DISCOVERING THEHERO WITHIN

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Apr 2018 10:50:18


 

By T G L IYER,

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, to believe in the Heroic which makes Heroes,” said BenjamiN Disraeli. Whenever, you notice people supporting your higher values, you tend to elevate them in your mind. When you do so, such individuals begin to occupy space and time in your life, whether or not you have actually met them. They may become your heroes and you might give them authority over actions by attempting to live according to their values instead of your own.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that “Envy is ignorance and imitation is suicide.” Indeed, when you constantly try to become more like others, you are killing part of yourself. That does not mean, you can resurrect your authentic self and begin to honour it. Whenever you admire other people you have the same qualities within yourself. They have to be awakened and gradually you do things which are heroic. The purpose of your heroes is to wake you up, so that you can recognise your own strength and untapped potential. I read somewhere: “God may not be able to make you rich but He gives you strength to endure poverty.

God may not cure your illness but God can give courage to bear pain. If a man accepts Religion, he is not admitting weakness; he is displaying wisdom. Better be a sinner who knows he is a sinner than a saint who knows who he is. Becoming a better person should be our constant aim because in being better we become a superior individual and we realise it. All cannot be possessing the same truth as they would be tempted to defend that truth as the only valid one!” My grandfather used to say: “People who feel good about themselves are charitable, generous, more for giving, less defensive about mistakes, more accessible to change and better able to cope with misfortune and adversity. People who set themselves as good persons will be more open to suggestions of change.

A person, who sees himself as a good person believes in his capacity to become even better and thus grow and develop. A good person never poses as smarter, stronger but helps others to grow strong. Just like a motorcar is difficult to start on a cold morning, we have to keep warm for which you need culture which is the fuel of existence!” Success is not an exclusive club. It is open to each individual who has the courage to choose his own goal. Out of the forward motion, growth springs; out of it comes the human essence known as character. Ultimate purpose of life is to test the human spirit to develop out of it something better, more nearly perfect! Simplifying information is wisdom. It takes rain and sunshine to make a rainbow.

We know that there is no school where we can learn how to live. There is no manual, Rules or Law. First, improve the personality from individuality. Remove the unwanted parts and retain the essential qualities. All of us want to be happy but having lot of money is not the remedy. Eat a sound diet plenty of fibre, water and vitamin, rich deep coloured fruits and vegetables is bound to have a positive effect on our health and looks. There comes a time in every great champion when he has to battle with two opponents, one on the court across and the other within who wants to win but has not developed the courage to gather resources from within. But the truth is that no matter you can give a fight before going down.

My teacher used to say: “The greatest barrier to success is within yourself. What is preventing you from doing what you like is your belief that what is valid for others is not valid for you. We are to do what we wish. Get rid of our fear and we shall succeed. If our heart is not what we are doing, success will elude our grasp. Feed dreams and it will become real. Clean your finger before you point it at anyone”. Franklin Adams one said: “I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way. Also I have never allowed schooling to interfere with my education. Education is what remains when we have forgotten all that we have been taught. Also remember, that though all men are made of the same material, they were not cast in the same mould. Men are made by nature unequal. It is waste of time to treat them as if they are equal. Every man has a right to his opinion but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts. If fifty million say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. Truth is something different which one has to practice and discover.” ■