What did I learn in nine sessions?

July 31, 2017

I was having pain in my left knee. My doctor recommended me to take nine sessions with a physiotherapist. I wondered why nine sessions? How could he be so precise? Anyway, I came to know later that this is the norm in Switzerland. They begin with a number so that the therapy leads to some result in a specific period of time. In most cases, nine sessions are enough, though some cases do need prolonged care. In my case, it actually took nine sessions – spread over a few weeks – to get rid of the pain. I must continue the exercises though.

I loved my physiotherapist Quentin Harri, an amazingly professional. Quentin knows his job well, has a positive attitude and is a great communicator. His inspirational and reassuring words truly complement what he does with his hands; and make light of some of the hard exercises he makes you do. He began each session by reviewing the status of the pain, identifying the problem area and saying, “Let’s work on it together.”

I asked Quentin what expedites the progress in his patients most. He said, it is the patient’s willpower and determination to get better. “I only do a small part, actually patients cure themselves” were his humble words. I asked him to share his most satisfying experience. He said, “A woman came to me on a wheel chair and went back walking. It took us more than a year but we achieved what looked impossible in the beginning. The woman pushed herself out of her comfort zone. The progress was slow in the beginning but it did not hamper her determination to get out of the wheel chair.”

To me, main lessons from this experience are as follows:

• Have a time-bound plan to achieve your goal. Remember nine sessions! It may take more or less but it is good to have a specific plan with clear objectives and timeline.

• Adopt “Lets work on it together attitude”. What you achieve is not the result of only your efforts. People have supported you in the process throughout whether you realize or not.

• Be an optimist and persevere. Don’t let the enormity of the problem or situation affect your determination to succeed. Don’t give up. You will get to your goal ultimately!


The day you don`t win…

March 15, 2010

There was an inter-school competition of music bands. Several schools participated. Children played their well-rehearsed tunes in front of a large audience, mostly parents and children from participating schools. Young children had put in a great effort for months and so had their music teachers in training them. Judges had a tough time deciding the winner. However, only one band had to win. As the result was announced, the winners threw up their instruments in joy, embraced each other, and were joined by their supporters. Other bands were dejected, showed their disappointment in several ways and gradually started dispersing. Some strongly felt that the judgement was not fair and went up to the organizers to complain.

Amidst all this, a nice tune was heard, being played by a band, which had also lost. This band was walking back in the same disciplined a manner it had gone to perform. What a way to behave when you don’t win!

All were surprised for a moment. Then there was applause much louder than what was given, even to the winner band. As the band walked by the stands, it received a standing ovation. It may not have won the trophy but it had won hearts. It was a true winner on the day because it had shown how to accept the not-favorable-result in a dignified manner.

We don’t win all the time. No body does. Important point is not to behave as a loser. Instead of complaining, it is important to reflect and learn from the experience that each failure provides. This attitude, coupled with hard work, ultimately leads to success in realization of goals.

History tells us that each success story is the story of great failures. Have faith in yourself.  Not wining a competition does not mean you were not good just as winning does not mean you were the best.