VII std : I had taken part in a group dance competition.On the first day itself I realized that the steps were difficult ..I just couldn't perfect them..I was so sure my friends would laugh at me..I had sleepless nights..
College : A friend left the Dance group just 2 days before the D day ..I was made a scape goat..I pleaded ..I warned ..but they emotionally blackmailed me..and next moment I was in the group and dancing like a statue..
Now again the same situation..I saw myself standing in front of 20 unknown people .. and was asked to dance in front of them (Hellooo!!! Before getting any absurd idea in your mind read the whole thing)...This was my second day in the Art Of Living classes .
Actually it had started as a bet, someone challenged me that I would not be able to attend this class after office..even if I did ..I would surely faint 'coz of its timing and rigorous activities..I took up the challenge and here I was asking the trainer
" But why me..??.."
Sir : " why not you"
Me : "I dance veryy badly plzzz..."
Sir : " So what?...tell me one thing that stops you from doing things that you like to..I know you like to dance ..I know you luvv to sing ..then what is it that stops you??" (Ok one clarification..sir was saying this 'coz while introducing myself I had very happily declared my hobbies as singing ,dancing..this is my trademark hobby point..obviously I didn't have any clue that he would ask me to stand and dance)
Me : " hmm...I don't know...I do like to dance but ..they will laugh at me ..I don't dance well "
Sir : "when nobody is at home..you dance rightt..."
I blushed a bit
Me : "Hmm ya some times"
Sir : "Then feel as if nobody is there..who are they to stop you from doing something you want to do...tomorrow you wont even meet them..some Tom Dick and Harry tells you that you dance bad and you stop it for the rest of your life..do they have so much importance that they can stop you from doing what you want to do..? Close your eyes..feel this instant..just see what makes YOU happy"
I closed my eyes..and for the first time I felt so much relieved..seriously have you ever felt that there is this another person in you that wants to come out..wants to do things that it has never done...wants to laugh , become a child again..walk in peace... Most of the time what stops us are our own friends..the thought "what will my friends say if I do this thing "..isn't it??
I opened my eyes..and was ready..(It's a different thing that the song on radio was one of my most hated songs..something like Thaade waaste de doongi jaan ve..yuck yuck..but I did some decent steps..Thank you thank you..and for those who thought my dance was bad..excuse me Mr Tom ,Dick or Harry don't want your opinion..hmmph ..sir are you listening..:)))..
I remember we had this experience sharing session where we were divided into groups of 3 ..each one had to speak for 5 minutes..Usually I talk a lot, but this time I felt 5 min were too long for my life..the uncle in my group had sucha long story about his life..I mean with all respect..it was great to hear his story.. but it was too long..the boy had a shorter story but a very interesting one..and mine was the shortest..I mean after 1 min ..I was asking them "what else do you want to hear..??"
Also there was this very lovely garden in our training centre..we were asked to go down and talk to one of the trees (one person with one tree)..initially we thought it was quite weird..I caught one sookha hua tree..I looked here and there to see what others were doing..most of them had already started talking ..I had no clue what to do..I mean I seriously don't have the habit of talking to unanimated objects..it was a perfect situation as if I had met a person for the first time..I had no topic ..I started by saying " What has happened to you?? Don't eat anything or what..?"...and then things started flowing.."Listen Suukhu (Nickname of that tree..cho chweet no..:)) I think you should really drink more water and absorb more sunlight if you want..and what about other trees..they are good na..let me know if they are not..ohh ok ok so you are happy..blah blah.." and then suddenly realizing that I should now stop my gupshup with the tree..that was one moment when I was laughing on myself for having talked so much (and such nonsense..but the tree was very sweet and very patient )
Also I came to know how working in a bank makes you kind of a popular personality.While standing outside the class during break time...one member came to me and said " You are in XYZ bank right..I had been there..I had come to you..and my wife knows you very well"
Me : "That is why I was thinking I have seen you somewhere..." (usually when I don't recognize people I maarofy this dialogue )
Uncle :" wow good memory"
Blushing me..: "Thanku Uncle"
Suddenly another boy came to join us
Boy : " Hey you are in XYZ bank right"
Me again trying to be smart : "yaaaa...You had come right..I remember you also"
Boy : "No yaar I have never been to a bank ( Duh..!! )...I just heard you when you were introducing yourself..why this your trademark dialogue hmm..??"
Lesson learnt : Be a good listener and never react before knowing the facts..
Ohh by the way before ending this post , there is one more thing that I learnt..
" Never be afraid of your view point, even if it is against the flow..may be people are waiting for that one person to stand up and fight for them"..
Thanku Art of living ..you really helped me a lot
With this I declare I luvv Himesh Reshamiya's music..even with his nasal twang..Himesh jii I think you are gr8...Himeshhh Reshamiyaaaaaaaaaa I am cuminggggggggg....:)..