The internet medical sites have produced a group of self taught medical experts with little knowledge that is a dangerous thing for their spouses forced to bear the brunt of that faulty education creating a deep divide in society between the hypochondriacs and the others driven to near insanity by the well meant incomplete information.
I was told that to ensure retention
And to make sure of career progression
Must take part in retraining and re-education
For to remain competitive and beat the competition
It is a must to enforce cost reduction
For a healthy bottom line need job elimination
So occupants of corner offices can earn sky high remunerations
Getting a job after retraining, I have no expectation
Without experience may be looking at a possible demotion
Many of my friends out the door, I hide my emotion
Everyday morning fear more degradation
Keep my mouth shut for fear of retribution
Boss said he tackled all the dirty work with gumption
And as a reward he deserved a bonus and promotion
Day came when he was handed his papers that caused a sensation
I sent him a sorry for you e-mail as I still may need a recommendation
Because of the situation I always have a premonition
Although the politicians always make grandiose proclamations
Well I think everyone working has a similar narration
But time has now come to bring my story to a conclusion
To run a race marathon I do not have any intention
If it is of any consolation
It affects most of the population
I fear I am afflicted by the disease named TION.
I shall rather enjoy my retirement and not seek redemption.
From this exploitation
We are always warned by somebody or other about something or other. Warning labels are part of our daily life. We have warning about our health, our finances, our education, our retirement, etc., etc., etc. We are so dependant on warning as if without warning our life can not go on. However we sometimes do not get any warning about some of the most important things about our lives. The recent passing away of Alan Thicke is a warning to all of us regarding the fleeting nature of life. I am sure the people of California would be more than happy to get enough early warning regarding impending earthquakes.
However sometimes even with warning signs flashing, people either tend to ignore at their own peril or find it hard to believe. Such was the case of the recent election in USA. Though there were plenty warning signs that the results may not be what majority of the polls were predicting, lots of people either were complacent or chose to ignore those warnings. Now it is time to pay the price for ignoring those warning signs. The events of last month and half are sending enough warning signs of things that are shaping up to revoke and repeal many of the progressive achievements of last few years. Accepting the results of the election does not mean that we will have to acquiesce meekly to all the rhetorics that are flying around. Acceptance does not mean to be resigned to one’s fate. We need to stay engaged in the process, pay heed to the warning signs and also warn and educate regarding the perils of abject surrender.
As I an marching towards the completion of my yearlong journey with the letter “W”, I am realizing many of my Write Anything Wednesday posts are taking a subtle political tinge. May be I will take some rest at the end of the year and regroup my thoughts. Maybe this post is a warning to me that I need to open up more to other ideas. Whatever it may be, for week forty seven of my fifty two weeks journey with the letter “W”, I start my poem with the word ” Warning”. And my dear readers, I am warning you, the poem definitely has a political tinge.
Wisdom of thought and wisdom of speech
Wisdom of words and wisdom of deed
Wisdom that is learnt and wisdom inborn
Wisdom that make humans reform
Wisdom of age and wisdom of youth
Wisdom keeps us right going forth
Wise is the person learning from life
Wise are those who keep away from strife
Wise one does not need others to teach
Wise person does not unnecessarily preach
Bookish learning is not a pre-requirement for being wise
Observing nature and learning from life can get you the prize
An open mind to analyze and willingness to learn
Will provide the wisdom to be self sufficient and to earn
Remember Aesop’s story of the ants and the grasshopper
All the wisdom to be successful was buried inside there
Listening to the promises of the false prophets of Wall Street
Savings and loan scandal,dot-com bust, housing bubble resulted indeed
Wisdom is not a privilege of age nor a property of the sage
Learning is a lifelong process not bound by a cage
Ivy league education does not guarantee wisdom
Otherwise why do we have so many political morons
Wisdom comes from learning to slow down and smell the roses
Treating others as you like to be treated and not creating foes
Learning when to open your mouth and what battles to pick
Learning to listen,analyze,understand and practice wisdom in deed
Wisdom will prevent us from being blind followers
Wisdom will guide us to find the true leaders
Wisdom will teach us not to be bigots
Wisdom will show the path not to be zealots
Wisdom is a gift to cherish that will show us the light
Darkest moment of our life, wisdom will be shining bright
Week 9 of My Fifty Two Weeks Journey with “W”
With today’s post I will be completing two months of my yearlong, twelve month, journey. That’s completion of one sixth of my journey, sixteen point six percent or rounded off to seventeen percent. Definitely sounds better than nine out of fifty-two or forty-three weeks more to go. I think that’s what statisticians do, fudge the numbers to make it sound better to get their points across. That’s the same tactics politician adopt, look at the same data set and proclaim that the economy is improving or unemployment is decreasing and the opposition proclaiming that economy is tanking and we are worse off than when they were in power. I am digressing here. Did not want to talk about numbers and statistics but about an inspiring news item I read today. Yes Virginia, sometimes dog bites man is also news.
I was reading my morning news today, of course in internet, when a headline caught my eyes : ” 5 PhD thesis on this class III – dropout poet”. Poetry being my passion, I was naturally intrigued to read the story beyond this headline and will like to share with you the story of Haldhar Nag. Mr Nag , born in Indian state of Odisha, had to leave school at a very young age of ten years when his father passed away. Though he lacked formal education, he did not leave behind learning. Starting his working career as a dishwasher at age ten, he wrote his first poem at age forty and had not looked back since. He was awarded the Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian awards in India, by the President of India on Monday. His literary work will be a part of the curriculum of Sambalpur University in Odisha. Inspiring story indeed.
When I was reading the story of Mr. Nag, I started thinking about the word for week nine of my journey with the letter “W”. For today, I can not think of any other inspiring word than “Wisdom”. Does it come with age, experience, learning, bookish knowledge or formal education? Or life itself is the best teacher if we are willing to listen and learn? I don’t have any answer yet nor do I proclaim to have an answer by the time I pen my poem starting with “wisdom”, but I sure do promise to explore.
Yesterday was International Women’s Day. When I planned my vacation, that was not planned at all, I had scheduled to spend one day with my mother-in-law. At that time I had no idea about International Women’s Day. I am happy that I had the opportunity to spend the day with an wonderful women yesterday. My mother-in-law is a self taught person who had barely seen the inside of a formal school. At a very early age she had to leave formal education and stay home to take care of her siblings after the unexpected death of her father. Married at seventeen, she raised five successful kids and with the encouragement of her husband completed her education. Married for fifty nine years, she lost her husband three years back. Since then she is living alone independently learning new skills like managing personal finance, renters etc that used to be taken care of by my father-in-law. She is a published writer writing in her mother tongue stories, articles and songs and very involved in her neighborhood community activities. As a tribute to her and International Women’s Day, the word I have chosen for week 6 of my fifty two weeks journey with letter “W” is “WOMEN”.