Lord Krishna told Arjuna during the Kurukshetra War fought between Pandava and Kaurva, 'Do Your Best and Forget About The Rest.' Famous Bollywood actor Dev Anand was shown singing a philosophical song written by Sahir Ludhianvi in hindi film 'Hum Dono' released in 1961:
मैं जिंदगी का साथ निभाता चला गया
हर फिक्र को धुएं में उड़ाता चला गया...
What else is in our hand except to abide by this eternal rule of life? In this competitive world where only change is permanent, we only can take best of efforts to achieve the goal. If we succeed, it's fine, otherwise take it as part of your life.
See, how one of the greatest scientists, inventors and business leaders Thomas Alva Edison takes it when posed with a question about his failure for more than 10000 times before the land mark discovery of Electric Bulb. "I have not failed. I have just found 10000 ways that didn’t work."
Another example of Edison of his inimitable quality of taking the life easy even at a time when he was watching his own factory that was set up with huge investment burning to ashes right before his own eyes.
He commented, "Whatever happens, it's good. All my shortcomings are burnt. Now, by God's grace, I can start afresh."
And as we know, "God helps those who help themselves". Very interestingly, it came true when Edison invented phonograph just after a few weeks of this accident. You would be thrilled to know that Edison, who had formal education of only three months in a school because of his persistent questioning to his teacher, in the end, had more than 1100 patents and fourteen companies including the famous General Electric to his credit.
If you look around, you will find several such geniuses who created history in respective fields of life that sometimes seem unimaginable.
There is no denying the fact that at times we get perturbed, confused, disillusioned as what to do now and what is the exit route. In such situations, take a few moments off, close your eyes and breathe long for some time. Also try to say to yourself: "what have you lost or going to lose that you are grieving for. What had you brought with you (at the time of birth) that you claim to have lost."
Life is no doubt complex but is equally full of suspense and surprises – that makes the life adventurous and guarantees it not to become insipid, stereotype, and boring. Each new day starts for us with lots of hope and concludes with some success, some failures and lots of dreams. In this daily process of desire, hopes and expectations on one side and accomplishments, despairs and newer experiences on the other side, in real sense, we could discover what the life is all about.
Finally, before ending this post, I cannot resist the temptation of sharing with you few lines of a song from Hindi film 'Piya ka Ghar' in legendry Kishore Kumar’s voice:
यह जीवन है, इस जीवन का, यही है, यही है, यही है, रंग रूप
थोड़े गम हैं, थोड़ी खुशियां, यही है, यही है, यही है, छांव धूप
यह जीवन है …
Milan K. Sinha is a freelance writer. He has worked in Banking and Insurance sector for three decades following three years of active writing in various newspapers and magazines. Presently he is engaged in stress management, wellness and awareness activities besides freelance writing.