Very nice article by Late Khushwant Singh. Preserve this . 😊
How To Live & Die
I’ve often thought about what it is that makes people happy—what one has to do in order to achieve happiness.
1- First and foremost is good health. If you do not enjoy good health, you can never be happy. Any ailment, however trivial, will deduct something from your happiness.
2- Second, a healthy bank balance. It need not run into crores, but it should be enough to provide for comforts, and there should be something to spare for recreation—eating out, going to the movies, travel and holidays in the hills or by the sea. Shortage of money can be demoralising. Living on credit or borrowing is demeaning and lowers one in one’s own eyes.
3- Third, your own home. Rented places can never give you the comfort or security of a home that is yours for keeps. If it has garden space, all the better. Plant your own trees and flowers, see them grow and blossom, and cultivate a sense of kinship with them.
4- Fourth, an understanding companion, be it your spouse or a best friend. If you have too many misunderstandings, it robs you of your peace of mind. It is better to accept the differences than to be quarrelling all the time.
5- Fifth, stop envying those who have done better than you in life—risen higher, made more money, or earned more fame. Envy can be corroding; avoid comparing yourself with others.
6- Sixth, do not allow people to descend on you for gossip. By the time you get rid of them, you will feel exhausted and poisoned by their gossip-mongering.
7- Seventh, cultivate a hobby or two that will fulfill you—gardening, reading, writing, painting, playing or listening to music. Going to clubs or parties to get free drinks, or to meet celebrities, is a criminal waste of time. It’s important to concentrate on something that keeps you occupied meaningfully.
8- Eighth, every morning and evening devote 20 minutes to meditation or introspection. In the mornings, 10 minutes should be spent in keeping the mind absolutely still, and for listing the things you have to do that day. In the evenings, five minutes should be set aside to keep the mind still and 10 to go over the tasks you had intended to do.
9- Ninth, don’t lose your temper. Try not to be short-tempered, or vengeful. Even when a friend has been rude, just move on.
10- Above all, when the time comes to go, one should go like a Person without any regret or grievance against anyone.
July 26, 2021 at 9:10 pm
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July 26, 2021 at 9:46 pm
July 26, 2021 at 10:07 pm
“How to Live And Die”
Surely One Way Living
Dear Savvy Loving All of
What Life Brings Our Best
DarK Thru LiGHT
Thru Spring Again…
All Great Suggestions You
Provide Here i Particularly Like
The Way You Share Health As Number 1
In Our Modern
Philosophies and Overall
Way of Life We Tend to Focus
On Our Thoughts As Champion
Of All We Do And Who We Are…
Even Leaving The Dance Out of the
Song Little HeART SPiRiT SoUL Pretty
Much Just Labels For What We Materially
Externally Observe; Yet of Course What Would
Capitalistic Ways of Life Naturally Do Buy And Sell
Things Where Even We Become the Human Made Things…
to Even Phones
Our New Brains
Attached to Fingers too…
Who Are We; My Mother Wasn’t a Particularly
Complicated Person; She Was A Mother Raising
Her Children Making Sure they are okay the Focus
Of All Her Life
Nothing Else Mattered
to Her in Life; Even With Stage
4 Cancer undiagnosed, Breast
to Bone to Bleeding Brain Cancer
For All of Two Years Losing Weight
With Only A Bayer Aspirin Happy
Playing a Game of Scrabble With
My Sister Just A Few Days Before
She Went to Her Death Bed on
Valentine’s Day of 2017 Lasting
8 Days Going Natural Without Food or
Drink the Doctor Saying All that Kept her
Alive was Her Strong Heart as Even Science
A Heart Grow Stronger
Heart Ache Will Actually
Kill Us too if the Grief
Is not Resolved
SMiLes My FRiEnD
As Much as i Value my
Health my Mother’s Love
Was Stronger than Her Health…
Perhaps the Writer of the Rules
Didn’t Have a Mother Like Mine..
Most Yet even
More When Love
Focuses on Others more than self…
Men, Particularly, Have a Harder
Day Understanding this; When they
Have A Child they may Or May Not Come to ‘See’…
of Selfless Love
For Others So Living Now
Giving in Happiness Being in Every Way my FRiEnD
And The Greatest Gift i could Possibly Receive to Still BREaTHE..:)