Tag: Fight

A good life…

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2 Tm. 4:7

This quote from the bible is oft quoted at a person’s burial, especially of a person much advanced in age, to signify the successful mission of the person’s life. The three parts to the statement have a very significant interpretation in the context of everyone’s life. Together, they combine to reiterate succinctly mans journey from cradle to grave.

In the first part, we are made aware that life is never easy. It is a struggle and an uphill journey often interspersed with varying degrees of troubles, trials and tribulations. Yet, it is human nature to meet these challenges square on and using all the resources at ones command, to take on the challenges and vanquish it. There is both pain and pleasure in this battle for there are times when we feel defeated. It is at these low ebbs in life, that we search our inner resources like self belief, positive attitude and prayer in order to regroup our energies and renew the fight and experience the pleasures of victory. When we have never given up, when our confidence is high and we are prepared to take on a bloody nose till we attain our victory, we know we have give it our best shot. It is therefore very significant that at the funeral we share the pride of knowing a person who has fought the good fight to the best of his/ her abilities.

When we die, it is not the end of LIFE but the end of our earthly LIFE. At birth we were ordained to run a certain course, a certain distance a certain life span. We are all blessed with enough resources to go the full distance and we compete all alone. Each of us is given a different yardstick to measure our success when running this course. The length of the race is insignificant, the pace is inconsequential it is only the earnestness and intensity with which we have lead our life that counts. The quality of our life, the number of people whose lives we influenced, the kind of service we rendered to our family, friends and neighbors, the legacy we leave behind are all milestones on the course of our life.  It is no wonder that when we leave our bodily life behind and death embraces us in its arms, we can whisper into the ears of death that ‘I have finished the course’.

The last part is the most important part of the whole sentence, for nestled in those 5 words ‘I have kept the faith’ is the true meaning and measure of LIFE. We didn’t choose our LIFE, we were given it as a blessing. This blessing implied that all those who got the boon of life would believe in its creator and would strive hard to repay the ‘faith’ put in us by the creator. By believing in the goodness of human kind, by leveraging your strengths of intelligence, hard work, confidence, creativity and positive thinking, and by building bridges of healthy relationships, trust and respect man has repaid the faith reposed when the creator breathed LIFE into him. In essence, LIFE is Living In Faith Everyday!

Remember: “Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.”

Try these:

  1. List out the three major challenges in your life that you faced and outline how you overcame these challenges. Also jot down the names of those people who significantly contributed in helping you overcome your problems.
  2. Make a list of people whose company you enjoy the most. Make another list of people who you love the most. What is common between the people in both lists? Are there people who are on one list and not on the other? Ask why does this happen? Do you love people only because they are family? Is it possible to love people without being able to enjoy their company? IS there something common amongst the people in the list of those whose company you enjoy the most?

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When the fight begins…

When the fight begins within himself, a man’s worth something.  Robert Browning

It is not an easy task to balance the demands of the head and the heart; for one may tug at your emotions whilst the other pulls you towards your rational self. An indifferent person can easily take a stand, for often the rational mind will override the emotional scream with a macho disdain. For the sensitive soul emotions cloud all rational and engulfs him in throes of sentiments and he easily succumbs to that call.

A real man / woman is one who despite their personal dilemmas does not take the soft option and gives in to their natural inclination but debates and ponders over the options available. They don’t brush aside the uncomfortable but accept it as a reality to be confronted and dealt with. For a man, a display of his emotions and sentiments in public is often viewed as weakness, while a woman rarely displays arrogance and brute power for they are not the normal feminine qualities. Yet in the hurly burly of life these are challenges that confront each one of us almost daily and it is our response to these challenges that in many ways defines us and our self worth.

Look at a wife tackling a deviant husband, perhaps a drunkard. She can cry and wail and plead and submit or she can confront, assert and reason out her point of view. As long as the choice is not just plain submission but a strategy based on a deep analysis of the pros and cons, we can salute the indomitable spirit of woman power. Take a scenario of a young widower who has been dealt an unkind cut by fate. He can put on a stern demeanor, brandish a demonic countenance against fate and struggle with the challenges of single parenthood or he can take counsel from elders and possibly remarry. The choice will be tough for there are many other challenges ahead but a matured decision using head and heart means he has struggled with himself and proved his mettle.

The fight within is best personified by the decisions taken by people who have had a conversion be it a religious conversion, a spiritual revival or drastic change in their own lifestyle and relationships. The decision here typifies the agonizing and painful realization that a change is needed but it will come at a big cost. It could cost one deep fissures within yourself with the heart tugging one way and the mind pulling you in just the opposite way; it could lead to deep fissures with your home and relationships; it could involve making painful sacrifices and it can often be accompanied by grave self doubt for a long time. Intercaste/ interfaith/ inter cultural marriages are a prime example of the dilemma that accompanies the battle within.

Remember: “To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.” E. E. Cummings

Try these:

  1. Attempt a drastic change in your lifestyle. E.g. if you enjoy your drink with your friends, the next few times you meet up tell them you won’t drink. Pay attention to their reactions and subtle coercion to their sarcastic digs and possibly outright annoyance. Your test is not to give in to it. You can try the same with smoking or eating food that you enjoy but is not advisable for you. Feel the fight within?
  2. Isolate a couple of bad habits you would like to get rid of. Alternatively look at a few good qualities that you would like to imbibe. Work out an action plan. Implement it with immediate effect. The moment you are tempted to give your plan a miss ask if you have succumbed to the fight within and lost the battle. Every small victory is a step further to winning the War within yourself.

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