and worries seem to be an essential part of our lives.
Strained finances, ill-health, failure in studies, fiasco in
business ventures, fatal accidents, kidnappings, house
burglaries, tragic deaths, handicapped children, unfulfilled
desires, feeling of deprivation … and the list goes on. It
becomes very difficult at times to cope with these sufferings
in life. And then troubles seldom come singly. They come in
clusters and then continue to come. Relentless and ruthless
they become as a result.
The result more often than not is frustration and
depression. Inner peace and mental calm are lost. The agony of
life stares us in the eye. How can we tackle this scenario?
Besides a strong relationship with God, a three pronged
strategy may help us win inner peace:
1. Let us always keep a track of our blessings. The favours
of God on each of us are numerous – in fact limitless. A list
of these blessings will easily outnumber the troubles we may
be facing. We tend to lose sight of them and take them for
granted. So it is recommended that we continue to count our
blessings each day. The best occupation of sitting idle is to
rehearse and review what we have. This will give us the
strength and resilience to fight the miseries of life. Above
all, it will bless us with that inner calm so missing in our
2. Let us set before ourselves a mission in life. If we
have an objective in life and go all out in achieving it,
worries and suffering will not bother us as much – simply
because we will have little time for them. A person who is
focused on a cause is so deeply involved in realizing his
mission that worries he may have – but seldom will they get
the better of him. His commitment and devotion to a cause will
contribute to his inner peace.
3. Let us start sharing the woes of people around us by
reaching out to them and helping them as much as we can in
their difficulties and worries. Knowing about the grief of
others lessens our own grief. It gives solace to the mind that
we are better off than so many. Lending a hand to others makes
us contributing individuals to the society and makes us look
at life in a positive way. Instead of brooding on what we do
not have, we should see what others do not have. This will
make us thankful to God and give us mental peace.
These then are three therapies that are the key to inner
peace. Summing up:
The first of these can be called: Gratitude Therapy.
The second can be called: Mission Therapy.
The third can be called: Reaching-Out Therapy.