Tuesday, November 26, 2013

DECISIONS















Pic.: Neerja Panchal


A decision is some definite resolve that we make in our minds. We decide to do or not to do. And, such simple state of mind has so much power to influence the state of our affairs, the quality of our lives, and, above all, our destinations...

For so many years, I dreamed of so many things. But, when it came to achieving them, nothing took off the launching pad. I realized my handicap: my habit of procrastination. I avoided making decisions, because, I avoided responsibility. Things were quite comfortable, so I feared change, consequences. It was the classic Arjuna Syndrome. The whole Gita was written to explain the importance of making up our minds, of getting up and doing things – instead of just thinking on and on.

Later, I did mark these moments in the lives of my heroes: the night Gautama left his palace, the chilly night when young Gandhi was thrown out of a train compartment in South Africa; the night Christ prayed for courage in the Gethsemane Garden; the day the young girl Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (Mother Teresa) decided to leave Loreto to walk among the poorest of the poor… There are many, many more.

Taking a major decision is like proclaiming one’s own liberation. There is so much power and magic packed in it, that the world begins to wonder, where the hell the strength comes from!

Too often, we aren’t capable of taking a major decision, unless and until some unpleasant circumstances force us to do so, unless and until we are driven to the wall…

Yes, in my case, it happened so!



GERALD D’CUNHA


P.S.:

In 1990, THE DAWN CLUB had published a small book by the title – ‘The Zest’. It had carried some eighteen short and medium-sized passages written by me. The book instantly became one of our very popular books; and, eventually, it was reprinted several times.

We guess, one of the main reasons for its popularity was that it spoke to the reader in ‘first person’… He felt as though he was talking to himself… a soliloquy. Yes, the reader could instantly connect to the voice in the book… and, the message simply seeped into his heart!

The above passage – ‘DECISIONS’ – is a popular passage from the book.


1 comment:

Kunal Shetty said...

We all decide to do or decide not to do!!!! Good one. Kunal