KATHMANDU, Oct 4: Subsequent to the publication of my article in Republica a few weeks ago, my roommate offered me accolades like other friends and known ones did.
Yet I was stupefied with his statement, “Oh, you penned about your sister and your nieces” as if my writing was intended to discuss my personal life and appraise my sister in public for her meticulous handling of raising twin girls.
Without a second thought in my mind, I explained in brief that our thoughts, ideas and propositions are products of life’s relationship dynamics, the constant engagements with people and places and our observation of events and environment around us. I couldn’t be sure if he was convinced with my reasoning but managed to nod in agreement.
On the other hand, upon posting the article’s link in my Facebook page, I did receive deluge of compliments and feedbacks from friends. The writing seemed a snap to many of them but the magnitude and scope of the topic that I took stock of was very involved that touched everyone’s life.
On the same note, one of my ex-colleagues and friends disclosed to me that he began to revere his parents tenfold after he had his first kid than what he used to do before.
In life, we take a lot of things for granted. Those who are privileged to afford a single-family home take their shelter for granted. Those who go to great schools take education for granted, and those who manage to receive unrequited love and support from their near and dear ones take their endearment for granted.
There are books and publications on self-improvement, positive living, motivation and all that has to do with life. Behavioral science comes up with tested theories and research-based finding about human interactions, social engagements, morale and motivation.
From Maslow’s theory on human motivation to Machiavelli’s proposition on power and ethics to Dale Carnegie’s writing on self-improvement, the list is endless. And there are autobiographies of men and women from all walks of life who have stood out in human history by their deeds.
Their personal stories become impetus for the generations to come; their everyday life sagas go to laboratory of academicians and social scientists in the name of research and study.
Writing about experiences and events taking place in our lives is introspection. It’s about discovering who we are and what we want to be. The road to self-awareness seemingly simple to many of us, however, is a daunting task of analyzing and critiquing oneself. Knowing that change is difficult to pursue, we’re accustomed to status quo and seldom try to scrutinize ourselves in granular details. At times, we overhear people talking behind our back and other times we get to know how our dealings with people are received.
Nevertheless, we do overlook the entire feedback loop as if we see the world through the most perfect window. Whether by observing little things during a family dinner or reflecting on your recent encounter with an old classmate, we can widen our perspectives and build on our conscientiousness level.
Putting such thoughts and ideas on paper is to augment our knowledge base and help us see the world through a magnified lens. And doing so, we can only become better and prolific.
The writer is a MBA graduate from George Mason University, USA.