BEAUTY AND THE BEAST- A METAPHOR FOR TIME IN RELATIONSHIPS

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Beauty and the Beast is one cartoon that we are all familiar with in some way. The story line is such that a young beautiful girl, Belle embarked on a trip to save her father from a hideous Beast named Gaston. This Beast however was not always a Beast, at some point in his life, he was a handsome prince, cursed by an old witch who turned him to a hideous Beast. Now Beauty does not know the history of the Beast, she did not know that he wasn’t born a Beast, Beauty did not know that he was once a handsome prince with loyal servants and a vibrant kingdom. All that Beauty knows is the present; a hideous Beast with very bad attitude and a anger that erupts very quick.

The story line took a turn when Beauty became patient with Gaston and went on a journey of discovery, finding out from the characters in the house, the kind of person he was, why he was always angry and sad at the same time. The best part of the movie was when Beauty realized who Gaston was in his core. The moment Beauty realized that beyond all the aggression and ugliness on the surface, there was beauty and joy inside of him, her attitude and reactions changed towards the Beast. On the outside nothing had changed, Gaston was still the angry ugly Beast, but now Beauty had seen something, taking time to know her host, she realized he wasn’t who she taught she was and something changed for her.

There are different quotes about time. Time, they say will tell. Time heal all wounds. Time changes things and etc. It could be difficult to define time which echoes how physics define time as ‘what the clock reads’. Albert Einstein in his opinion says time is an illusion, a dividing line between the past, the present and future events.

Thinking about the story of Beauty and the Beast, one of the most important lesson I learnt that I want to share today is this principle of time, of how time is effective and can be maximized in three different areas of our lives.

Time in knowing other people

In life, we are faced with people that represent the Beast, your boss, your spouse or an annoying neighbor. It doesn’t really matter who the person is, but the principle is the same, it takes time to know anybody, no matter who they are.

In its simplest form and from the story of Beauty and the Beast, time is all that is needed to know an individual. Time helps to reveal the true core of a person which gives an in-depth knowledge of them which helps you to decide to love or not. That beastly facade could hide a kind and sensitive core. In the world today, everyone is afraid of being seen as weak and gentle, so we all hide behind that stern look, harsh words, hard demeanour to portrait who we want people to see us as. Bottom line is, never assume anything. Like it is said, nothing is truly what it appears to be. Only time would tell!

Time in professional experience

Professionally speaking, time is how you garner experience. The difference between a fresh school graduate and a consultant is time. One has invested time and energy over the years to become world sought after. Every one of us have hopes and aspirations to become the best at our careers, make lots of money and sit among the high and mighty but only a few of us want to sow time. There is no growth without an investment and to reap professionalism and command respect in your circle, you must spend time to read, listen, work, learn, re-learn. In order words, you must invest time to perfecting your art.

Time in maximizing opportunities

At the macro level, opportunities come to those who prepare. To prepare, timing is a big factor. The timing have to be just right for that big opportunity to yield its full benefit. Opportunity plus preparation equals success but preparation cannot take place absent of time and by allowing time, we are also able to know whether an opportunity is good for you or not.

In conclusion, in every aspect of life, understanding the factor of time is absolutely important and one must be patient in every endeavour to get the best of it.

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