Saturday, 19 May 2012

Life Lessons from The Beatles

It isn’t easy doing what you want. For a number of reasons, actually. For starters, every element in the universe seems to be working to stop you from doing that. Isn’t it always the case? You set out to buy chocolate ice cream, but when you reach the shop, it is shut. The next shop doesn’t have the flavour in stock and the shop after that is too far and you don’t have the means to get there. So, you have to settle for the next best thing.

In retrospect, it isn’t a very big deal, settling for the next best thing. In fact, you were pleasantly surprised with the other flavour. It made you rethink your chocolate-ice-cream-only policy. But, what if you really, REALLY, wanted chocolate ice cream? Deviating from the chocolate-ice-cream-only policy may be a sign of things to come. Or an evaluation of your life.

Let’s look at the chocolate-ice-cream-only policy as a sign of your perseverance. Judging from your experience with the other flavour, you don’t seem very keen on pursuing what you really want.

What DO you want? You did set out to buy chocolate ice cream. However, what did you REALLY want? Was it just ice cream or was it chocolate ice cream? You may have a policy but isn’t that limiting your potential for variety? What are your priorities? Set your priorities straight, you won’t have to make difficult decisions then, they say.

There comes a time in a man’s life, when he must let go. When he must throw caution to the wind and disregard his priorities. A time when it becomes near impossible to do what he really wants to do. It is a point where you must choose between what you want to do and what you must do. At this point in life, everybody knows what they HAVE to do.

Some make choices. Others, well, they let go.

Let It Be by The Beatles
When I find myself in times of trouble,
Mother Mary comes to me,
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be…

-  Dhaval Shethia