The story of Kavita
The whole of my life, I have looked for inspiration from the super-achievers. But after reading every biography of the super-heroes, somewhere you feel that they must have had extraordinary talent. Of course, hard work played a role but maybe I don’t have that talent. But for last few years, I have derived immense inspiration from one of our service providers and I am sharing her story in brief with you.
The one is our maid, Kavita. This lady starts working at our place at 8.30 in the morning and then goes to a number of houses for 1–2 hours each. Her day starts at 5 AM. She does all the household work and cooking for her family in the morning before coming to work. Her husband doesn’t give any consideration for the fact that she is overworked. He doesn’t touch any of the housework, neither does he contribute money.
After she starts working at 8.30, she finishes the first shift at 1.30PM and then resumes working at 2.30PM at other houses. At five she takes a quick break to fill water from the community tap and prepares dinner at home. She again works till 10.30PM and our house is the last where she finishes. With the help of this work, she has educated both her sons, paid their engineering college fees and is patiently going on and on.
During the day, going from house to house, she must be walking at least five kilometers. After going home, she serves food to the family, cleans her own utensils, washes the house and finally hits the bed (on the floor) at midnight. Five hours later, it starts again and again and again. Almost every minute of her waking 19 hours is spent working.
Whenever I feel a bit low, de-motivated or weak, I look at her. She is the real inspiration. She keeps going, whether feeling well or not, whether it’s raining or not and whether anybody is praising her or not.
Yes, the Bill Gates, Jack Ma and Steve Jobs of the world achieved what they did and they are surely inspiring but I never saw any of them. I see Kavita every day for the last ten years and she is the biggest inspiration for me.
Kudos to the millions of Kavitas out there. Look not far for your inspiration!
A seeker and explorer in the quest for lasting happiness, health and well-being. An MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur and a Mechanical Engineer from IIT Delhi. Has been a senior banker with large global banks like Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and ANZ Bank. Working in these demanding global institutions with a gruelling schedule and plenty of business travel. Was fortunate to realise the importance of health and wellbeing early on. Learnt and practiced many wellbeing tools and techniques to focus on his own well-being while balancing the demands of a high-profile career and a lovely family.