The Task Is Same - Jump Into The Pool From Top Of A Cliff



The Task Is Same - Jump Into The Pool From Top Of A Cliff

Life happens in leaps.

When we are in mid-air, we do not realize that at the beginning or end of the jump. We do not realize that we are jumping for long, no time. Once you see clearly, it becomes scary, exciting, wants to do it, does not want to do it, has to do it, etc.

If we don't jump on our own, life will push you.

Imagine this.

Standing on top of a cliff looking directly down at the beautiful pool of blue water. The view is so beautiful that you are lost in it. You know you have to jump. A few, the moment they see it, jump without even taking clothes off. Some cautiously assess the situation and surroundings, put their swim clothes and a life jacket on, neatly fold, and keep the old clothes aside. And stand at the ledge, take a deep breath, and dive in. Rest, we will stand there for a while, even trying to go back. But there is no going back. We will throw a fit. Pace. Sweat. Curse. Half of this, some, eventually, jump with eyes closed. The other half... oh!!!! When the window gets too close to closing, life pushes them. They fall. They fall into the water, screaming, flailing, scared out of their mind, thinking they will die.

So,

All of us did enter the pool.

Which ones do you think have the least impact of this experience as a negative one?

The task was the same for all.

Jump into the pool from a cliff.

The difference in each person's experience is how they approach the task.

Let me go slightly-nerdy here.

If I draw a bell curve, a curve that looks like a bell, the first ones belong to the far left—the last ones to the far right.

First, they are so taken by the beauty and excitement of a new experience that they don't care how they jump or land. They are the ones who do the leap of faith. These have a strong belief that no matter how they land, it's gonna be okay, it's going to be fun.

The next ones, they are cautious, careful; these are the ones who will assume a diverse pose, warm themselves up and slice through the water so smoothly. They, too, experience immense joy as this is a task well planned and executed.

The third batch, they are the ones who have fear but really don't want fear to run their lives. So, they pace around till they reach a point I called "What's the worst that could happen?" They usually jump in with eyes closed, but hugging knees with hands and holding their breath. Again, they have decided to take somewhat control of the task and situation. They feel relief when they come up out of the water.

The last ones, damn!!!!!!!!!

As I said, they fall. 

They do not jump. 

They are pushed. 

They gave up their power to jump. Since the task is a must, they were forced. They fall with fear alone and maybe the belief that they will die or break something. These, they hit the water hard, we can't really say in what way. They go under, takes a while to come back up. And sit on the shore and complain about how life is so unfair. And so cruel.


Immense Pleasure.

The joy of accomplishment.

Pleasant relief.

Resentment.


The task is the same. Its how they did it, how they approached it is the only difference.

I am not going to insult your intelligence by explaining this story. I do hope you get what I am saying.

Love all of you

Sajju

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