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ART OF LIVING – DIFFICULT THE TIMES GREATER ARE THE CHALLENGES & SWEETER THE SUCCESSES

06 Jun

ART OF LIVING – DIFFICULT THE TIMES GREATER ARE THE CHALLENGES & SWEETER THE SUCCESSES

Living is the most complicated art. Living is not merely eating, drinking and make merry. It is to be lived and lived respectably. Modern science has given us comforts but it has taken us away from natural way of living. Really, science and technology has made us slave to it. Gone are the days when people used to enjoy the beauties of nature. In olden times, nature used to play a dominant role. In our zeal to excel, we just do not enjoy the mysteries of nature; shining of stars and sights of shooting stars, chirping of birds in the trees, walking barefooted on the dew laden grass in the morning, taking the rain droplets in our palms and walking in the rain, viewing the snowflakes falling from sky, viewing the sun rise and sun set, enjoying the moon lit night, the sound of brook, listening to the cry of a small new born and enjoying the prattle of small children etc etc.  

Now, with all our acts of omissions and commissions, we are spoiling it and thus spoiling its balance. The real way of living is to look at the brighter side of things despite tragedies.

While we just think about increasing the kitty of gadgets which make our life comfortable, in this quest, we just forget the value of love. Every one of us should transform our anger, greed, rancor, jealousy, etc with love. It should never be forgotten that light of love just removes the darkness of negativity.

How satisfying it is when our efforts are rewarded! This has been amply proved that if we put our efforts sincerely coupled with God’s grace, we come out successful ultimately. Today, I had a chance meeting with a person who used to work as a semi-skilled worker in a large sweetshop. He told me that he is presently owning a large sweetshop of his own, in the process giving employment to many. He told me that the sweetshop owner fired him from the shop without any rhyme or reason. Then he determined that he’ll work hard; which he did because his costly car and the locality in which he was now living revealed in all. This gives us an ample lesson that when one makes sincere efforts every element in the universe comes to the succor in that person’s efforts. We’ve the examples of different personages who not only changed their own lives but also influenced and left an indelible impression on the world at large; Isaac Pittman, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein amongst so many, who rose to their pinnacle of success due to their singleness of purpose and hard work.

Importantly, it is a travesty of fact that we consider ourselves unquestionably above board as far as public health vis-à-vis our dealings are concerned. We should never be selfish in that. In our zeal to get ahead we have become self centred and want to excel at the cost of others. We must have observed how some companies mix harmful agents into the diets of general public thus jeopardizing the health of general people. The recent instance of manufacturers of magi is case in point.

Then while living, we lose sight of humour and laughter. In the absence of humour and laughter, we tend to live in despondency and cultivate the habit of remaining very serious on slightest of pretext. This has robbed us from living happily. We tend to be dejected and saddened by small incidences. It seems as though we’ve totally bid good bye to ‘let go’ attitude from our lives.

In our lives, we just think, whatever we’ve got is due our individual efforts. This way, we tend to forget the contributions of others in our success. It should never be forgotten that we can only put efforts, it is the society only which recognizes our efforts – then only we are successful. We should never forget that in our success, the contributions of our well-wishers, the good wishes of our relations and friend besides the graces and bounties of our Creator should never be forgotten. If this is not realized in our lives then one day we are doomed. The self centred attitude ditches us after sometimes.

The real art of living is to live on the principle of simple living and high thinking; though wealth is required for meeting our requirements of life yet our aim ought not be merely to possess wealth and forget every other things like being noble, caring, giving happiness to others during our interactions with others. We should celebrate every small success in life and associate others too in our celebrations. This would make us sociable and cooperative bereft of jealously and rancor towards others.

If the living is merely for individual’s own bread and butter then it is all right. It is not so. Also, we are inter-connected with others in the form of wife, husband, children, parents, friends and other people who come in contact with us in our social interactions. Undoubtedly, life is such unpredictable, sometimes, we meet some people who influence more than even our blood relations.

Apart from this, there are occasions when nothing works. Every job we put our hands on, just fails to click. Then what? it is well said, everybody knows for sure how to live when everything is according to our liking. But what then if all the roads just lead to doom and gloom; a choppy water all the way. This happened in the life of one of my friends. He was having roaring business, had everything which a family aspires for – material prosperity, happy family life with children studying in standard schools. But unfortunately, a fire incident at shop-cum-store changed everything. Everything in it was gutted. The problem got compounded because there was no insurance cover for the equipment kept in the store. Due to this, life came crashing for the entire family – adversely affecting the education of the children and it also impacted social standing of the family. Despite the most daunting situation in which the family concerned was placed, due to their resilience, hard work disposition, cooperative attitude and determination to excel besides sheer belief in God their lives changed for better due to God’s grace.

Living is an art and most complicated one at that. Various people have various aims in life. For some it is an empty dream, for others enthusiasm, it is adventure, fulfils his/her duties, living a life full of pleasure with self centred approach, for some it is joy ride, for some it is both a tragedy and comedy etc. fact stands out there are comedy and tragedy in life.

