A Backfired Resignation – Short story

Asim was one of the best performers in Company A. A topper throughout in school and college, he topped in his performance at office too! A dedicated, responsible and intelligent employee – the company’s asset. When he put in his resignation, his reporting head got a bolt from the blue. He immediately asked the HR Dept. (Human Resource) to retain him by hook or by crook!

After hours of discussions, Asim agreed to continue working for Company A since he was immediately offered a 70% hike in his salary. He was an asset to the company – losing him meant heavy loss. Not only was he an intelligent and dedicated worker, but many others – his juniors especially – looked up to him with a lot of respect and he was a great motivator too. Always helpful, he had turned even the most mediocre performer into an asset for the company. Such a multi-talented employee was not so easy to give up! Asim was retained and things went back to normal for all.

Not quite for all though! Kasab had worked closely with Asim and he had been his team member in couple of projects earlier. He knew all about Asim’s job hunt, his resignation and all that followed. The fact that Asim did not leave the organisation and continued to work made it very evident for all about his untimely appraisal and salary hike!

After 2 months, Kasab tried to play the same game! Without getting a job in hand, he sent his resignation to the HR. He was pretty sure that the company will give him a salary hike and retain him – just like Asim. He was the most senior in his department and who could replace him in such a short notice…he thought.

The HR and his senior officer took it as a very pleasant surprise! His reporting head, Mr. Dutta, had tears of joy when the HR broke the news to him!

Mr. Dutta – “What? Kasab has resigned!? Tell me where do you want your lunch or dinner party… gosh! it’s party time!!”

Kasab had always been a very below average performer. After having failed to deliver even the simplest of things correctly, the company had given him a cookie-cutter kind of a job – everything was automated and all that he had to do was to fill in the data and generate the report. Since he had the engineering degree, he had to be paid pretty high for his standards. Mr. Dutta had often mentioned the HR about his frustration to handle ‘dumb’ Kasab. He had even said that a class 8th student would do a better job than him! He was slow, laid-back and most inattentive! A single work had to be repeated at least 7 times before it got done. The entire organisation was fed up with Kasab and his lackadaisical nature l! Just because he had been with the company for 6 years and was pretty regular in his attendance, so the company never showed him the door.

The HR immediately gave him a date for his Exit Interview. Now it was Kasab’s turn to be surprised! But it was too late for him to take back his resignation. He started to frantically apply for jobs…and eventually got a job that paid him even less than half of what he was drawing in Company A!

Moral – Don’t judge yourself by someone else’s standards!

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Competitiveness

Very little has been said about this…..On December 2, Basque athlete Iván Fernández Anaya was competing in a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. He was running second, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai – bronze medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan runner – the certain winner of the race – mistakenly pull up about 10 meters before the finish, thinking he had already crossed the line.

Fernández Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai’s mistake to speed past and claim an unlikely victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.

Ivan Fernandez Anaya, a Basque runner of 24 years who is considered an athlete with a big future (champion of Spain of 5,000 meters in promise category two years ago) said after the test:

“But even if they had told me that winning would have earned me a place in the Spanish team for the European championships, I wouldn’t have done it either. I also think that I have earned more of a name having done what I did than if I had won. And that is very important, because today, with the way things are in all circles, in soccer, in society, in politics, where it seems anything goes, a gesture of honesty goes down well.”

He said at the beginning: “unfortunately, very little has been said of the gesture. And it’s a shame. In my opinion, it would be nice to explain to children, so they do not think that sport is only what they see on TV: violent kicks in abundance, posh statements, fingers in the eyes of the enemy …”

Devil

In 1902, a professor asked his student whether it was God who created everythin that exists in the universe ?

Student replied: Yes

He again asked: what about evil ?

Has God created evil also?

The student got silent….
Then the student requested that may he ask a question for him?

Professor allowed him to do so.

He asked: Does cold exist

Professor said : yes ! Dont u feel the cold dear

Student said: I’m sorry but ur wrong sir.

Cold is a complete absence of heat..

There is no cold, it is only an absence of heat.

Student asked again: Does darkness exist ?

Professor said: yes !

Student replied: ur again wrong sir.

There is no such thing like darkness. Its actually the absence of light. Sir ! We always study light & heat, but not cold & darkness.

Similarly, the evil does not exist.

Actually it is the absence of love, faith & true belief in God.

That student was Albert Einstien…!!!

USED vs. LOVED

While a man was polishing his new car, his 6 yr old son picked up a stone and scratched lines on the side of the car. In anger, the man took the child’s hand and hit it many times; not realizing he was using a wrench. At the hospital, the child lost all his fingers due to multiple fractures. When the child saw his father…..with painful eyes he asked, ‘Dad when will my fingers grow back?’ The man was so hurt and speechless; he went back to his car and kicked it a lot of times. Devastated by his own actions…….sitting in front of that car he looked at the scratches; the child had written ‘LOVE YOU DAD’.The next day that man committed suicide. . .Anger and Love have no limits; choose the latter to have a beautiful, lovely life….. Things are to be used and people are to be loved. But the problem in today’s world is that, People are used and things are loved…. In this year, let’s be careful to keep this thought in mind: Things are to be used, but People are to be loved. Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits they become character;Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. I’m glad a friend forwarded this to me as a reminder. God bless you. If you don’t pass this on nothing bad will happen; if you do, you might change someones life. Do u know the relationship between your two eyes? They blink together, move together, cry together, see things together & sleep together. Even though they never see each other. Friendship should be just like that! Life is vanity without FRIENDS. IT’S “WORLD BEST FRIENDS WEEK”. Who is your best friend? Send this to all your good friends. Even me, if I am one of them. See how many u get back. If u get more than 7, then u are really a lovable person!

ON FALLING IN LOVE – A 1958 letter by John Steinbeck to his son Thom .

“New York
November 10, 1958

Dear Thom:

We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.

First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second — There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply — of course it isn’t puppy love.

But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it — and that I can tell you.

Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.

The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

If you love someone — there is no possible harm in saying so — only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.

Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.

It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another — but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.

We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.

And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.

Love,

Father “