along? No, but if our plans work out, it’s good. If it does not, maybe it is better.

One of the best analogies I have come across is that we are fitting the pieces of a puzzle. At the moment, due to our limitations, we might not be able to see the bigger picture. But, one day, I hope time would be kind enough to present the picture in its entirety and give us the satisfaction that the puzzle has been solved. At that moment, hopefully there are no open ended questions.

As they say, it’s hard to understand the path of a river, but for sure it will reach its destination. Similarly, all the twists and turns are just probably taking us to a beautiful destination. I remember one of my primary teachers who occasionally used to quote “whatever happens, happens for the best”. I think she was perfectly right.