JournalismPakistan.com June 3, 2013
There was an air force pilot friend of mine who used to say that life is like a up and down radar, for maximum benefit don’t clutter it up with redundant items. Makes a lot of sense except that just like our chest of drawers is full of used airline ticket stubs, matchboxes with one stick, dried out pens and bills from 2004, so too, are our lives reflective of the same sort of unnecessary baggage.
Too many friends, too many involvements and relationships, ambitions and plans, ideas and intentions, nearly all of them half-done exercises because there is more quantity than quality and we don’t have the time to handle so many commitments.
That is why we can no longer discern the merit of the next delivery and play it for what it is worth.
We look around us and see people who seem to have a far higher level of success and they don’t seem any brighter or more impressive than you and I. What they have done is work out their priorities. They have cut out the fat from all aspects of their lives, literally cleaned their cupboards.
Like, no baggage from the past. Bygones are just that. History. They don’t waste energy harboring grudges, looking for revenge, plotting, envying or trying to pull the rug, they let it go.
All these are deliveries outside your stumps, don’t meddle with them. By that very token we should also drop it if it doesn’t work. It is again like a bad stroke in our collection. Get rid of it. If you just stop for a moment and consider your own situation. You’ll find that there is always one ‘bad stroke’ in your repertoire that ends up getting you in trouble.
It could be your temper, your lack of planning, impatience, suspicion, a natural disorganization, laziness, lack of detail, some conduct or attitude that ruins things for you, exactly the sort of element that gets you out of the reckoning even when the pitch is to your liking and you should be making boundaries.
Damn, out for a duck again.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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