Posted in My Favorite Poems

Reluctance to accept the things …..

Reluctance

Out through the fields and the woods

And over the walls I have wended;

I have climbed the hills of view

And looked at the world, and descended;

I have come by the highway home,

And lo, it is ended.

The leaves are all dead on the ground,

Save those that the oak is keeping

To ravel them one by one

And let them go scraping and creeping

Out over the crusted snow,

When others are sleeping.

And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,

No longer blown hither and thither;

The last lone aster is gone;

The flowers of the witch hazel wither;

The heart is still aching to seek,

But the feet question “Whither?”

Ah, when to the heart of man

Was it ever less than a treason

To go with the drift of things,

To yield with a grace to reason,

And bow and accept the end

Of a love or a season?

Robert Frost

This is one of my favourite poems of Robert Frost.

Significance of Reluctance Robert Frost initially wrote Reluctance because he felt that he suffered an irreparable shock, loss, and metamorphosis as a result of what he viewed as Elinor White’s rejection of him when he visited her at St. Lawrence University.  Reluctant to accept the norms of conventional behavior, he declares that he will go against the grain, follow his own intuition and resist what appeared to be the end of Elinor’s love. The poem is about dead ends, dead leaves, and dead hopes displayed through his love for Elinor (Thompson 189).  Frost also shows his frustrated hopes which are mirrored in the dying landscape that appears in Reluctance.  Frost began to establish himself in the community trying to publish his poems, and by establishing himself he won Elinor’s love. Frost and Elinor ended up being married to each other though he continued to believe his initial thought of her continual rejection of him throughout his life. Reluctance also shows Frost’s love of the cycle of the different seasons which is why he dearly loved New Hampshire where the seasons can be seen at their fullest beauty. (http://www.etsu.edu/writing/amlit_s04/anthology/reluctance.htm)

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Eventhough this was written by Frost for his lover, this poem reminds me the human mind which does not accept the things in the life as they come…the reluctance to accept the things as they come in the life ..makes the life different….the things may not change with the our reluctance..but how practical is it to accept the things in life as they come…..should’nt we make an effort to make a change?????????

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Management

Sales and Love : It’s all about IMPRESSING the folks

These days I’m into sales department also 🙂

Initial weeks of sales were very interesting and I thought its a easy job provided we have ample common sense 🙂

Only in the second week I learnt that its not so easy. However, got used to Sales also these days and one fine friday evening a thought hit my mind like a thunder…..I took a coffee break and while I was drinking the coffee …I though lil bit more about that the ” thunder like thought”.

Lemme..explain to you  also 🙂

Sales and Love are similar in  almost all the aspects. Let me put forward some related things about these two:

  1. Sales and Love : It’s all about impressing your fellow(customer)
  2. Sales : There are no stupid or standard or perfectly successful methods to impress your customer about your product.What works for one customer may not work for another customer.According to the common sense and the current situation, the sales need to be proceeded further.Even in Love, there are  no standard or perfectly successful methods.Its all about impressing your lover. Depending on the person you love, you need to adopt suitable method to convince your ideas. 🙂
  3. Sales and Love : At the end what matters in the sales is whether you sold your product or not , by convincing about your product and your company.Similarly, even in Love what matters is whether you are able to convince your lover about you and your love to him/her.
  4. Sales and Love : Yes , convincing the folks about your product is a great thing..but what matters most is taking that faith….to the extent of buying your products. Similary in love, its great and good to be able to convince your lover about you and your love..what matters is the final deal of life long partnership with him/her 🙂
  5. Sales and Love : There is something called true selling according to me.

*If the sales person is a true sales person. she will try to understand the customer well and tailor the product according to the customer’s needs. Sometimes the sales person may be in touch with the good customers..even if the customers don’t have anything to buy then…..That sales person may try to build good relations with the customer..to have a long term sales relation.Basically, a true sales person is a good communicator.

*Similary a true lover is the one who tries to understand her/his lover  and be in his/her good and bad times. They try to be in good communication. with the lover……immaterial of the communication reciprocated.

6. Sales and Love : Convey the value properly

*In Sales, as a sales person its your prime duty to convey the value of your product. You have all the damn right in the world to convey the beauty, value of your product. your sole duty is to enlighten your customer about the greatness of your product and the benifits of the customer in buying your prouduct or being your business partner :).. if you cannot convince about your product..how can you expect your customer to know about the greatness of your product by himself ;)..

*Similarly, in love ….its your  duty to convey your value to your lover. You should make your lover understand your value or to be able to estimate the value of sharing his/her  life with a valuable person like you 🙂

7. Sales and Love : Its your prime duty to put all your efforts to impress your customer. If the customer is a close minded fellow……leave him/her and goto the next customer..afterall..market is so big and there are somany customers waiting for your company and your product 🙂

Simliarly, even in LOVE..its your duty to convince well your lover about your ideas and you. If he/she gets convinced its well and good…if he/she is a closed mind…then leave that person and look for another..afterall world is sooo big man!!!!! 🙂

8. Post Sales and Post Love confirmation : 

 The Sales process does not end with selling your product or getting into business partnership. The real problem starts now, the commitment shown by you prior to the selling process need to be continued well. If you are a clever sales person ……by this time you might have created a need for your services and your products ..in the customer’s mind already. You make your partner depend on you and he/she  will get back to you 🙂

Similarly in Love, the things don’t end with your lover agreeing your love or getting married to you. If you are into a relationship its necessity to ensure that you maintain the partnership well….if you are a clever person you create a dependency in your partner towards you…you make your partner depend on you 🙂

9. One thing ..need to be conveyed throughout the sales and love process..that is conveying constantly that “We /I care you” and “You mean a lot to us/me”.

Cheers,

Prasanna