A short story

by Parvez Sheik Fareed

At the Global HQ of the world’s most unknown agency we try to look at things from different perspectives. Instead of a lengthy elaboration on this particular subject I’m going to share a short story which I told my nephew recently. He was unable to follow since he’s only a few months old. Blimey!

This is how the boy lived his life.

He did what he liked regardless of what others thought.

He made decisions often with an unpredictable outcome but at least he took action.

So the boy kept trying and trying and trying.

The progress he made was barely visible.

He was making tiny steps.

It wasn’t easy.

He realised that uncertainty was the only certainty there is.

He got tired of it all.

The boy didn’t care anymore.

Then it happened:

He tripped over the kerbstone because he was lost in thoughts.

Suddenly he was lying on the ground.

He didn’t want to feel embarrassed.

He wanted to fit in.

The boy wanted to be liked by others.

He wanted to play it safe.

He was scared of making mistakes.

He didn’t want to challenge conventional wisdom.

This is how the boy lived his life.

Now read the whole story again. But this time bottom-up.