All our thoughts and actions are influenced and regulated by the consciousness of the landscape of reality around us.
In this landscape, one selects own space in life’s playfield.
And the game starts with a conscientious focus on the ball.
It is a collective game, a team game. There is no absolute independence. Our likes and dislikes, thoughts and behaviours, actions and reactions, morals and rules all are parts of the game.
Social and environmental structures around us are the team’s norms in shaping and steering the game.
Stamina, discipline, and coordination in these environments help us score our goals. Individual performance determines the scale of awards.
Based on our skills, hard work and a bit of luck, some collect millions while others make less in this life’s game of football.
Environments seldom offer level play. Speeding race toward the goal is unexpectedly blocked. We are tripped by those who may or may not get yellow and red cards.
We fall and get bruised, then get up and join the bout again. New strategies kick in. Still, falls and challenges get back in the field.
We keep on running toward the goal while being pushed back and forth.
The play goes on.
The Referee blows the final whistle. And the game is over.
-By Promod Puri