Do you have a dialogue with your mind? My mind keeps torturing me all the time! I will give you an example discussion that happened between me and my mind in the following two instances.
Bold represents conversations of my mind.
Italics represents my conversations to my mind.
Somehow, I see myself and my mind as separate entities! Anyway,
Recently, I was going in my bike when I see a second-hand book shop on the road. So, I stop there and select two books to buy. Here is the conversation between me, my mind and the book shop guy.
Ok. Now you are 30 and have reached the middle age. You have to handle yourself like a middle-aged person.
How do I do that?
Show some maturity in what ever you do. Handle things like an expert. Ok, now go and handle this negotiation like a pro.
Me: “I want these two books, how much do they cost?”
Book shop guy: “180 rupees”
Me: “I will not pay you anything more than 120 rupees”
Book shop guy: “Ok, take it”
Can anyone negotiate worser than what you just did? Is this the way to negotiate? This was excusable when you were 20-something, but now you have the responsibility of the middle age. Can’t you handle things better?
Those books are worth that price, yaar. Think about it, that guy might have a family to support.
Are you here to buy or do charity? Don’t give silly excuses, that too after reading a whole book – ‘You can negotiate anything”!!!
Another day, I go to the electricity board to pay the EB bill.
Handle this like an adult. See how others are going to the counter, paying their bill and walking away. You too have to do it like them. Smooth, without any hassles.
Lady at the counter: “Why are you giving me three EB books?”
Me: “One book for each phase, you know…”
Lady at the counter: “Are you paying the EB bill for the first time?”
Me: “Yes. !!!!!”
Lady at the counter: “If you are not going to tell me why you are giving me three books, I am not going to accept any payment. Others will also wait”.
Then I look into those three EB books amidst protests from the crowd. Two of them were old ones where all rows were filled up, one was new that contained the latest bill details. Then I give that book, pay the amount and come out.
Is this the way you handle things? Did anyone mess up like you? Can’t you handle a simple bill payment peacefully? Also, what’s with this T-shirt? Did you not notice that all people of your age were wearing shirts? I don’t think you deserve the age of 30. You are demoted to 29!!!
Well, since my mind demoted me to 29, I keep my age as ’29’ in the ‘About’ section. What say people? 😉
PS: If you are wondering about that picture in the beginning, I, symbolically represent the puppy and the firm hand gripping around me is my mind!