24 Mar 2014

#56 Nothing Comes Easy To Anybody

Nothing comes easy to anybody

It is cent percent true that nothing comes easy to anybody. The masters of the fields were once the beginners and it is the consistency in their efforts which has transformed them into masters. As very aptly quoted by Neil Armstrong, “This is one small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind.”Every beginning is just an ordinary but if it is continued cautiously, it produces extraordinary results. It is always not the result that matters but the desire to begin something.
To start or initiate anything, it requires a great courage. Breaking the ice is not always easy no matter how easy it might seem at first. As it has been very wisely remarked, “The smallest of actions is always better than the boldest of intentions”. All the greatest ideas remain ineffective until those are converted into actions. Our mind always tries to portray our own selves. In this act of creating an ideal image of our selves, the mind restricts us from doing many things which later take the shape of fear or aversion and these fears (actually the myths created inside the mind) start to haunt us for rest of our lives. In this world of friction, nothing can be done without putting an effort in the direction to overcome it.
The famous idiom “Rome was not built in a day” gives an impression so appropriately that it requires a sincere and systematic approach to reach the destination. In an interview, the famous TV presentator Oprah Winfrey revealed her fear about public speaking. It was difficult to believe that she used to be afraid of speaking in public in her past. The one who was once afraid of stage or public speaking is one of the most famous TV show hosts now and all these have not happened over a night time. Overcoming this fear and converting this weakness to strength might certainly not have been an easy task for her. There are numerous such examples around us.

Nothing happens by chance or luck as very well remarked by a Buddhist sage, “Every arrow that hits the bull’s eye is the result of one hundred misses.”  Experiences of life are the greatest teachers. If a person is wise, he might certainly have devoted his time to grasp the wisdom of life. If someone is a brilliant dancer, then it is certain that he/she has always showed interest to develop this quality. Sports person toil day and night to build up their stamina and bring glories to their countries in various international and national competitions. If someone has a high level of maturity, it might be because he has always tried to take the lessons of life more seriously. In this discussion, nothing can be a better example than Mother Nature where numerous life processes are continuing ceaselessly otherwise we would not have survived.

The driving force behind any action is effort. If you try to analyze the priority of words- HARD WORK and LUCK (say on the basis of their positions in dictionary) you’ll find that the word HARD WORK precedes the word LUCK in the dictionary. It gives an indication that before leaving anything to LUCK, we must WORK HARD. This can be very well substantiated by one of the Shlokas of Sanskrit, “Nahi Suptasya Sinhasya Pravishanti Mukhe Mriga”.It means the deer (or prey) does not itself comes near the mouth of a sleeping lion. The king of the forest Lion will die if it relaxes inside the cave.

 Every man has been gifted with a unique set of qualities by Almighty. We can never expect these qualities given by God to develop automatically without our efforts. In fact, it requires a great dedication and devotion in our act in furnishing them. Effort has no voice but the result (of that effort) has. In other words, results are only apparent but not the efforts. If the efforts have been sincere, then the favorable results are bound to come. Quoting the words of Sri Aurobindo, “Everyone has in him something divine, something his own, a chance of perfection and strength in however small a sphere which God offers him to take or refuse. The task is to find it, develop it and use it.”

Concluding this article with the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ……
The heights by great men reached and kept
    Were not attained by sudden flight
But they, while their companions slept
     Were toiling upwards in the night.

Swati Sarangi


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