Thursday, September 16, 2010
An analysis of errors...
Sneha's hands were sweaty and she continuously wiped them off with a white girlish handkerchief embroidered with an 'S'. She was tensed but she had to be careful about every step she was working. She continued mixing various chemicals, measuring them accurately. They had wonderful colors - pink, white, green. She adjusted her glasses over the right spot on her little nose and patiently continued to mix the solutions. 'God, Please make it right this time. Please let there be no blunders. Help me' she continued praying as the colors dissolved one into the other to give a uniform shade of pink. Sneha was trying to work on an experiment which she recently read in the internet. She had discussed it with her teachers and took every guidance they had to offer.
She looked around the quiet room, so peaceful to be alone at times' she thought. Her pretty hands continued to move the flask in a clockwise direction, her body showed a tendency to move in the same manner. She smiled... and told herself it looks all right. At that very moment a loud voice 'Where were you? I was looking......' The voice was sudden and alarming to Sneha, she dropped the flask and it's contents were all over the floor. The flask broke into what seemed like a thousand pieces. Sneha felt devastated. The owner of the voice, a fifty year old or so lady, her teacher could not believe what just happened and showered Sneha with abusing words. Sneha was sorry for what happened, she said she was frightened by the voice. Her teacher continued with a series of insults. At the end of the fiery monologue, Sneha swore that she would have nothing to do with solutions or the chemistry laboratory again...
The inspiration behind this piece of writing are Albert Einstein's words of wisdom:
" If someone feels that they never had made a mistake in their life, then that means that they never had tried a new thing in their life."
Many people say that they learn from their mistakes but how many of us are really bold enough to 'make' a mistake and to 'forgive' a mistake?