Tuesday, January 03, 2006

When Inspiration Knocks...

Thus speaketh my soul:

If you’ve found what gives you real true everlasting joy, then forget everything else. Just follow your heart. Just immerse yourself in that one thing. Pursue that idea like it was your world. Be obsessed. Like it was the only thing. It will ‘succeed’. It will keep you alive. Truly alive, not just in plain existence. This extreme fixation will help you filter out the noise emanating from the external world – the world outside your passion – and concentrate on only those things that will help you build on your pursuit, on only those things that will aid you in your quest. Even the bare minimum necessities like food and water will fade into oblivion and cease to matter as much as it matters to a man without a passion in life. The only caveat being that the passion has to be ‘right’. It has to be built on strong values that do not interfere with nature. The passion cannot be one that causes harm to others. It has to be like the passion that Howard Roark had for architecture. The world may have made it difficult for him to live. But it did not affect him in anyway. And he did not let his passion affect anyone else in any negative manner. It was a natural passion that contributed to society and did not take away anything from it. Blessed is the man who finds his passion and then drowns in it without letting external factors distract him. The world would be a great place if everyone were to have a passion for life per se and a passion for a profession, both the passions built on strong values that celebrate the interdependencies of life and the need for mutual support (between man and man, man and nature, man and animal et al) for meaningful existence.

Whew! I couldn’t perhaps write like this everyday! So, you know there must be a reason (and inspiration) for me to have written this piece. I am coming fresh from the influence of a great book that I just finished. Success Vs Joy by Geet Sethi and Sunil Agarwal. I will write more about this book in the days to come. For now, I think it is a fantastic book that anyone who has an open mind should read. If you are not the materialistic types, you’ll most certainly enjoy the book. If you are one of the worldly types, but have an open mind, this book can change you (and your life). If you’re into sports, this book will move you as you’re most likely in love with sports for what it gives you in terms of joy rather than the by-products of money and fame that it brings along....

1 comment:

Sarita Shekhar said...

Geet Sethi's interview is amazing! Sure indeed, we have a lot to learn from him. Sometimes, we find ourselves heeding so much to pressure, that opportunities and interests simply slip our way...

Geet Sethi's message should be a constant reminder to the spirit...