Just Do It!

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Another chilly winter morning in Agartala, the sun trying to win over the clouds in the fight of superiority, the breeze has a tinge of coolness, in the distance some fog is still to be seen, the dew on the grass from the last night is evident, all make up for another normal morning in the scheme of life.

But this morning has something else to offer to me, this morning is different from just any other mundane morning. (Don't all of us experience something alike at some part of our life?). This morning has something to offer; the sun has risen and with it has come "The Moment". A decision has to be made and quickly.

Sitting by the window in my room, staring at the partially cloud covered November sky, umpteen thoughts just pass by in my mind but one of these thoughts stand alone, staring my conscience in the eye, waiting for a confrontation.

I had been presented with an opportunity by one of my peers to be part of one of his initiatives. I had said, "Alright buddy, I would love to contribute my share, I'm in". This was yesterday, but even before I got around to preparing for the job, a question popped up in my head: "Will I succeed at it?" My cerebrum has been in overdrive since then, all I sought was a satisfying answer but no matter how I thought or how much I thought, I couldn't get myself anywhere. To say that I was confused, perplexed, or bamboozled would be to put it mildly.

This morning, as I said, was a different one, not because it came with an opportunity but also because it came with an answer. The answer had been there all along only I was way too insensitive to see it.

In a journey, it is not the destination that holds the prime importance but it is the journey itself. When travelling you observe, you analyse, and you learn. The destination is just the last piece in the puzzle, the journey is the complete puzzle itself .The feeling of 'Eureka' one has after completion could not have been possible without reaching the destination but without a journey there would have been no destination.

Similarly, in a job, the result is not the key to satisfying you, instead it is the effort that you put into the job that counts, success follows suit.

Putting all our energy into the task at hand seems a better option rather than investing it into unproductive thought process that renders us confused, angry and unmotivated.

It is a choice that we have to make, a choice between peace and restlessness, between productiveness and counter productiveness, between a straight solution and a vicious circle or simply put, it is a choice between right and wrong. This choice is for us to make, no other living being is going to make it for us because no one else can except for yourself.

Even the Hindu mythology addresses this problem in its own way. In 'Shrimad Bhagwatgita', lord Krishna tells Arjun that one should keep doing his karma without worrying about the results because many a times the result is not for us to control, so it is in the best of our interests to stop being apprehensive about the outcomes and instead just go on doing our karma as this karma is in our own hands, so let us do our deeds and leave the rest to the almighty.

All of us are told that it is important to dream, that without a dream there can be no vision. Well, that may well be the case but having said that we have to remember that to make the dream come true, a lot of work has to be put in and when this work is selfless and honest then the manifestation of the dream turns out to be GRAND, for the lack of a better word.

Not that I hold anything against expectations, it is completely human to expect dividends for the work that one has put in but to let that feeling take control of us is very undesirable and eventually very painful.

The only way we conquer challenges presented before us is by 'Doing' our share of karma earnestly and honestly. If we are willing to put our 100% each time we set out to meet the challenge, then there is no stopping us from succeeding at it. So at the end of the day, we just need to 'DO' it.

Abhishek Kumar is a student of Mechanical Engineering Department at NIT in Agartala, Tripura.


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