Happiness Lies Within You
Time being present enables us to be contented all the time. Constant happiness can only be experienced when we are present. Why? All sadness/regret is based on something in the past that has already happened and all fear is based on something in the future that has not yet happened. If we are pre-occupied with the past or anticipating the future, we may miss opportunities that are present right now.
Every human being wants love, peace and happiness. In peace there is happiness and the result is love. One needs to have peace inside first - if this is missing then the intellect wanders. There is no security or support experienced. Without security one feels weak. Happiness is an instinctive quality of the soul; it can be accessed by re-learning and putting it into practice. We need to spend more reflective time to get to know ourselves. Don't look outside, introspect, and my understanding tells me that love, peace and happiness are all inside. But in order to access these qualities, one needs understanding, i.e. self realization.
Experiencing happiness forms the key element of most of our pursuits in lives, since the time we are born. Remember, that no one or nothing in this world can make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Being happy is a choice - a choice to care for the mind and the inner self. The first and most important step is to understand the inner self – the spiritual entity. Most of us wait for that perfect job, that dream house, an ideal life partner or a relationship, a perfect healthy body to be happy. We postpone our happiness into the future, instead of appreciating and enjoying the present moment. Enjoy the journey to achieving goals of life. Embrace the beauty of the imperfect world. Don’t put your happiness on hold till everything in your life is perfect. Be happy now!
The 20th of March, is marked as the International day of Happiness. Governments all over the world are beginning to recognize the relevance of creating and sustaining the happiness of the citizens, which is now influencing the public policies. Happiness and wellbeing of the people are the new indicators to measure the country's actual progress. Stop complaining about the government or their policies. Be grateful for everything you have. Each morning be grateful that you are alive. Be grateful for the gifts of life – no matter how big or small. Look around to see the ones who are deprived. So many things we may have taken for granted. Take time out and be thankful for them. We live in a wonderful and beautiful world; yet, we spend most of our time unaware, nose down, like grazing sheep.
Every morning when I begin my day welcoming & greeting my students & staff at the main gate of senior school, it gives me immense pleasure. I feel rejuvenated seeing my little ones from junior school enter the campus with such enthusiasm. The twinkle in their eyes and their radiant smile makes my day. Take time out, look around, notice and appreciate the wonder of our world around us. Breathe; take in the incredible multiplicity of life forms, the colours, and fragrances. Look at the majestic trees; enjoy the smell of grass and coffee.
Remind yourself of the goodness of life! Start the day by refreshing your mind, having some silence, filling yourself with light and energy, and with the positive intention that this day you will learn and experience new and wonderful things. Empowering your day is also about recharging and renewing your depleted energies. I would like to conclude, chasing pleasure is not happiness. Happiness is a feeling of contentment, when your life is just as it should be, when your life fulfils all its needs. Sorrow is due to dependency. Happiness is not dependent on "anything" or "anyone". Happiness is only possible when we are able to accept everyone as they are, at every moment, in every situation. That means an end to judging or resisting others, an end to complaining and blaming, an end to criticizing and controlling and an end to competing with anyone."
Mr. Naresh Chopra
(Senior School Administrator)
St. Columba's School