“Turn mis­for­tunes into strengths”

India Today - - EMPOWERMENT - As told to Aditi Pai

One is con­stantly shift­ing be­tween those roles that one is so used to do­ing— daugh­ter, wife, mother, ca­reer woman. Partly it is the script that we have grown up with, the feel­ing that th­ese dif­fer­ent roles and lives need to be lived. And, at the end of the day, there is im­mense sat­is­fac­tion in re­al­is­ing one can do well in all th­ese roles, gain­ing ac­cep­tance and af­fec­tion. For­tu­nately, I grew up in a home where both my brother and I were treated equally; there weren’t any pre-de­ter­mined roles for ei­ther of us to fit into. It was from my mother I un­der­stood the im­por­tance of bal­anc­ing work and life. Early in my ca­reer, I saw my mother cop­ing with loss and grief. It was in­spir­ing for me to know my mother’s strength, her abil­ity to move ahead of set­backs and turn mis­for­tunes to her ad­van­tage.

I am a firm be­liever in in­vest­ing in en­dur­ing re­la­tion­ships. Re­la­tion­ships evolve over time and the most im­por­tant in­gre­di­ent in nur­tur­ing them is trust. If I have sta­ble re­la­tion­ships at home and at the work­place, where I don’t have to ag­o­nise over words spo­ken or de­ci­sions made, it leaves me free to do more and con­trib­ute bet­ter. Trust also works won­ders to help oth­ers re­lax bet­ter. I think it is like an orches­tra where mu­si­cians, play­ing to­gether, trust each other’s ex­per­tise, in­stincts and give out their in­di­vid­ual best.

May 2011

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