A Sequel~~ Crazy Ball- An Object of Inspiration!!

There has been a lot of controversies about my previous post Relationships in College ~~ A Recluse’s tale and many people thought the character Ralph is ME. I do agree that for a few parts, I did derive inspiration from my life but the entire post is not about my Life alone. It has a few things I’ve heard from people around me, a few from my learning and understanding about Life and many different sources of inspiration are part of that post. If I’ve hurt anyone through my writings I apologize and the character Ralph created by me will feature more frequently in posts. I want to create characters with details and descriptions to chisel my writing skills. So, please don’t misunderstand any of my writings from now on and that is the reason why I’m writing this prologue.I like being straightforward and if I want to tell something to someone, I will convey it directly to that person and not through my writings.

                   Yet another normal day at college for Ralph, the recluse who was spending his time looking at the tress swaying swiftly. The fresh breeze touched his face and a Software Testing lecture was about to start. Like always, the lecture was done in about 20 minutes and remaining 30 minutes was left for us to talk. Ralph was looking around and was listening to what his classmates were talking. The topics ranged from mobiles, to relationships, to weekend plans and many more. When all these things were going at the background, a crazy ball caught the eyes of Ralph.

                     A crazy ball is an under-appreciated object though it’s fancied by infants. It just moves in any direction, a thing which Ralph related with the present phase of his Life, directionless. He just took the crazy ball in his hands and pitied on it. But something weird struck his mind and the neuro forest in his brain started creating analogies. Then, Ralph started comparing the crazy ball with the more popular ones, the tennis ball and the cricket ball. He then started analyzing the structure of all these balls and came up with something interesting.

                     Ralph found that the cricket ball, made of cork and covered by leather is hard, shining, the most attractive from the outside. Next in line in terms of attractiveness is the tennis ball, which is soft, colorful and hollow on the inside. Finally, the least favored is the crazy ball, made of randomly colored hard rubber. When it comes to bounce, the preference of these balls is reversed. The crazy ball bounces the most while the cricket ball the least. Ralph felt that in Life it’s not how hard, it’s not how colorful, it’s not how attractive you’re on the outside but it’s the manner in which you bounce back when you’re hit defines you. Ralph remembered a quote from Rocky Balboa, The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!.” Ralph told this quote to himself and felt extremely motivated. He affirmed to himself not to point his fingers at anyone, anytime, anywhere.

                     In tune with the above quote, the cricket ball loses its shine as it gets hit and the bounce of the tennis ball reduces as you keep using it. But, the crazy ball though its small and less favored, every time it gets hit against an object, it hits back with the same force and at times even with greater force. Another thing which Ralph learnt is not to conclude about anything by just looking at it externally. After all these thoughts subsided in Ralph’s brain, Software testing concepts of Black Box Testing and White Box Testing started to enter. Surprisingly, Ralph could relate those concepts with crazy ball.. :D. In Black Box testing, we examine the object’s functionality without considering it’s internal structure and finally conclude as WHAT a software can do. In White Box Testing, we examine the internal functionality without considering external features and conclude HOW the software functions. Ralph felt that in Life, we have to do both these tests along with another test as to WHY we are doing things.The combined result of all these three can only help us in concluding the worth of an object, a person, or a thing. ( The popular “Golden Circle Principle.” To know more on this, you can read another post of mine What Makes Great Leaders Stand Apart?. )


                     The bell rang, the next Professor just entered and Ralph made his mind ready to listen to the next lecture.Sometimes, even inanimate objects can teach us plenty of things in Life just like it did for Ralph. We have to tune ourselves to its rhythm to understand its teachings.


Ram Thilak

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