The Lizard theory for self development By Global Head of Google Chrome
At a Party, a Lizard suddenly fell and sat on a lady. Out of fear the lady started screaming.
With a panic stricken face and trembling voice she started jumping, with both her hands desperately trying to get rid of the lizard.
Her reaction was contagious, as everyone in her group also got frightened.
The lady finally managed to push the lizard away, but it landed on another lady in the group.
Now, it was the turn of the other lady in the group to continue the drama.
The waiter rushed forward to their rescue.
In the relay of throwing, the lizard next fell upon the waiter. The waiter did not move, composed himself and observed the behaviour of the lizard on his shirt. When he was confident enough, he grabbed it with his fingers and threw it out of the hall.
Eating my dinner and watching the amusement, the antenna of my mind picked up a few thoughts and started wondering, was the lizard responsible for their histrionic behaviour?
If so, then why was the waiter not disturbed? He handled it near to perfection, without any chaos.
It is not the lizard, but the inability of the ladies to handle the disturbance caused by the lizard that disturbed the ladies.
I realized that, it is not the shouting of my father or my boss or my wife that disturbs me, but it’s my inability to handle the disturbances caused by their shouting that disturbs me.
It’s not the traffic jams on the road that disturbs me, but my inability to handle the disturbance caused by the traffic jam that disturbs me.
More than the problem, it’s my reaction to the problem that creates chaos in my life.
Lessons learnt from the story:
We should not react in life.
We should always respond.
The women reacted, whereas the waiter responded.
Reactions are always instinctive whereas responses are always well thought of.