Posts Tagged ‘insight’

not every plant is a bean!

July 23, 2010

This is a lesson I learnt the hard way …

 

I was grateful to get a tender plant/sapling of tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum or Holy Basil) … I started to ‘take care’ of it along with the ‘bean plant’ our son had brought from his school (part of ‘spring curriculum’?)

Unfortunately, I realized after a couple of days – that Tulsi requires more watering than the bean plant which needed to be watered about once a week. As soon as I noticed the impact of ‘less care’ on the Tulsi, I started to take corrective measures – but I am sill waiting, with hope, to witness a ‘turnaround’ in its growth.

The incident also made me think that many times I might be treating people with ‘less care’ probably because I am like a ‘bean plant’ that does not need much caring. However, every plant is not a bean! – and I should be mindful of the different needs of other species. 🙂

The famous quote by Jesus Christ – ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you‘ – should not be taken just literally – one has to follow it in spirit as well.

2 + 2 = 5?

February 24, 2010

Imagine if you are in the initial years of schooling and the teacher is trying to explain you elementary mathematics – let’s say addition (probably for the first time) … After she has taught you the basics, she wants to do a little check and asks you what is the answer of 2 + 2 …

And what would be the response if you said ‘5’ … Yes, you are correct! The teacher would have to go through the basics one more time and then pose the same question – “what is 2 + 2 ?” . This will not stop until you come up with the right answer.

And once you do so, you will graduate to what is ‘2+3?’ or ‘3+2?’ or ‘3+3’ 🙂

Maybe this ‘basic’ understanding will help you out of a situation you are ‘stuck up’ in … change your response (come up with the right one) and then you will move to the next challenge that will excite you 🙂

Someone has rightly said – if you want something you never had before, do something you have never done before!