We all come across umpteen inspirational stuff and at most times it’s a kind of a jig saw puzzle. The picture isn’t complete until we combine all the parts. Don you must, the Sherlock Holmes hat …. Lo and behold ! the picture (or message) unfolds. Off late, I have been sensitive to observing these dots and dashes bombarding me over and over again – As if to get my attention to notice them. So I did !
A Morning Inspirational Quote
The first was a quote, as usual in the wee hours of the morning on a Whats App, Human Resources Team group we formed …. “A dot becomes a line, a line becomes a shape, shapes become patterns, patterns become art work. One must always remember to start at the pure basics. In the end, you’ll end up with a masterpiece … !” – Cettina Raccuia. The message caught my rapt attention and I simply loved it, though it didn’t display the originator’s name. The ‘Quote Appeal’ – Simple words, extremely powerful and an ultimate in motivation. I shared it further through the day only to receive numerous likes and appreciation. Something as well had started brewing by now within the space between my ears …… !! To ensure upholding the ‘credits etiquette’, I Googled the quote to locate it’s originator and author, who I found to be an eminent resident of Australia. The search was mandatory, as the quote had motivated me to write this article and I am indebted to her for the trigger. The internet has really shrunk the world …. Wow !
My God ! …. What a Sales Guy !
Secondly, the ‘dot and dashes’ related quote on that day reminded me of a startling revelation or a kind of awakening I experienced years ago. I fail to recollect the exact details but faintly remember it to be a conversation connected to making certain financial investments …. and that too timely in life ! The visiting sales agent caught my attention as he drew a long line saying …. Sir this depicts our entire lifetime. He remarked, let’s put the milestones as dots. First one for ‘your birth’, thereafter ‘completion of your schooling’, next ‘graduation’, then your ‘job’, obviously your ‘marriage’, your ‘child’, his ‘schooling’, his ‘graduation’, his ……… and he handed me the pen now. I thought it’s my turn to place the milestone dots. Well, to my surprise he hit me hard on that day – He respectfully uttered, ‘Sir, kindly put a ‘dot’ as to … When will it be, that you shall die’ ? My hand which had be rising to put a dot eagerly, screeched to a “deadly” halt. I was dumbfounded … absolutely ! The ‘dot’ he wanted me to mark – as we all know is the greatest mystery of life ! Taken positively, it really makes you value “time” in life. I cannot mention the benefit of the financial investment made that day but his ‘investment related example’ remains embedded as a reality/ humility check in my head since. I am sure, I finally did make a wonderful investment that day – though not a financial one alone ! The essence of the lesson learnt relating to the line and dots was magical in many ways.
Dah-Di-Dah-Dit – Submariner
Finally, whilst a young officer in the Submarine Arm, I was nominated to undertake a ‘Specialist Communicator’ course, basically akin to a Radio Communicator (Merchant Mariner lingo !). However, besides the routine radio theory and procedures, there was an awesome lot we studied in military terms relating to fleet work, electronic warfare, cryptography, etc.. The ‘dots (Di) and dashes (Dah) ‘ study also emerged in learning subjects called ‘Flashing’ and ‘Semaphore’. Basically, the ‘Morse Code’ language of ‘dots and dashes’ to send messages via strong projector lamps, semaphore flags and the electronic radio sets using radio telegraphy. The method of messaging learnt and skills acquired continues to fascinate me to this day. A basic and simple looking language of dots and dashes is actually a time tested and highly reliable backbone for routine operations, safety, survival and mitigating emergencies.
Squeeze … What Does it all Mean ?
Well, noticeably the computers too, as we know are based on binary code – a ‘0’ and a ‘1’ which relates to a state of being either ‘on’ or ‘off’. Comparable to an ECG machine screen, in which an ‘on’ (being alive) is a dot or blip which signifies the pulse and the ‘off’ a line (meaning a goodbye !). Basically, these so very simple looking dots and lines, if seen intimately unveil a hidden message – An immensely valuable one at that !
In the ‘quote’ above, it nicely takes you through motivation to realise your full potential. In the ‘investment example’, it highlights the need to remain grounded and humble as you aspire to reach/ realise your dreams. The ‘morse code’, ‘computer’ and ‘ECG machine’ all portray the potential of combining them to communicate not only simple messages, states or analytical data but a deep rooted philosophy of life !
Well then, isn’t it is actually about the art work and the masterpiece after all ? – How we join our ‘dots’ and draw our ‘lines’?! I keep learning from keen observation and so was inspired to share my lessons. Hoping, that I have have hit the ‘dot’ as I draw the ‘line’ on this article.
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Well ! ….. that’s BEST WISHES in ‘dots’ and ‘lines’ … Take care !