DON’T BOTHER

Good morning! “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win,” said Gandhiji. Lage Raho Munnabhai came and it went. After the movie’s stupendous success, amazingly, we started following Gandhiji’s teachings and then as time went by we forgot his teachings.

‘They’ is all of us — you and I, ‘they’ is people in general, ‘they’ is those who dislike others for doing extraordinary things, ‘they’ is those who would rather pull you down than applaud you. The quote urges you to not pay attention to such people and continue working. It says that when your efforts start paying off, some people will raise arms against you — they will try to dishearten you by ignoring your efforts, they will make fun of you; and when you, like a thick-skinned rhino, refuse to stop, they will do everything possible to sabotage your efforts. In the end, when you still persist, they will follow you; it is then that victory will be yours.

Yesterday, a participant in one of my workshops was very agitated. This participant is not the usual boisterous student; in fact he’s one of those grim types. Obviously, he hasn’t earned any brownie points for being so quiet in the class. A little different from the others; he is courteous, completes his assignments and asks loads of questions and except for his pronunciation, which is weird and quite funny, he happens to be a good student.

He had to make his first presentation and even before he stood up, the whole class started laughing at him. He was obviously in tears. It is for him and many others like him that I am keying in this article.

Please understand that there is always a first time; when people laugh at you, just close your ears to them — like this frog did.

A group of frogs were hopping through the woods when two of them fell into a deep pit. All the frogs gathered around the pit to see what could be done. But the pit was too deep, so they told the two frogs to prepare themselves for their fate, because they were as good as dead.

Unwilling to accept their terrible fate, the two frogs began to jump with all their might. Some of the frogs shouted into the pit that it was hopeless, and that the two frogs wouldn’t be in that situation if they had been more careful. The other frogs continued shouting sorrowfully that they should save their energy and give up, since they were already as good as dead.

The two frogs continued jumping with all their might and after several hours, one of the frogs took heed to the call of his fellow frogs—exhausted; he resolved himself to his fate, lay down at the bottom of the pit and died.

The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could, although his body ached and he was tired. Once again, his companions began yelling for him to accept his fate, stop torturing himself and just die. The weary frog jumped harder and harder and wonder of wonders, finally leaped so high that he sprang from the pit.

Astounded with the frog’s success and perseverance, the others celebrated his freedom and asked, “Why did you continue jumping when we told you it was impossible?” The astonished frog explained that he was deaf and as he saw their gestures and shouting, he thought they were cheering him up and just kept on working harder…

So, my dear readers; don’t let people pressurise you into giving up.

Keep smiling…

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