Values are the anchor, the compass, that guide us through life. When we move at a very fast pace, like we often do in big cities and metros , we lose sight of the reality, the truth, the larger picture. But if we are well grounded in our values, they act as our guide, helping us to make the right choices. It is through values that we get to know the difference between right and wrong.
Imagine a scenario, when you have flunked the examination, or ditched by your lover, or lost a job. Would you cry, slip into depression, or contemplate suicide? Or would you rather gather yourself, stand tall in the face of difficulty, and handle your situation with positivity? Most people who would do the latter, are the ones, who have the strength of character. That may or may not happen with experience or age. But one thing is for sure, to display the strength of character, is what earns one respect in the eyes of one and all.
Who in this world does not want to be respected? But only a few are willing to go the extra mile, to do the right thing, no matter what the cost. People who are drifting away from values do so because they feel they are not ready to face the immediate consequences of doing the right thing, or they do not find it ‘happening’ enough. But if one has the wisdom to make the right choice, then one surely has the strength to get by all the consequences. People don’t realise it and give in to impatience rather than choosing persistence.
What values ultimately do is, to help you live happily. Not the outwardly happiness which comes and goes, but the kind which makes you sleep peacefully at night. The kind that makes you feel good and peaceful within. The kind that makes you happy, no matter what the external situations or circumstances are. They are empowering and strengthen you.
Not everyone is privileged with material facilities, but everyone can become of a person of character. That can bring unwavering equality in the society which all of us keep wanting. No one can question this equality. Only when you are strong and powerful within can you help the society. This would bring our society closer and we could direct ourselves to prosperity more easily than we do it in current times.
As Cory Booker said, “If you look at great human civilizations, from the Roman Empire to the Soviet Union, you will see that most do not fail simply due to external threats but because of internal weakness, corruption, or a failure to manifest the values and ideals they espouse.” So don’t let the barriers of your own mind hinder your personal growth, the society’s growth and consequently the whole environment’s.
-By Shrennya Kalyani
Executive Assistant, FRNV