By Nandkishore Tiwari
Many have confided in me that they had a good time even in this bad period – with a pandemic, lockdowns and economic losses – as they could help many including themselves in more ways than one. “But, looking at the quantum of suffering all around us, we feel guilty in speaking openly that we have enjoyed the lockdown period,” many confessed. In this lockdown period decision makers across professions, institutions and countries have found discrepancies in their priorities and activities they undertake to honour those priorities.
If your attitude lets you see opportunity in every challenge that life throws at you, then, you will see it as a positive outcome emerging from an otherwise killer pandemic which put people in a reflective mood where, locked down in their homes, they could think existential thoughts at leisure.
Many of those who had been living under the impression until now that the relationship between their day-to-day activities and their ultimate goal of life was perfect, have discovered gaps and made amends in priorities, activities and goals. I hope, their new-found awareness is not lost once we overcome the pandemic. Because, setting our priorities right is the challenge we face in all the roles we play in our lives. If our priorities and activities are set right, be it at a global level, on the local front or even as an individual in a family setting, then, most of our problems will meet their solutions.
Implementation of our activities is destined to become coherent the moment we define and agree on priorities. And retrospectively, all of us can verify that our daily activities are the most transparent evidence of our priorities.
Therefore, we should, personally and professionally, ‘acknowledge and reiterate’ the importance and purpose of essential activities we engage, commit and involve ourselves in, and execute them with total attention.
You may ask, if actions speak louder than words, why this ritual of ‘reiteration and acknowledgement’? Yes, actions speak louder than words but tools are also words – articulating and expressing intention.
‘Reiteration and acknowledgement’ is akin to taking a pledge and not forgetting it. It keeps our conscience as well as consciousness alive.
For example, my reiteration and acknowledgment is that only such writings may be termed essential which are of help to someone. But, I must be conscious of the fact that giving verdict over efficacy of any kind of help is the prerogative of the ones who receive help and not of the one who offers it. So, who will decide which is essential writing?
Self-realised ones write or sing out of bliss, ecstasy, unfolding of superconscious realisations and revelations within. It’s either their spontaneous expression as individuals or their love and compassion for one and all that find expression in words and ideas. Such writings establish ‘pure values’ in human consciousness. Therefore, you may say such writings should get priority in publishing but others for whose help it is ultimately aimed, may not agree to it. In such a scenario, can a society ascertain the essentiality and priority of any activity and move coherently?
‘Reiteration and acknowledgement’ through individual actions could mirror our collective consciousness, whether we are attentive to our priorities or have moved away from the centre of essentiality. Our every activity leaves a permanent footprint in our journey towards attaining the aim of life.
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.