Joy

I received a piece of very good news today.

First, it didn’t quite sink in.
After a while, it did.
And that’s when I looked back. If this was me two years ago, I would have gone into a 2 week high with little regard for anybody but myself.
But, this time around, I had work to do – of course. So, I decided to focus on work and take it in my stride.
Gradually, the celebratory air sunk in and then I began calling/emailing friends and family one by one to relay the news.
As I was thinking about whom to speak to, I thought of many – close family, friends, mentors etc.. and I was feeling both thankful and humbled. I had done very little after all – the real credit went to those who believed in me. And boy, the whole experience felt so good..
And it was SO much fun sharing that joy. Having been brought up as a single child, sharing doesn’t come naturally to me (it’s still a forced process) but if this is anything to go by, sharing is a mind-bender.
I was also reminded of a couple of lines from the evergreen ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling

If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

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