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Being in the Now!

December 2007
Being in the Now!

As we come to the end of another year, one can’t help but to reflect on the year gone by and the progress we have made, and to make plans for the coming year(s). Many people take stock of their health with routine checkups, calculate their net worth, and set goals for the coming year. Many people feel a sense of regret because they are not advancing as fast as they would like in their work and finances, and life is passing them by.

Have you ever wondered what drives Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mukesh Ambani, or even Tiger Woods? They already have all the money they will ever need. They have all the recognition they could ever want, yet they strive for a little more—perhaps not in terms of acquiring more wealth, but making a difference in other areas of their lives.

I remember listening to a spiritual guru who asked an interesting question to a large audience a few years ago. He asked, “What would it take to fix you for good?” Is there any amount that if you had, you would not crave for anything else ever again? That really got me thinking. I guess it is just human nature that we always strive for more.

We like to feel like we are growing in all areas of our lives. That is why people who set goals are quick to set new goals as soon as they have completed their existing goals. So the question is, how much is enough? What will you do after you have acquired all the things you want? Most likely, there will be another list of things waiting for your conquest.

I can’t believe we were put on this earth just to hoard a bunch on stuff, or to work as hard and fast as we can on a continuous basis. Technology has made it possible for us to accomplish so much in so little time, yet we often feel like there isn’t enough time in a day to do the things we want to do.

If you recall the most peaceful time of your life, you probably weren’t in a hurry. You were content and happy with whatever you had. Sure, you had dreams, but you were in that moment on ‘now’ and you were happy ‘just because!’

Sometimes the best thing we can do is to slow down enough to appreciate all the things in our lives and be grateful for our blessings. The world has always had turmoil and most likely always will. There will always be more things to do and to accomplish. I like the way someone once said that the best thing we can do with our lives is find ways to give it away. As you reflect on the year gone by, and set new goals, set another goal to slow down and be in the now. You already have in you all you’ll ever need. Enjoy it! As the spiritual leaders say, it’s all we have.

Here’s to wishing all of you all the best of the Holiday Season.

                                                                                       ~ Rajesh Jyotishi

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