SELF RELIANCE IS THE HIGHEST VIRTUE

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BHASKAR JYOTI BORAH




"Rich are the diligent, who can command

 Time, nature's stock! and could his hour-glass fall,

Would, as for seed of stars, stoop for the sand,

And, by incessant labor, gather all." 

—D'Avenant

(Source: Self-Help by Samuel Smiles)

          Once upon a time a pair of doves laid eggs in the paddy field of a farmer. Within a period of one month of time the eggs hatched and their babies were born. When the babies started growing suddenly one day the farmer of the paddy field came with his son and started discussing about the harvesting of the crops. The father asked his son to manage some people from their village next week for harvesting the crops. Hearing this, the male dove became worried. However the female dove was very wise. She gently asked  her husband not to worry. One week passed. The children of the doves became bigger. Their wings and feathers were gradually developing. Again suddenly the farmer and his son came to visit their paddy field. The farmer enquired his son about managing labourers for harvesting. The son replied that the labourers are very busy these days, so they can come only next week. The farmer expressed his doubt and to re-ensure once again he asked his son, “Will they come for sure?” The son replied, “Sure father, they have promised me to come.” After that both of them left. This time the male dove became more worried and expresses his concern to his wife. The wife said to him gently, “Nothing will happen, don’t worry dear.” The baby doves kept on growing. They started flapping their feathers but still they need more time to be ready for a flight. Again the farmer came with his son to the paddy field. This time the farmer was angry and frustrated. He asked his son about the labourers to harvest the crops. The son replied that the labourers promised to come after one week only. Then the father replied, “Son, it seems we can’t rely on the words of the labourers. It will be better to inform our family members and come for harvesting within two –three days. The son agreed to his father. By the next two three days the baby doves almost become ready to fly. When the farmer came for the harvesting with his family members, the dove family silently flew away from that paddy field in search of another destination. The male dove on the way asked his wife, “How do you come to know that the farmers will not come for harvesting in the previous times that they were supposed to come? Then the female dove replied, “The previous two times they were depending upon others. But this time when they have decided to manage things by themselves then I come to know that they are going to do it.”

You are your biggest friend and you yourself are your biggest enemy. If your acts resonate with what you want in your life, you will succeed but if you do not take steps and rely much on external factors, your possibility of failure is more. Therefore, be conscious. Be conscious about what lifestyle do you want for yourself? What type of people you want to be surrounded by? What environment do you want to live in? What earnings do you want to create a better future? What Goals you want to achieve? Who are the people or mentors that can help you to achieve your goals? ........you need to find out all the answers of these questions and take action to create the conditions. Unless and until you move by yourself, no external factors can help you to make a move. It is You Yourself  who can lead Yourself  ‘to Success’ or ‘to Failure.’

"God helps those who help themselves," is a well-tried maxim. Samuel Smiles in his book “Self-Help” wrote, “The spirit of self-help is the root of all genuine growth in the individual; and, exhibited in the lives of many.” He also very rightly stated, “Help from without is often enfeebling in its effects, but help from within invariably invigorates.”

The first step to change, therefore,  must come from ‘oneself’. No external factor is permanent. You must find out consistent internal motivation for yourself deciding a goal to achieve that transforms you from your Lower Self to the ‘Higher Self’ without allowing self-doubts and fear, laziness and procrastination, chaos and indiscipline to snatch from you what you want from life.

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