From Panic to Positivity

  Author: Venkateswaran

It was the tail-end of September, the time when schools generate their Term-I report cards. I had to travel out-of-station for a set of meetings that were scheduled during that time. While there were certain pending tasks, I was pretty sure that things will still function smoothly if I’m not in office for a week.

With that in my mind and a little bit of excitement, I flew to Delhi, my first ever trip to the capital. The moment I landed there and switched on my phone, messages started flooding in causing uneasiness. The reasons were two-fold. Firstly, I weren’t in my work space to handle issues and secondly, I feared I wouldn’t be able to experience and enjoy Delhi as planned.

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One good emotion that saves us every time is “hope”. Hope doesn’t provide you a solution for any situation, but it helps you to move on. I hoped that I’ll be able to resolve all the problems that were unearthing and carry on with the scheduled meetings. As the day went by the count of work-related queries kept increasing with the expectation to resolve them all being within the same day.

I was starting to panic. Though I was trying to resolve most of it, work kept piling up. In the evening, after all the meetings, I called a colleague with whom I had planned to stay for the week. I thought of reaching his place early and finishing the work at his place. But alas, he was returning late from work. With nowhere to go I was roaming around Delhi. While I was trying my best to ease the situation my only source of communication, the single positive pillar that I had pinned my hopes on – my phone ­­­­– got switched off.

There is a popular saying in Tamil, “Muzhusa nenanja apram mukkaadu edhukku?” (After getting drenched, why do you need a scarf?).  With that thought my panic flew away. There was nothing to do but to be in the moment and let it sink. Sitting on a bench, a smile rose above my cheekbones.

For the next hour I roamed around the mall and found a place to charge my phone. I connected with a helpful resource at my office in Chennai and he briefed me of the things that were taken care of. By then, my colleague had also reached his house. I went to his place after dinner, had a nice talk and went to bed. It was a while since I had such a sound sleep.

 

12 thoughts on “From Panic to Positivity”

  1. Life has this funny way of making you sometimes think of things as important in 1 instant and not so important in the very next instant. That’s what makes living fun. It’s these trials and tribulations that we live with everyday that makes life worth living.

  2. ‘Hope’ the 1 hour you roamed around mall, you were ‘positively’ enjoying mall and not ‘panickingly’ searching for charger.

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