Of two pals,
Ego possessed the former;
Self-respect imbibed the latter.
The former faced problems, complained;
The latter solved problems, smiled.
One, choosy and demanding;
Other, suitable and acceptable.
In a corporation,
Standing at the threshold
Of promising careers,
Days rolled on
And the day arrived
Ego lagged behind.
Thoughts converted into self-realization,
Ego satisfied merely the senses –
“I want this” and “I want that”;
Self-respect implied acceptance –
“I respect this and I accept that”.
To further proceed,
To reach the summit,
‘I’ and ‘my’ be discarded,
‘We’ and ‘ours’ be adopted.
[Published in ‘melange’, the Sunday supplement of ‘The Sentinel’ on 28 February 2010]