Have you ever been caught in traffic only to realize you were trapped in the jam not because of some morning rush, or odd hour construction work or for an accident, but because a bunch of inquisitive drivers decided to slow down so that they can have a good preview of an incident that happened on the opposite side of the lane? When you reach the spot, you give a good peek and then become frustrated, cursing how people have lost their senses, never acknowledging that you subconsciously did the same when the occasions presented itself. But isn’t it a common episode in our lives? We are always curious to find out about things that hardly concerns us. And despite the fact that we may not be able to offer any help, we still crane our necks to get a glimpse of the scene.
Some of us do demonstrate the same behavior in our daily lives too. Anything related to others interests them. Querying about other endeavors, gossiping, weighing into other decisions, judging people, and spreading half-known facts to the community at large. We may not realize, but such behavior does more harm to ourselves than others. Like how the cars slowed down in a traffic jam, we throttle our own progress wasting energy and time discussing others. More we indulge in such behavior more we defocus from what is important often resulting in mediocre outcomes.
So, I will tell you this. The secret to happiness is taking interest in one’s own life and let gossip be a charm for the ostensible minds. I know it is easier said than done and our long-nurtured habits are so hard to shun off, but it can be easily done by harnessing a positive attitude. To remain positive is a skill one can acquire. Like how a craftsman chisel stone over time to create a masterpiece, you can do the same with your habits. While it is a skill to be learned over a lifetime, by taking small steps you can excel it over time.
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