THE wise one believes in himself when many don’t really value themselves as much as they should. Many think that life would be better off, if they were somebody else. The reason is that they undervalue their talents, skills and worth, which lie hidden to be tapped. They refuse to meet new challenges because they feel that they are not equipped sufficiently to face them. To become wise, we have to read, observe, listen and watch with unprejudiced eyes instead of living in a small well like a frog without seeing the real world outside. Reading is essential for growth. It gives a new and novel dimension to our lives. It helps us to know and understand each other and the world better; to see beneath exteriors and wipe out limitations and boundaries. All of us have illusions. People sit for hours before Roulettes and Rotating wheels hoping and dreaming to hit the Jackpot. We believe that the odds are against us and the prizes of life are out of reach.

H.A. Overstreet writes: “A person is not mature until he has both the ability and willingness to see himself among others and to do unto others as he would have them do unto him. Life is meant to be celebrated. It is not necessary to set aside special times to remind us of this fact. Wise is the person who finds a reason to make everyday a special one. Many observe festivals on a particular day. Well, if we think of God , everyday is a festival. Every moment, we can celebrate, if only we recognize that God is with us and within us all the time.

Jimmy Meyer says: “If you control your thoughts and you walk, talk and think the way you would like to become, you will eventually become that.”  There is no magic place where all the lucky stars converge. There will never be a test for who can be successful? You have got to cut them open and see what is inside to see the goodies. The rainbow never appears unless there is rain, lightening and thunder. According to Socrates, the Greek Philosopher, there are three main keys to success. First is never to give up. Second, to have a sense of urgency and stay away from negative and cynical people. Third, have a big dream and concentrate on it. The saying is: “If you forget where you came from, it is harder to get where you are going!

– T.G.L. Iyer

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