Hello friends this post is contributed by my friend Sriram. You may have read and enjoyed his comments and insights on some of the earlier posts. The anecdote below is quite inspirational and so is Sriram’s interpretation. Do read and enjoy πŸ™‚

“This is very similar to what Mani Ratnam, an ace Indian film director, screenwriter and producer, said, when asked how he creates a ‘scene’, that he only eliminated what he did not want & what remained was what he wanted!!…

The central theme of this anecdote is about ‘uncluttering’ or removing what one does not want to leave behind what one really wants. Man by design is not good at knowing what he wants, but he is very sure about what he doesn’t want.

And this ‘limitation’ of not being good at knowing what we wanted is actually a blessing in disguise as it allows us the chance to explore and try out possibilities simply because we are unsure what will eventually lead us to what we wanted… For if we knew what we wanted, then perhaps we would not be so curious, so exploratory or seeking new vistas or opportunities!

So the lessons that we can be learn from the sculptor’s approach to sculpting is also an approach to life – just ensure u do nothing that you DON’T WANT TO DO and therefore you end up doing what you want to do!

Also it gives hope that within every one of us is the perfect statue that will reveal itself once we remove the ‘unwanted’ baggage we carry of the past as well as unnecessary worries of the future making us ‘not us’.”

Thanks Sriram.
Cheers! πŸ™‚


About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are music and growing culinary herbs. Love to play golf and do yoga regularly. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

39 responses »

  1. drsuraiyanasim says:

    Hmmmm….this is actually a very interesting theory.
    Only problem…sometimes i don’t know what i don’t want either……so there you are left again only with the stone. πŸ˜›


  2. Asifa Zunaidha says:

    a very beautiful and meaningful msg.. Thanks Dilip!


  3. shruthi007 says:

    the pic is soo apt for the post πŸ™‚


  4. Aha!! inspiring it is.. I just got to remove the unwanted stone of me and make myself shine better..


  5. sash says:

    nice thought…

    some unfinished poem i got to my mind!

    Blocks or blacks, blacked out racks,
    Shed that light, to lighten the weight,


  6. Summer says:


    I’ve a christmas card for you! : ) You can pick it up here http://summer4soul.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/1022/
    Have a nice day

    Sweet greetings, Summer


  7. gardenerat60 says:

    A good idea. Looking at way of life , other way round!


  8. What a powerful quote!


  9. Sunshine says:

    This is a great reminder that we already have greatness within us, we just have to work, like a sculpture patiently does, to find the masterpiece. Awesome! πŸ˜‰


  10. jakesprinter says:

    Great thoughts and artwork my friend , Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚


  11. Binky says:

    I’ve never really thought about life in that way, but that’s an interesting way to look at it. Most of us have a lot of unnecessary clutter I think.


  12. Excellent philosophy. I’ve always thought we all have something special within. It is just up to us to find it – in ourselves and in others. Thank you both for this thought-provoking post πŸ™‚


  13. Removing clutter seems to be a very wise process! Thank you for this post, Dilip & Sriram!


  14. renu says:

    good thought one must not do one doesnt want…I always stress upon doing what i want and leave the rest, I have a pro active approach towards everything in my life..


    • Dilip says:

      πŸ™‚ yes it is difficult to differentiate and many times we land up doing what we want … and it is good leave the results to happen …
      thanks Renu! Kind of you.


  15. Punam J R says:

    Great thought – which reminds me of Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret – it says, concentrate on what you want – and forget about what you do not want. Although this is completely in contrast of Sriram’s thoughts in the post, I wanted to highlight this very small but significant thought.


    • Dilip says:

      Wow Punam that was a sharp and insightful observation. Not insignificant at all. And I do believe in what is professed in ‘The Secret’. Many thanks πŸ™‚


      • K Sriram says:

        The Secret is about wanting the ‘ends’ with clarity – it is about clarity of goals – whereas the anecdote is about the process. Here too the sculptor is clear he wants to carve an image (the end) but he does not go about carving the image but removing what he does not want from the stone…. (which is the process to get to the image)…

        So i guess we have mixed up goals & means here….



  16. Now that is a good thought .. dont do anything that you dont want to do .. and in the end you end up doing only that you want to do πŸ™‚


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