As I sat waiting in the lounge that had more leather than all the cows and bulls in a dairy farm I know, I started observing. How far we have come from dingy offices with benches for chairs, tea-stained tables groaning with the weight of the dirty files filled with reams and reams of paper, ceiling fans with dirt from the previous century, cubby holes for cabins separated by dull curtains with few hooks off, endless patter of typewriters with carbon paper and white ink by the side!
Everything now is so systematized to enable time management and quick execution! Faxes, computers, Xerox machines, air-conditioners, smart boards and what not! There is even a shredder machine to take care of the unwanted junk! How big we have started to not just think but also to bring into effect! The contrast hit me hard! The government offices of the days of yore stand for mediocrity that we had, and the plush offices now stand for the excellence we seem to have achieved and the shift that we have slipped into with ease as part of growth. Change is always good, and we are all good at adapting and evolving.
But do we appreciate what we have today considering what we have seen or never had in the past? Or where we came from in order to appreciate where we are today?
Aren’t we guilty of taking our growth for granted?
Irony of course lies in the fact that in spite of all the gadgets invented to save time, we never seem to have time for anything!
My learning today has been if we never forget where we came from, no matter where we go, we’ll remain grounded and learn to value and appreciate the things we have. With appreciating and valuing comes fulfilment. With that fulfilment we would be in a better state to pass on values to the next generation.
We, with one foot in the front and one foot at the back, are the greatest testimonies of that! So keep it going!