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Change your attitude

columns Updated: Jun 23, 2013 23:58 IST
Kiran Sabharwal
Kiran Sabharwal
Hindustan Times

Attitude defines life and life defines attitude. The quality of one’s life depends on the quality of one’s emotions and feelings. If anyone is habitually perturbed, indifferent and reluctant to invite new things, change cannot be expected. But if one creates interest in changing one’s way of thinking, one’s life will surely change to the extent of efforts one puts in.

Our mind is equipped with ‘two wolves’—one full of positive thoughts and the other with negative thoughts. They fight each other and the winner decides the direction of life.

There is no magic wand to change negative feelings, emotions and thoughts overnight but continuous effort to change the negative thoughts can bring a change in life. A regular dose of optimistic motivations and inspiring thoughts would slowly bring change in one’s life. One needs to disallow negative feelings and tendencies.

There is a lovely eagle story. An eagle can live for a maximum of 70 years. But in its 40th year, its long and flexible talons can no longer grab its prey. Its sharp beak becomes weak and its old and heavy wings don’t work, making it difficult to fly.

Then the eagle is left with two options - die or go through the painful process of change which lasts for 150 days. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on its nest. There it has to knock its beak against a rock until it plucks it out.

Then the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow; and then it will pluck out its talons. When its new talons grow, the eagle starts plucking its old feathers. And after five months, it takes its famous flight of ‘rebirth’, and lives for 30 more years.

Thus, in order to survive and live well, one has to change. We need to get rid of old memories, habits etc. Only freedom from the past burden can give us the advantage of the present.