Saturday, January 12, 2013

YES, THE TIME COMES...


























In life, we don’t do ‘all things’ with our full heart; only some things we do…and, many things we don’t!

So, whenever I see a student of mine not interested in studies, and all my persuasions and pressures only fall on some thick skins, I conclude in my mind: “Maybe, they are not cut for ‘these’ studies… Maybe, there is something else calling!”

Trust me, I have seen even the finest, the most educated, parents finding it difficult in this area to deal with their reluctant children. Yes, they see their persuasions and pressures yielding no results… I, as a teacher – and despite all my so-called motivational talks and writings – too, have been finding it difficult to ignite thirst in a reluctant heart…

But, I am not complaining; I am not bitter or pessimistic about the ‘ones whose hearts aren’t just there in studies’… Because, they may be – and, often, they are – some of the most ‘intelligent’ and sincere individuals… There is ample evidence to show that many of them do exceptionally well, later in their lives…

But, the ‘tough time’ is now… For all: the parents, the teachers and even the individuals themselves!

Just today, I was delivering my usual long-sermon to a batch of young students. Most of them were highly capable, highly intelligent and even confident individuals… But, the commitment and passion were wanting. For months on, I have been watching them coming to me like a ‘herd’ – just mechanically… lost… and indifferent to what is being said or taught… I have been watching the ‘disconnection’ between what is learnt here and how it is connected, there outside, to the things they wanted to do in life… I have been watching with dismay how their blind dependency on ‘outside’ help had destroyed their precious initiative… how they had failed to take the risks they needed to take in order to grow… become strong, confident and creative… I have been telling them about this repeatedly and tirelessly… That, they had to find the reason why they had to do a thing well… why they had to find the connection… why they had to trust in themselves, take risks, be on their own… and, pour their full heart in what they did...

But, their time hasn’t come, yet… 



There are many things in my life, 

I do not do with my full heart… 

Only, some I do.




And, I do not have to tell you this: I shine where I pour my full heart in!

I had grasped this truth somewhere along my own journey…

Ever since then, I did not need ‘reminders’ about it…

Yes, the time comes!


GERALD D’CUNHA


Pic.: Sanchita Choudhury


2 comments:

Girish Punjabi said...

A reassuring post this is. Well- written. Thanks.
- Girish

Premalata K. said...

True. There r only some things where we can pour our heart in. And, there is a time to discover that. Love.
...Premalata