He was not exactly sure whether he should have come here at all.. the reason he was in two minds was because on the one side, he had felt the massage would do him good.. it was not exactly the best times of his life – a thoroughly competitive professional life, with all the perks like backbiting, idea hijacking, impossible sales targets etc, and a not so rosy personal life with looming problems like kids’ education, lack of enough savings etc.. all in all, his confidence was at an all time low, and a massage would really do him good…
on the other hand,he had also heard a lot of not-so-encouraging things about massage parlours, about how they served as a front for a whole bunch of shady activities… he had been tempted to go for one of those which offered services at one’s home, but he wasnt quite sure how his wife would react…But after the first few minutes into the place, he lost all his discomfort, because he was being treated like a king..
and although he knew he was paying for all of it, the sheer extravagance of the service floored him… while they gave him the initial generic massage,they asked him whether he would like to talk a bit about his professional life too, and as the conversation progressed, he felt a lot of his self confidence return… and as it moved further into his personal life, he felt that he had the solutions to all the problems, which a few hours back, he had felt were insurmountable…
a few hours later, he left the place, leaving a huge tip, and thanked profusely his good fortune,which had made him seen the ad on a rare lazy sunday, and when he had finally made the decision to go to the place which boldly said ‘Massage Parlour’, and in little fine print said ‘all kinds of ego massages provided’…
on a sidenote, is a belief that one has controlled the ego, also an ego??

until next time, alter the ego……..