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The silver linings of life

The journey of life could be made interesting and useful if one takes interest in what goes into it. It does not come on its own; one has to cultivate and work hard.

columns Updated: Sep 04, 2013 01:18 IST

The journey of life could be made interesting and useful if one takes interest in what goes into it. It does not come on its own; one has to cultivate and work hard.

When you face a problem, you should take it as a challenge and not as a deterrent. APJ Abdul Kalam’s latest book, My Journey — Transforming Dreams into Action, can help us reinforce your belief in the adage, ‘Blessing in disguise’. He wanted to be a pilot but could not because his standing in the merit list was one behind the last successful person. He was terribly upset but did not lose hope; and he worked his way up to become the ‘Father of missile technology’ in our country. And later, the President of the country, the highest post one could secure in the biggest democratic country in the world.

“I still remember the ache in my heart as I tried to make sense of what had happened. When a dearly- felt desire breaks up, one feels nothing but despair.” But he saw reason not to be bogged down. He made it a point that not being able to become a pilot was not the end of the world. There could yet be other things, bigger and better “out there”.

But one must keep in mind that the saying, ‘blessing in disguise’, does not work on its own; one has to take a positive attitude; something like, ‘What if I failed here, there are better things to be achieved in life’. And that something higher has to be pursued steadfastly under all circumstances.

Difficult moments in life provide one the chance to do things that one could have never thought of in normal circumstances.

If you try, and try hard, you have nothing to lose; but you stand every chance of gaining.

Every burden could be turned into a blessing; and that only by counting the blessings, instead of the woes one has had in life, one can be the master of one’s own destiny.