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Too small? Not for me!

Discussion in 'Cheeniya's Senile Ramblings' started by Cheeniya, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. Cheeniya

    Cheeniya Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Big may be synonymous of ‘not small’ but thinking big is not the same as thinking ‘nothing is too small’. In fact, I would even venture to say that they are antonyms. Thinking big essentially means setting your goals high, planning everything on lavish scales and displaying sheer class in everything you do. I remember such people being compared to the famous <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place>Hollywood</st1:place> film maker Cecile B.Demille in my younger days. The problem with thinking big is that you have to follow it up with suitable action. Otherwise you would just end up as a day-dreamer! There is also another problem in thinking big. You may be branded as vain, egoistic or arrogant.

    But thinking that nothing is too small amounts to what is known as ‘making a mountain of a mole hill’. It is like attempting to fell a mouse with a veritable army equipped with the most modern weapons instead of catching it with a piece of masal vadai hooked to a trap. It is like <st1:country-region><st1:place>India</st1:place></st1:country-region> facing a one-day match with five runs required for a victory with five wickets in hand and four overs remaining but losing four wickets in 3.3 overs scoring only four runs. Quite a few old people die watching the match on the TV by the time <st1:country-region><st1:place>India</st1:place></st1:country-region> scores the winning run off the last ball of the match!

    There is a saying in Tamil questioning the wisdom of those who set fire to their houses to kill the bugs that have taken shelter there. Such statements cause great ire to the protagonists of “nothing is too small”. They may defend the action of the house-burners saying that if the bugs were allowed a free run, the inmates of the house would contract the deadly kala-azar and kick the bucket!

    I too belong to the ‘Nothing is too small’ club. I don’t like people who catch snakes by the scruff of their necks and thrash them on the floor as if they are a piece of an old rope. They miss all the excitement of life. On the contrary, I love people who sighting a piece of rope in darkness, stay rooted to their spot imagining it to be a highly poisonous snake and going through the whole gamut of emotions. They sweat profusely, breathe furiously and tremble like the vocal chord of an octogenarian. They look desperately for cover but can’t move an inch. When they finally see that it was just a piece of rope, they feel immensely relieved and thank the piece of rope for adding drama to a few moments of their life.

    The people who think that nothing is too small may appear to make a heavy weather of everything that they do but one can rest assured that the jobs entrusted to them will be done meticulously. In fact, they foresee more problems in getting their tasks completed than there can ever be. This makes them failure-proof. And these people have all the excitement of life than those who think big. Do you want to know how?

    But first tell me who you would want to be. Someone who thinks nothing of everything or someone who thinks everything of nothing? Just think of it. Life is already getting too monotonous and there is hardly any scope for any excitement except for an occasional Tehelka exposure or a stamp paper scam, or Lallu landing his helicopter on a highway, which again, as Wodehouse would put it, is no skin off our nose. We have no alternative but to look for maximum fun and excitement out of every small thing that happens around us.

    Years back, I saw a Tamil film that had a character who used to get shocked by every bit of information passed on to him. If you tell him that you had just had your lunch, a shiver would run through his body as he asked you, 'You had lunch?' as if you had consumed a cup of hemlock poison. Utterly ridiculous was what I thought of him then but after years of professional, domestic and social ennui, I have now come to feel that it was a capital method to fight boredom. So if I express shock about whatever happens around me, don’t get dismayed. It’s just my way of squeezing the last drop of excitement out of this dull life.


     
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  2. malspie

    malspie Platinum IL'ite

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    Hi Cheeniya,

    I belong to the category of "thinking big" but, dear Cheenu, I am neither a day dreamer nor I ever miss to have fun in life. I plan, work hard, go and party, come back, work hard, party and be naughty, again work hard. I work hard coz I know I have set big targets. There is no fun in life without challenge. If everything is ironed out, the brain starts itching. I live a balanced life.
     
