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Thank-you ma’am for sharing such a personal experience with us. The article has been brilliantly written. I think in some way or the other we can all relate to this article. We’re all trying to be independently strong individuals, to move on and accept the changed environment. However, the memories that we hold on to so dearly try to pull us back every time. I still remember the time I took a solo-trip to Mumbai; I still have kept a number of things like tickets, photographs, and restaurant bills to hold on that moment and feeling and every time I think about throwing it off as it’s just adding to the trash, I somehow end up convincing myself that these are the memories of some of the best days of my life and I need to store it. On a larger scale, if we look at it I think this is the attitude that prevents us to grow. The attachment with things prevents us from moving to a different environment or adapting to different ways of doing things. Looking at the example of Infosys, NRN Murthy, even after he stepped back from the active running of the company couldn't let go and raised a hue and cry about the executive pay packages and drew comparisons to his own. This led the CEO, Vishal Sikka, to step down and created troubles in the functioning of the company. At the end of the day, I think it all boils down to not being attached to things, to be able to love and yet, let go. When you hold on to things, you aren’t able to test your limits, you aren’t able to explore yourself and know what you’re capable of. Also, only when you let go of stuff from the past are you able to create a space for new ones. I do acknowledge the fact that at times, just going back to those memories and cherishing them is a source of happiness and provides us with the strength to deal with life, but they also make us weak in the sense that it then becomes difficult for us to accept change and take up better opportunities in life. This doesn’t mean that nothing should be important to us; going to an extreme of anything is bad. It just implies that you need to know “when to let go”. As soon as you think it anything has started to affect your personal growth or development or is making you weak emotionally, that should be your cue.

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