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Attitudinal gain

If we think seriously, it comes out clear that a human being’s basic needs are very few. And one realises the futility of giving undue importance to worldly goods.

india Updated: Nov 09, 2009 23:54 IST
Parambir Kaur

If we think seriously, it comes out clear that a human being’s basic needs are very few. And one realises the futility of giving undue importance to worldly goods. One also realises the importance of the truth behind William Shakespeare’s observation: “How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable, / Seem to me all the uses of this world.”

Limitless aspirations and their non-fulfilment is the root-cause of most of our worries. And when we are able to realise some of our dreams, we desire for more. Entrapped in this vicious circle, we fail to value and enjoy the bounties, which we have been endowed with.

In spite of there being many favourable conditions at our disposal, we are forever complaining. We even go to the extent of apprehending nonexistent problems.

We just do not take notice of those who are worse off than us but still are enjoying life to the hilt. They have limited needs and even take pleasure in helping the needy. They understand that real happiness lies in giving and not in receiving.

It is all a matter of attitude. We are so wrapped up in ourselves that we are absolutely indifferent to other people’s requirements and limitations. And to become really blissful, one has basically to forget oneself and limit one’s needs. The more we clutter our lives with worldly goods, the farther we go from contentment. A good part of life goes waste in chasing these nonessentials.

A kind and sensitive disposition are prerequisites for a blissful existence. Nature has blessed us lavishly, with such bountiful treasures free of cost but we tend to take them for granted.

We just have to count our blessings. We can ask ourselves, “Do I really deserve what God has given?” and, “What if I were deprived of all these favours?”

A sense of gratitude is sure to follow these thoughts. One might become more humane. The lower the limit of requirements, the higher the level of happiness. And that will surely result in a better life.