"Why are you so serious about everything Dad? My friend’s Pop
is so cool. Whatever happens around, it doesn't affect him", Rahul was talking
to his father who had come home from office.
His father replied, "Often read as bore, the word serious
"The word stands for someone thoughtful or careful in
approach. It means, whatever the person is doing matters to him. When
something doesn't matter it is better to not attempt it.When one works thoughtfully, there are rarely any situations
which go wrong, which means no cover up jobs. Look around and tell me how many people do things that
matter to them?
"Situations would be quite different if we have more people
like this. Tell me, would you pair up with someone to do things which don’t
matter to him?
"Serious is real fun."
An art student was learning under a master artist for some
years. His drawing was good in the sense of representation. But he wasn't satisfied
with whatever he drew.
When this restlessness became unbearable, he ended up asking
his teacher about it.
The teacher was glad that the child was about to learn
something significant. "Unless you know the simplicity of line,
all that you do as art will be mere decoration. Work on the line, the rest will follow", said the teacher.
The wheel was spinning constantly, powered by the rat’s
motion. The faster the rat ran, more the speed of the wheel.
The rat thought it
was reaching somewhere.
Accidentally, the rat fell down and the wheel stopped
spinning. The rat had reached nowhere.
He was a brilliant student throughout his school and college. After having earned his dream job at a young
age, he had raised a family and was quite well off.
He wondered that
night sitting at the fireplace how quickly the years had gone by.
He wondered what this restlessness was about. He had
fulfilled his parents' and teachers' dream: he was a good citizen, well respected
among his workmates.
But the thought didn't spare him, "Am I really enjoying all this?"
There was a student who always seemed confused.
Confused about everything he came across. In consequence he became the everyday joke of his class.
Unable to bear the humiliation, he dashed off to the headmaster one day.
The boy complained about his classmates making fun of him. He didn't know how they were so certain about everything.
The headmaster heard him patiently and replied, "You have stumbled across a wonderful opportunity quite early in life.
Everyone is confused at some or the other time. And they try hard to appear confident.
You can use it now to look and learn out of your confusion."