I’ve always felt that one of the most devastating states of mind is the absence of hope. And that is a condition that envelops a goodly number of people everywhere. And when you make drama of that condition, it’s almost as if words are not necessary.
– SIDNEY POITIER, 1992
” ‘Be happy,’ cried the Nightingale. ‘You shall have your red rose. I will build it out of music by moonlight, and stain it with my own heart’s-blood. All that I ask in return is that you be a true lover…’ ”
We are all Arya Stark and deft shape-shifters dancing on stories in order to survive. We are but one step into cruelty every minute on the way to achieving our goals. Cruelty is not a shield but a system of betrayal.
We betray our shattered feelings and broken image of ourselves reflected in mirrors that don’t belong to us.
We betray our inability to live up to our vision and our words.
We give in to our doubts: “What if I am wrong, what if they don’t like me, what if I am not enough?” We betray our powerlessness of being happy in our own world. We surrender to an odd country we never dreamed about.
We betray our transcendent fear of living in a blur devoid of bounties we wouldn’t dare take with our own hands.
And we forget that “Anything can happen in a world that holds such beauty”- Peter S. Beagle.
We are all Arya Stark, the girl with many faces. And aren’t we all enthralled with the Game of Thrones?!
She started small and acquired invaluable life lessons. We have done that, too. Minus the cruelty. However we can be cruel in our own words (and worlds).
We are all marketeers. We all sell something: our skills, our time, our successes, our failures, our dreams, our words, our ideas…
Then there are the communicators and the writers we are to be or become.
Last but not the least, we are the ones who smile first. This is the most important – I am always the first to smile…and the teacher, the negotiator, the entrepreneur, the seeker of new ideas, the communicator, the salesperson and the sportsperson.
We all wear many faces because “Your job is not to do your job but see what to do next”.
– Seth Godin