October 10, 2011

Effective Resource Utilization

Which adds value to performance is complete utilization of resources. Following is a powerful illustration!


Buddha, one day, was on deep thought about the worldly activities and the ways of instilling goodness in human.

The following is the text of conversation between him and his disciple:

One of his disciples approached him and said humbly, “Oh my teacher! While you are so concerned about the
world and others, why don't you look into the welfare and needs of your own disciples also?"

Buddha: "OK. Tell me how I can help you"

Disciple: "Master! My attire is worn out and is beyond the decency to wear the same. Can I get a new one, please?"

Buddha found the robe indeed was in a bad condition which needed replacement. He asked the store keeper to
give the disciple a new robe to wear. The disciple thanked Buddha and retired to his room.

Though he met his disciple's requirement, Buddha was not all that contended on his decision. He realized he
missed out some point. A while later, he realized what he should have asked the disciple.

He went to his disciple's place and asked him “Is your new attire comfortable? Do you need anything more?”

Disciple: "Thank you my Master. The attire is indeed very comfortable. I need nothing more"

Buddha: "Having got the new one, what did you do with your old attire?"

Disciple: "I am using it as my bed spread"

Buddha "Then… hope you have disposed off your old bed spread"

Disciple: “No…no…master. I am using my old bedspread as my window curtain"

Buddha: “What about your old Curtain?"

Disciple "Being used to handle hot utensils in the kitchen"

Buddha: "Oh…I see…Can you tell me what did they do with the old cloth they used in kitchen?"

Disciple: "They are being used to wash the floor."

Buddha: "Then, the old rug is used to wash the floor?"

Disciple: "Master, since it was so torn we could not find any better use but to use as a wick in the oil lamp, which is right now lit in your study room."

BUDDHA SMILED IN CONTENTMENT AND LEFT FOR HIS ROOM.,

If not to this degree of utilization, can we at least attempt to find the best use of all our resources - at home and at office?

It becomes imperative in the critical time of Recession.

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