on running after one's hat
"On running after one's hat - when I first read this topic, I thought it as an idiom and it could not mean what it means literally. Because English has lot of idioms that would mean entirely different like kick the bucket means to die. But as I went through the lesson, I found it had literal meaning" - my eleventh standard english master Dr. Rajasekaran started his class on a fine monday morning.
The author of the lesson was sad on hearing that London was flooded in his absence. Many people would think otherwise. Though there are lot of worries accompanying the flood, there is lot more to be enjoyed is what the author wants to bring out in his article. For example, we have often heard old people complining about trains coming late. but the same situation excites children who wonders at the lights, sign boards and the other trains at the station.
Similar to these scenarios, people often dont like to chase their flying hat at the beach. Not because it makes them run, but they say it is humiliating them. The same person runs more eagarly behind a small leather ball during games or to catch a bus/ train. If we think there are more interesting happenings while running behind a hat - like it helps his body fit and at the same time gives lot of pleasure to people watching at him.
The same principle can be applied to all small worries in our life. One of the author's friend has problem pulling his drawer as it gets jammed often. This could be solved by thinking of pulling at the tug of war competition. So everything depends on how we think about it. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered, says the author G K Chesterton.
I liked this lesson as narrated by our english master and in every exam I loved to write the summary of this lesson, now too.