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Beware, we are living in a box. I just came out of a big box which is my home, moving towards another box which is my car to travel towards another big box which is my office. While on the way, I got a call from a smaller box which is my mobile phone and in the office I opened another box which happens to be my computer. Once I go back home, I sit again in front of another box with moving pictures, my television.
This is the routine I observed in my father during my childhood. And this is the same routine that many people like me live on a day-to-day basis, which my kids will eventually fall into. One day, when our time in this world is finished, we will again be put in another box which is the coffin. If the meaning of life is just limited to this, then it is useless.
Life in a box signifies our self-centered focus and attention. We become the center of our own universe, and each and everything only has meaning if it is related to us. It puts other people's lives in an ordinary scale. Billions of people come and go in this world on a similar track, and the world barely even notices them.
While we are jumping from one box to the next, perhaps it is about time we started thinking about life ''outside the box.'' We must look at life beyond ourselves and become beneficial to others by contributing and leaving a bit of a legacy.
This can be done by going beyond what is expected of us in the workplace, sharing ideas and knowledge with our colleagues, coming up with innovative solutions to problems and being helpful in unexpected ways. Outside the office, maybe we can donate our time, skills and energy to volunteer work, i.e. making a difference in the lives of others.
We still have time in our hands to start making useful contributions before the final box comes our way. Now is the time to start establishing standards in our professional and personal life that can benefit others.
• Approach the day-to-day norms in new and innovative ways
• Establish specific goals for your personal and professional life
• Break out of routine; consider changes in your daily activities
Find out if the power to choose is in your hands
Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company