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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

D is for Destination Disease

I met my longtime childhood friend today in the chat. It was after a span of complete 14 years we met for the first time. Because he has used a strange name in his Facebook profile, I have omitted the friend request for several occasions on many grounds. I am reasonably allergic to entertaining strangers after few individuals injected me the lethal dose of mistrust and spams.

My friend and I exchanged the messages for almost an hour and half. Our talk grossly indicated like punching the refresh button only to excavate the reminiscences of the yesteryears.

However, in the process of opening the zip of our talk to discuss the present, he asked me if I was already holding a good job. Instantly, I queried him on what motive he posed me this question. And to his reply he said that ‘I was kind of excellent in academics during my kindergarten’.

Seriously speaking, his comment has left the balance of my thoughts swing up and low. The whole GPRS tower of my thinking system was disturbed. It has tempted me to hunt over my dreams that were so vivid and beautiful in those youthful days. Whether I was excellent in studies is not a question, but it made me reflect if I have accomplish the things that I dreamt when I was a kid. 

In that process of thinking, I can’t forget to remember the faces of my parent’s hope that believed that their son might one day be a better person. I can visibly see and hear the tone of my teachers’ voice making remark of my excellence. Of all, I can still visualize the color of ink that I have used to write my dreams in one of my childhood diaries I used to maintain.

In brief I always had a dream of growing tall.     

I had my ambition that one day will symbolize a house of my final destination. I had dreams that when I reach at that ‘X’ level of career, I would accomplish ‘Y’ level of victory and success. And to reach that destination, I can still recall the taste of hardships that I faced by burning midnight oils.

Now after I reached some destinations that I have and never dreamt of, I find myself mentally paralyzed making me unable to grow further. Complacency has started to grow in me because I end up thinking, ‘I have accomplished my dreams and I don’t have to work anymore’.  
Satisfied after reaching the goal??    For picture courtesy click LINK

This kind of the worst mental disease according to James Maxwell, the author of The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, calls it as a Destination Disease.  

Life is not a popularity contest though. But I think I need to grow. I think I need to change the entire motherboard of my mindset in the days to come. Otherwise, to live with such kind of mentality is so fatal in this 21st century, where the world is running under the slogan of 'Survival of the fittest'.  

“As long as you’re green, you are growing. As soon as you’re ripe, you start to rot”- Ray Kroc


  1. Wow...sir you're also in this year's A-Z Challenge? It's good. Keep going sir. This will really keep you on toes. All the Best!

    1. Sherab sir,
      By the time I was awake, the marathon for the A-Z challenge has already kicked off. However, in the spirit of this slogan, I am making a point to keep track of updating till Z anyways despite my tight schedule. Thanks to the idea of A-Z challenge.
      Thank you for the wishes.

  2. nice to know that you are into the challenge despite your tight schedule.. Keep it up la!

    1. Thank you Sangay for boosting my confidence and hopes to complete the race. Your words mean a lot for me.

  3. 14 years, wow, that is a long time! It is good to meet old friends from ones' childhood, to reminisce on the old times and to catch up on the years apart. You are right we should
    always be eager to grow but never be dissatisfied by what you have achieved since you yourself said that you have reached some destinations that you have never dreamed of!

    1. Thank you Rose for the comments. I always have a dream of growing tall. So, I think I need to grow and I will. Thank you for the visiting my page. It means a lot for me.

  4. Thanks a lot for the visit and the comment about my post :)
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    1. Thank you so much Rajiv. I have gone through your post. That was amazing. As you said, Thailand is busy celebrating Songkran at this period. hehe.Cool!!!

  5. You won't rot if you're magical. Anyway growth is an essential part of life and slacking off can make you fall off track.

    1. Thank you. Your words mean so much to me. I am humbled.

  6. Yeah, we are expected to keep growing especially on career side and further education or otherwise we will be stuck on our current post. Sometimes it puts me in dilemma too whether to keep going or stay and master in other things.

    1. Thank you madam Rima for the comments. I was wondering if it was only me who is suffering from this disease? I think I need to grow but sometimes situation tells me not to. But I always want to grow tall. Thats it.

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  8. It is always a real pleasure to meet up with old friends and discover where life has led them, isn't it?
    And yes...aspirations...sometimes we can have too many of these, and truly believe that we haven't achieved as much in life as we should have.
    Perhaps, though, it is a good idea to slow down and examine just how far we have already progressed. We could be pleasantly surprised!
    Well...I often tell myself ;)

    1. Thank you Ygraine. I would agree with you in this regard. Meeting with my old friend has taken me aback. I was made to think over what was not been achieved because as a child I used to have so many tall dreams. I think I still need to find a place to grow further. Thank you so much.

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