Most people live their life focussed on few dimensions of life. Adequate attention and time are not given in other areas that lead to disastrous results in the long run. That makes their life unfulfilling. Though minutes and days available to a successful and to a failure are the same, yet how these are prioritized makes all the difference in the quality of living. Life has many dimensions or areas. Balancing life is an art that needs skilful application.
Comparing with a wheel, we can identify some areas with the hub, and some areas with the rim of the wheel. The hub provides the strength when the wheel moves on its rim. For life, the three areas that provide strength and support to the other areas of life are: Body, Mind and Soul. If appropriate attention is not paid and efforts not made to develop these areas, the wheel of life becomes unbalanced and the quality of life deteriorates.
The areas of life that can be identified with the rim of the wheel are Career, Family and Society. These areas of life are our outward expression of self. It will be difficult to move the wheel unless these areas (portions of the rim) are strong.
One of the requirements to make life fulfilling is to bring a balance in all the areas of life. It is important to discuss each area little more in Detail.
BODY (Health and Appearance)
Of the three areas central to our life, the body is the most obvious and easiest to comprehend. The mind and the soul are residing in the body. Beginning of the growth is realized by the growth in this dimension of life.
The first impression is put together by the physical appearance of the person. This includes clothing, personal hygiene, upkeep and manners. It is rightly said, “Health is wealth”. My rule based on my study of the subject is 10:80:10. That means, ten per cent people are sick, ten per cent people are healthy and fit, and eighty per cent people are descending from good health to sickness. These people usually are not even aware of the degeneration. If, by choice, you do not make efforts to be healthy and fit, by default, you are sliding towards sickness. All your other goals need your fitness of body. Without a healthy body, the degreee of difficulty in achieveing other goals increases multifold.
MIND (Education and Learning)
Mind refers to the collective aspects of intellect and consciousness, which are manifested in some combination of thought, perception, emotion, will and imagination. In popular usage, mind is frequently synonymous with thought—an internal conversation with ourselves that we carry on “inside our heads”. Thoughts of fear, self-doubt and indecision tend to paralyze action. Thoughts of selfconfidence, faith, belief in self and risk-taking attitude tend to motivate us.
Life is an opportunity to learn. Developing your mind through education and continuous learning of success skills will support you in all other areas of your life. It can open roads of opportunities. Learning begins with the birth and is endless. Consistent and scheduled time invested in education and learning gives you a cutting edge. Ironically, most people hardly read beyond newspaper and what is most essential for survival.
SOUL (Connectivity with the Super-conscious)
This area of life is beyond the mind to grasp. However, since we have to understand it by our mind only, be prepared to face the fact that it will have different meaning for different people.
We are a small part of the omnipresent super-conscious power. For some, the connection roots itself in a religious context. For others, it might be as simple as living in greater harmony with nature or helping the needy or Meditation or Dhyan. However, the need to take oneself to a higher level of consciousness and connect with the existence or super-conscious power is very real. This connection will give you the strength, virtues and resilience you did not know you had.
A career or profession or business is the means to make their livelihood for most people. Therefore, most of the waking hours are spent at the workplace. Success in career also helps achieve goals in other areas of life easily. The competence that encompasses knowledge, skills and talents is the foundation for being successful in this area of life. The habits, attitudes and perceptions play a major role in shaping this area of life. Success in this area of life demands loving what you do and doing what you love.
Father and Son Story
A man came home from work late again, tired and irritated, to find his teenager son waiting for him at the door.
“Papa, what is the value of your one hour?”
“That’s none of your business. What makes you ask such a thing?”, the man
“I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make per hour?”,
pleaded the little boy.
“If you must know, I make ` 500 an hour”, said the man.
“Oh.” The little boy replied, head bowed. Looking up, he said, “Daddy, may I
borrow ` 300 please?”
“Tell me why do you need that money?”, asked the father.
“Dad, I have saved ` 200 out of my pocket-money, what I need is one hour with
you and so I thought of borrowing the balance from you.”
The family members, who support you in your goals, deserve your time, attention and love without saying. Learning from each other and sharing of experiences can help us build relationship. Listening with empathy can provide a platform for taking the relationship to new heights.
Quality time spent with family members is a source of satisfaction and recharge. Sharing your ideas, activities and learning can provide you opportunities for development of the members of family. At the same time, it provides you clarity and understanding of them. Spending time with parents in serving them fulfills the obligation to repay to them, for they have been the source of your existence. Spending time with spouse serves mutual purpose of making life complete. Spending time with children is spending time on shaping the future.
We are a social animal. You are enjoying today the fruits of the labour done by many others before. It is our duty to repay the society. Contribute to the development of the society you live in by your time, money or influence and make the world a bit better today than what it was yesterday. Life is an opportunity to add value. A life that leaves no footprint is not worth living. Think and act for adding value to others. Plan to leave the world a bit better than what you Received.