Thursday, January 13, 2011


I saw a cat today. A kitten, to be more precise. It was crossing the street from a college towards a house just as I took the turn to my house while returning from work. It had crossed more than 3/4ths of the distance when it came right in front of my vehicle. It must have been blinded by the headlights or something; it froze for a second and then ran right back to where it came from…the farther side of the street.

I borrow the phrase from ‘Eat, Pray, Love’…Attraversiamo! It means 'let’s cross over' in Italian. The kitten had about two more steps to take before it would have reached the other side…where it wanted to be. But in the face of crisis, it ran straight back to where it felt comfortable…back to the starting point. Many of us do the same thing in life.

We set goals and decide on destinations – geographical, spiritual, physical, career-wise – that we want to be at. If we are able to overcome the fear of uncertainty that sometimes comes with getting to these places, we even begin the voyage. And just when we are about to get there, two steps away from the destination, knowing or now knowing how close we were…we run right back to our comfort zones, the starting point in the face of temporary setbacks and hurdles that can be overcome with perseverance.

Attraversiamo! Let’s cross over. Let’s have some faith in the unknown and its possibilities. Let’s finish a journey that’s been started. Let’s persist and reach where we want to be instead of running back to comfort zones. Setbacks are part of every process, more often than not.

Let’s get back after a set back.

Who knows what awaits us on the other side? It could be better or worse than what we had expected it to be but would you prefer stagnation to surprise? Let’s cross over and find out what’s in store.

It’s what the sun is doing today. This brilliant day of Makar Sankranti…crossing over from Capricorn to Aquarius bringing more sunny days to the Northern hemisphere. And we should follow suit.

Maybe the kitchen window in the house across the street is locked or the milk vessel is in the refrigerator. But the kitten will never find out waiting in the cold outside a Dental College.


10 Thinkers Pondered:

Shri said...

Absolutely loved it!

Anil said...

Nicely written!. "Let’s get back after a set back."..nice and true words those!

Enjoy your Sankranthi!

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Mandar K said...

Let’s get back after a set back.
Loved these lines.. And the way you related Makar sankranti to "Attraversiamo!" : Brilliant..

Vibhushan said...

You have summed up in this post the exact attitude and mindset of an entrepreneur. Run through 10 different dark corridors, knock 10 different doors, knowing not which one has the way to success. But enjoying every moment of discovering whats there at the end of those corridors, behind those closed doors. And before you realize you start loving the discoveries more than the success you were looking for, which eventually but definitely comes to you!
Nice post, makes an entrepreneur happy for what he has chosen to do all his life :)

Gyanban said...

Let me play the "cat's" advocate - you see it's better to be safe than sorry.Sometimes taking a step back is not such a bad thing...we re al in this rush to transition from holi to diwali, from capricorn to aquarius from love to hate, from belief to cynicism...that sometimes it just ok to hold on for a moment....maybe it' not time yet to cross over !

Ok - I know i went on a tangent - but hey well written-quite enjoyed reading it and hence it induced me to leave a comment.

Spike said...

you just reminded me again how well you write :-)

beautiful post.

raeez said...

A bit of inspiring words...Thank you for sharing..:)

Eveline said...

Just to let you know, I had a whole 'Eat, Pray, Love' experience. The bad breakup, the holiday trip, the learning to let go and finally the Javier Bardem. Life has been altered irrevocably! For the better too.
We'll be married in March and you're so invited. :)

Attraversiamo. We're crossing over! :)

Anonymous said...

I like your blow and most of your posts .. this one reminded me of the saying ..

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Congrats on getting into IIM. I worked at Oracle Bangalore too.. and lived in BTM ..

take care ..