Good Luck - Bad Luck? Freedom - Love ?

20 DEC, 2015
by Bikash Mohanty

On 17 December 2015, after losing nine out of sixteen league games, Chelsea football club announced that they had parted company with Jose Mourinho "by mutual consent". They went on to say: "The club wishes to make clear Jose leaves us on good terms and will always remain a much-loved, respected and significant figure at Chelsea. Jose Mourinho was the highest paid football manager in the world and the most successful one as well in terms of his records. How could he not turn around his success formulas once again, how could not stop all those negativity about him in media and Chelsea club dressing room, how could he not realize/learn from his mistakes quicker and how could he not maintain his most loved-special one status for any longer…if he was that smart enough to earn £20mn a year!!!

Jose Mourinho is no exception. We don't all have just two sides to our personalities; we are multifaceted as well. We respond and react differently, depending on who we are talking to and what we are interacting with. People shouldn't accuse one another of inconsistency as if this, on its own, is an offence. Adaptability deserves to be praised, not criticised. A position once we held with great vehemence now seems redundant. It was appropriate then but something else makes more sense now. Why should that be a problem?

It reminds me of the Chinese story of a farmer who used an old horse to till his fields. One day, the horse escaped into the hills and when the farmer's neighbours sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, "Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?" A week later, the horse returned with a herd of horses from the hills and this time the neighbours congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, "Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?"

Then, when the farmer's son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, "Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?"

Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer's son with his broken leg, they let him off. Now was that good luck or bad luck? Who knows?

Everything that seems on the surface to be an evil may be a good in disguise. And everything that seems good on the surface may really be an evil. So we are wise when we leave it to the universe to unveil what is good fortune and what misfortune, and remain grateful for everything comes on our way, NO MATTER WHAT :)

Christmas is exactly 15 days away. Exciting. Street of London are more crowded than before and people of London appear busier than earlier. I love people. I love streets full of people. It allows an impression of festivity. I love it, as long as they are not allowed to smoke, drink and speak French (f***) on the streets. If I was made the Mayor a city, I shall ban these three things from the streets of the city to make it more safe. Our celebration should not be the cause of irritation for others. I don’t like the smell of cigarrate in a slow-moving-crowded street, where I am concerned that some of these ashes will come straight into my little son’s eyes or I am watchful how some behave when overdrunk or how vulgar they shout, especially when little kids are around). 2015 is going to end and 2016 is going to be established. Nothing is permanent. Not the year, not the month, not the day, not the hours, not minutes, not second, not Jose Mourinho or his special one status, not me, not you, not anyone else…nope…will remain only our connection with purity/honesty/ love/gratitude.

Honesty se yaad aya (speaking of honesty); we spend billions of dollars looking for life on other planets, and spend trillions of dollars killing this one. Just as; we spend thousands of dollars in buying medical insurance and spend much more than to destroy our health in our own hand.

And here in this part of the world, the evening has indeed come to an end, as it does, same time, every day. Chalo – I feel FREEDOM and LOVE are absolutely priceless in every sense. We work hard, we study, we save, we become rick, we buy this, we buy that…but speaking of honesty; we are (ALL OF US….) only looking for…searching for only FREEDOM & LOVE. Music is LOVE, they said. Able to feel music in our veins/souls is FREEDOM.

Wish you all a very good night. Take good care and have a wonderful week ahead. Jate Jate sunte jana…some soulful tracks…until later…Lots of love.