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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

ABC Challenge #26: Z for Zenith


Among the various theories and prophecies formulated by mankind, everyone believes that they are destined for the greater good. People believe that at some point in their lives they are meant to shine among the crowd and carve an identity for themselves. It might not materialize, but people dream about it. The subconscious mind notices even the smallest and the deepest of our desires and we eventually dream about them.

Though people may disagree, everyone would get to be at the pinnacle of glory at least once in their life time. Some might not realize it, probably because they keep looking at something else as an achievement and some people are lucky enough or smart enough to realize that they have reached where they wanted to see themselves.

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Let’s just assume that, more than anything you want to win a race and that, reaching the destination would probably be the highlight of your life.

When you start running the race, you set out with a destination in mind. With every step that you take, every step closer to your destination, you realize that there are certain other things that are better than what you had originally planned for. Your goals start evolving, and you start adapting yourself to the changes. You still keep running. You continue to run because your destination might be different but your focus on accomplishing your goal still remains the same. After encountering numerous physical and mental obstacles, after overcoming fears and doubts, you reach the destination.

Finally, the realization hits you that you spent hours, months and years together awaiting that special moment. Now that it is upon you, you  stand, look back and enjoy and you have no idea what to do next. You move on with the other mundane stuff. You realize that the time spent waiting for the dream to materialize and the time spent preparing yourself and running the race was way more interesting than the time spent after accomplishing the feat.

In the end, you realize that you started at a point wanting to go somewhere. And that was all that was in your mind. You would have given anything to get there. Then you realize that you are now standing on a different turf, way different than where you wanted to be, but it felt good to be there. You feel happy to have listened to your instincts and to be standing there.  It then dawns on you that the decisions you take on the go are more important than all the analysis and decisions taken before getting down to the field. You realize that it is the journey that has made the process of reaching the destination eventful.

Looking back at the path you traveled by, you know that as much as reaching the destination was deemed important and necessary, you could take back a lot of memories from the  journey than from the specific point of glory.

What happens to most of us is that we place our focus entirely on the specific point that we travel unmindful of the journey along the path. Upon reaching the target, we celebrate the achievement that has been unlocked. But when we look back, we would have nothing to take from that journey. It would all be hazy and blurred.

Never lose focus on where you have to reach. At the same time pay attention to the beautiful path that you tread on. For, the best things in life will not necessarily be at the end of everything, it might be all scattered all along the way.

To read others posts in this challenge, click here

31 comments:

  1. Ashwini, Congratulations on successfully finishing the ABC challenge.Good one! " Focus on destination, but make sure to enjoy the journey"

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    1. Just like my Challenge. Thank you so much Bharathi for being there throughout the series :-)

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  2. Congratulations that you have finished the ABC challenge, I personally enjoyed the journey and that for the messages. Have you seen the movie Peaceful warrior, you must see it

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    1. Thank you Shushanth. Happy that you enjoyed the series. And No, I havent watched it, will try to see it. Thanks again :-)

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  3. It is a beautiful post and I loved reading it. Congratulations on completing the challenge.

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  4. WOW!! You actually wrote from A-Z :O

    Congrats! Each post was beautiful than the other. Awesome work :)

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    1. Thank you Soumya. When I started this I did not know it would be this challenging. Glad that I've successfully completed the challenge. Thank you :-)

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  5. I completely agree with you. There was a beautiful post by someone on the similar topic but I couldn't recollect. Always enjoy the process, that what makes the journey interesting.

    And congrats on completing AtoZ challenge. It's a really difficult talk that you have accomplished.

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    1. Yes Saru. We tend to shift focus but in the end the journey is what matters. Thank you so much. Thanks for all the encouragement and for being around in this series :-)

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  6. Congratulations Ashwini on successful completion of ABC challenge. All the articles are wonderful.

