Recently I have been confined to my bed , due to a temporary medical condition , with nothing to do except staring vacantly into space , an idle mind crowding with so many unwanted thoughts , much similar like weeds in a beautiful garden . My son has so thoughtfully provided me with ample material to read , so as ” to pass your time ” as he succintly put it . With the result I have been flooded with a variety of books , belonging to different genres and categories , spoilt for choice .
I picked out two different books , only to find that both had a similar thread running through them and belonged to the category of ” self help ” . One of them was the greatest spiritual personalities of our times , Dada Jashan Vaswani whose book was titled ” Say no to Negatives ” , and the second one was the author of the now famous series ” the monk who sold his ferrari ” . This book by Robin Sharma , had the most intriguing title ” who will cry , when you die ” ?
Both the authors exhort you to give your best to the world , and in the bargain be enriched yourself , enhancing the quality of your life .
A few practical suggestions that emerged in the process and were extremely ” doable ” were as follows ;
To build your self worth :
1. Realize that you are unique .You have been endowed with special gifts and traits that that will greatly benefit you , and others around you .Try to find out your special strengths and gifts and use them , to your advantage .
2. Think of what you enjoy doing most , singing , dancing , story – telling , mimicry , cooking , gardening , painting and add all these activities to your daily routine and life .Your passion will allow you to scale greater heights , be at your creative best and who knows ? . You may create masterpieces for posterity .
3 .Indulge in meaningful activities that lend depth to your life . Associate with an NGO , a satsang group , a meditation or Yoga class and you will find an inner peace , calm and tranquility in your life , which could otherwise become an aimless and empty existence .
4 .Avoid people who are full of negativity , and never pass up an opportunity to criticize others . Such people will always try to pull you down and belittle your self – worth .
5. Make a difference to others – a kind word , a dazzling smile , a helping hand , a loving and small gesture will go a long way, to alleviate misery and spread sunshine wherever you go . Leave the world a little better place , than you found it . Plant trees , or even a small patch of greenery will go a long way to spread cheerfulness all around us . Be kind to all forms of Life and respect God,s creation .
Above all , remember that God loves you , and brought you to this world , built in his own image , for a purpose . So never underestimate or belittle yourself . Keep yourself connected to Him , through a small prayer from time to time . It could be as simple as -THANK YOU GOD !!!!