What we aim to achieve in life has two connotations. One is optimism, or hope, that springs from doing a good job. Two, that we reap rewards for the sense of hope we carry and espouse in our mind and heart. The same thoughts occur in illness states too. All therapies endeavour at providing relief from pain, or ill-health.
Most often, we make progress; at times, we don’t. On occasions, we seem to reach the dead-end — a place with no hope. But, something happens, out of the blue, and hope revives like a breath of fresh air. The whole situation changes, and before you know what transformed the scenario, you are free from pain. This happens in cancer states too — it is called remission — when terminally ill patients, who are most likely to kick the bucket, turn things around, as if by divine design, and begin to lead a life free from illness and pain.
All of us go through troubles, now and then — be it career, familial, or financial distresses. It takes a great deal of courage on our part to reflect, when we are in deep trouble, and connect with the progress we have made from the time we started. This helps. We may have also begun with nothing by way of direction, or investment, but we are where we are today by the dint of our hard work, or drive — even some luck and pluck.
We need not be great, or possess the legendary tag, against our name — we can all be Narayana Murthys in our own small ways. How? By facing problems head-on and not getting overwhelmed by our difficulties. When we imbibe and express positive feelings and thoughts, we are able to alleviate the sensitivity of being ‘besieged’ by our own dilemmas. This is best achieved by identifying the concerns that cause the maximum amount of stress in our life, discovering different ways of managing them and reducing the sum total of self-criticism, or self-disgust, because we are not doing as well as the other person in the neighbourhood, or the workplace. Remember, problems pummel everyone and no one is exempt — but, do bear in mind that they too shall pass.
It is a cliché, all right, to say that the tough get going when the going gets tough. When were times trouble-free? Life has never been a merry-go-round since the dawn of civilisation. Our forebears often related to stress as emanating from a prowling monster. We relate to stress residing, or emerging, from our own ‘demons’ marauding in our mind, or from others. Yet, have we not overcome our fears and ‘beasts,’ within our emotions, from time to time, and managed to survive and climbed the ladder of success? It is a simple ‘lead’ — growth is possible only when you maintain a sense of optimism.
Hope is not only optimising our resources, but also giving it the thrust, as it were. When hope is optimised, it gives us the strength against stress. It motivates us to overcome difficulties. It eases the song of our distress or emotional health. Most of the illnesses, that we are vulnerable to, occur in the mind. It is hope that propels us to stretch beyond our present situation. It ignites the future for us in the most powerful manner and helps us to wade through crises. Hope is a defending factor. It tells us that life is never reasonable, but it is wonderful — and, things will only improve when we sport a ‘will’ that is spirited and when the spirit to do our best, come what may, is willing.