"You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it."Many of you might have heard/read the story of the greedy farmer who killed his chicken which was yielding golden eggs, instead of waiting patiently for another one.
Right from the beginning of the day, when we wait with a bucket in our hands waiting for our turn in bathing, to the dinner served on our plates, our patience is tested like Agni-Pariksha !!!
Nobody has the practice of writing letters today. SMSes, e-mails, Whatsapp, etc have changed our lives in a tremendous way. It is long-gone the ritual of waiting for the postman to ring our door-bell shouting, "Post !!!". The thrill & the suspense which our previous generations have experienced, coupled with hundreds of questions on what the reply would be like, have been reduced to merely a few seconds and minutes.
The queue system plays a major role in examining our levels of patience. No one will be willing to go out of the queue, fearing the next person will take his place. Some people use influence to finish their jobs quickly. A lot of people tend to push the person standing in front of them in order to indicate their lack of patience.
Waiting for the food in a hotel is truly a "Sathya-Sodhanai" (Tamil for "Truth-Testing"). We anxiously glance at the waiter, and get both excited & angry when he brings our dish of choice, but instead gives it to another customer !!! It has also been asked in a comedy show why the name "Fast-Food" is kept for food which are not even delivered early !!!
When we were small, we all used to take joy in little jobs of arithmetic like addition, subtraction, multiplication & division. All of us used to celebrate happily, if our answer to the arithmetic question was right. But now, where have those moments of happiness gone ??? We idly press a few buttons in our calculator and write down the answer flashing on the screen.
Most of us prefer auto-rickshaws, taxis, bikes to go even to the next street. Walking has been reduced to a morning activity, the rest of the day is spent sitting down on a chair and working.
We spend hours on facebook, idly scrolling down our home-page, and watching other people's facebook profiles. But waiting for even a few seconds seems like eternity.
Simple things in life are to be appreciated by us. After all, life is made up of such simple & small things. As Laura Teresa Marquez said,
“When we get impatient because something is taking too long, we should remember that Life waits on us a thousand times more than we wait on Life.”