SUCCESS OR HAPPINESS?

How do you begin your day? What’s the first thing that you do before you see your face in the mirror? You will remember that one of the eight secrets of health, trusting in God is one. A few friends and I have started something very useful this year. We meet early in the morning for half-an-hour or so for prayers. While time alone with God is necessary, it is refreshing to fellowship with like-minded people and offer prayers to God. As early as 5:30 am, definitely much before the sun rises in Pune, we gather in the church and read a few paragraphs from some spiritually edifying literature, surrender ourselves to God, ask Him for His help and guidance throughout the day. We also pray for those who are struggling in life—whatever problem they have. Someone among us does not forget to mention youth who encounter difficult challenges in their school, work place or at home.
Do you know that every hour one student commits suicide in our country? In fact, it is reported that in 2016 every 55 minutes one student killed himself or herself. What is happening in the country which is making advancement in technology and education? The month of March comes, with board and career exams around the corner, the youth experience enormous anxiety. While some are struggling to pass the exams the others are anxious about their future.
This scenario calls for greater wisdom, patience and commitment particularly on part of parents, teachers and mentors. With the limited knowledge and experience one thing that our teachers ensured was that we learn how to handle success and defeat. Is it possible in this world to get all that we like despite our sincere efforts? After all we live in a rapidly changing world and we work with people who too have their own challenges. We are told, “Get what you like. If you don’t get what you like, like what you get.” While it true that we desire to have our dreams realized. However, it doesn’t happen all the time. In such situations we cannot complain too much or give up on life. If we continue to do our best, there is a possibility of reaching our goals, if not, something greater will happen. We have no reason to put an end to our life when our dreams also die. World’s great people are not those who never failed in life, or they got everything they desired. These are who decided to do their best and never give up. Discovering America in 1492, Christopher Columbus gave the world something better than what he intended to achieve.
Two statements from Roy T. Benett: “Do what is right, not what is easy nor what is popular.” “Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It’s your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy. Don’t let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality — not yours. There is more to life than pleasing people. There is much more to life than following others’ prescribed path. There is so much more to life than what you experience right now. You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being.”
If there is a choice between success and happiness, what would you prefer? We may consider success as getting what you like. If that is so, may I suggest, to like what you get is happiness. I prefer to be happy rather than succeed in something that doesn’t contribute to my happiness.

-Dr.Vara Prasad Deepati

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