Finding symmetries in an unsymmetrical world ..

Running to finish..

Posted on: February 24, 2009

I was just reading  Becky’s  post on Finishing alone.

At the prime, it sends out the message loud and clear, “Don’t play to win, instead to finish..”

Human brain is remarkable in that way,for it can recall the precise moment something relevant happened,and it triggers you back like it was a time machine.

I just remembered a race in school where a close friend had participated. It was a big ground, and we had to take 10 turns and after 6 rounds my friend lost her breath, then.. A teacher walked up to the middle of the field, and ran along with her(actually they walked the rest 4 rounds together), and my friend was given a special price. Back then, I was a little jealous, as kids of our age are! But now, I know that it is important to finish what you start, or you had never started in the first place..

Reading through, I went to introspect my feelings, and what was I up to lately.

I think we don’t get what we want, because each of these days, we quit in our minds and our hearts. We are afraid of failure, of persistence, and of self discipline. We are afraid to show our face to people, whom we had proudly declared that we would be doing a gig or other.

That was insecurity is a part of human psychology. There are times we want to quit , but just because we are afraid about the **people** we don’t strive to make things right,and give it all that we CAN..

Sometimes I get up early in the morning, and feel that I am running out of ideas, may be I am skeptical of doing, or just that I feel that what I think is not worth sharing, but heyy..”I never said what I think or do, will be valuable to YOU..may be you know it already or may be I am adding to the clutter, you need to sort..” **



But deep down I have a satisfying feeling…I did, and that is enough..

**adapted from .. Elizabeth Gilbert’s Thoughts on writing,

<< I have a friend who’s an Italian filmmaker of great artistic sensibility. After years of struggling to get his films made, he sent an anguished letter to his hero, the brilliant (and perhaps half-insane) German filmmaker Werner Herzog. My friend complained about how difficult it is these days to be an independent filmmaker, how hard it is to find government arts grants, how the audiences have all been ruined by Hollywood and how the world has lost its taste…etc, etc. Herzog wrote back a personal letter to my friend that essentially ran along these lines: “.Quit your complaining. It’s not the world’s fault that you wanted to be an artist. It’s not the world’s job to enjoy the films you make, and it’s certainly not the world’s obligation to pay for your dreams. Nobody wants to hear it Steal a camera if you have to, but stop whining and get back to work.” I repeat those words back to myself whenever I start to feel resentful, entitled, competitive or unappreciated with regard to my writing: “

It’s not the world’s fault that you want to be an artist…now get back to work.” Always, at the end of the day, the important thing is only and always that: Get back to work. This is a path for the courageous and the faithful. You must find another reason to work, other than the desire for success or recognition. It must come from another place.



Every morning in Africa, a deer wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be eaten. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest deer, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


7 Responses to "Running to finish.."

you are a writer, you must write whatever you want to.

But deep down , every artiest is looking for appriciation.

If you have time , read ‘The Moon and Sixpence’ by W.S. Maugham.

It is a story based on the life of the painter ‘Paul Gauguin’.

Insightful. Thougt provoking. I am going to keep coming back to this blog ekta!!

Thanks a lot for those kind words, Pinto !

[…] Here is a related awesome post that you will LOVE : Running to finish.. […]

I am a veteran teacher in Houston seeking a dialogue with Teach for America teachers nationally regarding policy positions taken by former Teach for American staffers who have become leaders in school district administrations and on school boards. I first became aware of a pattern when an ex-TFA staffer, now a school board member in Houston, suggested the way to improve student performance was to fire teachers whose students did poorly on standardized tests. Then the same board member led opposition to letting us vote on having a single union to represent teachers. A little research indicated this is a common agenda in several cities across the country.

The conservative-TFA nexus began when Union Carbide initially sponsored Wendy Kopp’s efforts to create Teach for America. A few years before, Union Carbide’s negligence had caused the worst industrial accident in history, in Bhopal, India. The number of casualties was as large as 100,000, and Union Carbide did everything possible to minimize its responsibility at the time it embraced Ms. Kopp. TFA recently started Teach for India. I wonder if its enrollees are aware of the TFA/Union Carbide connection.

Later, Ms. Kopp  nearly went to work for the Edison Project, and was all but saved in financial hard times by their managerial assistance. The Edison Project, founded by a southern entrepreneur, sought to replace public schools governed by elected school boards with for-profit corporate schools funding by public resources. Ms. Kopp’s husband, Richard Barth, was an Edison executive before taking over as CEO of KIPP’s national foundation, where he has sought to decertify its New York City unions.

In 2000, two brilliant TFA alumni, the founders of KIPP Academy, joined the Bush’s at the Republican National Convention in 2000. This was pivotal cover for Bush, since as Governor he had no genuine educational achievements, and he needed the education issue to campaign as a moderate and reach out to the female vote. KIPP charter schools provide a quality education, but they start with families committed to education. They claim to be improving public schools by offering competition in the education market-place, but they take the best and leave the rest.

D.C. Superintendent Michelle Rhee’s recipe for improving schools has three ingredients: close schools rather than improve them; fire teachers rather than inspire them; and sprinkle on a lot of hype. She on the cover of Time, sternly holding a broom, which she presumably was using to sweep away the trash, which presumably represented my urban teacher colleagues.

TFA teachers, you do great work, but when TFA alumni or staff argue that schools, and not inequality, are the cause of the achievement gap, they are intellectually dishonest. Stable families are more likely to be ambitious for their children than insecure, overworked and struggling ones. Our society has failed schools by permitting the middle class to shrink. It’s not the other way around. Economic inequality and insecurity produces ineffective public schools. It’s not the other way around. Blaming teachers, public schools and our unions keeps the corporate money rolling TFA’s way, but this approach supplies big business more ammunition in its 28-year war against our government.

Ms. Kopp claims TFA carries the civil rights torch for today, but Martin Luther King was the voice of unions on strike, not the other way around. His last book, Where do we go from here?, argued for some measure of wealth distribution, because opportunity would never be enough in a survival of the fittest society to allow most of the under-privileged to enter the middle class.

Your hard work as a TFA teacher gives TFA executives credibility. It’s not the other way around. would like a dialogue about what I have written here with TFA teachers. My e-mail is

Your blog sure seems interesting. Impressive writing..

hey Ekta,

I am honored seriously… u remembered that and u wrote something about it..jus feels great today. Today while reading this article, memories of that piece of my life flash infront of me and i feel like as if i just re-liv…ed the moment. Yeah as u mentioned sometimes it’s not important to win but to finish. I still remember when i fell down, i hurt my knees badly and i was out of breadth but support from teachers, my friends and everyone in that ground that day motivated me to do it. And not to forget i jus loved the title…”Running to Finish” it has more deeper meaning than one can think off.. Thanks a lot buddy 🙂

I enjoy what u write.. keep on writing and keep on inspiring people ekta..:)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Hey there, would be nice to have you around !

That’s me

My live Rantings @Twitter

Top Posts

Blog Stats

  • 13,572 hits
February 2009
« Jan   Mar »

Top Clicks

  • None
%d bloggers like this: