Happy New Year – some said it while partying, some while working. While the ways of celebrating New Year’s eve vary, one thing that never changes is making a list of ‘resolutions’. I personally have never taken this whole concept of ‘New Year resolution’ very seriously, but this year I do have a resolution.
1st January is probably the worst day to go for work, but anyways I had to. I stepped out of my hostel only to cross the road and land into a traffic jam. It was 1.45pm and my shift started at 2.00pm. I frantically looked around for an auto rickshaw but to my despair there were none, also because the road was jam blocked.
At around 2.15pm, I called out for an auto (apparently it is a rule for every auto rickshaw to stop and listen to where the customer has to go) and he ignored me. Unfortunately there was traffic police at 25 metres from me; they stopped him and asked him to drop me whereever I want.
Thanks to the traffic guys I got an auto, but the driver kept mumbling about how this is a forced ride for him. Anyhow I was outside my office building at 2.30pm but on the opposite side of the road. This meant I had to go around for a subway, then cross the road and walk some 100 metres to the building.
I asked him to take a U-turn but he refused, and snapped, “Aap utar ke dekhlo mere auto ka tyre kharab hai, agar theek lage toh jahan bologe le jaunga. (You get down and see the condition of my tyre, if you think it’s fine I would take you anywhere you say)” I told him to talk to me properly, but then he started ranting about the traffic cops and how the entire ride was already a punishment.
After handing him the money and getting down I smiled and said, “Chalo koi baat nai bhaiya. Naye saal mein gussa nai karte. Happy new year (okay never mind. One should not be angry on New year.).” And in a quick second his angst-ridden face relaxed and flashed a faint smile, “I am not angry, thank you madam.”
While walking towards my office I realised how insensitive and impatient we are in today’s world. Without realising someone else’s problem we throw our own tantrums. The habit of pausing for a moment and pondering on the actions we are going to take is no more a virtue.
Suddenly, I had figured out my resolution for this year. I will always think before reacting. Because you might be dealing with someone with problems in his/her house, someone might have problems with his/her colleagues or bosses, someone might have lost some near and dear one, someone might have financial problems. So think before you react, be the patient one and let this year be when you think about others before you think about yourself.