Lost in the act!

In life, some experiences shape you subtly…yet powerfully.

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For me, it was a funeral that I had attended at quite an early age…

It was all chaos! Family-members, relatives, friends, neighbors, acquaintances, all were there. Everyone was sad – some were crying, some were sobbing, and some were simply lost. All this was going on, but I don’t know why (possibly because I was not old enough), I suddenly became observant towards what people were saying while they were crying…

They were saying things like “you went away; and you didn’t even think how we would live” or “Now what would happen to us” or “Now who would take care of your people” or “Now how would I lead such a long life without you” etc…

For no reasons, returning from there, I was wondering why no one was saying things like “you went away; now what about your own dreams…your own plans…your own potential…your own hard work…?” I couldn’t understand why even the people closest to the man weren’t even mindful of any of that.

Well! Fortunately, that experience didn’t teach me ‘people are selfish’ or ‘you are alone’ dictums. In fact, rather than filling me with disillusionment or cynicism, it filled me with a tendency to question a lot that goes around us in the name of relationships and society…

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…It taught me that while playing his roles in alignment with the ‘rules set for the act’, an actor has to still not let his identity dissolve. Because actually…“That’s all he has got!”

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’. (www.socialigence.net) 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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