Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Punching in the dark ...

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Nothing is as restricted and effervescent as the boxers punching each other in a boxing ring and nothing is more charged and verbal as the audience watching the boxing match. Pity goes to the boxing referee who needs to be constantly alert and on his toes to avoid getting unintended punches. Protocols are strictly practiced to ensure that the match stays restricted to the boxing ring only. But, life is no boxing ring; it has no boundary; nor does it have well defined opponents; neither does a referee step in to give oneself a breather; nor are friends and family to run to. One has to forge through the difficult and exult in triumph, with the heart and soul of the pure hard worked mind. 

These days, most people organize life around their job; not job as part of life. Career or job and family have lopsided equations, with jobs consuming major chunk of time and energy. No wonder the ill effects of fast life has decelerated the human species. Though, wise people have succeeded in balancing both aspects and managed to maintain an equilibrium to ensure peace and contentment. 

My pity to those who are clueless about their own aspirations, requirements and wants. The struggles at ones workplace and the need to constantly outdo the peers, toppled with their egos and compounded by family issues, makes one wonder, "who am I fighting ?".  Ain't I sapping my energy and effort in struggling with unseen forces. The problems faced by my friends and colleagues and their expectations; are a constant reminder of how power is misconstrued. 'With power comes great responsibility', so goes the saying; but what about the uncertainty and unforeseen situations?; ain't it to be concerned about.

The scenario with superiors is no different; with their interests more in getting things done and accomplished. Their need to perceive the bigger picture, has no place for small personal issues and petty problems. Their perception about various cultures, people and personality; is as firm and strong as a mountain. The mountain is not easy to move or budge. So grudge, a worker must. It gives rise to the need for compromising power and position with peace and presence. An article in The Times of India on 'why women have jobs not careers'; confirmed this thinking.

A woman has a lot to balance, home, husband, children, pets, grocery, jobs, peers, superiors; and gets immense satisfaction in small things such as a clean home, happy talkative children, involved partners, playful pets, beauty treatments, informal discussions with peers, appreciation from superiors; who needs to keep on struggling with proving oneself at work and progress up the corporate ladder at the cost of losing out on so much happiness? Who would enjoy punching in the dark, not knowing when the other's fist hits you? The suspense and fear of being hit, is not much to look forward to. 

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