“Today, I accomplished a goal”
What is it?
This morning I introduced an expecting mother to the laughter therapy in the yoga class post which she shared that the last time she laughed out loud (for no reason) was when she was in the 7th Grade and over the years, she had just lost the habit of laughing. A hearty Laughter was replaced by a suppressed smile for expressing all positive emotions. But now, not only will she laugh again but also not stop her son from laughing out loud, which off late, she has been curbing more frequently..
Wow! Such a feeling of achievement.. I made someone laugh this morning and even left her with an afterthought.
On the surface, this may not even look like the best of the reasons to feel a goal was accomplished. To the amusement of many, does that even categorize as a goal?
Goal – sometimes also called Milestone / Achievement / Life Graph (maybe has many more names) has now become such a high leveled aspiration that more often, we set such high standards of this goal achievement that the little and beautiful daily victories just go unnoticed. Rather, we don’t even consider them as good enough to even classify under the category -‘Goals’.
Isn’t our life a mix box of daily and long term goals and doesn’t both deserve to be equally celebrated?
Just the other day, a friend who works as a Skill Development Facilitator shared that 5 out of 100 of her trained staff called to inform that they were selected for an overseas construction site job opportunity. The ecstatic look of her face reminded me of the joy that we experience when we suddenly discover a chocolate box hidden by a loved one on our bed during Bhaidooj or Diwali. Here, both may seem small but possess a great depth of emotional satisfaction.
Yes, we are progressing like never before, trying to grab opportunities galore knocking our door every day, promising us more success but in return also demanding larger goal settings and attainment, more achievements in less time, stopping to rest is not an option infact taking a pause pushes us many blocks behind in this rat race. The higher the bar for ourselves and for our children, the more we sacrifice our moments of togetherness with the family; greater is the sense of achievement.
Who has the time to sit in the park and enjoy the breeze of fresh air? Isn’t it too easily available?.
We quantify every goal only in a big number.
How many millions raised as funding? A 100 Crore Plus Movie Club makes a movie – a legend. How many co-curricular activities is our child pursuing? Are we ensuring air – conditioned classrooms for our kids? Do we have the latest I-phone to keep up with our peers or have we taken a trip down to Europe to even start a discussion with our bosses over drinks. These are just few of the many goals that we are busy getting to while we are missing out on those daily bouts of victories that happen in our own backyards.
Celebration month is round the corner. Clichéd!
Why can’t we light up our house with Diyas when we just finished reading our favourite book? How about a celebration with friends to acknowledge the satisfaction of sowing a seed months ago that has now bloomed into a small tree shade in the house garden? How will it feel to tweet about helping the maid in opening a bank account – which by the way could be as important goal of her life as our own goal to get from the Manager’s title to the Senior VP’s?
Are these all not goals – waiting in the wings to get acknowledged?
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