Thursday, November 20, 2008

"Vaccum before you dream again"

“The stock and commodity markets seem to go just one way and that’s down. Hundreds of millions of market cap eroded, value destroyed. The recession is here to stay and no policy measures, interest rate cuts, liquidity infusion seem to work. OMG, it’s pushing us back to where we started out – point zero.

Not that I am scared. But it’s a daunting task to claw your way back from such depths. I’d managed it with little resource and a lot of will. But I was a lot younger then. Now after a couple decades, if I’ve to repeat that trek, I might have to reinvent. Then I was alone; now I’ve got a family too!”

This was the kinda’ talk that did rounds when a bunch of us old pals met recently. There were software pros, engineers, finance pros and even one professor of economics in the gang. This concern about the future and the hard times that we’re forced to go thro was the common thread.

They say if we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. But who knows? Suddenly we feel like a bundle of beginnings. In front of us lay a stone with a hole in it. Who could’ve bothered to drill it? Nature. The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling. That meant something. It really did. You can't go through life quitting everything. If you're going to achieve anything, you've got to stick with something. Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. The race of life is not always to the swift, but to the one that keeps running. Fall seven times, up eighth.

Coming to think of it, this recession is like a mountain. Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain. So why despair? It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. You may not be there yet, but you're closer than you were yesterday.

And what if your dreams turn to dust? Simple. Just vacuum before you dream again ;-)

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