Giving without love is a show of charity. Giving with love is real charity. “It is not how much we give but how much love we put in giving”, said Mother Teresa. If you take the media personnel to get your act of benevolence covered in the next day’s newspaper, is it charity? No, certainly not. It is a political gimmick. If you cover a poor man with a blanket in a cold windy night without his knowledge, it is an act of charity. It is said that even your left hand should not know what your right hand is giving. Giving is human, but selfless giving is divine. The cloud takes water from the earth and gives it back to the earth in the form of rain. You have to return to the world whatever you take from the world. Giving is the only way to repay the debt of Nature. We get back in life what we give to others. So, give to the world the best you have and the very best will come back to you. Let us do as much good as we can, to as many as we can in as many ways as we can. Through the metaphor of Santa Claus, the joy of giving and sharing is universally commemorated. Like Santa Claus who distributes gifts to all, we must never differentiate, distinguish and discriminate while giving. Everybody should don the mantle of Santa Claus several times in a year to help those who are poor and needy. Experience the unadulterated joy of giving. There is no bigger happiness than it. Philanthropy is the art of giving and enjoying the feeling of bliss and self-satisfaction.
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Scaling the summit of the mountain is always easier than staying at the top for a long time. Generally, complacency creeps in and your downhill journey starts. How to keep your motivation level constantly high is a major challenge. Motivation is the driving force which propels you to work hard and go ahead in life. It is the drive to strive and achieve. You cannot afford to rest on your past laurels and let the world overtake you. Get into the habit of making success your constant companion. Otherwise you will be dubbed and dismissed as a one-test wonder.
No doubt, everything is not very simple, smooth or straight, whether at home or in the work place. Life moves on a zig-zag path. There are many twists and turns. When a sudden U-turn or an unexpected bend comes, you often get upset and puzzled. Those, who remain cool and composed in difficult moments, create a positive impact on others. It is very tough to smile when you are down and depressed. But smile is simply a curve that makes many things straight. You cannot control your circumstances but you have full control over your reactions. You cannot change the direction of the wind but you can adjust your sails. You can apply the brake on your emotions. You can play the role of a fire-fighter. You cannot escape and avoid problems. You have to encounter them and find solutions. Pencils need a painful sharpening from time to time. You also have to go through various adverse conditions in life but you need it to become a sharp, pointed and focused person. Here is a statement from Sir Edmund Hillary when he attempted to climb Mount Everest for the first time but couldn’t. “Hi, Mount Everest, you cannot grow bigger than what you are but I can grow bigger than what I am.” Later on, he became the first mountaineer to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953 along with Tenzing Norgay. Paul J. Meyer is very right in saying: “There is not a ruler, a yardstick or a measuring tape in the entire world long enough to compute the strength and capabilities inside you.” Invoke the hidden power that resides within you to make impossible possible.
Monday, 5 December 2016
Values are vital vitamins of life. They are required in small doses but are very essential for the well being. They are the roots of life and the very foundation of our existence. They are age-old guidelines which have kept society safe, sane and stable. They bring order and meaning to both our personal and professional life.
Our schools, colleges and universities are churning out, in plenty, undergraduates, graduates and post graduates whose sole aim of education is to pursue a career-oriented course in order to eke out a livelihood for them. This is education for a living. But much more important is the education for life. One of the most challenging tasks confronting us is that of instilling within our children a proper set of values that will provide them with motivation and guidance throughout their lives. These universal values build character which provides behavior that is beneficial for the individual as well as the community. The life-skills enable us to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life. Winston Churchill rightly said: “The first duty of a university is to teach wisdom, not trade; character, not technicalities.”
Values and virtues are not hereditary. They are learned. The best gift that a parent can give to his child is the framework of positive values. The super-structure of life will easily be erected on this solid foundation.
Teachers and educational institutions can also become effective role models for inculcating core human values in their students. Theodore Roosevelt felt : “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”
In this age of flux, people think that values have become old-fashioned. With changing times, values change their form but they are never obsolete or out-dated. They are like cheques that never bounce in the bank of life.