A few days back I had written a blog on Holidays.Today I intend to write about Hard work.After a holiday when you return to your work place, body and mind both are relaxed. You can now do your best.I don’t mean that one should work hard only after the holidays.It should become a habit.For a person who is hard working there are challenges.Hard work involves determination, perseverance, tenacity and something more. It is the will to survive and to achieve greater heights by dint of hard work.I am remlnded of a story which I heard recently.It is the story of a boy who realized the importance of hard work only when he himself went through the grind.The boy, Raju, was a very ease loving and a careless brat.His father told him one day that he would get food only if went and earned for himself. Raju lazed around the whole day.In the evening he went to his mother and begged for money. His mother was carried away by his pleadings and gave him two gold coins. This fellow gave the coins to his father stating that he had earned them after a whole day’s work. The father told him,”Son, go and throw away these coins in the well.”This continued for some days.The father sent away his wife, sister and other members from the house.Raju was again ordered to go and earn for himself. Since there was no one in the house, the boy went in search of work. He carried luggage, swept roads and did menial jobs that were offered to him. At the end of the day, he had earned two gold coins. He handed over his day’s earning to his father. As usual the father advised him to throw away the coin into the well.But the boy did not obey his father. This was his first earning!! The result of his hard work!!The importance of hard work dawned on him and he told his father the truth.This story was narrated to us by our Guru ji, His holiness Nand Baba.Right from childhood the parents should inculcate the habit of working hard in their children.Sir George Bernard Shaw once said,”When I was young,I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures.So I did ten times more work.”
The young generation is more aware of the fact that hard work is the only weapon which can bring success in life. There is so much competition in the world today that nothing but hard work is the only remedy to reach to the top. One can understand the value of hard work only by working hard. There are no short cuts to reach the top of the ladder of life. There is no doubt that you will face obstacles in this path of hard work but these can be removed with determination, patience and will power.
The great spiritual teacher, Swami Sivananda, has said, “Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”One can do this only by concentrating on the work in hand.You have to drench yourself in hard labour.if you aspire to succeed in life..
One should have a fixed aim in life.Once you have identified what you want to do in life you should sincerely move on the fixed path. When my daughter was a small child,she always used to say that she would become a Doctor when she grows up.My son aspired to be a Chartered Accountant right from childhood.They had fixed their goals and always worked hard to achieve their desired objective.Their dreams were fulfilled because of their mission and steadfast hard work. If you are striving towards your goal with a spirit of devotion and dedication, even God will be there for you. As a saying goes”God helps those who help themselves." There are examples of many people who have achieved glory and high positions in life by sheer dint of hard labour.. They struggled while their competitors slept on or whiled away their time in useless pursuits.
The road to success is not always a rosy one and is strewn with thorns and rubbles. In spite of hard work and labour which has been put in, sometimes the result is not very encouraging.A person with grit and determination will fight back and leave no stone unturned to ultimately achieve his mission!! I am reminded of the story of Robert Bruce,the king of Scotland,which I read while I was in school.He was a noble King.He was brave and wise. The King of England was at war with him because he wanted to make Scotland a part of England.Six times he attacked Scotland. Robert Bruce’s army ,though small in number ,drove away the enemy.After the sixth attack Bruce’s army was scattered. Even the King himself went and hid in a cave.One day he just happened to see a spider inside the cave.She was trying to make its web, but could not succeed.The King forgot his troubles and watched the spider with great interest.Six times the spider failed but it did not lose heart.It succeeded in the seventh attempt!! The King jumped’Yes’ I will also fight the seventh time. He gathered his army and fought and regained his Kingdom.I have narrated this legend to highlight that hard and sincere effort will help one to achieve his goal. In the words of a famous author,,many, many tiny efforts that nobody sees or appreciates before you achieve anything worthwhile."