Friday, May 1, 2009

A cricket's Lesson !

N.S.Iyer is traveling. He nevertheless is keen that his readers stay updated with his thoughts. So, here is something that he had forwarded to me earlier, which he prefers posted now. And i am more than happy to do so !

And by the way, he is got his ear on this blog ! For this blog and its readers are important to him.

Kavi


A man and his friend were in a city, walking through the street. It was during the noon lunch hour and the streets were filled with people. Cars were honking their horns, taxicabs were squealing around corners, sirens were wailing, and the sounds of the city were almost deafening. Suddenly, the man said to his friend, "I hear a cricket."

His friend said, "What? You must be crazy. You couldn't possibly hear a cricket in all of this noise!"

"No, I'm sure of it," the man said, "I heard a cricket."

"That's crazy," said the friend.

The man listened carefully for a moment, and then walked across the street to a big cement planter where some shrubs were growing. He looked into the bushes, beneath the branches, and sure enough, he located a small cricket. His friend was utterly amazed. "That's incredible," said his friend. "You must have super-human ears!"

"No," said the man. "My ears are no different from yours. It all depends on what you're listening for."

"But that can't be!" said the friend. "I could never hear a cricket in this noise."

"Yes, it's true", was the reply. "It depends on what is really important to you. Here, let me show you."

He reached into his pocket, pulled out a few coins, and discreetly dropped them on the sidewalk. And then, with the noise of the crowded street still blaring in their ears, they noticed every head within twenty feet turn and look to see if the money that tinkled on the pavement was theirs.

"See what I mean?" asked the man.

"It all depends on what's important to you."


19 comments:

Hopeless Romantic said...

nice incident....i love the way u come out with small incidents like this ....keep penning sir :)

muthu said...

Nice observation.....

a lovely write...

Varunavi said...

Nice and sweet incident :)

naperville mom said...

Makes sense actually...Now I know why I always hear fingers tapping on the keyboard...Thanks for sharing:)

Sylvia K said...

A great observation! and so true! It does indeed depend on what you're looking/listening for and the beauty is always there -- if you take the time, if you have the frame of mind, if you care. Thanks for sharing this. Stay safe in your travels.

DebraLSchubert said...

How true - life is what we choose to focus on. Beauty is everywhere - focus on that!

Jairam said...

This post is sheer brilliance. Very well put in words.

All of us intuitively know this but very few of us actually realize this. And it is not just hearing, even with seeing things and circumstances, we see things and interpret situations the way we want to.

I guess that's what makes us human beings as interesting as we are. Highly unlikely that we are ever going to find two similar human beings.

Cheers........Jam

Hemant Pareek said...

It is 100% true. All depends on U.

Sara said...

Very true..we listen to only what matters to us and ignore the rest!!

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

very nice observation! And, too true, actually

Sucharita Sarkar said...

How true. Even for somebody partially deaf like me, my ears are tuned in to noises I consider vital.

pranay said...

good one............thanx for the post

SGD said...

What an observation!!!
And oh so true.....

nsiyer said...

Hi Hopeless Romantic, thanks for the encouragement.

Hi Muthu! thanks

Hi Varunavi, good you liked it.

nsiyer said...

Thanks Naperville Mom. I liked your comment.

Thanks Sylvia for the appreciation and for egging me always.

Yes, Debrah, its all about choices. Doing/ not doing is a choice we exercise.

nsiyer said...

Hi Jairam. Thanks for visiting my blog and your encouraging comments.

Thanks Hemant for your sharp and concise comments.

Thanks Sara, I think our software is made that way.

nsiyer said...

Thanks Roshni, nice to see you in my blog.

Thanks Sucharita, we choose want we want.


Thanks Pranay. Keep commenting.

Thanks SGD.

Sushree said...

How i wish I had this innate ability of yours to note the simplest yet impacting instances!

Aditi Mehta said...

That is so true.. You hear and see what you want and other things you ignore.. That is the general human tendency..