growing up…

There is something about ‘early mornings’ that is truly magical…Sun is shy, sky is introvert, breeze is in mallow moods and trees are rehearsing ballet…In such moments, if you embark on your work-journey then you feel a special confidence of ‘I belong here!’        

Interestingly, I have experienced that when you go to a new city then it is always good if you get ready and hit the road as early as possible in the morning. It is so because then you feel so much ‘in control’ of what’s going around. If you instead start the day late, when the city has taken its ‘flow’, then you have all the chance of being overawed by it…They don’t call it ‘early mover advantage’ in business for nothing!

Anyways…back to my city and the ‘early mornings’. As is true for all my colleagues, the nature of my work has commanded me to be in a ‘dawn to dusk’ schedule continuously for almost a decade now. My work is such that either I am ‘working’ or I am ‘working on my work’! And now, if the ‘early mornings to ofiice are coupled with late-evenings in the office’ for too many days in a row then at times it spells trouble!

It has been that kind of a time recently…So when I woke up dizzy, and was a bit restless while driving to the workplace, I got reminded of a conversation with one of my nieces!

When she was a cute 5-year old, once she came in my lap and said “Kaka! Jab main raat ko sona nahin chaahati hoon to mummy pakad pakad ke sulaati hai…aur jab subah soye rehna chaahati hoon to tab wo pakad pakad ke utthaati hai! Aisa kyon?” I still remember my laughing and saying to her “Beta! It is called growing-up.”

I smiled while driving, and said to myself “Beta! It is called growing-up.”

The best part is… neither she had found my ‘intellectual answer’ convincing then…nor I found it relaxing now!

…possibly, somewhere inside, none of us wants to grow-up! It is so boring

About Sandeep Atre

Sandeep Atre, PhD: Dr. Sandeep Atre is the Founder-Director of Socialigence – an organization that specializes in the development of ‘Social Intelligence’ through its focused online-courses and customized workshops on ‘observing nonverbal behavior and understanding emotions for greater interpersonal effectiveness and self-management’. ( He is also one of the Founder-Directors of CH EdgeMakers - a leading ‘Coaching and Training’ group of Central India. In his career of close to one and a half decade, he has trained thousands of students, and professionals of more than fifty organizations and institutions. He has authored two books “Understanding Emotions Logically – A layman’s guide to the foundations of Social Intelligence” and “Observing Nonverbal Behavior – An exhaustive guide to the essential skill of Social Intelligence” and has also been a noted blogger for last many years. He has also featured at various prestigious platforms as a ‘Management Speaker’ and ‘Motivational Orator’ and has also served on various advisory and editorial boards. He has earned repute for his value-additive innovation and holistic methodology in his domain.
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