Monday, August 9, 2010

Take a deep breath, relaxxx…

Run, run, run.
This has become the order of the day.
Why do I not see children playing around? Why are they not chasing butterflies, getting wet in the rains, break windowpanes, engage in scuffles prompting their moms to proclaim their sons as heavyweight champions?
Are we on right track?
We have little choice but to join the rat race. We cannot even enter the loo without cellphone. So much for privacy.
Have you seen Gods Must be Crazy film? Just a few miles away from a bustling city a group of tribals remains cut off, so cut off they imagine a cola bottle thrown from a copter as something from heaven. We urbanites will embrace the chaos in cities rather than sit in villages. We sure will go mad.
A blog friend wrote how depressed she is at the present scenario.
All I could tell her was Tolstoy’s “If you want to be happy, be.”
Embrace the turmoil. Peace at heart amid chaos all around, like the eye of a cyclone that remains extremely calm.
The “Why Me” question has no answer. Apple’s Steve Jobs or Model Lisa Ray are great people. But they are forced to fight a form of cancer. Mohammed Ali, Pope John Paul, Hitler suffered from Parkinson. Reagan had Alzheimer, my favourite Dickens had epilepsy just like Napoleon and Alexander. They could not ask, why me! Diseases and problems don’t discriminate.
It’s funny boss. I try to smile whenever possible. One friend took me aside and said, “You must have gone through a terrible tragedy. Otherwise, you can’t keep smiling.”
God, I wondered, you need a tragedy to keep smiling.
Hey, why am I giving this lecture? No time, I have to run. One sec, where is my mobile? Oh God, this Net is so slow…offff..


  1. Good post, I too need to run but thanks for making me pause for a while.

  2. i have a logic however weird which is like the one you mentioned above.

    smile. it makes you feel good. we abuse our bodies and try out so many things, hoping it would make us feel good. so why not try the smile.
    of course laugh might feel better, but those around you would start questioning a sanity.

    so decide that you won't wait for a stimulus to smile. after all, if there was no power at the moment you would be complaining and be unhappy, so celebrate the water, power or simply that you are alive and smile.

    in cricket terminology. laughter is like the 4s and 6s. but smile is like a single. it would be wonderful, if we can score in 4s and 6s but since thats not possible, try to atleast take a single.

    so smile , and you won't have wasted that second..

  3. We are all running and running aimlessly, of course with the mobile.

  4. your posts do make people pause from their run and take a whiff of fresh breath and smile! Thats your incredible gift to your followers! Amazing post!

  5. Yes, Ramesh...this is the age of running with a mobile! Good post!

  6. Great post. "Why me" reminded me of Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player from USA. Apparently, he was dying of AIDS which he got due to infected blood he received during a heart surgery.The constant refrain from his fans was “Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease"?
    To this Arthur Ashe replied: “The world over - 50 million children start playing tennis, 5 million learn to play tennis, 500,000 learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the grand slam, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi final, 2 to the finals, when I was holding a cup I never asked GOD ‘Why me?’.
    And today in pain I should not be asking GOD ‘Why me?’

  7. i generally come back to the post for a follow up:) so u can post ur replies here.
    though u r always welcome to visit my blog.

  8. ehehehe indeed without mobile!! gosh can't even think... we are always running after god knows what...
    loved the tragedy part :D that was thoughtful :)

  9. wisecracker...hehehe! Great ending - glad you didn't loose your humour while writing all that serious stuff.

    How come we never ask "why me" when good things happen to us?

  10. If the universe things we are happy, it gives u diseases...;) true story...:D

    Check out Holy Cow!!!

  11. Good one, Ramesh! You can't help but be dismissed with things surrounding you. I believe smiling, socializing, blogging and yoga helps me stay sane. I guess, I am a little more sensitive than others. And, you might be happy to know, both my sons, spend two hours outdoors playing football or in the park everyday.

  12. :)
    This one reminded me of this poem I read a long time ago... but NEVER forgot....
    Its by W.H Davies, titled Leisure:
    What is this life, Full of care...
    We have no time to stand and stare....

    Google it, I am sure you will relate to it, now that your thoughts seem to be on similar lines..

    I think we are all suffering or rather go through suffering every now and then, to remind ourselves about our ability to WILL to be happy and that its all in our minds....

    But like I admitted... i m just in a nasty, disappointed, disgruntled state of mind and though I know ...I kNOWW!! all this stuff.. Its hard to just BE...

    Why cant I get things to go my way and THEN be happy...?
    thats my big question...
    I mean,..... happiness should come from within...not as something you HAVE TO...
    Get me?

  13. :-) Oh common we are all running, ultimately, arent we? Running is a form of exercise :-P

  14. Another thought provoking post - you have some very wise thoughts on the world.

    as the life is fast..

    me asked the earth..
    "is it true? is the life fast?"

    she just laughingly said:
    "me don't know -
    me revolving as usual -
    for every 24 hours"


    atleast ur mobile phone is ringing
    with some calls/sms from friends..
    mine is always - one way traffic..

  16. thanks
    smile a day keep disease away

  17. Ramesh,

    We are running to a moving target and hence we will keep running.

    Life is running...I remember a paragraph from an old song "Duniya ke sath jo chalta iske sache me daltha jai, duniy uski hai jo chalta jai.."

    Look at this way, people like yourself are doing blogging on computer..moving with the life..

  18. How true..that we go insane if we lose our mobile. And to quote, in Gods must be crazy, the narrator says that we learnt maths, science, invented new gadgets that has complicated our lives!
    Kash...we live a life like those tribals(N!xau to be specific :))

  19. Simple pleasure of life are... Sorry, my phone is ringing. ;)

  20. My almost four son thinks that he needs a mobile call his mom of course,he misses her a lot in the school.Wanna know the time he spends in school...two n half hrs !hmmm