Recently my friend sent me a video of a flash mob, gleefully mentioning, “Watch it, and guess who’s in it?”
I had heard about this video, but hadn’t watched it till then. Well let’s check it out now, i thought.
“Who’s in it?” I eagerly inquired. ” My wife and child”, he announced proudly.
It was a video of city moms dancing to the tunes of latest Bollywood numbers, in a crowded mall on a Sunday afternoon; a good time to get enough eyeballs, stares, smiles and claps. It was a huge hit, with 90% of people video shooting the admirable staging, women with their kids in arms dancing away joyfully without a worry in the world.
I watched the seven minute long video, twice, trying to spot my friend’s wife and kid, was lucky on the third attempt; there they were, one among the over twenty five other ladies with children. While I finished watching the video the third time, it struck me, ‘I hadn’t enjoyed the video at all, the viral video which was gaining popularity for its novel concept, the energetic moves and the overall enthralling performance and I missed all of it; ‘ I was busy looking only for part of the success.’
I realised this was not the first time I had done this.
A few years back I was requested by one of my friends to weed out the typos from one of his articles for his office contest. I gladly accepted, sat through for about two hours, identifying/correcting the typos, satisfied with the thought of having done something great. He won the prize for the best article, came to thank me with a question, “Which part did you like the most?”; and it struck me, ‘I only remember the mistakes’, I don’t remember enjoying it, not even reading a single paragraph to answer his question.
I wanted to introspect, which I did, with some questions…..well, almost!
How often do we miss the train because we were too busy looking at the map…!
How often do we miss the virtue in people because we were too busy judging them…!
How often do we miss celebrating team success because we were too busy identifying our contributions in it…!
As we have always heard, happiness is in the journey, not in the destination. Then why, when life offers us lemons we wonder where are the peaches and when life gives us peaches, it’s summer again..?
Getting involved in the humdrum, eludes us of the myriad opportunities to appreciate every thing around us, some things within us, the poems with the sound play, the literature and the theme.
I went back, played the video once again, this time enjoying in parts and in full. I agreed with the masses, the efforts were worth a watch, and more before sharing again for a story to be told….
With my questions, my change in perspective, I hope to sustain this exercise, to be able to appreciate all parts of the story, but not before knowing the story itself, to be able to read between the lines, but not before reading the line itself and to be able to sing the chorus, not before knowing the song itself.
Be Good, Stay Happy!