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God has endowed all of us with the same things, be it physical or mental and all other things at our disposal. The way we perceive, the way we utilize all that we get, the way we act and deal with things that come up often is the difference between the successful and the not so successful. You are a success and you want to be more successful. You’re going up the ladder and you want to increase the velocity. You feel the need to solidify the certainty of your future and not take chances with your career in an uncertain, changing world. Too many responsibilities and crisis management are keeping you from focusing on important priorities. Time goes on and opportunities are being missed and your creativity is underutilized.

I often hear young people say they are BORED, bored with the work the routines in a day and eventually they seem to be bored with life as a whole. Primarily, I believe, most people who are bored have not built enough exciting things that they want to do into their daily action plans. Just for a moment let us look at another aspect that drains our energies and drives us more to boredom is PETTY ANNOYANCES. Much time is wasted agitating over petty annoyances. Getting caught in traffic, someone saying an unkind word or two or a sale falling through can send some people into a tizzy where they sacrifice their productive potential by focusing on their petty annoyances. To all of them I’d narrate this powerful quote, “I cried because I had no shoes until I met the man who had no feet” (source unknown) There is nothing called permanence. Life is a matter of continual building and re-building. Each of us has the opportunity to build something -- a secure family, a good reputation, a career, a company, a relationship with all other human beings. Some of those things can disappear almost overnight due to unexpected natural disasters (the Tsunami of last December, and the Kathrina are those that come immediately to mind), sudden financial losses, accidents and illness, conflict and war, and other unforeseen difficulties. And then we must work to re-build the best we can. What are we to do in the face of this never-ending cycle of birth, death, and renewal? Daniel Webster offered excellent advice, saying, 'If we work on marble it will perish. If we work on brass, time will efface it. If we rear temples, they will crumble to dust. But if we work on our own immortal souls, if we imbibe them with the highest principles, with just fear of God and love of our fellow man, we engrave on those tablets something which time and events cannot efface, and which will brighten and brighten to all eternity.

Nature reminds us once again that nothing in our physical realm is permanent. We are at the mercy of natural forces beyond our control or understanding. And we return to the work of re-building, with a painful reminder of the only permanence. FIRST OR LAST? Many have the phrase, “Today is the first day of the rest of my life”, prominently displayed. It’s a nice sentiment but it’s backwards. It promotes postponement and procrastination. Yesterday is a memory. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a blessing. That’s why it’s called “the present”. It’s a gift. I took that old phrase down and replaced it with, “Today is the last day of my life”. Think about it. How many of us would get upset about the petty little annoyances that tend to ruin our days if we believed that today was our last day? Live each day as if it were your last. It’s the most productive thing you can do.

Author : R Bharadwaj

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