Wednesday, October 13, 2010

83) Teach children lessons - Excellence.

"Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well." Philip Chesterfield.

Over the past few weeks we have had only bad news from the Commonwealth Games, being conducted in India. Incompetent, irresponsible, chaotic and many more harsh expressions have been used by people to describe conditions at the games venue. Those in charge of the games have been put to the sword.

Why did this happen? Funds, despite the corruption, were available in plenty. Skill and Intelligence were not in short supply. What then was the problem? Put simply, it is the CHALTHA HAI attitude of the average Indian, which means, in English, compromises are okay. Delays are okay. Poor quality is okay. Lower standards are okay.

As an Indian, I am embarrassed to admit that it is true. Unfortunately, the average child grows up making compromises - at home, in school and among friends. Later, in adult life, the attitude does not change, because we as parents do not change. Ours is a compromised way of life.

We have a grave responsibility to save our children from such a negative attitude that can bring upon them nothing but disaster. We shall have to begin with ourselves. Only then can we convincingly persuade our children to follow the path of excellence, not compromise.

"God does not want us to do extraordinary things. He wants us to do ordinary things extraordinarily well." Charles Gore.

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