To end is to begin so as we bid adieu to the bygone year of 2011, we are to welcome the new dawn of 2012, a year of health and happiness, wealth and wisdom, peace and prosperity. Years ago, when I first heard that 2012 marks the end of world, I felt there is no point in proceeding the life ahead with multiple goals and objectives, which indeed was my thought of stupidity. But having welcomed the warmth of the golden rays of a once much feared year with delight, horror of doomsdays no more impede the progress of my life, rather I made my mind to make 2012 one of the best episodes in my life.
I heard the phrase “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” many times since years ago, a book by Robin Sharma, one of the worlds highly respected leadership expert as it say, but never knew what it is all about. So out of curiosity to discover the real secrets contained in it because it say the novel is a fable about fulfilling your dreams and reaching your destiny, I bought a copy of it and could finish it a few days ago. As I read line by line and flipped pages one after another, I am really moved by the wonderful secrets and timeless virtues for living an enlightened life.
While I do not aspire to get enlightened like Julian, the monk who sold his Ferrari and went into the oasis of Himalayas, where he met with Yogi Raman who taught him the timeless virtues to transform himself in to a young, healthy and enlightened monk by practicing the preaching from the sages of Sivana, Like John I wish to get rid of some bad habits which I have accumulated and adopt some new ones for my own betterment. So the with the start of new dawn, it is a good omen to follow the inspiring thoughts from the last book I read.
2012 has to be taken seriously for this is the year I have been counting down since my first day in India back in August 2008. For the successful completion of my degree on time, I need to master my mind and set up goals for the year. So one goal is to defeat the flexibilities of the university is providing a late degree and of course the other major one being BSCE if I get a timely degree.
So I need to follow the purpose of my life because “purpose of life is life of purpose” for which I need to live my life with discipline and respect my precious time. According to Julian, one of the personal development goal is to wake up at 5:00 a.m and go for run around the park. Julian further stress that it should be carried out be it during the swarm summer day or chilly winter morning with positive attitude because “positive always overcomes negative”. So I need to master my mind and delete away the lately accumulated negative habits of sleeping late and waking up late, and devote my time on studies, reading books and other refreshing activities.
Julian further says that the “quality of your life ultimately comes down to the quality of your contribution,” so lending a helping hand to my neighbours when needed will help me live in close intimacy with my neighbours and friends. “A little bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives the rose.”
And most importantly I need to live the present rather than dreaming bizarre dreams which in the course of time losses my own track towards my purpose, and have to stop crying foul over the spilled milk which cannot be refilled. “We are here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become architect of future.”
If our mind is a palace, thoughts are king and our body is a mere subject. It is only under the leadership of good king that nation prosper and subjects tranquil. Whether to rein our palace with a devil king or divine king is purely in our own consensus. “Quality of life is quality of your thoughts.”
Note: the sentences marked in italic are quoted from the same book mentioned.