Monday, February 8, 2016

Can’t circumvent

Every visitor to Pedro’s college was treated to the spectacle of his special ability to jump over ten steps from the mid-landing of the staircase to the landing below. However, one visitor was not amused. He was an athlete and sought to prove that Pedro’s feat was ordinary.

Pedro pleaded with him not to try it out. It was not prudent for a winner athlete to consider an ordinary person’s feat as a challenge. But the athlete would have none of it. He went up to the mid landing and jumped off only to fall spread-eagled on to the last three steps.

Pedro helped him to his feet and told him an enduring lesson. Pedro had initially started jumping off the fourth step. After a few days he moved to the next step. One step at a time over four months, he was able to develop the skill of jumping from the tenth step. Pedro asked the athlete, ‘why did you go straight to the tenth step?’

Things are not always as easy as they seem. It is pertinent to note that we cannot circumvent the journey to acquire the abilities of those who make it seem easy. We can cover ground faster by putting in more effort and following a well planned process. But things will not happen immediately.

Even if we are better equipped, than the achiever, we cannot circumvent the distance by taking shortcuts. We get better only by aligning to a process that requires time, thought and most importantly confidence that is not clouded by conceit.

Slow and sure... one step at each instance…
we can’t circumvent the journey’s distance!

- Pravin K. Sabnis

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