We start with being inspired. Then we work hard and make a big contribution to the world. People call us success. We become an inspiration to many. Then we want to settle down and take things easy. But it is difficult. Because when people look upon us as an inspiration, we need to keep going. Rest is not allowed. We need to continue the journey to make sure people who follow us do not give up. They want someone to lead them. Not that they can’t walk alone. May be they are not yet ready. Till the time one soul is dependent on us, we need to keep moving.
You don’t need to publicise Neither can you fake it. One day the world will know who you are. If you have merit, you will get the rewards. It may come late but it shall come with compounding. Similarly, if you try to mislead people, they will understand one day and you shall lose all your credibility. Your competency, character and integrity oozes out of your persona. You don’t need to make an effort. Similarly, no matter how hard you try to fake it, some part of yours will eventually reflect it. Be good. Be natural. That’s all you need to go far.
I went to the meeting. I was on time, though the meeting started late. I had an appointment with the doctor. I knew the doctor would come late. Still, I reached on time. I went to the school to meet the principal. She was tied up in another meeting. Anyways, I waited since I was on time. I was expecting a visitor. I finished my lunch in a hurry because I didn’t want him to wait. He came late and did not even apologise. It happens almost every day with me. Still, I try to be on time. If others are not on time, it doesn’t mean I give up a good habit I have.
Every now and then you shall face a dilemma. When everything will seem to be going smooth, a bump ahead will suddenly threaten to put a pause to your ride. You will have to make a decision; to do what is right or fear the short term risks. Well, these are the decisions that will decide where you reach years later. If you succumb to fear, you will not go far. If you do what seems right even if it is painful initially, you will outgrow your own wildest imagination. This decision will not be easy. But then only a few go far and lead the pack.
Opportunities are abundant. Look around and you will see it everywhere. If you are unable to find it, the problem is with your own vision. You would need a positive mindset for it. Your thinking should be progressive. Also, opportunities are not final products. You will have to add your sweat to make it a success. You won’t get low hanging fruits. You will have to raise a ladder and reach out for it. Finally, the key is to select just a few opportunities and give your entire life to them. Too many options creates obstruction in decision making. Remember, if not you, someone else will make good of the idea which came to you.
Life must be dedicated to someone or something. It gives us a reason keep going. Every day is not the same. When times are not great and the mood is low, our purpose drives us again. We are back on our feet because it seems that a higher cause demands our time and energy. Sometimes, we exist to accomplish unfinished tasks of someone we care about. The point is; to be excited about life, find a purpose. It will make living worthwhile. No reason is small. No effort goes in vain. For an enriching life, dedicate your life to someone, to something.
I set out to find a recipe for a good life. I spent years to know the secret sauce. All my research failed. My eventual conclusion is; if today went off well, it was a life well lived. No yesterday matters and no planning for the future is worthwhile if today is taken care of. Yes, a lot of things may remain undone but if we did our best during the day; we feel accomplished and that is what life is all about. We can’t do much about yesterday’s. The good thing is; if we take care of today’s, tomorrow’s will be taken care off on it’s own. Wise men have known this all along. Others are still in search of the secret.
Some people are easy to deal with. Whether we need personal or professional help, they take extreme care. They provide solutions which they would use themselves. They act responsibly. They make us feel comfortable. Now there is another set of people who also do the job we ask them for. However, the human touch is missing. Money or some kind of quid pro quo arrangement is their primary motive. Though not visible, there is some sort of discomfort dealing with them. The question is; how do we respond when someone reaches out to us.
They don’t know about it. That I follow them. Some of them are far away and live in a different world. But their life and work inspires me. Some are close and we know each other. But they don’t know how closely I watch them and try to learn from them. Not that people I follow don’t have any vices or they never make any mistakes. Yet, there is an aura aroynd them which influences me. Though my life has been transformed by these people, I somehow unable to acknowledge them. Some I can’t reach. Some, I just am shy to speak. All I hope for is that one day I will silently pay my respect to all of them by being an inspiration to many others.
As I grow older I can see it all clear. I am where I am because of the choices I made in the past. I have started to believe that things happen for a reason. I feel sorry for relationships which did not last long because I acted immaturely. I could see that people who were humble and honest made tremendous progress. I am unable to find those who acted smart and wanted to make a name for themselves through shortcuts. I wish I cared more while I was young. I regret the chances I did not take. There were bumps during the journey. Still, I think life treated me fairly along the way.