Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Grass Is Green On The Other Side- Are We Cows!

I felt  kind of strange when I overheard this phrase at an airport where a fellow passenger was giving this advice to someone on the phone that it was better to move on to another job as they were offering a better pay and other benefits like good work life balance.

It set me thinking, why we crave for a better condition, better pay, better life style, less stress and more free time to spend with our significant people. Do we really want that or are we doing this because there are herds of people speaking the same, wishing the same, complaining the same, not doing enough to change their present.  
Grass (here it refers to work) is of the same color everywhere on this planet (Corporate World), everywhere we would have targets to meet, perform better then the last time , cost less , save more , bring in efficiency.
A  Cow in the Indian context is a life saver, because it gives milk and sustains a family. A working   individual to certain extent behaves in a similar way, meek, humble and obeying what is told to do. Once the pasture dries up, he/she moves on to a different location and continues grass eating behavior only this time the pasture is different.
But wait a minute if we ruminate a bit more (a Cow behavior) and think we are Not Cows, a paradigm shift is bound to occur, instead of seeing our work place as patch of green grass, the canvas opens up to imagination, to limitless opportunities, making Work/Life an enjoyable experience every minute of the day.
One may like it or not, no two minutes over lap each other, every minute has to be lived fully before the next minute arrives though there is full possibility that we are completely unaware of the minutes passing by. All of us are gifted with the same time irrespective of how we spend it, with whom we spend it and for what activity we spend it. Happiness/Unhappiness thus derived is an internal business. Work or Life are not 2 ends of a spectrum but are in continuum like a zero forever.              

The choice is ours, to run behind a greener patch of grass or nothing which paradoxically is a canvas full of opportunities to create……      


  1. Good One Doc. Nothing wrong with running behind greener grass. My advice to those who do, grass, green or not, has to be mowed. Nothing in this world is free.
    Sudipto Dasgupta

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