No more striving

No more striving

Dr. Wayne Dyer, best-selling author of the book “Your Erroneous Zones” and a renowned psychotherapist, says that the secret of success lies in detachment. This phenomenon is often visible in the context of sports events, when a player, attached to the outcome of winning the game, often ends up on the losing side.

On September 19, 2001 state-level selection tournaments for Badminton were held at the Mulund Gymkhana.

Meenakshi Wagh, a seasoned Badminton player from Thane, was one of the participants. In her words, “The turning point of the tournament was the singles semi-finals”. Meenakshi had lost the first 2 of the 5 sets of the match and was already down 4-6. Her opponent, second seeded Kripa Telang, was at match-winning point.

At this point, quite unexpectedly, the tide turned in favour of Meenakshi who won three straight sets leading her to win the match and reach the finals against women’s top seed Archana Deodhar. “I found my flow when I stopped focusing on winning and started to play my natural game”, says Meenakshi. Meenakshi won the single semi finals 3-3, 4-7, 8-6, 7-0, 7-3. This was quite a turnaround.

It seems Dr. Dyer is right when he says, “Detachment is the only vehicle available to take you from striving to arriving”. Meenakshi went on to win both the singles and doubles finals and is now going to represent the West Zone for state level tournaments.

Age Mirage
What one does has little to do with when he does it. Take for instance Mrs. Pramila Rao, a 65-year old lady, who enthusiastically runs a nursery school at Thane’s Brindaban Society.

Mrs. Pramila Rao started the nursery school when she was 45. At the time, she had only 4-5 children. But the loving methods that she adopted in her new profession quickly made her popular among children. Within a couple of years, she had about 70 children in her care.

The distinctive quality of the nursery school lies in the “experience” of the children. Mrs. Rao firmly believes that “For young children, learning should be a pleasant, fun-filled experience – so much so that every morning, these children should look forward to it”. Focusing on a child’s overall development, Rao’s nursery, as it is popularly known, has a two-hour session each day, which begins at 9 am. Each day is packed with a variety of activities such as clay modeling, drawing, poetry or singing sessions, or even buttoning a shirt.

Each year, an annual day is held in CKP hall and children participate in stage shows, history plays and elocutions etc. From time to time a picnic is organized, giving the children an opportunity to see different places.

For Mrs. Rao, the school is her labour of love and although not a source of income, she earns a lot more by way of students’ love. “It is not the years in your life, but the life in your years that counts,” said Adlai Stevenson. Mrs. Pramila Rao has lots of life in her years.

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