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The Hymn of Creation..

April 4, 2009

You know the one, the hymn chanted so impressively in the title of Shyam Benegal’s “Bharat Ek Khoj”. I refer to it here not because this is my first blog post (that’s just a coincidence, I promise I am not so cheesy). Actually, have been wanting to start a blog for many years now. Tried a couple of times, but failed due to an extreme aversion to discussing my innermost feelings as well as for flailing my opinions about amongst all and sundry. Hence this attempt at an anonymous blog. 

Anyhow, to get back to the original line of thought, I refer to the Hymn of Creation primarily because I have been thinking a lot of about motivation today. I have an unbelievable amount of work pending, not doing which will ruin my entire next week, possibly all of April. Most of it is boring data compilation in Excel, which, you would agree, is work most foul. I mean even hard, physical, back-breaking work is better, because it lets one revel in the “dignity of labour” feeling that is anyway so hard to come by these days. So yes, I have been unable to motivate myself to work today even though this shirking has the potential to destroy any remaining aura of dependability that I have managed to protect so far in the eyes of my co-workers (some of whom I genuinely like and don’t want to disappoint) and my boss. (Who’s also amazing. Seriously.)

The Hymn of Creation has a couple of lines which go something like this: 

“Who verily knows and who can here declare it,

whence it was born and whence comes this creation?”

All you have to do is substitute the word “creation” with “motivation” and you will get the full import of my emotions at present. I mean what is it with motivation? Why the hell is it so hard for a reasonably intelligent and usually sensible guy like me to do relatively easy work sitting here in an air-conditioned office, working for a company I love and in a function I was born to excel in? I mean I have been wanting to start blogging for at least 3-4 years now. I had registered this account on WordPress in late February, I think, and have been opening the page and admiring the empty template almost daily since. How is it that I have suddenly gotten rid of my inertia in this matter when more urgent tasks beckon? Why am I still unable to get to the real” work? I think this is what the creators of concepts like Structured Procrastination are going on and on about. Maybe for some people it is impossible to eat the frog. If faced by a frog we just have to eat, we would procrastinate ourselves to death by starvation (I am assuming one can’t eat anything else till the frog is eaten. If that’s not the case, I’ll take the Maharaja Mac instead, please). 

Not that I am complaining. While the frog sits with dread in his big round eyes, waiting to be eaten, I am up and about, happily chasing any red herrings that care to flit by.

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