Saturday, July 7

Success...







To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and
endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better, 
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or 
a redeemed social condition; 
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. 
This is to have succeeded.
~
Ralph Waldo Emerson 





Thursday, July 5

Keep Going and the Rule 8




One of the biggest challenges in daily spirituality is to remain positive and sound throughout the day. It is a greater realisation that we all have a journey to make today. And everyone’s journey is unique. I want to share with you two thoughts on the way of our journey... 
With a broken and confused agenda, if a person comes to us, can we put him off by telling about a world of problems? I think it is more important to remain pragmatic and sound. After all, how can we change things which are not in our hands?




There is a big truth in two words : KEEP GOING. They are my favourites. In difficult times, what is important is to keep going.
There is a Christian Classical ( a  theological fiction) called, 'the Pilgrim's Progress' (written by John Bunyan). It was written more than 300 years ago and is cited as the first novel written in English. But even today, every reader can take home something of value from it. I like it much because it is a story of a man who keeps on going under all circumstances. He looks forward and just keeps going little by little to his destination. True, the journey isn't easy. But a dynamism in his ethos keeps him move on and on.
That's a great message Bunyan has for today's world.
 
The main character of Bunyan's story looks  forward. And, with all the weight on his back, keeps going 


There is another book I must tell you a little about : Jordan B Peterson's 12 Rules of Life. In it we'll find the Rule 8 : TELL THE TRUTH - or, AT LEAST, DON'T LIE.

Peterson’s approach to the whole theory of  rules of life is hinged on the importance of truth. The vast majority of problems in society is generated by dishonesty. Simple as it is, today’s social medias are out to manipulate the world. Add a spin to the truth. One of the most difficult and dangerous world of economic news are the manipulated statistics and market data. Millions of dollars are made or lost due to dishonest news.  The scheming, sloganeering and the propaganda machines are set to roll in the air, flooding every digital screen with falsehood.
So much so, even a bit of truth which may be there is lost in the air!

This book makes a good reading on a rainy day…

Fine !





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