My Dad Taught Me A Great Life Lesson Today And It’s Something Everyone Must Learn!

My Dad Taught Me A Great Life Lesson Today And It’s Something Everyone Must Learn!

The current generation of people are better equipped to face the world. We have fancy degrees and classes for every odd thing. We have the internet and engineers today can actually buy projects to submit it in their final years. Believe me, I made some money over this. But, what we lack the most is basic understanding of life and invaluable life lesson.

Our biggest difficulty today is to get some silly tasks done. We live life as though we are driving with training wheels. Our parents want to shield us from all that is difficult in the world. We have gone soft. Not many of us have to support our families at the start of our careers. Not many of us have huge families at home. We hardly know how to deal with a new person. I have a feeling a lot of divorce cases have to do with our inability to adjust to a few things. We never fall short of reasons to complain.

One of the things about the current generation is that we think what we do is too difficult. We crumble under pressure and we vent it all out on those around us. There is a ‘chain of screaming’ as they say in HIMYM. The manager screams at his lead who in turn screams at the senior guy who then screams at the trainee who vents out at home. We scream at those who do not have power over us for anything that is out of our control. Is this civilized? I’ve been too absorbed in the pressure of work lately and I hardly have the time for anything else.

My dad taught me something today. It was an invaluable life lesson that I will never forget.

He was working on the desktop and I needed the printer. Without wanting to disturb him, I tried pulling the printer cable. Unfortunately it touched the power cable and the computer shut down. Were it me working on the desktop, I’d have screamed. He had been working for more than an hour. I stood there in shock as my best intentions had brought out the worst results.

My dad was calm. He did not even sigh. I apologized (that’s all we people do apparently. It is now a reflex) but he did not mind. An hour or more of his work was gone. He’s a VP of marketing and I know he was working on something important. He finished it again and we went out like this did not happen. I spoke to him a little later, breaking the awkward silence. When questioned why he did not shout at me or even sigh for that matter, he said ‘What will it solve? You did not do it on purpose’. He later got to know that I had tried to take the printer without disturbing him and he said that it was a good gesture.

With age comes wisdom they say. I saw it live. Nobody I know would have been so calm in this situation.

My dad taught me the value of patience, the need to understand situations and people before acting and the need to remain calm and quiet without constantly blaming people. This, I must say, was the biggest life lesson I have ever learnt and the one that each one of us must understand and implement in our life.

Proud to be his son!

(This story is published in association with A voice for the everyman by Q)

Q is a wannabe writer whose biggest passion is writing. (Not that he's any good at it). Still in the early stages, open to criticism and in the process of penning novels and small snippets on everyday things that affect him. Also the author of

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  • Sheetal August 06, 2016 03.44 pm

    Really patience is the precious element in the humans, and we need to give it importance. 🙂 Thanks for this article it made my day 🙂

    • Pooja Kshirsagar August 06, 2016 03.56 pm

      Yes, Sheetal. Agreed! 🙂

  • Arunkumar A August 06, 2016 04.33 pm

    Wow. He really deserves applauds. Good work.

  • Vaishali Vasudevan August 06, 2016 08.15 pm

    A wonderful lesson to all of us indeed.

  • Philomina Joseph August 26, 2016 02.32 pm

    You write so well, Pooja!!

    • Pooja Kshirsagar August 26, 2016 05.08 pm

      Thank you so much Philomena. Means a lot! 🙂


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