  3. Lavanya

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    People who belong to the "nothing too small" aren't just bored folk "squeezing the last drop of excitement out of this dull life", but I indeed feel they are considerate and humane people. I say this because only when you don't think that something is so trivial will you take the extra step to be understanding or go that extra mile for even someone you don't know. These are the folks who say for instance wipe a spilt cup of coffee at work or atleast get a custodian to clean it off the floor lest someone may slip. Sometimes they can be too careful to the extent of annoying. I'm reminded of the term "petition periyanayagi" - from one of lakshmi's old movies. Thus you could be a "petition periyanayagar" - but if not for you won't the others just have a boring life????
    - L.
     
  4. Chitvish

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    Dear Sri,
    You made me rush to my good old Wren&Martin and dictionary,( I am still more comfortable with them than "Googling" ) to look up the meanings of synonymn, antonymn etc.:confused:
    In my confusion, I almost looked up the meaning of acronymn and started wondering, how that would fit in ! :spin

    Well, I admit, your language does make me wonder, how in the present day's chat & SMS language, you still stick to such perfect old time english. Shows, how versatile you are ! :hatsoff

    The name of Demille made me nostalgic - was anyone in Indian cinema comparable to him? AC Thirulokachander, Chinnappa Devar, Raj Kapoor, B C Chopra?? - no no no. I still remember the logo of lion and you transformed me to my younger days.:)

    You have written
    tremble like the vocal chord of an octogenarian.
    Well, remember, in this forum of youngsters, we both will be rushing fast to that age, much ahead of others.

    So, You are the
    மலையைக் கெல்லி எலியைப் பிடிக்கிற
    type, more for the excitement of it ?????????:boo:

    Love,
    Chithra.
     
  5. Anandchitra

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    Dear Cheeniya Sir
    Yet another of your thought provoking humourous posts I only thought of whether I think nothing of everything or think everything of nothing. Its not good to think nothing
    of everything because then you do lose out on all the great grand things before u. Also thinking everything of nothing It seems to stretch a little too much so somewhere in the middle That does not stop me from seeing everything homourous funny and amusing and thoughtful in your thread. Clearly I hope i'm not thinking everything of nothing here. Or is it that I'm thinking nothing of everything here (see how you managed to confuse maybe because there was nothing in my head to begin with)!!
     
  6. Chitvish

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    Dear AC,
    I really pity my friend C sir ! He must have real patience to read "everything" in the post you have written & ultimately realise, that you yourself had "nothing" in your head to begin with !
    So, ultimately "everything" or "something" has conveyed "nothing" ?:confused:
    Now, jooooooot, I am running from you !
    Love,
    Chithra.
     
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    Shanvy IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi sri,

    I believe in Nothing is too big...rather than nothing is too small... I am not a day dreamer.... when you have your heart and mind set...Nothing is too big right..or is it nothing is tooo small..........OMG.bonk..I think it is better I watch....or will confuse my kids with my lecture(???) which is due to today ........


    In this thread of everything and nothing I am actually resorting to sit on the sidelines and watch everybody and your feedbacks...
     
  8. Cheeniya

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    Dear Mals
    I should say that it is one helluva balanced life! I envy you! The way you balance your life between work and fun sounds a lot more skillful than the balancing act that the artists display in Gemini Circus! By the way, where were you when I was looking for a suitable bride in the mid 60's? :biggrin2:
    Sri
     
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    Dear Lavanya
    That's precisely what I wanted to convey through my post but ended up a bit confused. I must say that you have hit the nail on its head! It's an irony that while such people get ridiculed most of the time, the big thinkers draw all the accolades even if they dont perform!
    As you have rightly pointed out, I too have observed that the folks who think nothing is too small to merit their attention usually go all out to be of help to others.
    A good observation from you!
    Sri
     
  10. Chitvish

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    Dear Naradi,
    Come & join me on emergency basis ! We both have some urgent work to do !
    The guess is as easy as a child's play, if you have read C's reply to the sweetiepie above !
    Love,
    Chithra.
     

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