I have received several hundred e-mails from all of you wonderful Happionaires after my earlier post, and I am glad to see that in spite of so much turbulence there is also so much hope. This hope isn't just about money or wealth or the stock markets-but about life. One thing that I felt in so many of your e-mails is that each one of you has truly written to me from your heart.
Everybody smiles and is happy when the going is good. But the true power of smiling and being calm really helps when the times get challenging. All of us at some stage or the other will face challenging moments.
Moments when a part of us tells us that everything is over and we should give up, a part of us which wants us to be depressed, sad and gloomy. It could be with stocks, life, family, work, money, friends, health…..anything.
But in such times if we get ourselves together and tell ourselves that life is about challenges and we as humans are capable of doing anything that we want to. Everybody today who has succeeded has had their share of challenges and continues to do so. A life without challenges and difficult moments wouldn’t be as good, because it would be monotonous. The challenging moments, help us enjoy the good times even more.
Success is always sweeter when certain sacrifices have been made for it and please don't brood or worry about your past mistakes. Don’t worry about the past and simply learn from it and look at the future.
I can give you countless examples from my own life and the lives of so many other people, who have risen up from the most difficult situations. But instead of doing that, why don’t you look at your own life? Go back and you will see how you would have faced challenges and hardships. It might be in school, at college ,with work or at home. I’m sure that a bad report card in school you might have got in school, which might have upset you a lot that time, isn’t really that bad today. There is somebody out there who makes sure that even after hardships things go well.
Our own life has a lot to teach us and at the end of the day nothing is permanent. So why worry about something which isn't permanent? We should not get too elated when the going gets good and shouldn’t let our ego control our head. Similarly when the times get tough we should not think that the world is coming to and end and there is no hope left. What we can do is try to make the most of this one life we have and smile, be happy and help everybody in whatever little way possible.
Today more than ever our nation and in fact the entire world needs happiness, love and smiles. Why are young children giving up their lives just for the sake of exams or marks? Knowledge should be meant to enlighten and bring smiles on the faces of people and not take away their lives. Why are families breaking up? Why are children and parents having arguments? Why is there so much stress and depression around us?
Can we all decide to change all this and spread joy? Just a smile or small act of kindness to people around you can change a lot. Tell the people who have done so much for you, how much they mean to you. Jump with joy or dance to your favourite song you used to sing as a child.
You will realize that this life isn’t about being stressed and about building bigger houses and buying bigger cars. As long as we are happy from within the smallest things will seem very nice and lovely. If we are not happy the biggest mansions and cars will still not be able to satisfy us and give us peace.
The world today needs Happionaires most of all and I know together all of us can at least help everybody around us become Happionaires! Did you know that every time you are happy, people around you also become happier? Happiness is really very contagious. Let us all spread it!
One of the e-mails sent to me had something wonderful in it, which I would like to share with all of you.
"I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is precisely why I succeed." -- Michael Jordan