O you! Pause!
O you, trying to win every race! Pause!
O you, dreaming of building an empire! Pause!
O you, touching glory! Pause!
Pause and look around you.
Do you see any 15-years old memories of playing with the little toes of your daughter?
Do you find any souvenir of your old grandmother’s stories?
Do you feel the garland of your arms around your mother?
Do you recognize the fragrance of the old books packed inside the trunk you inherited from your father?
Do you reminisce any fond cloud of your kids’ chattering on the dinner table?
Do you recollect any moments spent at an enchanting family trip?
Did you never save them up for this time of hospital stay?
Did you ever pause and lived those moments while you were putting all your efforts in business deals?
You are hurt today. You miss a hand in your hand. You miss a warm hug. You miss the reassurance in form of kind words. But your highly calculative thoughts blind the thoughts of what you need and highlight your regrets of losing the currency to exchange bank balance. Amidst all this, you still regret over-speeding and crashing your car into the truck on a turn? Even now, you regret losing a million buck’s deal?
Pause! Right there.
Your bank holds an enormous amount. Congratulations! It’s greater than what your father could make. That was your dream, no? Well, you have achieved it.
Sigh. Your father passed away last year with eyes waiting for you.
Your kids have learnt to build walls of ignorance around their personalities.
The old books have learnt to stay quiet, hiding their words inside their pages, lying silent in the old trunk.
Alzheimer’s has eaten up your mother’s memories.
What have you earned? Pause and think about it.