1.30 pm: one order started and has to reach to the other side of the city by 4 pm for yet another order. Started from home at 9 am and expected to reach back only around 8 pm.
This is a schedule of a woman who works day and night-like this-for a living. I’m talking about the lady who came to my house today to apply henna on my hands. I was generally chatting with her and found out that this lady doesn’t even get time to eat in between the shuffling that she does around the city. She had an assistant with her and they both were so chirpy. Not a single sign of frown on their forehead when they were telling about the tiredness and the hectic routine they have.
Of course they enjoy their work but moreover on being asked that doesn’t she feel hungry or tired by sitting hours and applying henna to n-number of hands in a day she said kya kare didi,karna padta hai. Ab toh adata ho gayi hai. Bhook bhi nahi lagti- this with a smile on her face, sigh!!!
No, I do not pity these ladies or any of them falling in the category of people who have to strive hard to earn ‘roti, kapda aur makan’. What I found amazing was their spirit. And then I thought of general reactions of people like us-the educated and well placed lot-towards our respective work system.
We also strive hard to go to work and work hard to get those high ratings and good fat pay. But we sit in a/c rooms. We have the luxury to use the Internet, telephone and tea-coffee services whenever we wish to. We don’t have to skip our lunches almost every day in the name of work. We usually have employee activities and picnics and several days like sports and traditional and not to forget events like annual day to cheer us up and basically give us a break. We get weekends off-generally all the time-oh in fact we have a ‘week’ working system. We get all national holidays. We have the luxury to take our assigned leaves in the name of sick and casual et al. Moreover, we can afford to take unpaid leave, at times, which doesn’t put a huge dent in our earnings.
And after all this, we still crib and say that we hate going to work, we dread Mondays and we are ready with this typical line ‘I need a break’ any given time of the day!!
Sigh, the high we reach the higher we want to go. Not bad being ambitious but being expectant doesn’t take us anywhere-most of the times we end up cribbing that things aren’t moving the way we want them to.
Today when I looked at those ladies sitting in front of me I felt blessed and I told myself not to crib because I’m at a much better place and where only few have been placed by Him.
So, stay happy and cheerful. Love what you have. There is nothing wrong in striving to have more but in order to have more we tend to dislike what we have currently. We tend to think this is not enough and hence we want more. I guess this where lays the thin line between richness [of everything] and contentment.
*this is kind of half baked post..is what I feel after reading it now..had written it few days back..don’t know if I have done justice to it but then you are there to add to it nah? 😀 Go ahead !*