“Most of us have been leading a sorrowful life soaked in frustration and dejection. A few of our worries may have a justified cause, but many of them are imaginary and illusory that we ourselves have voluntarily invited and invented”, says a Buddhis t Zen scholar. In my opinion, all of us should agree with him.
Recently I read a book – “Don’t Worry” authored by a Buddhist scholar in Japan. According to the author the secret of our success lies in living our life fully, concentrating only on the present, ignoring the Past and shedding fear of the Future.
An English maxim says – “A bird in hand is worth two in the bush”. Our present is the bird in our hand. The past is a bird flown away. The future is a bird yet to be hatched. Zen philosophy says “Always exis t in your breath”. One should think deeply and infer what it implies. It advises us to deal with the present just like the young men who tame the ferocious animals in a bull-fight. That skill would help us achieve success.
People who live with a balanced s tate of mind, self-control and tireless efforts are sure to succeed in life. Cultivating all these as a regular habit would keep failures away. No one should forget the golden words – “The fruit of labour is success”.
It is said“jealousy is a green-eyed mons ter”. We should be far away from it. Envy is the fire which can completely singe us. Envying others hinders our success. We become inactive and stop thinking about our progress. A few failures does not mean the end of the world. Getting upset with the growth of others is meaningless, indeed.
Our perspiration and perseverance would help us reach our target. But can we reach our destination without travelling? Every giant leap has to begin with the first step. “Never-say-die” spirit is the key to success. Like a brave soldier who madly runs towards his target, we have to rush towards our determined goal. If we do so, how can success evade us?
Buddha, the first great rationalist of India, once said – “If you are able to perform a task repeatedly without a break, every task in life would become a child’s play for you.” A proverb in English says – “If you don’t use it, you will lose it”. For example, the walking exercise. Regular walking is ideal in all respects for a healthy body. But if we give up the habit out of lethargy we are ruined. Consistent efforts alone can help us achieve success.
“Serious, Sincere, Sys tematic Service
Surely Secures Supreme Success”
However eminent and experienced a doctor might be, in a maternity home, it is the woman who has to endure pain and deliver herself of a child. Similarly, none causes our success or failure. We determine it. Our success depends not on any inspiration – but on our perspiration. That makes our life lovable.