“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing? (136-137)”
― Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras
I really hate my official conference calls and meetings. It always runs more than the scheduled time. Never has it ever started or ended on time. And it is always in a state of anarchy within a few minutes of it starting. Especially when there are top folks are involved. They never seem to read the emails which are sent with the updates. They would want people to explain the status email update and waste everyone else’s time. What is the point of the email then? I always try and excuse myself from these meetings unless it is a blocking issue. But this week, they pulled me into some blocking issues and meetings to resolve them and all I kept seeing was pure chaos. Not that the issues weren’t resolved, but the meetings were a disaster. With their funky and swanky smart phones and email and all official apps configured to keep track of the projects in their finger tips, I wish these people would read their emails before coming to the meetings. But I know it is a wish that will never be fulfilled.