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The cockroach theory for self development


The cockroach theory for self development

At a restaurant, a cockroach suddenly flew from
somewhere and sat on a lady.
She started screaming out of fear.
With a panic stricken face and trembling voice,
she started jumping, with both her hands
desperately trying to get rid of the cockroach.
Her reaction was contagious, as everyone in her
group also got panicky.

The lady finally managed to push the cockroach
away but …it landed on another lady in the
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 cockroach next fell
upon the waiter.

The waiter stood firm, composed himself and
observed the behavior of the cockroach on his
When he was confident enough, he grabbed it
with his fingers and threw it out of the

Sipping my coffee and watching the amusement,
the antenna of my mind picked up a few
thoughts and started wondering, was the
cockroach responsible for their histrionic
If so, then why was the waiter not disturbed?
He handled it near to perfection, without any

It is not the cockroach, but the inability of those
people to handle the disturbance caused by the
cockroach, 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:

I understood, I should not react in life.
I should always respond.
The women reacted, whereas the waiter

Reactions are always instinctive whereas
responses are always well thought of.
A beautiful way to understand…………LIFE.

Person who is HAPPY is not because Everything
is RIGHT in his Life..
He is HAPPY because his Attitude towards
Everything in his Life is Right..!!

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  1. hercules

    18/02/2018 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks, it a very nice write up and it motivating.

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