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Srikumar Rao believes that people are working so hard they have lost sight of what they want to get out of life. Could you be one of ...

By Srikumar S. Rao . 01 June 2007

Srikumar Rao believes that people are working so hard they have lost sight of what they want to get out of life. Could you be one of those people.
Stop Think LiveStop right now and evaluate your life. Is it filled with effortless pleasure or drudgery? Why? Probably, many answers come to mind – work, financial obligations, family responsibilities. If you are like many of the people I have observed and the thousands of students I have taught, you feel somewhat trapped – in your job, in a relationship that is unsatisfying, in responsibilities, in suffocating surroundings.

Do you sense that there is much that you would like to do but are unsure of what, and how to go about doing whatever it is? When was the last time you forged a deep connection with another human being? Are most of your relationships a series of meaningless interactions?

If you want more out of your relationships in life, in love and in work, I have some ideas that will help you fashion deep connections with the people around you. Even some of your interactions with perfect strangers will become nourishing and sustaining.

Life is short and uncertain. It is like a drop of water skittering around on a leaf: you never know when it will drop off the edge and disappear. Each day is far too precious to waste, and each day that you are not radiantly alive is a day wasted.

My ideas will help you stop wasting your days. They will help you get started in discovering your purpose in life, the grand design that gives meaning to all of your activities, the endeavour to which you can enthusiastically devote the rest of your life. Note that I said “get started” not “arrive at”. There is a non-linear relationship between the “work” you do and the “results” you get. Immense exertion can produce little outcome and, at other times, a little effort can yield a huge pay-off. But if you have an open mind, you can learn to create serendipitous opportunities. When you are truly moved by deep inner conviction, you become a leader, one who cares for a greater cause than your personal wellbeing. Then you will find joy creeping, and then rushing, into your life.

You may have achieved conventional success, but you know there is more and can’t quite put your finger on it. Is this discomfort strong enough that you are willing to make the effort to “know thyself”?


Change has to happen


You can create internal changes that will have effects far beyond your individual pleasure. Indeed, we can never truly live an ideal life unless we recognize that we are inseparable from others. I take it for granted that you would like to do your bit, and perhaps a little extra, to leave the world a better place than when you entered it. Change will have to happen at three levels before the new era, whatever it is, arrives:

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