Thursday, May 28, 2009

No Traffic Jams In Life

I was stuck behind a big white bus at Silk Board Junction earlier this evening. I was standing close to the divider and all I could see was the row of vehicles next to me. I couldn’t see anything in front of me…not the vehicles…not even the signal…it was being blocked by the bus. I didn’t know whether the signal was red or green. I didn’t know how much time it would be before it would turn green and we would begin to move. I didn’t even know if there was some space in front of the bus so I could move ahead if only I overtook the bus standing right up front. All I could see was the white metal sheet and the big box with wheels. I was stuck.

I kept waiting unsure of when to turn the ignition of my vehicle on. That uncertainty made me slightly uncomfortable. Yet, the signal did turn green a while later and I was able to move ahead when the other vehicles showed signs of movement. The traffic was heavy and we barely managed to maintain our lanes as more buses joined from Hosur Road. I continued at that slow and slightly unsteady pace to realize that the traffic was flowing much more smoothly up the road and the ride became comfortable again.

In life we face our own big white buses. There are times when everything comes to a standstill. And all we can see is what is around and behind us…not what is ahead. We have no clue if there is enough space in the direction we have chosen to drive in…no idea of how much time it is going to take to even start moving, leave alone get somewhere…somewhere we want to reach. No idea when the signal is turning green for us. And all we can do is wait tapping our feet impatiently and uncertainly.

But the lights turn green…they always do. Big white buses and road blockages move. Even if it means being unsteady for a while, the traffic does ease and the ride does become comfortable. We always reach where we are truly supposed to reach.

There are no standstills in life…any halt in movement is temporary…

One has just got to be able to hold on and wait it out…a little while longer.

8 Thinkers Pondered:

Vibhushan said...

You have a beautiful way to relate real life inanimate objects to deep rooted fundas in life. Last it was moon and now this big white metal bus. Good part about being stuck in traffic jam is that you know all around you are also stuck. While everybody is trying to nudge a bit, cut corners and squeeze in as much as they can, one positive for all of these is that they know where they are heading to. How beautiful life would be if we all would have known and appreciated that others are also in the same pain as you are in at this moment, and having the clarity about which way to take in all this clutter we find ourselves in life!
Looking at obstacles in life as temporary halts and being able to hold on till life moves is an inspiring thought. Liked it.

deepocean said...

Good one Anu. In similar lines how when the road looks clear and when we think its all going to be perfect ride and by the time we reach the next signal, the green turns red and puts a stop to our journey. Again, its only temporary and we need to wait for the light to turn green to start again. Good one. Well narrated and related too! :)

Eveline said...

If i could i'd hug you right you now!! You wrote the words that were in my head, and i adore you for it! :)

Sometimes it feels like I’m breathing myself into this monotonous role and I’m stuck in it. It’s like you said, moving on from being stuck feels like it’s the most uncomfortable thing to do, but life, in its very amazing way, whether you are ready for it or not will continuing moving forward. The truth is for better or worse, there will be many horrible moments and throughout your life. But, the better moments will find you again. It is there, it is waiting. The worst thing for any of us to do is abandon the hope of waiting for those better moments.

mukul said...

True.

Yet take it in another way for a while. Once back on track, the predominant psychology is to forget the bad memories. When wind is not there its suffocation ... when wind is blowing mildly we live as if there never had been any suffocation.

Why pensive situations are forgotten ? Or is it always great to forget them ?

Anupama said...

Hey Vibhushan,

The bit about empathisizing with others is very true...we need to be sensitive to other's place in life...thanks for the comment...

Hey Push!

Thanks for the acknowledgement of the idea...and the comment too :)

Hey Eve,

Loved this bit in your comment: But, the better moments will find you again...they fill me with hope truly...thanks :)

Hey Mukul,

Very interesting perspective - the wind and suffocation bit...something to ponder about. I think it is good to breathe deeply and forget the suffocation suffered once the wind starts blowing because there is nothing we can do about it...only, to take it one step further or diverge, we should remember the lessons from the past...

Pensive situations, if remembered and clung to, rob the happy moments of their spark and in effect act as dampeners...they are probably best forgotten

Thanks for stopping by and welcome to the blog :)

Ganesh Kumaran said...

Very Nice Analytical Mapping, the current smaller entity to a bigger entity.Alas! It perfectly applies to my situation,I am in the middle of the river(time),cant rest still,have to find a way out to reach to the other side of the bank! Anyhow,Quite Inspiring one!!

R. Ramesh said...

i love the headline of this post..congrats on the good blog..

Anupama said...

Hey Ramesh,

Thank you so much for stopping by, for the comment and for the compliment :) ...do visit again...