Lessons of life.
1. Slow and steady wins many a race. Whoever said, ‘do today, what you may do tomorrow; do now, what you may do today’ was wrong. (it was Nehru. Lo, he couldn't get even that right)
2. Do not underestimate the importance of propriety. It may not mean much to you but people you meet may form first impressions based on how 'properly' you speak and conduct yourself. People don't have the patience to examine your character and your heart of gold. Your outside has to be polished first.
3. You may use middle class only to refer to your economic status. Do not use it to justify your shoddiness. In all else - attitude, behaviour, etiquette and taste, you are expected to be and must strive to be high class.
4. Abstinence is important so you you don't indulge excessively.
But abstinence too when practised in excess, is bad, for it kills the joy of living.
You must live life creating beautiful memories, so you may look back and smile upon them. But if you abstain from everything that is good, fun and pleasurable, you cannot possibly create beautiful memories and when you look back, you will find yourself looking at an arid desert.
5. Practising morality is easier than understanding it.
6. Morality must be practised with skill. It is an act of balancing.
You must strike a balance between what life denies you and what you deny yourself.
You must allow(others and yourself) transgressions, to compensate for what life holds from back you.
7. All of us are exposed to the same chemicals, toxins, germs, infectants; some of us catch diseases while others don't. The difference is in immunity.
Direct all your efforts towards improving and strengthening your immunity. With yoga, pranayam, natural foods, ayurvedic preparations and so on.
Do not go about sterilizing your atmosphere. With sanitizers, disinfectants and cleaners.
You will be killing good germs along with bad ones, plus, you will be pumping more chemicals into your already polluted surroundings.
8. No matter how far fetched, other-wordly God and spirituality may seem, take a baby step on the spiritual path in this lifetime. The universe will take care of the rest of your journey.
A few minutes of pranayam, meditation everyday, will do.
9. Give people only as much respect and importance as they are worth. You give them more, they will not know how to handle it and start taking you for granted and treating you lightly.
10. Don't be a fence sitter. You will belong neither here nor there. The people in your life will be half truths and your experiences and expressions, shallow and impoverished.
When there is ambiguity or obscurity about your station, many you draw into your life will be irrelevant and the relevant ones will not be sure enough to come. Or, there will not be room enough for them.
Determine your station and stand there firm and clear. The clutter will go and meaning, arrive.
Keep learning. Should I say happy new year?