Some years back, I came across a book, ‘Who Stole My Energy‘, by ‘Ariana Trinity‘, in which the author states that Understanding and Awareness are two basic tools to get through this life. In June 2010, when I went through a Faculty Development Programme, conducted by the then Uttar Pradesh Technical University‘s Value Education Cell at IIT Kanpur, this very perspective got re-emphasized.
‘Right Understanding’ is vital for realizing the core of our own-selves and for enriching our relationships, in both family and society as well as with the nature around us, for fulfilling our physical needs. We need the right understanding for fulfillment of our basic aspirations of perpetual happiness, prosperity and also for attainment of goals and objectives, that we decide to pursue.
Further, clarity about the role right understanding plays in our lives, dawned on me when I got an opportunity to teach the subject of ‘Human Values and Professional Ethics’ to engineering students. I realized that we act either from assumption or from understanding. When we act on the basis of assumption, the chance of being either right or wrong is fifty percent. If our assumption is correct, then things turn out to be OK, but if false, then we end up in difficulties. On the other hand, when we act from right understanding, the chance of our being right becomes cent percent. What it means is that, we need to always understand the problem rightly and then respond to it. No matter how good the solution to a wrongly understood problem is, it will always lead to a wrong result. Surprisingly, most of the time, a majority of us are not even aware that we are acting from our assumptions. We often hear people say, “Oh! I am feeling lucky today” when things go right but when things go wrong people have a tendency to blame it on the destiny saying, “Meri to kismat hi kharab hai or my luck has run out.”
In my experience, life is all about learning and growing. Life ensures our growth, by offering each one of us, many situations, with ample scope for learning. No situation by itself, is either good or bad; it is only, we who tend to term it as Good or Bad, depending upon our limited understanding. Each situation, is actually offering us a hidden opportunity, for our growth and development. How we unravel the situation and respond to it, is determined by our current level of understanding. So, the more in-depth the understanding of the situation, the better will be our response. The level of understanding is directly related to our level of awareness. If we give out our very best to each and every situation, with right understanding and awareness, then life becomes a fulfilling experience, in which irrespective of the result, we always emerge as a winner.
“Between (every) stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In those choices lie our growth and our happiness.”
So, if we choose to respond to each and every stimulus that this life offers, with the right understanding and awareness, then we can lead a high quality of life in terms of happiness and peace of mind.
Lastly; this post being the first attempt to share my views, I would like to dedicate it to all those people who joined me in my journey on this planet, enriched me and made a difference in my life.