The PingPong Ball

It has been a while since I had been to a village fair however I get instantly turned on with the thought of it. Last week I accidently came accross a fair during my trip. And I must tell you I had a wonderful time out there seeing, witnessing and experiencing the colourful extravagenza.

I ate to my heart’s content without giving a second thought to food hygiene. I tried shooting at the ballons and throwing the dice at the dolls and I must tell you I won big time and collected goodies. However within me I was searching for a special thing and almost like a child I jumped in excitement upon seeing that thing.  Its a PingPong ball.

I went straight to the seller and bought a dozen of them and gave it as a gift to the children playing around. My companion to the fair was taken back by my behaviour and wanted to know ‘What is so unique about this ball?”

I without pausing told her this ball teaches us two valuable lessons:

A) The ball goes down hits the floor and bounces back higher; it reminds me of human beings. Most of us go through ups and downs in our lives. However the ones who achieve lasting success are the ones who learn to bounce back everytime they are down.

B) It also reminds me of society or people around us that are mostly myopic and become critical of people going down. As they only see the ball (person) going down and fail to see that soon it is going to bounce back stronger & higher. Therefore never underestimate or criticize someone who is going through a tough time. As well never fall prey to others negative tweets while you are going down.

 

 

The S Word

On a recent trip to a northen hill station, I met one of my college friend. He looked cheerful and years younger than me. He welcomed me with a bright smile and a warm hug. Although I had booked a hotel, he insisted that I spend that night with his entire family.

I remember this friend of mine used to be one of the most brilliant students of our class. He was the go to person for any study related queries. And I must confess I was jealous of his popularity. Everyone of us were certain that he will grow up to a high paying job. After completing graduation all of us moved in different direction and had hardly any time to keep in touch with eachother.

Now almost after a decade I am meeting him and I came to know that he works for the state government’s Public Relation Department. This is a decent paying job and he lives in his ancestral house which of course needs a lot of renovation. As well he drives the old Hero Honda Splendor. This left me with a lot of unaswered question and most of important of them how come he is so happy inspite of not achieving the materialistic targets?

After a lovely dinner at night, we went to his terrace. It was cold and we were having a hot coffee together. And I could not refrain myself from asking the obivous. He remained silent for a while and then answered it so beautifully that changed my prespective on life.

Here it goes, “after completing graduation I went to work for one of the well known media companies in Mumbai. However soon I became fade up with it. I saw humans without any human characteristics and values; they were more like machines working on commands. I fled that place and came back to my home town and applied for this government job. I soon got selected because of my academics and experience. I enjoy this job very much although it does not pay me to take overseas vacations twice a year or to buy a car. I enjoy helping common man get access to varius government schemes, I see the gratitude and pleasure in their eyes. And this makes me go to bed at night without any guilt or fear. And I must tell you since last nine and half years I have never experienced a sleepless night. I am blessed to be staying with my family and not with facebook. I am blessed to enjoy the beauty of nature and breath fresh air and eat fresh vegetables. ”

He paused for a moment and the silence was awakard for me as I was so drawn into the conversation. He then dropped a bomb, “ Success to me is to be in peace with myself & enjoy every moment of my life. Whereas most people  tend to put off their enjoyment till their vacations or their retiremnet and I wonder do they really enjoy then?”

I said ‘no wonder you look years younger …..’

So what is your definition of Success? Plz Leave your comment….