I stare at the blank page in front of me, both literally as well as metaphorically. It is the first day of a New Year. I know pretty well I am not going to write another set of resolutions, having long realised the futility of this exercise. But I do want to scribble a few thoughts, which would be more than ephemeral & fleeting. Thoughts, which could serve as a reference point, a lighthouse through the year ahead. And may be beyond.
“Happy New Year” isn’t that the most common greeting that we begin the year with? And despite all the hoopla we’ve created around it, is the world a happier place? Are we happier as individuals? I am afraid an honest answer would be a resounding no. The most natural thing would be to look for reasons why it is so and how we can be happier.
The most important reason for our unhappiness to my mind is imbalance. Our life is made up of three major components: physical, emotional and spiritual. They are like the legs of a tripod, each playing its critical role in making the entire structure stable. If, as often happens, we neglect any one of them life becomes shaky and insecure.
Imagine using the best wood, polish etc in making one of the legs very strong while the other is in a state of utter neglect, would such a structure be stable? How then do we expect our lives to be happy and contended while as generally is the case overemphasising the physical aspect of it. We pay the greatest attention to the superficial; our clothes, looks, cars, homes, vacations etc while paying little attention to the emotional and probably completely ignoring the spiritual dimension of our lives.
Balance doesn’t happen by accident, it can only be achieved by design. One has to consciously keep all three in focus and work on them. Two words consistency and discipline make sure we do that. If our wish of a happy year is to come true we need to focus on these three dimensions in a disciplined way and consistently – one day at time. The result; when we look back on the 365th day, we see our happiness has increased incrementally and accumulated bringing the greeting alive. Happy New Year.