THOUGHT POURRI

Smell of Change…

What we have, what we can have!

Just One Stride…and the best of the world is up for grabs!

There are many people in the world who are underachievers, like the butterfly in the picture here; they haven’t got what they deseved. Remember, the world doesn’t care for underschievers, nor is it kind to them.

Most of us remain contended with what we have. At times, we simply don’t care for the opportunities lying in front of us; maybe, we’re too afraid to take the plunge or maybe we get bogged down by our innumerable analysis, a great many of which happen to be unnecessary.

Like the butterfly, endowed with the strenghth to spread its wing and to fly to the beautiful twig lying ahead, we must identify our real strength and build upon it to achieve the best of the world we deserve.

What do you say?

(The picture was taken on 20th August, 2012 by my daughter Ananyaa in the park at the front of our house)

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3 thoughts on “What we have, what we can have!

  1. Pingback: What we have, what we can have! « The Ara Club

  2. Agreed.

    And thank you for posting this thought-provoking piece.

    A butterfly offers a nice, poetic analogy, but, with reference to your first paragraph, I wouldn’t say the butterfly is an underachiever. The butterfly doesn’t want and doesn’t need to achieve anything. Apart from eating and procreating, it just exists peacefully and contentedly. It is not conscious of how other butterflies perceive it. It doesn’t care how the world looks at it. This is a wisdom, albeit unconscious and undeliberate, which humans would do well to imitate.

    However, as your second paragraph intimates, there is a “real world” for humans and a judgment system which makes it all too easy to think of people as being either achievers (those that have) or underachievers (those that don’t).

    In your final paragraph, somewhat contradictorily to your first, the butterfly becomes an achiever: a creature that has the potential to fly and does fly. This is uplifting. And you have made your point: that fulfilment and happiness come from working out who you are and having the courage/taking the opportunities to express this. In other words: find what you love, and do it. It reminds me of the speech given by Steve Jobs before he died:

    “Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

    • Hi Slayer,

      Thanks for your lovely analysis (I guess ‘lovely’ would be an understatement; in fact, it’s a brilliant one).

      Well, I just happend to look at this beautiful photograph taken by my daughter of 9 yrs and it just provoked me to say few words. But, how true you’re when you say that achievement or underachievement is human. Yet, at times we can hide behind few literary freedoms such as this one where I’d attributed the human phenomenon of (under)achievement to a butterfly.

      Well, I believe humans are capable of the feelings of happiness, sorrow, peace and contentment because they’re subjected to a great many experiences that, unlike the animals, they retain in their consciousness. Such feelings create our “real” or “romantic” worlds. Because man is a social animal, his achievements (or underachievement) are perceptional; they are looked through the societal value- judgements.

      Well, by importing the butterfly again into my third paragraph, I simply meant to emphasize the strength of butterfly (to fly). In the same way, all of us can discover our strong points lying hidden or dormant within us and can work upon them to embolden us to get our meaningful place in the world.

      I loved your comments…thanx again.

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