Every waking moment is an opportunity to change our lives for the better. When we are young, we are told we must grow up and be an important person—a doctor, an engineer, a scientist, a sportsman, an actor, a musician, etc.
Maybe we are too young to form our own ideas about life. We are not experienced enough to know how to survive in this world, and we are open to guidance. But how much of that advice is really helpful? How much of that advice do we truly believe? Is it fair for us to live our parents’ dreams?
Most professional jobs require us to meet certain criteria, such as an expected minimum grade level. We either meet these criteria or we don’t. We succeed or we fail. We do not meet the expectations of others; we feel we are good for nothing. We are depressed and may end up hurting ourselves. We get sucked into all this because we deviate from our purpose in life.
The purpose we are born for is much more simpler than we realize. We are born to be happy, but not through materialistic paths. That kind of happiness is short-lived. It is linked to certain conditions that we grow accustomed to or become slaves of. The happiness that comes through helping others is much deeper. The smile we bring to the face of another is the one that stays longer in our hearts. The hand we offer to someone in need is the one that assures the innate goodness that exists deep inside us. These are things which nobody can snatch from us. These are qualities that will only grow stronger with time.
By helping others, we help ourselves. We become stronger, happier, and proud of who we are. That instills a confidence in us. We begin to believe in ourselves; we dare to go after big things in life. Suddenly our goals seem achievable. We will not run out of our enterprising energy because we draw our reserves from our own goodness. Many times we forget this but it is very easy to bring ourselves back on track. We just need to look for a genuine opportunity to help someone who deserves our kindness.





The Prism of Life (by Ansh Das, Signal 8 Press 2014)

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