Not often we look back.
The other day, I was flipping through an old photo album looking at my second daughter whose thumb she was sucking as a young kid. There are ancient stories on thumb sucking as early as 19th century by Heinrich Hoffmann
Yet another story is about Ekalavya. Drona was with his students in a forest and Arjuna saw a dog with lots of arrows in its mouth and was unable to bark. They finally arrived at Ekalavya. This distressed Drona who had willed he will make Arjuna the best archer. Seeing Drona, Ekalavya bows and Drona asked him who his Guru was. He said Drona. Drona asked him to offer Guru Dakshnina and Ekalavya was asked to give his thumb. Ekalavya with respect cuts and surrenders his thumb – sacrificing to retain values.
The grip of the thumb is very important for us. Thumb can touch all other four finger tips. Thumb contrasts with each of the other four by being the only one that is opposable to the other four fingers. Thumb has two phalanges rather than three.
We use thumbs up as an expression of approval. The story of Roman gladiators on thumbs up appears to be not right. The film Gladiators showed this as sign of approval. It also was used for the flight readiness of an aero plane during world war. In the digital space thumbs up is a victory sign.
The thumb gives us control in the use of hand and even insurance coverage for the thumb in damages caused during an accident is pretty high. Even the SpO2 measure on a thumb is higher. SpO2 measurement from the fingers of the both hands with the pulse oximetry, the right thumb has statistically significant higher value. The right thumb has the most accurate value that reflects the arterial oxygen saturation and shows the significance amongst other fingers.
Like thumb, some of our thoughts are dominant. Understanding and prioritizing our thoughts is important to filter our feelings and come up with attitudes that carry us forward to win-win situations.
If not, we crucify our moments and that may lead us to biased failure oriented feelings of anger, mistrust and judgment. In keeping relationships stronger with those whom you want to connect thumbs up or win-win is an attitude. Like the thumb we should be able to touch the tips of all finger tips of our relationships. Imagination has a lot to do with winning. We need to know the strength of thumb and our core strengths.
I am fascinated about Usain Bolt and his record breaking story of winning. Between 1965 and 2005, the 100-meter dash world record improved from 10.06 seconds to 9.77 seconds, gaining an average of 0.007 seconds per year. Extrapolating the continuation of this improvement rate, would have predicted that the world record would break the 9.60 seconds mark around 2030. Instead, four years later, Bolt established a new world record with a time of 9.58 seconds, a 0.19 second gain over the 2005 record. How was this possible? The answer lies in his answer: “Somebody said I can become immortal”; Bolt said. “Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal.” This is the way to handle future with confidence.
A win needs a lot of ingredients. Two on top of the list are will power and self confidence. A thumbs-up to these two is a good start for a perfect winning day. As we use our thumb to advantage we need to have positive feelings dominate our thoughts. The strength of our faculties is to be applied ignoring the weaknesses.
Not that we win always. Sometimes we win. Sometimes we learn how to win. For this we need to know our core strengths that lie in us like the SpO2 levels in our thumbs.
Bruce Lee, another winner stated: If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you will never get it done. Its focus, it’s the way we use our thumb to grip on matters of choice.
Not so long ago, I read a message – Opportunities are like a biscuit dipped in tea. If you wait for long, biscuit falls off.