“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. Strength comes from OVERCOMING the things you thought you couldn’t.”
Moral strength training is much like physical strength training and is enhanced through consistent and elevated resistance.
This was my takeaway from the varied and numerous assignments that I took up in life, to add as much colour to my black and white understanding of it through reading – including the previous cooking show one for the very first time. ☺️
At each of these assignments in diverse industries – I perhaps arrived without any knowledge of that industry – whether an airline – Jet Airways, a SITA world travels, a Sheraton hotel, a BankAm, a pan Indian branded jewellery chain Tanishq, a bookstore chain Crossword, or be it a Mothercare, even a cafe, then skin care Kaya or as a senior executive search consulatant or head hunter in Randstad. I have elaborated these experiences with the backdrop of my reading, in my collection of short stories titled, “Existences”.
But one thing I arrived with at each place was humility, the positive attitude and confidence to learn – even if my juniors and those reporting to me deemed it fit to smirk till they didn’t know what had struck them so hard and pressured them to perform.
☺️My seniors always trusted me implicitly and when they didn’t I just left – as I was not going to allow my self esteem or confidence to be seeped out of me for the marathon of life.
This was because of all the childhood reading of literary fiction that I carried into my tasks and that I wanted life lessons now to supersede my reading, if I was to have the confidence to become the kind of writer I would want to read myself. I quote while talking or writing not because I doubt myself but because I have the humility to focus more on your inspiration and learning as I have had the strength to prove myself several times over in life to be rattled by my desire to prove myself to be a worthy writer.
Sharing these quotes below to substantiate my views above …
Henry Miller // “The idea is, you know, you live from moment to moment…this moment decides the next step. You shouldn’t be five steps ahead, only the very next one. And if you can keep to that, you’re always alright. You see, but people are thinking too far ahead…you know what I mean? Think only what’s right there. Do only what’s right under your nose to do. You know? It’s such a simple thing and people can’t do it, you know.”
Elisabeth Kübler Ross // “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
Ernest Hemingway // “If a writer stops observing, he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed.”
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