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Prisoner of excuses

At times we become prisoners of our excuses and try to look for reasons for not doing what we should be doing. We invent convenient excuses for not taking up a task and keep on postponing it. PP Wangchuk writes.

delhi Updated: Aug 15, 2011 22:32 IST
PP Wangchuk

At times we become prisoners of our excuses and try to look for reasons for not doing what we should be doing. We invent convenient excuses for not taking up a task and keep on postponing it.

One way of doing this is to say that the situation is not good and that it would be better to wait for another day, another time. And thus we lose days and months waiting for the right time for action. In the process, we lose several chances for “achievements” that could have been ours.

Aren’t we told to remember that tomorrow never comes? And even if it comes, things may not be any better, or may be worse. That is why it is said that if you don't do today's work today, you have missed a chance to do a thing that could have made a big difference in your life.

So, wisdom lies in letting things and situations be as they are because they too have reasons for what they are and where they are. You must make the best use of whatever situation you have to deal with. Once you take up your task, there is always a possibility that the situation that you found earlier unfavourable may turn out to be quite good enough to be in your favour.

And you are too happy to carry out the task at hand.

One must remind oneself of what Horace had said, "Seize today, and put as little trust as you can in the morrow." It gives us the message that tomorrow you don't know; and what you are certain about is today. Exploit it and get the best out of it. And if you have tomorrow to deal with, it is a bonus.

Our sages tell us that dedication and devotion can get one whatever one wants. With these two “tools” in life, one can even expect miracles. And what are miracles?

They are nothing but the fruits of hard work and perspiration. Nothing in life ever becomes real until you expect it and work for it wholeheartedly.