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Friday, May 11, 2012

Slog Addicted !

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Working hard is the simplest solution to achieve our goals and dreams. Though it is not the simplest thing to do !

The day we enter school, we are told to work hard. And so we do as we are told, not because we like doing all those things but perhaps because that's what people around us value and appreciate. We dont give up not because we don't want to, but because that's what They want us to do all our lives ! Slowly 

Some really far sighted, bright and intelligent person has once said - results dont matter, just keep trying ! And so in our hope against hope we keep trying so hard that we even forget what we wanted to achieve in the first place. In order to get there first, we run hard with our heads bent down, facing the ground. And so unconsciously we completely loose sight of the ultimate goal worth living and dying for. We get so engrossed in daily chores that we tend to make them our goal, e.g. servicing of the vehicle, working overtime so as to buy the latest gadget, saving today so as to own an apartment tomorrow, buying deeply discounted deals online etc.

Slowly as strive to prove ourselves to rest of us, we slog even harder, at least harder then our nearest neighbor and closet kin. In the process we loose precious time and limited energy, completely forgetting to look at goals, dreams and life beyond hard work. We put more efforts, pump iron, sweat blood, toil relentlessly and think rarely. Steadily we keep drifting away from our path, path to happiness, which can not only help us to fulfill our necessities but also can lead us to what we are really worthy of, what we sometimes secretly hoped for but never imagined.

Reckless slogging makes us selfish and that's what happened to India of today. Whatever growth we have achieved from 1990s to till date according to me should be attributed to this unique quality of we the mango men and women. We kept out heads down, toiled hard for decades to reach a level where we are today. A lot of we the hardworking, slogging Indians have managed to cross the income line, but in the process we became increasingly indifferent and detached from each other. We incessantly slogged day and night to maximize the pleasure and protect the interest of our 'immediate family', leaving us with no time to think cohesively as a society or a country.

While transitioning from hard working to slogging, we tend to loose our thinking abilities, am talking about plain vanilla thinking ability, not that jargonized 'Out of the Box' thinking. Because thinking requires time, moments of solace, retrospection and introspection which we can no longer afford. Sometimes we slog in order to run away from the present, to avoid confronting the problems today. We know if we do that our family will not expect anything from us, when we are back home, we know we will fall asleep, not because we are satisfied with the day went by, but because that's the most easiest thing to do on this planet !

Most of us never had any option except to keep slogging harder, so as to survive, to get rid of our ugly present or to achieve a rosy future. Unintentionally, our slogging skills become our biggest handicap. 
I think, sometimes its very important to take a pause, to give up at least for the time being and take a breath.    By loosing an argument, a match or a task we don't become a loser, but by not accepting that fact and  slogging heedlessly we definitely become one.

So are you Slog Addict ? And what are you doing about it ?

10 comments:

  1. OMG! Slogging is universal! Who knew? I love the title of your blog. Thanks for the comment on my post. I hope to see you again!

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    1. appreciate your comment Judie..the phenomenon is universal

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  2. My friend,
    I am impress with what is written here. Sadly, it is all part of life and then we die. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I am glad you liked the post Andy..let me know your views on the other post as well.

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  3. i always think that do the work you like and than you can enjoy the hardwork also
    nice post mate
    Thanks
    http://drivingwithpen.blogspot.in/

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    1. thats so simple solution and yet when I think about it..most powerful solution you have suggested Chirag. thanks for the comment..hope to read from you more often !

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  4. Great Post! A LOT to digest. Work is the key to unlock our dreams! Our hopes and ideals do not on their own. There are all kinds of thinking, I like that you said the vanilla kind- something I'd call common sense- with though simple seems illusive to many otherwise intelligent people. Work is brilliant and rewarding- but undirected and unharnessed can consume us and remove our humanity. Too much of good thing ceases to be good. Thanks again for the post.

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    1. thanks for the comment Martin. You very well pointed out the aspect of humanity. Perhaps thats whats happening...the middle class, the working class has relentless worked at the whims and fancies of handful of people in the 20th century, without being heard ! I tend to hope for better times ahead...

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  5. I think you are right in a sense that we have toiled hard and kept our head down during last decade. This has led us to create higher income levels but then there is disconnect between what we want to achieve and what we have today in our society. The trouble is that the true identity of a modern Indian is continously redefined as we become open to new ideas and cultures. And, we as Indians need to rethink the whole idea of living style and culture rather than focus on income levels. The title is quite apt for essentially covering majority of hard working India.

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  6. Very true, Nitin. The trap of making us able to own expensive stuff if we worked hard has worked very well. Plus, the increase in music and devices for it ensures we don't take time out to introspect or reflect. Simply slog hard instead of revisiting our methods and making changes if necessary. After all, how can something that's worked okay for so long be wrong?

    People who harp the most about thinking 'Out of the Box' are the people who stifle creativity and innovation the most. Plus, they don't realize there is nothing outside the box by on its edges. - Seth Godin.

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