There is no path to happiness; happiness is the path — Budha
Hello friends, we are just few hours away from a brand new year to unfold in front of us. As I have duely told you about my new year’s resolutions for the twin years, since I started blogging. I shall tell you today, the extent of my follow up regimen, besides telling you about the latest one I have thought for the year 2023.
The first resolution of 2021 was my decision to voluntarily segregate my bio degradable and non bio degadable waste generated at my home, which I am following to this date in letter and spirit.
For 2022, I had decided to be punctual and have a date with time, the path to which I am woefully short and still sincerely striving to touch one deadline after the another. You could say I am barely scraping through!
After joining school in April, it’s a new test every day to stick to the borderline of time. I had to literally jump, run and scamper through to catch the early morning conveyance, set up for a group of teachers including me, to carry us to school by 7.30 a. m.
Actually here my tendency of catching a nap a little more, if I get up at stipulated time of 5am., came in the way. When I actually get up half an hour afterwards, I was already lagging behind. If I happened to be awake on time, than my propensity of giving detailed instructions to my cook and other morning chores would shout out to me to finish them. When eventually I look at the clock while going to take my bath and get ready for school, I was again behind time and had to run and run.
Resultantly, all the teachers had to wait for me at auto stand for a good five to ten minutes. They would reach at the meeting point at 7am (God knows how?) and I, five to ten minutes afterwards, almost loosing my breath in the exercise. It took maximum 20 minutes through auto. So by 7.30 we were mostly in front of biometric attendance site at school.
If it crossed the mark they would give me frosty look, for being the sole culprit. The late marking is stipulated for beyond 7:35am, which fortunately we never had to cross. I was totally unaware that a storm was brewing!
One morning when I scrambled to reach the spot, almost breathless, found that the auto or my group of teachers were nowhere to be seen. I was flabbergasted thinking about the possible reason. Then I asked another group of teachers sitting in another auto, waiting for one of the member to arrive. They duely informed me that my auto has gone away leaving me behind!! It was like a bolt out of the blue.
Friends, at that time I literally wanted to cry like a baby, but the next moment overruled myself and asked them about the alternative, as I was new on that route. They advised me to book any running auto. I considered myself fortunate to have got one and hired it in astronomical price. The entire way, my eyes were constantly on my watch, my heartbeat racing along with the auto.
When I touched the biometric, the time was showing 7:35am, that meant that I managed to be on the safe zone. The entire school hour I was pondering about how to confront them calmly, as I was hurting inside with humiliation. They would always give me a ring asking about my whereabouts. But that day they chose particularly not to do, the purpose behind to punish me for making them to wait for me. I had no inkling that they would leave me stranded like that!
All the three teachers were far younger to me and I considered them as my little sisters. I had established a very friendly relation with them, chatting, teasing and laughing during the journey. When the school were over I came out and found them standing at a distance, our designated auto was yet to arrive to take us back . I kept a distance and stood silently.
With an obvious intention of seeing the fireworks, the teachers whom I earlier enquired, asked me whether I reached school on time. I nodded gently and said that those people’s irresponsible action had made it rather impossible. It was like a trigger, as if on queue, all the three rushed forward as if almost ready to charge on the slightest pretext. They started pointing out that I was solely to blame for their highhanded behavior, their manners were so insulting and I decided that was it.
Without allowing others the fun of seeing a scene being created by the warring side. I just said, “Is this the way, fellow teachers behave then what should we expect from the children” and quietly left the place. I rushed forward to hail a passengers auto to reache home by myself, leaving them all behind, quite surprised and disappointed too, they were expecting a good catfight. That night I sent a cryptic message of not availing the auto service anymore.
Friends if I tell you the truth, the incident turned into a boon for me, as my husband has now taken the responsibility of dropping me to school every day by car! Afterwards I came to know that the middle section teacher have a late marking threshold of 7:40 a.m! Therefore, I’m now trying my best not to cross the new deadline!
In the new year I am determined to follow up the path to punctuality with great perseverance. Now about the fresh resolution. My dear friend Cheryl has pointed me out that I should give more importance to self care, which I realized that I am quite negligent about.
So taking care of my body and mind and prevent them from burning out from fatigue should be my priority. Being healthy and happy should be the mantra for the new year for everyone.
Wish you all the wealth of happiness and health. There should be peace and prosperity in every home and the world. See you all in the coming new year.
HAPPY NEW YEAR.
P. C. – My daughter Riya. The fresh winter bloom in our housing society.