I asked my friend, Kruti Kapadia, “What is your new year’s resolution?” Her eyes popped out and her eye balls started revolving like earth revolving around its own axis. She looked at me, thought for a while and before she could utter anything, I asked her a second question, “Do you have any resolutions for 2013?”
She responded enthusiastically, “Yes, I do! I want to be happy and I want to do whatever is necessary for my family, society and myself to have ample satisfaction and happiness.”
She paused for a while and then her lips dropped into sadness and continued, “Aviral, for the last 3 years I have been making the same resolution and it always fades away”.
I asked the same question to my brother, Darpan Kulshreshtha from New Delhi. Without a second thought he replied quickly, “Happiness is my resolution.”
I’ll bet that if you ask anyone about their New Year’s resolution, you will hear the same replies as above along with other desires and needs.
We are humans and materialistic things make us happy. On the other hand, we always pretend to be happy but unfortunately through our entire life we simply keep on pretending and never actually make it a priority.
Now, the question isn’t what makes us happy or what we should do to be happy. The question is how do we achieve happiness?
“Happiness is like a butterfly, the more you run after it the farther it goes away from you.”
Happiness is not a materialistic body which you can buy from a store. It is like knowledge, the more you give the more you get.I have coined it Internal Satisfaction. Make giving our habit rather than expecting surprises from our loved ones or family.
Let me ask you a few questions….
- When was the last time you gave astounding surprise to your loved ones?
- When have you made them laugh when they were sad, alone or needed your support?
- When did you last motivate your friends?
- When did you last praise your colleagues and subordinates?
If your answer is positive for the above questions then my dear friend you are one of the happiest people in the world. You have achieved tremendous respect and love from society.
Happiness is all about giving and not expecting in return like a squirrel that always searches for ground nuts and hides them beneath the earth and forgets.We call it the joy of giving.
Whether your resolution is to grow in your career, grow in your love life or any other lovely thing which soothes our heart, we must always accept it with a smile and happiness. To achieve our goals we must not violate anyone else’s feelings. It has to be achieved without ego and hatred. We have to be unselfish.
“Happiness can never be achieved by making someone unhappy.”
In this beautiful world we have materialistic goals which without any doubt should be achieved lovingly and making society happy and also making those around us smile.
“Wrap your goals with happiness.”
So let’s together make one resolution for this next gorgeous year – 2013.
“We will lend our hands to those who need us, make them smile and spread essence of positivity. Next year is going to be ours and we together will make a difference and make our world more beautiful and stress free.”
Keep Smiling…. 🙂
Edited and forwarded by Mr. Jeff Botch