“Do not consider any vice trivial, and so practice it; do not consider any virtue trivial and so neglect it.”– Chinese Proverb-
Shortly before George Bernard Shaw died, someone approached and asked, “You have known all the great men of your time, who have shaped the destiny of the world. Now, if you could be born again and re-live your life, as any one of your choice, who would it be?” Without a moments hesitation he said “If I could re-live my life in the role of any person I desired, I would want to be the man George Bernard Shaw could have been, but wasn’t”.
It is only when we can look back and think, that we become aware, how much we have missed over the years, by not waking up to realize our own full potential and for not changing ourselves, while we could, to the highest level of our capabilities.
We cannot accomplish anything, greater than what we are. It is indeed a tragedy to observe people struggling to improve their circumstances without giving a thought to improving themselves. It is elementary, that we should put ourselves under the microscope for observation and from time to time engage in self analysis with complete honesty and humility, so that we know what we have to do and must do to become better individuals.
The One and Only Sure Way Towards Self Improvement
Self Realization is the only sure way towards self improvement.
This has to become a continuous and self committed process. To be yourself and to be the best of your own self is the only sure way to live a happy and spiritually enhanced life. A peacock looks beautiful and charming only when it spreads its wings and walks like a peacock. If it tries to copy the mannerisms of another beautiful bird it will fail miserably and not make any impact of its own graceful personality.
Along with awareness must come flexibility and the burning desire to become a better person. Some people learn from the mistakes and experiences of others. Most learn from their own mistakes and life experiences. Still, there are some who refuse to learn at all. They probably feel that there is no real need for them to improve and become better individuals than what they already are. For them time shall not wait.
Self realization is a game equally won and lost in the mind. It takes courage to take the hard decision of self improvement. We must act only when we are prepared in order to get the best of what this universe has to offer.
GOD has given us a world that nothing but our own folly and our refusal to benefit from our experiences, keeps from being a paradise. The longer we live, the more we realize the impact of this truth. This small but powerful poem sums up the importance and urgency of acting while there is still time.
“The clock of life is wound but once,
And no man has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour.
To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed,
To lose one’s health is more,
To lose one’s soul is such a loss
That no man can restore.
The present only is our own,
So live, love, toil with a will,
Place no faith in “Tomorrow,”
For the Clock may then be still.”
~ Robert H. Smith
Are you on the path to self realization? If so, what experience has led you to this journey? Please share your thoughts in the comments. Your experiences will help us all on this path to Self realization and Self Improvement.
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