Most of us keep thinking about the future as to what we have to achieve tomorrow or day after or in distant future, never really appreciating what we have accomplished till date. Let me clarify that the real accomplishment is not our degrees, our financial status, or anything else that has elevated us in stature, but it is about making a difference in somebody else’s life. That’s the achievement we should aspire for!
Let’s take a moment to think about what we have achieved till date in the sense i have mentioned. Is there some incident that we can be proud of ourselves? May be we helped somebody lead a better life, or just gave a bit of advice to a colleague to help him overcome a tough situation, or spent a few bucks on a needy beggar and he didn’t have to sleep empty stomach that day. Think now! Please stop reading and think! If it is still a trouble figuring out, I am sure there is something or the other we would have done in life that would have given us some peace of mind. Recollect that incident.
Should we feel proud of ourselves for that incident? Yes, right? Then, let’s clap for this achievement. We deserve this applause. We did great, many people would be proud of us on such an accomplishment. Now, let’s revisit that incident and think about how we can take it a step further. I am sure most of us are in a much better state now than we were back then when that incident happened, may be better financially, independent, more educated or just mature enough to handle things differently now. If we do this exercise now, we will be better equipped to handle the same situation differently tomorrow, which would help us do better and feel satisfied.
Now, in case one thinks he or she has not achieved absolutely anything in life (again, from the above perspective), this is the time to reflect on how we can help somebody with something that can improve his life or may be just help that person a bit that day. Think about our daily routines and a couple of instances where we can pitch-in to just make a bit of a difference. May be we take a metro to office and often see a small chap selling newspaper supporting his studies or family. Let’s ask ourselves, if we buy a paper from him, would it make us poor? Would it give us pleasure? Yes? Then, i suggest we do it today before we start thinking about ourselves again.
And, if anybody is lacking the motivation to do it, my question would be ‘Don’t we want to become a better person?’ We want to, right? So, let’s go out and do it for our own sake…