common man in the mirror

Friday evening I started off on a bus journey for the long weekend as I’d applied for leave on Monday.

The bus was crowded and as I’d gotten on early, I was sitting down. A couple with a baby boy got on. Its somewhat tough carrying a kid in a crowded rattling swering bus. Being a bit tired/lazy and somewhat disinclined to offer my seat esp with a long journey ahead, I offered to hold the kid instead. The man offered me the kid who unhesitantly came to my arms. They family seemed to be manual laborers, with the baby having pretty dirty clothes and hair. I had nice clean clothes, but nevertheless I took him with an invisible reluctance. On the way I couldn’t help reflecting on the irony – the baby was so dirty outside, and so pure inside. And I was so clean outside, and so dirty and hypocritical inside! 🙄 😆 My work was clearly cut out for three days of silence before me.


Sweet little fellow didn’t complain much, except one time, and then I started talking to him showing him things outside the window, and he settled down again. No fuss till the couple got off somewhere. He seemed somewhat dull – maybe just very sleepy, or maybe lack of any lively interaction in his impoverished upbringing – I was scared to guess. Atleast for the brief duration of our encounter, I loved him like my own son, whom I’d left behind a couple of hours ago.

Eventually the outer journey ended and inner journey began. It was quite tough as I’d hardly been very inconsistent and indisciplined in practicing sitting in silence for many months. Sitting in silence is a lot like looking into a mirror – it shows lots of things about me that I’d rather not know about! 😉 But though ‘Ignorance is bliss’ – that’s not for too long, and its infinitely beneficial to face and overcome.

“Man in the Mirror” is a song by Michael Jackson. It peaked at number one in the United States when released as a single in the spring of 1988 off his seventh solo album, Bad. It is one of Jackson’s most critically acclaimed songs and it was nominated for Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards. … on July 5, 2009, following the news of Jackson’s death, the song charted at number two in the official UK Singles Chart, having re-entered the chart at 11 the previous week. ~ wiki

Excerpts from the lyrics…

I’m Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life
It’s Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .

As I, Turn Up The Collar On My
Favourite Winter Coat
This Wind Is Blowin’ My Mind
I See The Kids In The Street,
With Not Enough To Eat
Who Am I, To Be Blind?
Pretending Not To See Their Needs
A Summer’s Disregard,
A Broken Bottle Top
And A One Man’s Soul
They Follow Each Other On
The Wind Ya’ Know
‘Cause They Got Nowhere To Go
That’s Why I Want You To Know

I’m Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways
And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself,
And Then Make A Change

(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make The Change)
(You Gotta Get It Right, While
You Got The Time)
(‘Cause When You Close Your
Heart)
You Can’t Close Your . . .Your
Mind!
(Then You Close Your . . .
Mind!)
That Man, That Man, That
Man, That Man
With That Man In The Mirror
(Man In The Mirror, Oh Yeah!)
That Man, That Man, That Man
I’m Asking Him To Change
His Ways
(Better Change!)

I’m Gonna Make A Change
It’s Gonna Feel Real Good!
Come On!
(Change . . .)
Just Lift Yourself
You Know
You’ve Got To Stop It.
Yourself!
I’ve Got To Make That Change,
Today!
Hoo!

(Yeah-Make That Change)
Gonna Make That Change . . .
Come On!
(Man In The Mirror)
You Know It!
You Know It!
You Know It!
You Know . . .
(Change . . .)
Make That Change.

Back to the grind now @ work now. Even though a little bit, certainly some change is there in me. I feel invigorated, peaceful, somewhat more caring and action-oriented.

This song is brilliant, and highly motivating. On the other hand, sitting in silence, one realises that there is not much to do, change is inevitable and it just happens 🙂

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