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.