Relax, work easy
It isn't easy to work less. It involves a mental leap of faith to go against years of conditioning.
NEW DELHI :
I began skiing as an adult. Snow, as you may know, is hard to find in Tamil Nadu, where I grew up. A few lessons later, I was pronounced an intermediate skier. Mid-level ski instruction was a bit different from what I had learnt as a beginner. For the first time, I heard phrases such as “You have got to relax and trust the mountain". High up on a blue-level slope in Colorado, US, my instructor, a ponytailed blond man named Hawke, told me that my problem was that I was trying too hard. My muscles were too tense from the exertion of trying to learn. Relax, he said. Don’t work so hard.