Yesterday I attended a function which was arranged to felicitate a renowned Bengali Actor - Soumitra Chatterjee (wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soumitra_Chatterjee), on the occasion of his 80th birthday. As the veteran actor walked into the stage, I was amazed. Standing tall and erect, he was looking so very handsome. His face was glowing. He looked so full of life !
And then when he started speaking, I was completely mesmerized. He recited a couple of poems. His diction, oration and pronunciation was spellbinding. In fact, I think he had improved upon all these aspects !It made me wonder. What was his secret ? His lust for life ?
As I listened to him talking about his childhood, how he grew up , his passion for theatre and acting,
I noticed that he talked about his failures and how he overcame them. He talked about how much more he wanted to do. He talked about the areas he wanted to learn and improve upon !
- Make your shortcomings your happiness : All of us have weaknesses. Being aware of them can be the seeds of happiness. I had come to a strange conclusion sometime back after I attended the the alumni meet of my school. I noticed that my classmates who were plump in school were thinner than the ones who were slender in school. The plump ones knew their shortcoming and took care of themselves. They had turned their shortcoming to their advantage !
- Compete with Yourself : Be your own opponent. Instead of comparing ourselves with others, we should battle with ourselves. Setting personal growth goals, tracking and measuring them and finally coming out victorious gives a greater pleasure than forever musing over and getting pessimistic about what we have not achieved compared to others.
- Develop your Intrinsic Self : The strength to overcome all difficulties , possessing a strong will which is unyielding makes you self confident and calm. This is your greatest strength. Once we sharpen this ability, no difficulty will be able to sway us. Criticism will not be able to touch us.
- Be a Snowball : Every moment, each experience has some lesson hidden it it. If we can see the hidden lessons in both good experiences and the painful ones, we will grow just like a rolling snowball. We have to keep the snowball rolling even if there are pebbles and dirt on the way. Every situation that we encounter and every person whom we meet in life is a teacher. We have to learn to recognize the pebbles and gather the snow of the lessons learnt and keep on rolling to grow mentally as well as spiritually.
God, help me to be positive till the last moment of my life. Let me never tire of learning. Let me yearn to strive towards excellence. Give me the zeal for life , love and learning like Soumitra Chatterjee.
Let my mind be filled with peace and love and help me to shun jealousy and hatred .