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Welcome all changes

india Updated: Jan 24, 2012 23:01 IST
VN Chhibber
VN Chhibber
Hindustan Times
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Welcome the New Year as all beginnings are good and auspicious. Change the calendar with gladness for a spiritual leader’s prophecy is that the year will be better: “In 2012, there will be higher awakenings; shifts in consciousness and new beginnings at all levels.”

Mark Twain had said: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.” He wanted us to be adventurous. And GK Chesterton felt: “The object of a New Year is not that we should have a New Year. It is that we should have a new soul.”

What Oren Arnold said about X’mas holds good for New Year too: “To your enemy, forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to a customer, service; to all charity; to every child, a good example; to yourself, respect.” Self-esteem ensures well-being. You have been gifted with a human frame that is His marvel of outer and inner engineering – strong exterior with tenderness within.

I attended a spiritual workshop recently. The participants owe their ‘metamorphosis’ to it. What we learnt is that we have to repose full faith in whom we believe. We may exercise patience for our prayers to be answered. Tolerance has high premium.

Travel light to go through life’s journey – with no heavy burden on lean shoulders. Take quick decisions, master emotions, discriminate between the real and the fake. Speak soft and sweet that is music to the ears.

In a relationship, contact with another through a firm handshake or warm embrace. Gift-giving is sign of intimacy of self with fellow beings. Forget, forgive and renew contacts. Along with physical obligations, we fulfill our spiritual duties also by making sure that we are as much in contact with Him as we are with family and friends.