  • Spiritual way of living. For a spiritual bent of mind individual life is serious journey. It is a life full of caring for others, meeting others’ needs, being faithful and live life full of sympathy for others while respecting others rights and spiritual freedoms of others.
  • Live and die for material prosperity is living only like animals.

These people want to have everything which makes them more comfortable materially. Greed for still more materials compels them to adopt corrupt practices or may adopt any extreme steps as usurping others’ possessions by illegal means. Their lifestyle shows as though they’ve come to this world for good. These people could ward off anything in their control but when some natural calamities visit, they find themselves caught between the proverbial devil and the deep blue sea. It is because in their entire lives they’ve not cared for human values and when caught in the whirlpool of uncertainty finally it is hard for them to come back.

  • Ego based life. We should be careful in understanding as to where our self esteem starts and ends and from where ego starts. This; ‘I, me, my’ attitude is harmful and cannot succeed ultimately.
  • Life of empathy. If we’ve compassion for others, every endeavour of ours would be in sync with God’s commandments.
  • It is well said that if we live optimistically it would be a life full of creativity. It should be remembered that creativity is another form of prayer. A person who is creative knows how to live totally.

 

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14 responses to “ART OF LIVING – DIFFICULT THE TIMES GREATER ARE THE CHALLENGES & SWEETER THE SUCCESSES

  1. Harbans

    June 6, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    How to live naturally and live meaningfully – a question exciting our mind now a days. I have tried to pen down some points. Do go through these and comment. I really love your comments.

     
  2. leen1434

    June 6, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    So interesting. I needed to read something inspiring just like this to encourage my tired mind.
    “Let go attiude” you made a nice point here, our souls have a right to be lighten up whatever happens!
    “The real art of living is to live on the principle of simple living and high thinking” Wise point, that’s how smart people enjoy their lives.
    After all, it’s as you said “Living is an art” but unfortunately not all people are artists!
    Thank you for sharing such pearls!

     
    • Harbans

      June 7, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Firstly, my sincere thanks for your inspiring comments and the appraisal of the write up.

      Now a days in the humdrum of our life and activities thereof, we remain just moving in circle. If we come across any difficult situation, we just get disappointed and never put our efforts in eradicating that irritant which made us sad. Then when somebody says us something, we remain thinking about that day and night till such time we pay that person in the same coin. This way we just not earn friendship but one more enemy in our midst. If we adopt ‘let go’ habit and attitude then besides giving us satisfaction of forgiving and forgetting others’ mistake but also in the process add one more friend in the kitty of our friends.

      I’ve found that if we just adopt the principle of simple living then we would have much burden on us by way of ‘demonstrative effect’ – others are having this thing and I should also have one secondly, we can make ourselves more God oriented since He always loves those who are simple in their thoughts and actions. I’ve personally experienced this sort of life. Though God has been very bountiful yet if something is not with me, I just think that ‘think’ is not suitable for me. For that also, I thank God (for not giving that).

      Also, satiety is one thing which is needed in life and this satiety comes with living and enjoying every situation – good or bad. Celebrating even small graces and doing something which is within our capability but not losing sight of the NATURAL WAY OF LIVING.

      :))

      REGARDS

       
  3. derrickjknight

    June 6, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    I like the thought that creativity is another form of prayer. I am forever grateful for the talents I have been given

     
    • Harbans

      June 7, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      First of all my sincere thank for your wonderful comments.

      Creativity springs from our emotions and our emotions are the result of our being very near to our Creator. Anything unique that comes to us comes via His grace. That creativity could even be deciphered from the face of a creative personage. As that person always view things both from head and heart. Prayer or meditative posture brings us close to our Lord and then only we’re able to create something. Thus creativity is the result of our Creator’s grace.

      :))

       
  4. Yoshiko

    June 7, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Even I am thankful for the my Saviour to bless me with creativity. However, not all creative people live proper lives. It depends on their characters.

     
    • Harbans

      June 7, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      First of all, thanks a lot for your wonderful comments.

      Only who are God oriented are bestowed the traits of creativity. These are the people who are optimistic and use head and heart in every thought and action. In fact creative people remain in constant connectivity with our Saviour and that is why they are strong in their character.

      :))

      Regards

       
      • Yoshiko

        June 7, 2015 at 3:49 pm

        It depends ☺️

         
      • Harbans

        June 8, 2015 at 4:31 am

        You are absolutely right.

        :))

         
      • Yoshiko

        June 8, 2015 at 4:37 am

        🙂

         
  5. Ashish kumar

    June 8, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Hey I have nominated you for Very Inspiring Blogger award… check here https://ashishvision.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/very-inspiring-blogger-award/ 🙂

     
    • Harbans

      June 8, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Sincere thanks for nominating me for the INSPIRING BLOGGER AWARD.

      :))

       
  6. Leyla

    June 19, 2015 at 3:28 am

    Great post Harbans 🙂

     
    • Harbans

      June 19, 2015 at 5:16 am

      Sincere thanks mam. Inspiring comments. :))

      Regards

       
 
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