Thursday, April 7, 2011

Be Yourself .... Always

It can strike anyone, anytime, anywhere. Each one of us has been a victim of depression and rejection at some point or the other. The cycle of actions and reactions of each individual depends upon his/her own vision of life.

In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

There is a beautiful story of a boy who traveled far to study under a great teacher. On meeting the wise man, his first question was, “how long will it take to become as wise as you are?“ The response came swiftly, “Five years.“

“That is a very long time,“ the boy said. “How about if I work twice as hard?“ “Then it will take 10“, said the master.

“Ten! That is far too long.

How about if I study all day and well into the night, every night?“ “Fifteen years“, said the sage.

“I don't understand,“ replied the boy. “Every time I promise to work harder, you say it will take longer. Why?“ “The answer is simple,“ advised the sage, “with one eye fixed on the destination, there is only one left to guide you along the journey.“

Patience, hard work and sincerity are the virtues that should guide us on all aspects of life. Take it easy on yourself.

Believe in the fact that you are special. You are God's creation, sent on this Earth with a purpose. Venture out with a zest for life and promise yourself a life of happiness.

Take out time to admire the beauty of nature like the sunrise, inhale the divine scent of the beautiful flowers. Plan an adventure trip you have always dreamt of. Hug your grandparents and sit with them and talk to them. And think positive, always. That will guide you in making small, daily improvements which over time will lead to big results. And happiness will be yours. As Oscar Wilde put it beautifully, “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken!“

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