Long back I was attending a seminar on Stress management where one of the speakers asked a straight question to the audience ‘What is the reason for their wanting to live more; to have a long life?’ As expected, the standard response which came from the participants was that they had many responsibilities (parents, children, spouse) which they had to fulfill hence they wanted to live long enough to meet the aspirations of their near and dear ones. There were some others who wanted to live cause they wanted to taste success, achieve their set aims.
Life is beyond routine….
Is what the participants stated, the main reason that we are living for? Yes, each one of us have set our responsibilities/ aims in life which we want to achieve during our life time but these can’t be the main reason that we are living for. Most of us get so much caught in the routine that we forget that life is much beyond that. This is the major cause of increased stress in the society.
I am not living just because I have responsibilities of my children/ parents or because I want to rise to the top position of the organisation I work for. Every time we fail to achieve our perceived aim the stress level increases and there are some who get depressed so much that they end up taking their own life. Till we keep seeking happiness from mark sheets, competition results, promotions and keep comparing our lives with others actual happiness will be too difficult to achieve.
This too shall pass….
Life is a roller coaster ride, full of ups and downs, twists and turns and actually these are what actual spice to the otherwise set routine. Life, birth, failures, promotions are all part of life and have to be taken in the stride accordingly. Failure to achieve any set aim, doesn’t anyway means life comes to a stop. “No single success is a permanent source of happiness than why should any failure be permanent reason for depression”.
I am living because I am loving it….
Once I have fulfilled my perceived obligations to my parents, spouse, children or risen to the top post of my organisation or earned enough will I stop living? Than Why should I stop living if I fail to achieve something. Failure in n o way reflect any individuals incompetence, there are reasons beyond that.
Life is way beyond routine; the births, deaths, failures, promotions, responsibilities. I am alive because I love my life. Yes, pulls and pushes of relations and work pressures will be there but they cannot adversely affect my happiness. I cannot and will never let that happen. Life is to be lived, loved and enjoyed. Life is about caring, sharing and loving. Happiness doesn’t depend on who you are and what you have; It solely depends on what you think, its all in the mind.