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This article of mine was publised by the TOI Gurgaon Times last year.
Are Ruk Jaa Re Bande
Its well said that “ We are running a Rat Race and even if we win we still remain a rat”. The global economic slowdown followed by job losses everywhere has also shown some good results. You have ample time to think, take stock of the situation and find out holistic solutions to it. I , who hitherto been a part of this so called “rat race” for almost a decade and after losing my job now , have realized some amazing facts , would like to share with others
Our materialistic society today is about getting more and more, with no end in sight. Sure, you can get the highest designations of the corporate world , get the best of the latest gadgets, more clothes, shoes, consumer durables, ornaments and the list goes on. This specially brings more pain once you get into the vicious cycle of consumer loans. This gets bigger and bigger and ends up eating most of your income, leaving nothing for your future savings/ rainy days. The question still remains, when will you have enough? Most people don’t know, and thus they keep buying more. It’s a never ending cycle. We have to get off the cycle by figuring out how much is enough? And then stop when you get there.
Though its easier said than done, but can be very well achievable .Under this present scenario, people fortunately or unfortunately, have got time for themselves. The biggest problem of our present style of life is that we don’t have an iota of time for ourselves. Stop and think for a while, how often we sit quietly and spend time with none other than us. Don’t you thank this recession for providing us with time to be spent with none other than us. We can question ourselves -how often we go for a walk in the park and listen to the sound of kids playing around, birds chirping etc. Until and unless we have time for our self, this life, for which we are running mad after, has got no meaning. I’m not advocating much of spiritualism here, but I have found that spending a little time with my inner self creates a peaceful simplicity rather than a chaotic confusion. This could be time praying or communing with God, or time spent meditating or journaling or getting to know you, or time spent in nature. However you do it, working on your inner self is worth the time. I have started learning the Drums, which I always dreamt of. The sheer joy of spending 30-40 minutes of your day where you forget everything in that moment is nothing less than meditation. I suggest, everyone should learn a musical instrument.
The so called busy-ness has eaten away our peace of mind, makes us exhausted and stressed out from the grind and the chaos everyday. We don’t have time for what’s important to us, for what we really want to be doing, for spending time with loved ones, for doing things we’re passionate about.
And yet, it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s possible to live a simpler life, one where you enjoy each activity, where you are present in everything (or most things) you do, where you are content rather than rushing to finish things.
Let’s take a look at some suggestions for living a simple, peaceful, content life , which I have started implementing and getting amazing results.
Lastly, make simplicity and frugality a way of life and promote it to others I have tried to put it across to you. It’s not just a matter of reducing clutter or saving money … it’s a matter of slowing down to enjoy life more, of savoring life’s simple pleasures, of rejecting on some level the materialistic culture we are all caught up in and embracing fellow humans instead. It is about changing our values and priorities. Think of a world, if everyone of us contributed a little towards this.