A moral story on Presence of Mind (You might have come across this elsewhere.. just as I have. 😛 )
Once a dog lost his way deep in to the Jungle. He was dreaded by the sight of a Lion at a very near distant, heading towards him.
"I will be dead today", thought he.
Then he noticed a few bones lying nearby. He turned around and pretended as if he is eating those bones. When he felt the Lion is close by, he cried out loudly "Wow, what a fun eating a lion, by chance if I can get another one, it will be a treat"
Lion thought "This is a dangerous dog! He kills lions and eats it. Let me run away from here and save my life".
A Monkey on the tree watching the entire show thought "It’s a good chance to tell the truth to the lion. Lion will become my friend and I will not have to run saving my life from him."
He swung and ran behind the lion to inform the actual episodes. The dog had seen the monkey going and quickly understood the ploy. Both Lion and Monkey were coming back to the dog and the lion was furious.
When the lion was close to him, dog cried out loudly "It has been half an hour and yet that stupid monkey can’t fetch another lion??"
Rest is history .. (Or you could use your imagination as to what happened next.)
So I’ll say the moral of the story is : "It is by the presence of mind in untried emergencies that the elemental nativeness of a man is put to test"
There is another Moral hidden in this story: " Don’t be a snitch, it’ll cause deeper troubles"
Presence of mind is nothing but the ability to think and act calmly and efficiently, especially in an emergency. A Self-control in a crisis; ability to say or do the right thing in an emergency is what brings out a true character of people. The above story is reflected in our day to day life.. In office, at home, society etc etc..
Is it intelligence? Its not about being intelligent but about being smart.
What is intelligence without presence of mind? It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.
So is it right to call Presence of Mind as Mind Over Matter? It is the belief that the mind is more powerful than the body. Specifically, mind over matter refers to controlling pain that you may or may not be experiencing, such as holding your hand under extremely hot water and feeling no pain.
Or is it that Presence of Mind is nothing but Mindfulness? since mindfulness is experiencing each moment as it unfolds while staying in touch with feelings and fully engaged in daily activities. Mindfulness is also about reducing unproductive conduct, creatively wielding stress, cultivating inherent or underlying strengths, linking up with your happier self and seeing things with more lucidity.
In a way negation of absent minded-ness can be called as presence of mind. One should not lose his balance of mind. Fear, anxiety or excitement is due to lack of presence of mind. We say silly things in our fright and haste.
Presence of mind is a natural gift. But it can be developed too… All that is to be done is control emotions constantly. It’s just that by trying not to get carried away by feelings.
If we lose our heads literally, we could lose our heads figuratively too…
Its all about understanding yourself, understanding your true nature, realising of moments when thoughts are swayed by feelings, losing temper. It is also about how to avoid these to stay focussed and thus to come out with flying colours.
Where there is a will, there is a way.. At times there may be many ways.. Just that the right path should be chosen!
Comments welcome. Also critics .. 😛