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ON OUR ASPIRATIONS

21 Oct

 

ON OUR ASPIRATIONS

OUR ASPIRATIONS

 

What we search out obviously

In our life depends partly

On our self-directed efforts

And partly due to factors

Not entirely in our control

Whence our sincere endeavors

Fail to click, as aspired

We get hugely disillusioned

Thus telling upon our health and well-being.

 

Then mode of comparison

Along with huge dose of competition

Between individuals makes us over-ambitious  

Thereby making our effort becoming meaningless.

 

We tend to measure our degree of success

With adequacy of material possession

Which really an exhibition

For others and influence them immensely

Suffusing us in negativity

Wisdom is to maintain a modicum of equanimity

And not get influenced by the allure of what is temporary.

If nothing works in our favor despite our best efforts

Then we can bank on our Omnipotent and Omniscient

Who will certainly come to our assistance.  


In life, the pendulum of happiness and sadness go from one side to another. When our efforts get fructified, we feel on the seventh heaven but when failure knocks our doors, we are knocked to the ground. This see-saw situation keeps on varying. A person may have the sufficiency of one thing but may lack behind in some other aspect.

For example, I had a sudden surprise meeting with a friend of mine with whom I met after about 25 long years. We had the almost similar background and were classmates. During our interaction, we shared our lives and stories including our careers etc. He told his part of the story and wanted to know mine too!. He mentioned that he worked really hard and now he had the sufficiency of everything that a person aspires for in life, but his body-system does not allow to take everything due to his health-related issues. He cannot take salt because of high blood pressure; he cannot take sugar because of his high blood sugar besides other ailments.

I just imagined, what was the use of material prosperity, if a person was not able to enjoy all those things for which he aspired and worked so hard? He too wanted to know about my present condition. I told him that I had, with the grace of Almighty God, sound health, can eat and digest anything, continue walking both in the mornings and evenings and am satisfied with what I earned. I pray to God and thank him for His mercies. In other words, I am not over-ambitious but what I have or do not have, possess satiety.


Disappointments and displeasures are real issues when we are not able to fulfill what we aspire for despite efforts. Intelligence and wisdom support the strength required to take away the non-fulfillment feelings and emotions and focus on continued efforts for achieving fulfillment.

Wisdom is in eliminating the modes of comparison and competition but the enjoyment of the activism in whatever capacity we can without much caring for the results of our action. In Bhagwad Gita it has been rightly been said that you have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, nor be attached to inaction.


Disappointment will certainly be there with every non-fulfillment. It may result in despair and other stress-related ailments. But a genuine fighter will only focus on the efforts but ultimately accept the result in all humility.

Such question arises only when we focus more on result than to means to achieve what we aspiring for sufficient effort is your own conclusion, maybe way/ strategies need a re-look or efforts are in the wrong direction. 10 student studied for 10 hours doesn’t mean they have got the same result as it depends on level of concentration, observations, and analysis etc. Ask: are you getting any progress? if Yes increase and improve the effort, otherwise change the strategy. best of luck.


Although expectations or aspiration is a must for any success or failure. Of course, we can work on the project to actualize our plans, but let us also be ready for success or failure of our efforts but not remaining attached to the fruits of our actions.


Man’s aspirations are endless and all can never be fulfilled despite our best efforts. We should be contented with whatever is the outcome of our best efforts.

Conclusively, it could be said that aspiration is the first step and how best to put that aspiration into practice is the next step. Merely having aspirations and doing nothing to fructify those aspirations will not take us anywhere. The best part of it all is to put two to two together so that our efforts are streamlined and systematized.

If still, nothing works despite our best efforts and total commitment, then there is ONE who can come to our assistance as given in Holy Bible: Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

 

 

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12 Comments

Posted by on October 21, 2017 in Inner Thoughts

 

12 responses to “ON OUR ASPIRATIONS

  1. Harbans

    October 21, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    We all should have aspirations but care ought to be exercised that these aspirations are not leading us to be over-ambitious and we lose the very purpose for which aspirations are made.

     
  2. wajihaa17

    October 21, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    inspiring

     
    • Harbans

      October 22, 2017 at 6:21 am

      Thanks for appraising and offering your comments. God bless.

       
  3. pankaz91

    October 21, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    There is a difference between aspirations and inspiration , we should have inspiration rather than aspirations, Well written sir , however I am nobody to comment but , it’s absolutely marvelous

     
    • Harbans

      October 22, 2017 at 6:20 am

      Firsst of all thanks a lot for appraising the blog and commenting. Fact stands out that for aspiration the most needed factor is INSPIRATION – for aspiration firstly and to get inspired for fructification of that aspiration.

       
  4. derrickjknight

    October 22, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    I like the pendulum/seesaw effect, and this paragraph resonates: ‘Wisdom is in eliminating the modes of comparison and competition but the enjoyment of the activism in whatever capacity we can without much caring for the results of our action. In Bhagwad Gita it has been rightly been said that you have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, nor be attached to inaction’. Whenever I have achieved anything I have acknowledged my part in it and always been thankful for the abilities or the talents that have enabled it.

     
    • Harbans

      October 23, 2017 at 4:35 am

      My sincere thanks for your invaluable comments. Although to act is in our hands and we should act our part well, surmounting all the hurdles which we may come across but leaving the results of those actions to POWER which controls everything. As has been seen from your writeups and also elicited from your comments, everything about you is worth emulating. Everything about it all does not come with personal efforts only, the POWER above too is an active partnership in all these.

       
      • derrickjknight

        October 23, 2017 at 8:39 am

        What you say about the POWER is so true. Thank you for your comments about its impact on me

         
      • Harbans

        November 4, 2017 at 3:26 am

        Thanks sincerely. :))

         
  5. Harbans

    October 23, 2017 at 11:28 am

    My pleasure Derrick sir,

     
  6. jamesmatter

    October 26, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks for noticing my post, “Feelings About Feelings.” When I noted your comments above about having material goods, I was reminded of a bumper sticker that was seen in California a number of years ago. It read, “He who dies with the most toys, wins.” Soon it was followed by a bumper sticker that read, “He who dies with the most toys– is dead!” I preferred the second one, myself.

     
    • Harbans

      October 27, 2017 at 9:02 am

      First of all thanks sincerely for offering your most valuable comments. It depends on the wisdom of a person how he/she takes a comment. Either way, it is appropriate – no matter what others think.

       
 
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