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  7. The last para succinctly puts things in proper perspective.I may wish to travel to Manali ,my destination but would be foolish to miss the breathtaking scenes and the excitement the journey presents.The journey itself is far more interesting than the final destination.
    Congratulations on your tenacity and perseverance

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    1. Thank you so much KP sir. It is as important to enjoy the journey as much as it is to reach the destination. Thank you for your support and encouragement sir, for the entire series :-)

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  8. Really nice post and an awesome way to end the A to Z challenge. Congrats on the awesome post and completion of this tough challenge.

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  9. Yes Ashwini in complete agreement with you. Its the various decisions that we take in our journey en-route our destination that makes our life worth living.

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    1. Yes, they definitely make it worth living. Thank you :-)

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  10. The view from the Mount Everest, I guess may be less spectacular if the mountaineer misses out the vast planes and ravines that through which he journeyed to this destination. I agree with you.

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    1. Exactly. I couldn't have worded it more wonderfully than you :-)

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  11. Enjoying the journey is as important as reaching the destination! So well said, Ashwini:)

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    1. Of course, what's the point when we reach the destination if we've missed wonderful things on our way! Thank you Sir :-)

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  12. Many people have no clue about their goals - Ask them, and they'll tell vague stuff like 'I want to make more money', 'I want to grow in my organization' and such generic things. Not having a clear focus/personal goal is a huge demotivator and many people don't realize it.

    There is also a big difference to having a goal for the sake of it or having a goal that truly excites us and will enable us to grow as a person. Sometimes, it takes years to even identify such a goal, forget working towards it.

    What you say is true - the fun, learning and excitement is in working towards the goal, which (unfortunately) diminishes greatly after one achieves their goal. That sometimes makes us think, 'Was the goal so important to us, after all?' That's why it is important to set the right goal in the first place.

    Destination Infinity

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    1. True that.

      Setting clear goals will ensure that we are clear about what we want from ourselves. At many junctures in life, we might tend to be confused and get carried away by other influencing factors. But if we are clear about what we want, we would never need to be bothered about the distractions :-). That being done, With a firm eye on the destination, we should take a look around where we are going, because there might be a beautiful garden or a fatal gorge which we would miss. Failing to notice the first one, we would miss something good, failing to notice the second thing would make us miss our entire life.

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  13. Just the way you did while publishing the ABC series! :)

    I liked the way you explained everything through a race.. I personally love the lessons we learn from a simple race - about focus, determination, target, satisfaction after completing (like a marathon) and winning (like a 100m race)..

    Congrats on completing the series Ashwini! :)

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    1. Exactly Binu :-). Only after you said it, I realized it's been the same for the entire series as well. Thank you for being here throughout the series. Thanks for all the encouragement :-)

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  14. Congratulations for reaching the end of this challenge!
    The topic chosen too is very apt for this challenge.

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    1. Thank you Rama ji :-). In the end, this is what matters :-). Thanks for being there throughout this challenge. For your encouragement and wishes :-)

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  15. Zenith in my childhood was the brand name of a sewing machine . It is much later in life that I bothered to find out the meaning of Zenith and found thatb it meant the highest point or the pinnacle as you say. Conversely, the lowest point is called Nadir and what a coincidence that the one of the worst tyrants in history was Nadir Shah , whom no one like to remember as being lowest in esteem .
    May I say you have taken the ABC challenge well and your thoughtful pieces of writing have given us new insights !

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  16. At the outset congrats for completing the challenge !! I don't think I would have been able to achieve this feat! You know Urdu poetry has often talked about "Safar" ( journey) vs " Manzil" ( destination). So the entire thing is to enjoy the journey and not just be goal / destination focussed. There is a beautiful dialogue in the Hindi movie "Anand" where the charchter of Rajesh Khanna tells Amitabh Bacchan's charachter" Babu Moshay Zindagi badi honi chanhiye lambi nahin"- loosely translated to mean line should be big ( meaningful) and not just long!!

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