Life- a celebration of gratitude.

I remember a description of a character from a novel by late Mohan Rakesh Ji. He wrote about the convent school where the hero of the novel studied and he remembers the character – a priest in the boarding school church, who always prayed for the sins of all to be pardoned, which prayer was to be repeated by the all others after him.



What he wrote about the character was that he always prayed for pardon by Lord for everyone, this activity was so much done by him that if you look at his face, it appeared that he was begging for sins to be pardoned, this expression of ‘begging pardon’ was permanently like engraved on his face.

It just came to my mind, while thinking on a subject. In our lives we ourselves choose, what kind of a person we are going to be. Whether we would find faults in everything and with everybody or would be thankful towards all, who in anyway helped us achieve our goals. Since we live in a society, we are inter-dependent on each other. Nobody can survive and achieve all his goals alone, we need help from others every day.

It is our choice whether we feel grateful towards all others who helped in our life in whatever way, starting first from the God almighty, if we believe in him. It is we only who realize who all have helped and blessed us in our life. We need to be grateful to our parents, to our teachers, our neighbors, those all who inspire and guide us in whatever way.

The list of things or happenings can be endless for which we can feel grateful. For example one can be grateful that he was born as a human being, living in a society spread worldwide, we might be divided in countries and regions but we all are members of a big human race and in some way work for the betterment of humanity.

As an individual one can express gratitude for so many things. For being a healthy person, with all faculties working well, if so,  say if one can walk, talk, see and do all normal things, it is a great boon, which so many people do not have.

Further if one can study up to a level that he understands this world well, does read good literary books, can watch good movies, make good friends and does get a job, that suits his requirements and makes him capable of seeing bigger dreams, it is a great thing accomplished and one should feel grateful for that, since sky is the limit for those who keep hope alive and go on making efforts, in whatever field they excel.

One big thing is that if a person is in a position to help others, in making their life better in whatever way, he is a really contributing member of human society and he should feel grateful towards all who were helpful in making him capable of helping others.

There are innumerable things for which we can feel grateful and express gratitude and I am not able to limit it to a few things. I feel life in itself is a celebration of gratitude.

This is my humble submission on the #IndiSpire prompt- Its the month of gratitude. Share three things you are grateful for. #gratitudemonth .

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Being Contributing Members of Society!

It is our life and we choose a role for ourselves and that determines what success means to us and it may be quite different from others. There are so many things which frame our personality, it starts with the ‘Samskaaras’ the values which we imbibe from our family and the atmosphere of initial neighborhood, relatives and schooling. Still there are so many other things which are instrumental in forming the unique personality of any person.



If we consider at the level of some failed country like Pakistan, there we find that young boys speak a language full of hatred towards India and Indians. Whether they can harm India or not is not an issue, my worry is how much they are harming themselves. Would such a young boy would become a good and successful human being, I have every doubt on that.

Today there are such organizations working at international level which train and send terrorists to various parts of the world to kill people for no reason. I feel worried about the future of the mankind after seeing these trends.

What is our role in this world, other than studying and being able to earn sufficient money to raise and maintain our families. We live in a human society, we are part of some country governed in a democratic or may be some other type of administration. Wherever we are, we need to play a positive role, make our humble contribution as a citizen, as a vigilant member of society.

So the basic requirement for every individual is to become a good human being and a contributing member of society. If people try to achieve their selfish goals at the cost of others, then there would be complete anarchy and people would keep fighting and everybody would be a loser. So to remain a vibrant and futuristic society and state, some basic values are to be adopted by everybody, every citizen or say every member of society.

All the scriptures, our religious books, reformers and even the text books our children read, all teach some basic values for becoming a good human being and a contributing member of society.

We need to develop a positive personality, adopt positive attitude to play a ‘win all’ game. So what could be the basic ingredients of a positive personality, positive attitude. We can mention say- we should always remain happy, for that we need to keep our hopes alive, which means one must be optimistic, one also must be kind and helpful to others, that also is a virtue which makes us help others and earn respect from other members of society. If all people help those, who need help, our society would grow very fast and all miseries would come to an end.

Helping or giving others, what they need, it could be material thing, it could also be attention, in whatever way we can contribute for other members of our society. Further it is not just that we do something for others, help them as a duty, basically we need to respect others, mutual respect is also a very strong binding force and makes any society a winning and progressive society.

I mentioned some kind of things which need to become a part of our attitude and it would project our personality as an individual. One could think which one of these values one should make a part of his personality. I would like to mention that these values need not be chosen to become a part of our attitude, but it is a complete package. If an individual carries high values, is optimistic, respects the institutions of society and state, that person would automatically make all these virtues  parts of his attitude and would make progress in life while making a positive contribution for the society also. Yes we also need to review our actions at regular intervals to see whether we have been positively contributing members of the society and not tried to achieve success at the cost of others.

These are my humble views on the #IndiSpire prompt- “Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” Your reflection on those words of Roy T Bennett #WiseChoices

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