Optimism in Action

In 1990, as a new generation  joined the work force, a song called Wind of Change became a hit.
The song was about the historic events of the time. To me, its a song for the future, of hope and optimism. These words more so..

“The future’s in the air
I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change”

or these

“Where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the wind of change”

But it is also about memories

“Walking down the street
Distant memories
Are buried in the past forever”

The events since have been dramatic. Nations have grown and shrunk, companies have come and gone and there is fragmentation. A fragmentation where everyone seems to have looked out for themselves and perhaps created more strife. Its true of the world of work and social life.
Its been a time of growth and cynicism. But it all came crashing last year. The signs were there for all but they were missed.
Last year, news was dramatic and it seemed nothing was safe. No one, it seemed, knew what to do. There is a word in sanskrit, Pralaya, that defined things aptly. Pralaya means dissolution, not destruction , so that things can be recreated again. For the optimist, then it means that things will be better again.
So maybe there are changes taking place and the future is in the air.
Changes that bring stability, not just here but everywhere.
Changes that bring about a greater consciousness and thus dictate better action.

These points reflect optimism in action and some learnings for me:

  •  The Importance of the Counter Trend
  •  Be in the Front
  •  Positive Action is Key
  •  Believe in Something
  • Keep Your Fear in Check
  •  Performance Pays

Your Thoughts ?

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  1. futurescape

    Optimism in Action http://cli.gs/Egt4UJ
    This comment was originally posted on Twitter

  2. Sudeep Bhaumick

    Hey there. Interesting blog you have. I hope your being hopeful is based on something more substantial that the song, which is a beautiful song.
    Nevertheless, I wholeheartedly agree with your reflections on optimism in action. I would like to add one more…
    Never lose your sense of humor… 🙂

  3. syamant

    I agree with you on never losing one’s sense of humour.
    The points in the post were essentially a reminder to self while evaluating the work to be done and decisions to be made.

  4. Madhureeta Anand

    Keeping fear in check is the biggest of all….. everything around us is manicured to feed fear, so that we try and buy solutions. If we all were convinced that there is nothing to fear, we would slow down and think coherently and take positive proactive action versus programmed defensive actions.
    I really like your thought process.

  5. syamant

    I agree with you on never losing one's sense of humour.The points in the post were essentially a reminder to self while evaluating the work to be done and decisions to be made.

  6. Yogini

    Sometimes bad timing can go on for years but its important that we are able to convert it to a teachable moment and create some thing positive out of it. Recreation / teachability does not restrict to oneself only but should also include the society. 

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