HAPPY NEW YEAR
Twenty-two SMS on my mobile and 12 e-mails wishing me Happy New Year reminded me that today is the first day of yet another new year in my life. Every one of the SMS and every single email had one thing in common - each one of them wished me a Happy New Year; not one of them cared to ask me if my past year was a happy one. But I want to tell you that my past year has been a happy one - not because I won a lottery or that I built a house or that I acquired a new car, but because the only way I lived my life is - HAPPILY! And I can guarantee you that my coming year, or the year that is already here will be a happy one too. The reason is simple.
My happiness is of my own making; I am happy because it is in my disposition to be happy. I am happy because I have not allowed any one - repeat ANYONE - to dissuade me from making the pursuit of happiness as my single minded goal in life. I refuse to believe that there is virtue in surrendering my happiness because someone else does not have the wherewithal to understand that I am not responsible for his or her happiness. Each one of us has to understand what makes us happy and pursue it with dedication.
I am happy because I have learnt a long time back that happiness is all about being content with the things I have, rather than be woeful about the things I do not have. I have come to terms with the fact that in life, there is not a single person who can claim to have all that he desires. It is for the reason that it is impossible to have everything I want, that it makes the things I have so much more meaningful and precious.
I am happy because I do not allow myself to be bothered by what could have been - what is in the past is gone and done with. No amount of regret or repentance is going to help. Similarly, I do not allow myself to be robbed of my today’s happiness because of the dread of tomorrow’s uncertainty. Tomorrow is in the future and there may never be a tomorrow for me. But if it does come, I have the confidence that I will conquer tomorrow the way I have done all my more than half a century of yesterdays - with confidence and happiness.
There is only one thing I worry about: have I made a difference in someone’s life? Have I given freely to those who stand in need - that which I possess and can spare? Have I been true to myself and to my responsibilities as a member of the human society?
I am HAPPY to say YES, I have!
Wishing every one near me and around me and to all those across the seven seas, A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR.