“These woods are lovely, dark and deep but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep”—Robert Frost.
Often life takes a turn and we want to stop dreaming and just sit and relax. I agree and I have written several posts on savoring the moment or understanding the power of now. But, that should not derail you from your bigger goals. Savoring the moment does not necessarily mean quitting. On the contrary, it means refueling your internal energy and drive so that you continue in the journey and reach the finishing line.
Readers must be wondering why I have suddenly started talking about finishing line. The reason is that most of us crush our own dreams by not acting at the right time. Sometimes, an opportunity is right around the corner and we pass up because we enjoyed too much at the pit stop. Refuel and reenergize yourself but don’t be in a comfort zone for a long time, because it will double your troubles when you wish to move out of comfort zone. Therefore, it is important that you are not wasting your time and talent in the name of relaxing and rejuvenating.
“I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended”—Nelson Mandela.
“The only certain means of success is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be”-—Og Mandino, author
People often look for meditation and yoga to undo the effects of stress and unleash the endless energy. Meditation allows you to take an inward journey and connect with self and God. For some people, meditation is the way to life a happy, peaceful and focussed life. Indeed, it is a great practice. But, have you ever thought of those men and women who just feel happy when they are working without any expectation. These are the people who feel that their work is a meditation. They don’t need any stress-relievers because they have established a connection with the work while committing to excellence in their chosen field. They get better and better with each passing day without even expecting anything in return. These people do not need any external motivation or any mind controlling exercises to unleash the energy. The more they immerse themselves into their work, more energy and pleasure they derive. When you look at the dedication of these people, you feel that they are unperturbed by the opinions of others and they are not doing anything to please anyone. They are just doing a service to humanity. These are the people who know the true meaning of meditation and they don’t need to seek God outside because they have embraced work and God loves who do their duties diligently. If you treat your work as meditation, you won’t need one.
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work”—Thomas A. Edison