Here is a practical activity that we can attempt and be sure that each of us will gain from the experience and more importantly enjoy the direct fruits of our action. This post will focus on the action, your job is to take the action and the fruits of the action will be what you will get to relish.
Be generous – Being generous with your wealth is just a minuscule part of what you can be generous with. Your true generosity is in the time you give generously to people around especially those who crave your attention. You can be generous with your patience, your ability to listen, your ability to delay judgment etc. Be lavish with your praise, your appreciation and your ability to find something good in others.
Be cooperative – As social beings we need to learn to take the good with the bad, learn to live with the ironies that life puts before us occasionally and act with maturity when we have to make tough choices. Cooperation is not just about being agreeable but it also includes being able to disagree without be disagreeable. Cooperation is being in a minority but whole heartedly going with the majority decision.
Be enthusiastic –The major trigger for being enthusiastic is by having a good enough motivation to do what we have to do. In the absence of a good motivation, seek out something good about what you have to go through. It is cultivating the right spirit, displaying the right attitude and having the winners spirit spurring you on every moment. Let no failure dampen your enthusiasm, let no criticism demotivate you; do what needs to be done with élan and panache.
Be serving – Services is not merely being useful to others or offering your help to others. Service should be a natural part of your upbringing. It encompasses varied aspects of your life right from displaying good manners, being considerate to others and being ready to shoulder responsibility whenever the need arises. Helping those who can never repay you back, voluntarily assisting those who you can, just doing what needs to be done no matter how insignificant a job it is are shades of service that we must be conscious of.
- What were the most joyous memories that you carry? Do you think someone was generous and so you still have that sweet memory? Do you think the other person would also carry similar fond memories of those times?
- Think of the time you disagreed but were overruled and then you had to participate in what was finally agreed upon? Did you give your hundred percent to the task? How did you feel at the end of the task? Remember the poem ‘ The charge of the light brigade’ ? https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45319/the-charge-of-the-light-brigade
- Choose three boring tasks that are part of your job. How do you keep motivated to do it well? What are the boring jobs that you have to do in your regular personal life?
- When was the last time your volunteered? Can you think of volunteering in a place you have never ever visited before?
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As you sow, so shall you reap.- Bible
Look around and see the greenery. The sheer variety, colors and vibrancy that is on display makes us doff our hat to the creators largesse for us and the wonders of his bounty. Now pause for a moment and look closely at our own garden or potted plants. Yes there is greenery there, there might be shades of withering plants too and weeds a plenty. If we ask ourselves if our own efforts are planned, purposeful and persistent we might get a clue to why our garden pales in comparison to the makers bounty.
Greenery is just a metaphor for the larger issues of life. In real life it is the kind of relationships that we develop that determines our progress, our happiness and our success. If we can manage to share what we have be it happiness or sadness, we can multiply our joys and halve our sorrows. If we can trust others we can get the reciprocal trust from others. Carry another’s burden and soon your own burdens will be shared by others. A smile costs us nothing and yet it can brighten up so many lives; cn w not share more of it? Notice that as we give so too do we receive and often the fruits we get our multifold for a good harvest is promised to those who can nurture the saplings with care and love.
Look at our own habit of sharing. We share only from what is surplus with us and what can be spared. Real sharing is offering what ever one has, for in giving all we have we are giving of ourselves. It is easier said than done, for we are always worried about the future and so would like to insure our future before we can attempt to take care of another. Yet do we think twice about donating blood; are we scared of the needle prick or is it sheer callousness on our part that we shy away from donating blood? Can we freely give of our used clothes and household goods that we no longer need or do we prefer to hoard it? Can we spare at least a couple of hours for a social cause? Do we take out time to visit and meet people who have helped shape your life like old teachers, retired bosses or old neighbors? There are so many opportunities for us to sow the seeds of happiness in other people’s lives. Are we making full use of it?
Remember: A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love St. Basil quotes
Begin the practice of keeping a track of all the wedding /funerals that you have been to. Note the dates and on the first anniversary do make it a point to wish the couple who got married. Similarly do get in touch in with the family who have lost a loved one and tell them that you too remember that a year has passed by. The gesture will never go unappreciated.
Plan a party and invite as many people with whom your have had close interaction or shared an excellent rapport some of whom you may have lost touch with. E.g.A cousin of mine, has recently taken the initiative to have a family get together of the descendents of his grandfathers 50th death anniversary. It has been met with great enthusiasm since more than three fourths of the family members are living abroad and find this a great opportunity to meet up with long lost relatives.
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