Well..the usual maxim. Its really good to go slow and easy as I am beginning to understand. I never really understood the meaning of ‘slow..steady..easy’ etc. I’ve been the opposite at all points in my life. Its like – if I’m told.. ‘hey..can you get me a coffee’ – I go bolt! Full speed ahead and generally end up knocking a few things, people etc. In this mad rush for well..everything.. am generally always knocking something or the other. Take today for example(I’m consciously moving a bit slower now.. but even then), I walked into a room in a hurry and stepped on mail. There was that moment when I knew the door was opening slowly because of some obstruction but before I could stop, I’d stepped on the mail.. just an example..
Anyway.. I guess the biggest benefit of moving slow is that we get time to think. I used to do this a lot in the ‘on the spot’ speech competitions. After given the topic, I would generally walk up slow, maybe trip on the stairs if I can pull it off, adjust the mic, cough, test it and then start. All to buy some precious thinking time of course.. ;). Well..thinking is good.. even when you’re walking into a room. As always, a small detail that can kill.. :D
it is really good to do something which you completely suck at! Well, I had a fun 2 hours playing cricket – which is generally very different from my experiences while playing football/badminton/table tennis where I would rank myself about average and just above. Cricket is one place where I’m generally about 1/10 and felt its high time I just played to see what it felt like. What do you know.. it was lots of fun! Just the fact that I was absolutely powerless to change the course of anything apart from knocking the ball around a bit and bowling a few straight at the batsman, it was just good to chill for 2 hours and basically, not compete and have fun!
In all the excitement, I got myself involved in a bone crunching collision involving my head and a friend’s jaw(and had two other near misses – one of which was when I was close to being beheaded by the ball). Interestingly, its a while since I’ve been hurt that way despite higher competitiveness during games like football. It was an accident, but maybe it just helps sticking to games you know.. anyway.. go figure! Bottom line… helps if we underline what we are playing for. If its for the joy of keeping fit, then its guaranteed fun! And doing something which we suck at helps keep those humility levels in check.. :D
If I have been thinking about it, visualising it and basically have reached a conclusion about what’s next step, then its imperative I write it down.. thats like a signature on a contract – it seals it!
who you are when nobody is looking..
is a generic rule for everything. I guess ‘be positive’ is ideal even..
The reference here is to feedback in particular. It is very easy to fall prey to laughing(mocking even..), pulling a leg(jokingly or even not so..) etc when hearing an idea, an initiative etc. Always good to start with ‘Good start!’ and then follow it with everything. Better still, follow up with a bunch of positives(5 being a good number..)
Easy to talk about, but extremely hard to do.. as am finding out!
Leave everything a little better than you found it..
my learning for the day..