Life is never without a challenge. The reason is simple — some things work at times, while some don’t at times. Some objectives, if not intent, likewise, reach the high point, while some end up in failure. The outcome is predictable — we celebrate when we accomplish something. We, likewise, withdraw into our shell when things don’t work the way we want them to.
Success, it is rightly said, propels us to reach the next level. It enables us to feel worthy and deserving. When success becomes a habit, one knows that they are gifted and accomplished. Picture this — when failure becomes a part of us, we feel low, morose, and sometimes desolate. It is a wobbly, or undulating, feeling — because, success and failure are the two sides of the same coin. It takes a great deal of composure and also equanimity to treat success and failure with the same purpose. This isn’t easy, because we are all pumped-up with our own medley of emotions, perceptions, and bias. Is there a way, a middle path — something between the two opposite situations? There is — provided one looks out of one’s own self-imposed cocoon, without asking for someone else their cup of joy, or empty one’s cup of gloom.
It does not take lifting iron at the gym to change one’s thought. It just takes a simple thought to change our life. That thought is reality, balance, and candour — a ‘ken’ to be fair, non-judgmental, and open to taking the rough with the smooth, and the smooth with the rough, with balanced equability. When one instils and engages oneself with such natural flair to taking everything with a smile, not a hurting grunt, one would begin to treat success and failure with a fine sense of level-headedness. This is simply because neither of them is permanent, nor enduring, thanks to the vicissitudes of life, not to speak of career, or just anything else.
It is also rightly said that failure is the condiment that gives success its flavour, or success is the spice of life that quashes the disagreeable traces of disillusionment. We would do well to remember that when we aim for something, we are often prone to making a host of unconscious pledges while thinking that things will work for us anyway, or somehow, or the other. The sad part is when things don’t happen the manner in which we would want them to, we blame others, not ourselves, for being awkward, or deprived of a helping board, or hand. More often than not, we charge, or find some fault with our karma, or the invisible power that balances the universe — a doctrine that relates to the belief that all of us have taken a different path in life, but in some way, or the other, we are all linked, because we have created our destiny. Hence, our fate is fixed — unless we change.
The karmic tenet also emphasises the preamble that for every action there is always a reaction — the ‘cause and effect’ blueprint. When our actions create a ripple-effect in the universe, it conforms to the eternal tenet that our emotions and actions are powerful. They have energy; they also have an echo-like purpose. In other words, it means that our thoughts and feelings profile the world within us, one at a time, and whatever wedo will in the fullness of time return to us. What does this connote? That it is up to us to realise and act upon them, because we are all endowed with the power of now — to choose our ‘best’ path with positive feelings.