Why so serious ?
“All Well?” A colleague asks trying to make small talk in the lift. “Oh Yes!” I say,"All in the well. Deep in the well.” and his face relaxes as he bursts into laughter. Look at the faces at work. When I look around large offices, I want to ask them what Joker asks in the movie Batman, “Why so serious?” The Jews survived the holocaust through their sharp sense of humour. There is no greater stress buster known to mankind than humour. It does two things: It alters the lens through which you view the situation. The problem, it doesn’t solve but the mind frame through which you can solve the problem, it creates. Secondly, It puts your ego in check. There is nothing more humbling and beautiful than an ability to laugh at yourself. You don’t necessarily have to look serious to do serious work. Somehow we confuse seniority and responsibility with seriousness. From childhood we see symbols of authority serious. It needn’t be so. The company counts your remuneration in terms of CTC, don’t pay the price in terms of CTY - Cost to Yourself that includes BP, Diabetes, Ulcer and Cardiac Arrest. Pressure, stress, timelines are real. Your choices are humour or tumour. What do you choose?
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