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Have the will to win

columns Updated: May 03, 2013 01:43 IST
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Life is not always smooth. If it gives you happiness, it also brings a lot of miseries. One needs mental strength to face them. A weak mind that is unable to withstand suffering invites only more miseries.

What happened to Dronacharya when he heard the news of his son Ashwathama’s death? He lost his confidence on account of grief and lost his life.

Anger, grief, hatred, jealousy, ego, fear and inferiority complex are some of the obstacles which make a person weak and bereft of confidence.

But there are people who maintain equanimity even in the midst of crisis. When Sardar Patel was arguing his case in court, he received a telegram carrying the news of his wife’s death.

He was not perturbed by this and continued to argue, won the case in favor of his client and then broke the news of his wife’s death.

That is the sign of a healthy mind. Such people never lose their self-confidence in the midst of a crisis.

Success and failure are inevitable in life. Such a rare human birth is not meant for committing suicide. We have no right to destroy this body.

It is a precious gift of God given to us to make the best use of it to achieve great things.

Failures in examinations, a little scolding from parents, a petty quarrel with friends, a temporary financial problem, failure in love affairs, inferiority complex and unemployment are some of the common problems we all face at some point.

We should remember that for every problem, there is solution. We need patience, hard work and confidence. Let us develop mental strength and courage to face problems and they will disappear.

As Swami Vivekananda said, “What makes you weep, my friend? In you is all the power.”

Yes, given the will to surmount difficulties on one’s journey on this planet, one can face any problem and be a winner.