When a good friend of mine evinced interest in signing up for one of the workshops with us, something he said made me think a lot. ‘I just want to know that I am good at something.’ Coming from a very successful corporate honcho, who with sheer grit and determination had climbed the rungs of the corporate world with ease – I was surprised. When I pointed out his professional achievements to him and that he was being unduly harsh on himself, he replied, ‘Ah, but that is my bread and butter. That’s what I am forced to do. But this (the workshop) is what I really want to do. If I know I am good at this, it would make me really happy.’
And that is true of art. A little bit of it in your life can make a huge difference. Suddenly you find that you are more happier. Your relationships are better. Your stress level is a few notches lower. Your ability to handle things are much more improved. You are calmer. More at ease with yourself and your surroundings. Exposing yourself to an art form on a regular basis is something like exercising. The difference is that you are doing something you truly love and it resonates in your life in a very positive way.
As for my friend, midway through the workshop, he is learning a new happy language. He is having the time of his life. He sports a beaming smile these days, and I know in his world aall is truly well.
– Rajesh P.I