Thursday, March 11, 2010

i-TFTD #261: On Balance in the Journey

i-TFTD #261: On Balance in the Journey

#261-1. Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them work, family, health, friends and love and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four ballsfamily,health, friends and loveare made of glass. If you drop one of these, they! will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.
-Bryan Dyson, former CEO of Coca Cola

(Thanks to Durgaprasad Kulkarni for sharing this.)

261-2. If the path is beautiful, let's not ask where it leads. And if the destination is beautiful, let's not ask how the path is.

(Thanks to Chandan Relan for sharing this.)

261-3. If someone has written a good poem, we need not throw it away because of a few mistakes in spelling. If it is a bad poem, correct spelling will not save it from the dustbin.
-Dwaraknath Reddy, former chairman of Nutrine group and spiritual author, in "Gentle Breeze, Rustling Leaves"

The need for and presence of balance is a profound lesson we periodically learn from nature and even human affairs. I like to point out, especially to younger folk, that balance is useful only when imbalance has been achieved. A pre-requisite on the path of career success is to overdo, to tilt in some direction before even contemplating balance. Excellence is extreme and one at least has to be aspire for and pursue it. Balance need not imply holding back, one could achieve balance by developing int! erests in different domains of life.

A destination may make the hard journey worthwhile, but many times we do not know whether it is so. Exploring without a predetermined goal is not always bad.

One may ask what makes a poem bad? This is the kind of question that the octagenarian Mr. Reddy would appreciate. His book, Birth Play and Finale of ! Mind that logically and humorously explores consciousness and sciences difficulty in dealing with it! , is unfortunately not widely available.

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