Happiness is…

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“Happiness is the awareness of an overall and enduring state of satisfaction in a meaningful existence founded on truth.”

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Frédéric Lenoir: Photo Source  www.goodreads.com

Frédéric Lenoir (born June 3, 1962), philosopher, sociologist, author of numerous books including “Happiness: A Philosopher’s Guide” from which the above definition is cited (p.35). Originally published in 2013 in France as “Du bonheur: Un voyage philosophique” and later translated in 2015 by Andrew Brown, the book is truly a guide to what happiness is and how one can achieve it.

You too can be an Olympian…

Most of us around the world must have watched the recently concluded Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics games held at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. How can we forget the memorable performances especially by the likes of  Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter and also the planet’s fastest man; Michael Phelps, the  all time great American swimmer; Mo Farah, the British long distance runner;  and many others? These unforgettable performances must be still fresh on our minds.
As regards performance of Indian players, our chest must have swelled with pride when the Indian players like PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik received their medals. And, how can we forget the remarkable performance of Dipa Karmakar  and  Abhinav Bindra, who did exceeding well in Rio Olympics.  Additionally, Devendra Jhajharia, Mariyappan Thangavelu, Deepa Malik, and Varun Singh Bhatti did India proud by winning medals in Rio 2016 Paralympics.
Doesn’t the inspiring performance of some of our players indicate that we Indians are capable of winning and can do much better with belief in ourselves? Yes, we can if we decide to work hard with determination, dedication, and discipline and with right infrastructural support, we can achieve many more medals at Olympics.
Looking at the best of the best performing, you also might have, perhaps,  wished to participate in Olympics, and be an Olympian. Well, you could be an Olympian, but if you couldn’t be  then at least you could be like an Olympian. How? You too could also be like an Olympian by following the values , or universal principles, of Olympic and Paralympic games. Do you know as to what the values of these games are? Friendship, Respect and Excellence are the three Olympic values whereas Determination, Inspiration, Courage and Equality are the four Paralympic values. When we conduct our lives in accordance with these values, or principles, we not only excel on the sports field but also in every sphere of human endeavor and turn out to be winners.
Yes, you too can be an Olympian if you follow the Olympics (and Paralympics) values, or principles in your day to day life. Are you willing?

Everest Glory vs Human Life: Values Help Choose Right

Life, on May 21, 2016, presented Leslie John Binns, the British ex-serviceman, with a dilemma just about 450m away from the summit at Mount Everest. He was at a crossroads: whether to go for fulfillment of his long cherished dream of climbing the highest peak in the world, creating a history, and fulfilling his dream, or, to save the life of a fellow mountaineer, Sunita Hazra, an Indian woman, who had scaled the Mount Everest a little while ago, giving up on his dream. He had a very difficult choice to make, on the one side was glory of being one of those who had the rare distinction of climbing successfully the highest peak in the world and on the other side it was a call to save the life of a fellow mountaineer. And, he chose to save the life of the fellow mountaineer. Please click here to read the complete news item.

What does the difficult choice made by Leslie Binns tell us about him, his character, and values that guided him to make the crucial decision that saved a human life? Character, to me, is the sum total of values, the prime motivators deep within. Values that we live by, define who we are, what our character is like, and help us arrive at a decision. How we respond to a difficult and challenging situation brings out our character.

Leslie Binns, I believe, was being driven by values like Courage, Compassion, Kindness, Sacrifice, and Service. You could, perhaps, add some more values that helped him arrive at that crucial decision. He displays abundant courage to sacrifice his long cherished dream. He is compassionate, kind, and willing to serve to help save a fellow being. These values amply show who he is and what his character is like.

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Leslie John Binns

I salute  Leslie Binns for his act of bravery, compassion, kindness, service and sacrifice. May God help him fulfill his dream of scaling Mt Everest soon.

Let Us Develop Our Character Through Values…

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“Earth is a big learning centre where we learn that pleasures, money, possessions, knowledge, and work all have only limited value. None of these pursuits should be the focal point of our lives. The focal point, instead, should be to develop character that includes fair play, unselfishness, humility, courage, faithfulness, honesty, truthfulness, and treating others with respect.”

 

– Jerry Boone, Author ‘Graduating From Life‘, The Times of India, New Delhi,                September 3, 2008.

Happiness Is…

 

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and  what you do are in harmony.”

 

 

01/00/1998. File pictures of Mahatma Gandhi

 

Mahatma Gandhi (02 October 1869 – 30 January 1948), also called Bapu, the Father of the Nation, Apostle of Non-Violence (Photo Source : Wikipedia)

 

 

Saluting Mahatma Gandhi & Lal Bahadur Shastri (02 October 1904 – 11 January 1966) on their Birth Anniversary today. Lal Bahadur Shastri was the Prime Minister of India from 09 June 1964 to 11 January 1966.

Dharma…

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“People do not become happy by satisfying desires. Happiness comes from upholding a certain balance, by living according to a system of beliefs that restrains them and gives coherence to their desires. ‘Above all the other necessities of human nature, above the satisfaction of any other need, above hunger, love, pleasure, fame – even life itself – what a man most needs is the conviction that he is contained within the discipline of an ordered existence.’ ”

 

 

Walter Lippmann (September 23, 1889 – December 14, 1974), Father of Modern Journalism, the American Public Intellectual,and Author of many books including ‘A Preface to Morals‘, quoted by Gurcharan Das in ‘The Difficulty of Being Good – on the Subtle Art of Dharma‘, Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes (Photo Source: Wikipedia).

Life Is All About Choices…

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“To live is to choose. But to choose well,

You must know who you are and

What you stand for, where you want to go and

Why you want to get there.”

 

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Kofi Atta Annan, born 08 April 1938, the seventh Secretary- General of the United Nations (UN) (1997-2006), Shared 2001 Noble Peace Prize with the UN for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world, a passionate advocate of human rights and a strong believer in the universal values of equality, tolerance, and human dignity (Photo Source:Wikipedia)