It was the single minded determination to remodel my home, that brought me to my home-town Kathmandu in Nepal. I had always longed to have my foot strongly rooted in Nepal, and with my parents also living here, I had a stronger reason to come down to Kathmandu and get things done.
However, factoring in my health, this was easier said than done. With Melamchi road being dug right outside, there is dust everywhere. So much so, its impossible to move around the house without a mask. With the city’s pollution seeping into my home, a rapidly growing jungle right in our garden, an array of pigeons littering the walls of our home and mom’s 5 dogs this home renovation was proving to be a mammoth challenge.
On the outset, this redoing work seemed a simple task when compared to the major works which are being undertaken by the Nepalese community. From the constantly rising pollution levels, to natural disasters, from dirty rivers to dirtier politics, the people have worked hard to constantly renovate and rebuild Nepal.
Challengers are many and constant, whether you rebuild a home or a country, what remains the same is the approach. This is something I have learnt from the Nepalese people, when it comes to being a successful catalyst for change, it is vital to embody a few characteristics, i.e.:
- Clear Vision
Knowing where we have to go and how we are going to get there is the first and perhaps the most important step. This means, you have to not only be able to articulate what the vision is, but also be able to show it to others. Because to have sustainable change that is meaningful to the people, it is something that they themselves see the importance of and eventually embrace.
- Know Your People
A change catalyst always knows the people who they collaborate with. Things can never be enforced, so its important to ask tough questions and get to know the people we are working with and what they want. Another aspect to this is to know and tap into their strengths and allow them to see that there are many ways to work towards a common purpose.
- Patience & Persistence
Change does not happen overnight and most people need to experience something before they really understand and implement the new change. With that being said, we can get frustrated when that change does not happen fast enough and thus we might end up pushing people people further away from the vision. It so important to be patient and give everyone the time they need to accept the change. The persistence comes in when we take opportunities to help people get a step closer, often when they are ready, not just giving up on them after the first try.
Having noticed these attributes, I know that this is an opportunity for me. An opportunity to harness and strengthen my will-power and determination, to take on this project and see it to its successful finish. This is an opportunity for me to love every part of this challenge and use it to know the people around, and a different part of myself too! I know now that I have to work on my patience and tolerance to see me through and at the end of day what matters is just taking the actions and surrendering the results to the divine will.
Link to my article in Desh Sanchar (Nepal) : click here.