Dear All ,

Near my residence , there stands a small hillock . There are two paths which lead to the top of the hillock. One path has big visible gradient while the other one stretches along , has trees on both sides , and has an almost invisible gradient . A winding path so to say . The first path is smaller in length , naturally . It is stark naked devoid of any foliage along the way .Businesslike entity . The other path , as I said , has trees on both sides , has lots of shade , even has some drinking water available .Which path do you think will be easier climb ?


Not the small gradient , one . Most people come up with the logical ,
intellectual , physics based answer , that the long winding path will be
easier climb . But when I take them on actual trip , they realize that the
reality is otherwise .


The answer is very interesting and brings out the difference between
holistic thinking , or holistic being and intellectual or linearly logical
thinking .

When we see a big gradient , we prepare ourselves to face it or leave it .
This happens on the conscious as well as the subconscious level In the first place we SEE it . We see it in all its glory . There are no surprises , no hidden costs . All that is there is there on display - take it or leave it . Then we so to say gear up to face the situation . Our adrenaline flows , small aches vanish , our blood goes where it is necessary . Our focus sharpens . We are ready to take up the challenge. And we go for it . Hence though the visible slope looks daunting , we are through with it with comparatively less effort on our side .

When the gradient is invisible , or imperceptible , we do not gear up . We are caught unawares . The increased resistance slowly drains our energy , our speed , our motivation ,and the path seems to be never ending . Our
drive reduces , and as we are not aware of the slope , we look elsewhere for the reasons . In the final analysis , this is quite a difficult situation to cope with .

Can we take up the basic principle of this exercise , and apply it to our
day to day life ?

In any task we undertake , we can broadly define the factors in two ways seen and unseen , or perceptible and imperceptible , or known and unknown , and most of all , up front and draining .

It is the last category I am emphasizing here .

Normally we tend to give much more importance to the visible , than to the invisible while the invisible is that matters much . More trees are destroyed by schools which have switched over from slate to paper than people with axes who cut down trees for advertisement hoarding , more men are lost in low intensity warfare than an open war , more animals are killed by people who encroach on jungle land than the poachers , more people die of diabetes than of heart attack . But do we see it like that ? In general NO. In the same way , draining influences cause much more loss of efficiency and effectiveness than the troubles which are up front. Now can you relate ?

For want of nail , the horseshoe was lost , for want of horseshoe , the horse was lost , for want of horse , the rider was lost , for want of rider the battle was lost - and everyone says that the knight did not fight well enough . That is the emphasis .

While taking up any task we will do very well to know that the God resides in the detail . Find out as may factors as possible about the task in hand , giving much more importance to the draining factors . If this is done beforehand , you will fare much better in coping with the visible aspects of the task in hand .

Regards ,


Anand K. Ghurye
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Author's Bio: 

Anand K. Ghurye is an accomplished Jyotishi and Holistic Management consultant and Growth and Development trainer. Simplifying work , enriching life and energising relationships are his major focus areas . He hosts group programs and also takes part in individual counselling . He is associated with Network of Well Being , an organization dedicated to enriching life through self observation and self awareness and Vishnugupta Pratishthan , an association for Responsibility Economics . He hosts a mailing list dealing with Work Simplification and Growth and Development issues. The mailing list homepage is

He has graduate degree in engineering and post graduate qualifications in Economics and Political Sciences . He has over 18 years of industry experience in various capacities.He carries out individual and group counselling in areas of sports , career , and relationship management . He also carries out executive coaching for corporate executives , with the objective of achieving greater success and satisfaction .