Quote Of The Day:
– Rene Descartes
A very good morning guys! And today’s pick of the day is Rene Descartes and the people who always want to do good BUT…
Have you encountered such people in life? Those kind of people who very often say – I meant to do that but.. I was capable of that but.
- I had such a great potential in life but if not for these challenges I would have so done it by now.
- If only I had the support you have at the family I would have taken more risks.
- If only I was financially more secure I would have achieved my dreams.
- I would have become the PM if those guys let me.
and so on. I think we have all had our share of such people or as I call them the constant ‘If’ and ‘But’ men.
I have always had this curious question:
Why do people do that?
Why do people say that they were capable of things but could not do it because of so many reasons. Who is this justification for?
And then I had a better question.
How many times have I done that?
Turns out, more than I had actually thought. There have been quite a few situations I can remember. I had told myself I would have become a great fast bowler if my parents supported my enthusiasm in cricket and other sports. I would have been a motivational speaker if it had a strong career path and so on.
Some of them have been my internal ramblings and some serious thoughts. But nevertheless there have been these situations where I have used the Ifs and Buts. Not that I am very proud of it but it has happened.
On a similar note, I wanted to be a social messiah and I have given myself a lot of reasons as to why not. Something I realized over time is that ‘Giving reasons and justifications is very easy in life’ and we all are pretty good at it. And another truth is that no one really cares for these reasons.
End of the day, the results matter – “Actions speak louder than words, Don’t They”? No one really cares what you actually wanted to do unless you went out and did it. No one really knows what is going on in your mind and how much goodness your heart has unless it has a vent and a result to prove it.
You and I may internally feel happy about the kind of people we are and I agree that it is very very important in life to feel that. But is that really enough? Are these reasons and explanations, just justifications which are supposed to make us feel better or are they headed somewhere?
The answer is – YES! They are headed somewhere. They are headed to the time and maturity when we realize that all these great thoughts we have and the things we want to do and the reasons have a purpose. To make us realize how strongly we feel about something and how much we want to do something in life. And the moment we start acting on it, it takes us to a new world order altogether.
I believe that is what Rene Descartes is trying to tell us here. It is not just enough to have a good mind, it is not just enough to have great potential and capacity in life and it is not just enough to have ideas. The main thing is to implement them and make them count. Or else it just becomes another fancy dream of ours and a story which we tell our grandchildren who listen to it simply cos they have no other choice.
Fortunately, as Rene Descartes points out, we still have the control about how and what we do about these thoughts in life and the main thing is just to use our opportunities and thoughts well and make them really count.
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