Every New Year witnesses a deluge of resolutions, steely resolves, promises and silent vows.
Then follows a flood of Whatsapp and Facebook posts , taking snide potshot at all those burly resolutions.
And poof ! a lot of them start spiralling out of the window.
Lets turn the game around.
Lets just break some rules instead.
I don’t mean to sound like a renegade or a rebel at all.
All that I am saying is that let’s make the resoultions a bit fun. Lets put them in a ‘new box’ altogether.
You have always enjoyed a late morning in bed. Break the rule . For once or twice, get up to see the sunrise and do nothing perhaps – just gaze at the sky with a cuppa coffee.
You are the diligent variety who goes to work diligently and reserves all leaves for sickness or family weddings or emergencies.
Break the rule – take a leave on a healthy day. No rhyme or reason at all. Just a ‘me’ day. Chill out the whole day with no To-Do-List. I guarantee, that you will love this outbreak.
You are a parent who wants to be the perfect role model for your child. Great. You are so mindful of the way you walk and talk. Awesome. Just reverse it for a day. Go drop your child to school in your pyjamas, pick up some candy floss on the way, ditch the car or bike, take a rickshaw perhaps . Enjoy the freedom you get when you break away from your routine. Pick up your kid from school with a balloon wala by your side or perhaps an ice cream cart in tow. Treat the whole lot of kids to a simple ice candy. Your child will get to see the fun Mom or Dad in you . And all that happened because you broke a rule !
If you are a teacher and a disciplarian to the core (rightfully so ) , at least one day present before your class a ‘different‘ you.
Mix around the desks, ditch the black board, hang a placard on the back of each child and and ask the kids to scribble on those hanging behind the child in front. Get the desks out, spread out a few rugs and cushions and voila the class is on the floor.
Wow ! ma’m broke a rule ! (albeit a harmless one) . Now sit down on the floor and get the kids undivided attention!
Whoever heard of learning new stuff while breaking a rule ?
You take the elevator to your flat every day. Just for today , don’t ditch the elevator, just get down halfway. Admire the floor you got down at. Bet, you had never seen it before !. Now keep climbing up casually , soaking in each floor and neighbour, one at a time. Look at the richness you gained by just breaking one routine.
The list is endless…….
Don’t just whatsap your family a god morning on one Wednesday. Call them instead.
While crossing a traffic signal , wave and mouth a big thank -you to the traffic cop standing there. You didn’t really break a rule , yet you will see a jawdrop ever so pleasantly.
Each of us enjoys a mid day coffee / tea with our colleagues. Break the rule – have this mid morning coffee on one Tuesday ,with your support staff – whether at home or at work. Get to know their world too . You broke a routine but I am sure you will get admiration in plenty.
TGIF – Thank God Its Friday . Turn it to TGIM – Thank God its Monday . Because Monday means work / office / routine. And this is what gets us our bread and butter. So why not be thankful for a Monday too ? Change your attitude towards Monday. The whole week will fly by in a jiffy.
Instead of finishing all your grocery on a Saturday , do it mid week. Break the routine. Squeeze out some time mid week. Fridays will then have extra time for some more fun stuff.
Weekends are for mall hopping and shopping. Break the rule . Do go to a mall. Go hit the Café Coffee day . Buy a coffee and sit in a corner with a book. All by yourself perhaps. Get to know ‘yourself’, right in the middle of a hectic weekend.
And pray , why do we reserve just the morning or the evening for our prayers ? Our conversations with God can be anytime , no ? Break the rule . Give a call to God at peak noon. He just might be more free in these off- hours and you may have a better conversation too:)
So, my friends resolve to break the mould. Resolve to make your life fun and easy and only regimented and compartmentalised. There are some rules that are to be followed in letter and some in spirit.
Likewise , there are some rules that cannot be broken in letter ….but breaking them in the right spirit ?
Well, its all up your sleeve and entirely your choice !