What’s my calling?
To face dejections appalling
Few discover it late
Mine continues to evade
My pricking conscience
Without being pretentious
Questions the soul
Is it justified in expecting a dole?
None to haul over the coal
Whoever with a nonexistent goal
and lackadaisical attitude, the life path stroll
Success keeps a distance of a barge pole
Each one is blessed with some aptitude
Lame are excuses of Ineptitude
Rust gathered must be shorn
To put to use, skill ought to be honed
Let go of the mundane rigmarole
Creative pursuits shall put you on a roll
A little effort and jostling
Of the mind, unravels a genie named “calling”.
Why do most of us find life boring, even depressing? The robotic pattern of waking up every morning, rushing to work and going through the motions at work can be mind numbing. What is lacking is inspiration. To be inspired you need to expand your mind. Think beyond yourself. Have a vision beyond your individual needs and aspirations and encompass global well being. This vision must translate into a goal that is pursued with relentless focus, deep devotion and hard work. Then you will be so fulfilled at work that you will no longer need a week end. The annual vacation will become redundant as you vocation becomes a source of joy and excitement.
When you do not have a higher ideal, your thoughts gravitate to just your well being. You become obsessed with yourself and fail to see anything beyond the next meal, the next movie to watch. Every other person becomes a competitor. You feel insecure. You imagine, everyone else is out to get you. All your energies get wasted trying to protect yourself from imaginary enemies. Cut off from reality, you sink into an abysss of self-pity, self-obsession and finally self-destruction.
On the other hand, the moment you think beyond yourself, you feel energised, enthusiastic, exhilarated. A higher ideal unlocks your potential, releases energy and gives happiness. All selfish people are unhappy. Selflessness is the key to happiness. The world needs highly skilled people. We need ordinary people with extra ordinary motivation. You can achieve exceptional results if you are inspired with a higher ideal. Replacing inspiration with information has lead to knowledge being viewed as drudgery, rather than as a pleasure.
The highest inspiration is the spiritual goal. How many of us wake up inspired, looking forward to a day of service? Life changes magically from boredom to excitement when you are inspired to serve. Inspiration gives ordinary people courage and hope to make life better for themselves and for future generations. Find inspiration and life will transform into an exciting adventure of self-discovery.
When I survey my life it seems to me to be a useless one, devoted to impossible ideals. My activities continue from force of habit and in the company of others. I forget the despair which underlies my daily pursuits and pleasure. But when I am alone and idle, I cannot conceal from myself that my life has no purpose and that I know of no new purpose in which to devote my remaining years.
Failure in life is not final defeat. Failure means that a man has failed in achieving the first choice but he still has the second choice. For example, consider someone who is a voracious reader and by his/her own confession their study was done out of habit. Habit is a recurrent unconscious pattern of behaviour that is acquired. That becomes their weakness. . They studied a lot but merely out of habit, rather than the way of conscious planning. If you do something as a matter of conscious planning it will make you mind creative. But if you do something out as a habit then it will not develop creative thinking.
Doing something as a result of conscious planning develops a person’s mind and leads to creative thinking. A creative mind is a live mind which is in a position to take new decisions every moment. Experience shows that people generally lack creative thinking. The reason for this is that people mostly do not consciously plan their activities instead they work out of habit. Such people achieve nothing but force of habit. Conscious planning of life makes a person to achieve the goal and develop creative thinking.
Habit is a general term. It covers almost all human activities from becoming addicted to alcohol to being part of politics, everything comes under it purview. Those who do things by way of conscious planning can never become a victim of frustration.