The Fight Club
It's been so many years since we started indulging in the club's activities. Oh, there is only one activity, I'm sorry.
There. There, I said it. The magical word, the conch that stops the war, the white flag that signals truce, the blue ink that is signed at the end of the treaty.........
I have never won a single fight. In fact, accepting defeat is the only way for me to win (that too, if you allow it). All these years, I have fought hard. Arguing to the last mile, coming up with creative logic behind why I acted in a certain way and defending myself to the core. But you know what, all this was not required. It has always been a win - lose game. No points for guessing who wins and who loses.
So, over the years, I have built some rules of the game. Note that these rules are for me to follow.
1. Your anger and fighting have no grand logical design. Even if the Grand Unified Theory is finally agreed upon by physicists, your laws of fighting remain outside its purview. So I need to stop looking for logic.
2. It could be something minor, almost stupid. Stupid only to me. My scale of measurement of stupidity is in itself stupid (per your laws). So, I have no right to judge your reasons for a fight. Every single reason you have for fighting are of enormous importance. Whoever coined the phrase "gravity of the situation", did not know that when it comes to your reasons for fighting, it is always Gravity with a capital G and the situation is always gravely.
3. A person who has done several unlawful things, he can think twice about surrendering. But me? Surrendering is the oxygen cylinder for me. Did they teach you what happens if there is no oxygen (talking to myself)?
4. Listening is a skill that I need to go get a PhD in. I am actively looking for universities that offer this course. I have to listen to what you are saying, what you are not saying, what you said and what you will be saying. (Words after parentheses to be considered as talking to myself) Sounds complex? Welcome to the Fight Club.
5. Patience is the golden goose I need to feed and grow in my backyard. Patience. (talking to myself, "please repeat twice after this sentence"). "Patience. Patience." I should do this as a Transcendental Meditation every morning.
6. In Mahabharatha, they say the war used to start at 6AM and pause at 6PM, only to be continued the next day. So what? Don't you know wars these days have become sophisticated? There is no pause till there is peace. And peace is not in my hands. Remember: It is always a win - lose game.
7. (Talking to myself) Don't think that giving a bunch of sweet-smelling, exotic roses would mean end of war. This may or may not mean anything. BUT, you HAVE to do this no matter what the outcome is. Remember: You don't decide anything. OK?
I will keep adding to this list as I grow as the member of the club. I repeat, these rules are for me to follow.
(Talking to myself) Check if the club needs a punching bag. If yes, become one.