Thursday, June 09, 2005

Do Your Best

A very long time back I had read in a book: “Do your best and let god take care of the rest”. Sounds like a very simple line but if you think of it carefully it actually sums up the essence of how we must live our lives in just a few words. All of us have experienced times when we do not have any control over what happens. All we can do is try our very best and pray that events turn out in our favor. In such times it is very easy to fall prey to fatalism and think that all events in our lives are pre-destined.
But in reality it is not so. Ramana Maharishi used to say that the only control we have is over our reaction to events that happen to us. It is this reaction that sows the seeds of future events. If the reaction is positive, meaningful, and benign then it will pave the way for better future events. The Bhagwad Gita preaches: “Perform your duty in the best possible way and relinquish the fruits of your actions to god”. Applying this simple principle will help us lead meaningful, constructive lives, devoid of stress and tension. The importance of this principle in our professional life is also very significant. Stress is an occupational hazard for software professionals. We are constantly battling (often unrealistic) project deadlines. The stress is sometimes compounded by personal and health problems. How does one prevent stress from mounting.
The simplest way is to work for a company that believes in 40 hour weeks. But would that be fun? Probably not. The next best thing is to control stress at a personal level. Even when the entire team is going berserk, we can still remain calm, try our best, leave no stone unturned, and then just call it a day and let god take care of the rest. Do not mistake this for escapism. The idea is not to escape from work, but to understand that there is a point beyond which more effort becomes counter-productive. It actually causes loss of efficiency, productivity, and health.

4 comments:

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SatishTalim said...

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Tarun Chandel said...

Hello Sir

Well said about the thought that "Do your best, God will take care of the rest". I have my own thoughts on it and its upto each individual to think and decide what is "the rest", just yhinking that the project will somehow get over and saying that "God will take of the rest" will surely need you to visit the temple soon. But on the other hand just not being able to decide when to stop turning the stones .... a`nd just not being able to tkae your head off the project even when you are in bed will surely need you pay visit to a Doc soon.
About handling the stress and working in a compnay which makes you work 40hrs a week .... is there any such company existing ... I doubt! But I have my own little theory on handling the stress .... problem is like a glass of water which you are holding up in the air .... if you keep holding ith there for an hour or it wont hurt. But if you will keep holding it for the whole day your hand will go numb .... if you still keep holding it you may paralyze your hand .... the idea is to put the glass down after a while and pick it again later. Keep your problems like that keep thinking about them you may actually paralyze your thinking.
Just keep taking breaks from things at regular interval, this will not only keep you fresh but you will be able to solve the problems more creatively as well.

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