Minding your own business

Minding your own business
05 Aug 2018

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have 24-hour days.

Zig Ziglar - American author, salesman, and motivational speaker

Not too long before the light appeared in the sky, not too long before the birds came out to fly and not too long before the tiny drops of rain on the ground started to dry, I woke up as if I was all set to immediately begin the day. It was not one of those lazy morning luxuries I would have during my tours. No time to even snooze the alarm that is yet to go off, I already had a lot running on my mind. Filled with all the matters and situations seen as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome, I found myself with much negativity, as people would call it, in mind. When I couldn’t even hear a living thing make a noise, being overwhelmed with issues to be dealt with was usually not seen as a good thing at that time of the day. Is that too much for an early morning?

In all that I was doing until the dawn, I did not cease to plan to deal with everything that needed my attention. Well, actually not everything, or maybe I wished I could deal with everything. I looked a few hours into the future and took stock of what potential issues I would have to deal with apart from what was on my mind at that minute. While I started to hear the sounds birds made flying into the bright skies, I noticed that a few people also began to walk on the road. It was then probably the time to start the day for most people when I heard the sounds of notifications from the phones at home. A whole bunch of good-morning messages, while I wondered if someone really had that much time to read each and every one of them, started finding their way into the inbox while making unique sounds on each phone.

As would anyone who knows not how the time flies when you are all set to step out of the house, I soon realised I had plenty of time early in the morning. An hour now looked less, much less than a half. Running through emails, making and receiving calls and collaborating with my colleagues did not seem too hard when I had to meet people who dropped into the office without an appointment only to speak about their personal issues. Maybe I seem attractive to those who have problems. Perhaps my strength to solve problems caused a liking in me. Even past lunch I didn’t show any signs of weariness. I was full of energy, that if I had to solve others problems, it wouldn’t stress me even then.

“You are strong and smart to solve everyone’s problem”, said an inner voice, and asked, “but, why don’t you just mind your own business?”. Except in situations when people specifically ask for my advice, I had learnt to keep my opinions with me. Even at times when people specifically ask us to solve their problems, it may just not be our business.

Have you ever realised that minding your own business not only saves you time but also helps you unleash your strength into your own?


Abilash Praveen

I have over a decade of experience in technology and business. It is my passion for the development of the rural and the underprivileged in the society that has driven me towards contributing the wealth of my professional and personal experiences for the welfare of the society.