The issues that continue to haunt nations from being truly “independent” are many. Conflict, corruption, poverty, illiteracy, crime, infanticide are but few of the challenges that society needs to overcome. In our zest to improve our nation or any nation, are we not forgetting a fundamental and intrinsic fact, i.e, each of us play a significant role in promoting growth, harmony and peace in our immediate environment. If each of us take it upon themselves to be the best that we can be, whether it is to educate others about the essence of cultural heritage, promote success through professional opportunities for economic prosperity, foster relationships based on respect, tolerance and goodwill….the world would be a different place. We would be less likely to focus on problems or criticisms and instead give our complete attention to finding solutions for them. True, we may not have solutions for many of the challenges we see in the environment, but if we focus on at least one area that could benefit from our knowledge, we would have begun the process of improving our environment. By promoting an awareness through out active efforts in making the world a better place, we are enabling the critical quest of finding a solution for the issue to begin.
In our zeal to enable that the place that we live in – be it village, township, city or country… cynicism, pessimism, defeatism and other forms of negativity have no role to play. It’s best to consciously avoid a tendency to develop a jaundiced outlook on life.
Some of the positive actions we can include in our day are –
1) Read articles, books, blogs or any material that convey wisdom, enlightenment and knowledge.
2) Surround ourselves (as much as possible!) with positive people.
3) Incorporate humour into your life. Humour has the magical ability to make you expressive, less defensive and spontaneous. Who doesn’t like to be with people who make them smile and laugh? A recent movie outing with a friend I’d known for over twenty years was absolutely enjoyable – not because of the movie but because of the laughter we had shared during the trip.
4) Focus on blessings. A careful appraisal of your life would undoubtedly bring the blessings in your life to your attention.
5) Work productively and with passion. There have been several instances where people who have an excellent job and fantastic pay package have come to me and say, “I don’t like what I do and want to change my job” Go on, take the bold step and get into a profession that makes you feel delighted!
6) Experience each day with enthusiasm, fervor and vigor – enjoy every moment of it. After all, you don’t get that time again.
7) Spend some of your time for a social cause (or causes) that you care about. A couple I know, started a center in India that offers free counselling for suicidal individuals. Their noble step in the prevention of this social issue also help in the understanding that societal challenges are not public issues but issues that have personal relevance. Perhaps most importantly, this way challenges faced by a society would be seen as issues that affect the quality of our own life on this planet.
As Brigham Young once said, ” True Independence and Freedom can only exist in doing what is right”