The human mind is a powerhouse of variety of thoughts and ideas. Our mind does act like a pendulum which oscillates between two extremes. And, in the process of this extremism, many a times, we forget to learn the basic lessons of life. We do know, 'Life is very precious'... and जिंदगी ना मिलेगी दोबारा, ...दिल तो बच्चा है जी, ...यह दिल मांगे मोर ...
Still, the great predicament and confusion have always been: what do we do?
During the course of his journey of life Lord Buddha found a solution of this complex problem of life and propounded his philosophy of middle path which he defines as a path of moderation between the extremes of sensual indulgence and self-mortification. He says, our life is like the strings of Veena (Lute), the music comes only when the strings are neither too loose nor too tight, but just in the middle." This, according to Buddha, is the path of wisdom.
It's equally enlightening to know how some other luminaries opined on keeping a balance in our life:
• Aristotle says, "For both excessive and insufficient exercise destroy one's strength, and both eating & drinking too much or too little destroy health, whereas the right quantity produces, increases or preserves it. So, it is the same with temperance, courage and other virtues... This much then is clear: in all our conduct it is the mean that is to be commended."
• Zig Ziglar says, "I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can't truly be considered successful in your business life, if your home life is in shambles."
• Gordon B. Hinckley says, "The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner."
Good enough. We got some insights. But the issue is still open. How? We all have 24 hours a day, we all are social human being, we all have certain ambitions/aspirations/wishes in life, we all have certain obligations/duties/jobs which we wish to perform or are required to perform. Now, the question which comes to our fore more often than not, is how to manage this 24 hours properly to do at least reasonable justice to what is stated herein above? How to strike that delicate, yet effective balance between the various activities that we are to perform during that fixed cycle of 24 hours?
We may do the following: Divide 24 hours in three parts with occasional reallocation of plus/minus 10 to 15% depending upon some urgent requirements: 8 hours for vocation or profession or job etc., 8 hours with your family and friends for social, cultural, spiritual and/or other extracurricular activities and the remaining 8 hours for your rest including sleep. Yes, while following this routine, sincerity of purpose should get its due honour.
Brief Introduction of Milan K. Sinha:
Worked in senior positions in financial sector for three decades following three years of active writing in various newspapers and magazines. A post graduate in Chemistry from Patna University and also a graduate with Economics.
Presently, besides being a freelance writer/a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines also engaged as a Stress Management, Lifestyle Management & Wellness consultant, Motivational Speaker and Awareness campaigner.
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