Today is everything. It is a time when past actions are being rewarded or penalised. It is also a time which will define what future holds for us. Our past gives us many reasons to cherish and we also regret a few instances. Similarly, it is natural for us to be worried about the future. However, the only solution is to live the present well. Let us forgive ourselves and others for the certain events of past and become more responsible for our future. Tomorrow comes pretty fast and today is going to become the past. In between is something we can enjoy. It’s called the ‘present’.
Procrastination is the biggest destroyer of human potential. However, there is a thin line between procrastination and thinking. While useless dreaming is bad, creative thinking is good. I have wasted a lot time in my life in wishful thinking. Still, I don’t regret it. Because, during times of lazy mind scratching, I had my eureka moments too. Almost all my learnings in life is a result of hundreds and thousands of hours I spent in observation and soul searching. Yes, procrastination is bad. But without it, we won’t have any new ideas too. For me, thinking in the silence works.
Stand near the window. See the sun rising in the east. Listen to the music and feel the soul being nourished. Prepare your own food and see how good it tastes. Sit beside your kids while they are sleeping and watch their innocent face. Clean your wardrobe. Get your hands on that family album you never touched in years. Practice yoga every day. Watch the movie you ached to see since long. Read your favorite childhood comic book and laugh out loud. Meditate. Reset your life. Now.
Generally, the result of our efforts come faster than we think they will. The only thing is; our efforts must be sincere. Many a times, we expect to be rewarded quickly for our labour but it doesn’t work out that way. We have to wait longer. Not because there were any lapses in our work but because the invisible force decided to surprise us by compounding the reward by taking a little bit more time. Make no mistake. Every action of ours is recorded and gets it due. Timing may vary. We can control our actions, not the timing of the reward.
Sometimes, it comes to a point when I have absolutely no control over certain situations which are unfavorable. I have to pay a price for them even though I am was not fully responsible. Previously, I used to fight a lot to prove myself non-guilty. It killed a lot of my time and energy. Not only that, my progress halted because I could not focus on other important things. Learning from such instances, I now leave the outcome to the almighty with a commitment to keep doing things with good intent and high integrity. I have known, at times I get the benefit of doubt and so, at times, I must pay the price even if not at fault.
I am dependent on you and you are dependent on me. I don’t know them but I am impacted by what they do and they are affected by my actions too. A small pebble thrown in the pond changes the world in some way the very next moment. We are interconnected so much with each other. I need to conduct my life in such a way as to make a positive change in your life and I expect no less from you. No, it is not a request but your moral responsibility to live a responsible life so that others don’t have to pay for your behavior. Alone I can walk but with you I can enjoy the journey.
I saw a little girl. She was so busy playing in the mud, she didn’t even notice me standing next to her. I met a young boy. He was on cloud nine after winning the local club badminton championship. I enquired from a couple why they were celebrating. They said 20 years ago they met for the first time on this day. I was sitting with an old gentleman. He was cracking jokes I could not stop laughing at. Happiness is not the property of a preferred few. Anyone and everyone can be happy if they want to be. It’s a personal choice.
The mark of a true man is reflected in tough times. It is how you manage your affairs when circumstances are not favorable. Whether you concede to the situation or you stay strong will determine what you are made of. Whether you compromise on your integrity or not will hold the key. If you stand firm and pass through the storm, you will become an epitome of courage, perseverance and integrity. The whole world will look upon you as an example. It will be a moment of pride. Still, nothing will beat the feeling when you stand in front of the mirror, look into your own eyes and hear a voice from inside that you did not crumble when it mattered most.
You may think that you do quality work. You may think you have loyal customers. You may think your job or business is safe. It may be. May be not. Time will test you. May be years later. May be decades later. When unfavourable circumstances will hit you, all your previous work will be accounted for. You will be put to test. You won’t be allowed to defend yourself. You will stand muted and time will announce the judgement. Mostly, it is fair. If you really did perform well in the past, you shall pass. If not, you will need to pay for it. Make sure what you do today is worthwhile. It will be questioned tomorrow.
The world is interdependent. Our actions directly indirectly impacts other inhabitants. A positive vibe provides a source of motivation to others, whereas a negative thought could bring pessimism for many. A good deed makes the world a better place and a bad conduct makes life miserable. We may not control actions of other people but can become self responsible. Let us not wait for others to begin. Be the first one in the queue to make a positive difference. They say it takes one person to bring a change. Be that person.