Inner voice: Work hard to know yourself and stay happy

  • Rameshinder Singh Sandhu, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jun 10, 2015 11:29 IST

“Without work life, all life goes rotten, but when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.” These were the words of Albert Camus, a French Noble Prize winning author and a journalist. These words truly mean a lot if thought through deeply by us. When I read this thought for the first time, it silently made me realise that so-called ‘journey of life’ can become very zestful and euphoric if we do what we like and what offers us ‘real happiness’.

This can only happen if we first religiously listen to our heart and mind and discover ourselves and our hidden talent. Sadly, many of us fail to discover ourselves as we are most of the time more curious to know and follow others, our neighbours, relatives, friends and end up being part of the same crowd rather than making efforts to make a unique mark in life. In this race, we do not even pause for a minute to ask ourselves, if the path we are following or want to follow is compatible to our interests or can keep us elated and make us taste success. Lao Tzu, a renowned philosopher and poet of ancient China once said, “Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.” That is why success, along with happiness in life, knocks only on the doors of those who have explored themselves and do what they best like.

I can’t hold myself back from sharing that I was touched when I saw Sushmita Sen’s interview, after she was crowned Miss Universe in 1994. These were her thoughts on happiness in life: “Happiness comes only when we listen to our heart and mind and not when we follow what the crowd does… If we are happy, we can achieve anything in our life and can successfully live life to the fullest.” I can’t agree more with her.

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