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Looking for strength everywhere might not be the answer but yet sometimes it might be. Thinking about the people who never developed the art of seeking sympathies and fighting their part of agony all by themselves, it suddenly transfers chills down my spine. Their fight, their miseries, their prayers; all become suddenly such an important topic to throw light upon..! It suddenly makes me realize, that how much we have been unfair to the people and especially to them who are on the top. The quote that suits well with the miserable science of agony from the great poet “Rabindranath Tagore’s” write up (in 1916) is as follows:
Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless in facing them.
A leader can relate well to this poem who is designated towards an internal isolation more than that of the peers under him. Truly, the demands being non-stop, not confined to ‘office’ hours, the responsibility of holding the team where in turn the leader is directly or indirectly struggling to keep their families upright, reminds me of a phrase “I have to do it by myself and I can’t do it alone. We have to turn to one another.” But alas, a leader is a leader and he is supposed to know that all and struggle out his own ways in isolation and keep the team upbeat.
Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain
but for the heart to conquer it.
Is that humane?
Yes, it seems to be, from the point of view of the peers under him; but having asked the leaders, their views on the same is quite gruesome. High payment jobs often come with a huge responsibility but what follows is the learning to remain calm and poised and being able to help “The Self”.
Let me not look for allies in life’s battlefield
but to my own strength.
The words that shouldn’t be forgotten at that crucial point, when the sky endeavors a new battle and chooses to testify the patience of the Leader under the conditions of a battle field are beautifully engraved in below:
Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved
but hope for the patience to win my freedom.
Of course, empathy, thoughts and prayers from the peer around and under him can become a sweet gesture in the life so wild of the leader that it can play a vital role in dignifying the presence of a humane ground for the gentle whispers of love and support, carried throughout the organization and it turn the world. This coming from the hearts of the people, the leader is responsible for (to some extent) and yet who remain complete strangers, sometimes help the leader as well to lead in a more significant and detailed manner by connecting at the ground level with the people. By leaning on one another, it helps to hold one another up in a dignified and notable manner. It loosens the isolation of a leader and pours the beginning of new thoughts making the team a powerful and yet semantically profitable, which in turn makes the below expression of the great Bengali poet “Rabindranath Tagore” become more lively and effective in a leader’s life.
Grant that I may not be a coward,
feeling Your mercy in my success alone;
But let me find the grasp of Your hand in my failure.
“Success being shared and so being the failures” might help the team get success in the long run. Finding the grasp of each other’s hand can actually be miraculous.