Take a halt, introspect and proceed..

“If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right” ― Steve Jobs

This statement of Steve Jobs has a deep, hidden meaning in it. When I see people dying around, many a times untimely, I am compelled to think why people have to do certain things which are not at all needed. In a rat race, they forget to live and just drag themselves without realising that they are human beings and can carve out a life more meaningful and satisfying. Death is certain but at least live the way humans are expected to. I agree, living life the way one wants is subjective and he might be deriving pleasure the way he is living. Maybe yes! But, when they are in the last leg of their life or when they get ill or when they are on the death bed, they realise the mistakes they have committed.

Take a halt, introspect and then proceed further. Cribbing around, saying bad things about others, deriving pleasure in making life hell for others, not doing their logical duties, thinking only for their own personal gains or planning for the next opportunity by hook or crook even at the cost of others seems to be the way of life for many.

Here, I am reminded of Bronnie Ware. Bronnie worked in a palliative care unit for many years in Australia, as a nurse. During her services, she got chance to interview many terminally ill patients. Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom. “When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently,” she says, “common themes surfaced again and again. She summarised them into her book called, “The Top Five Regrets Of The Dying.”

The five regrets summarised by her are as follows:

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

Everyone shapes his life on the basis of social background, educational background, economic status and the experiences in life. But there is an additional angle which we generally forget and that is to give time to self. We have forgotten to live for ourselves now a days. We work in a robotic way. This needs to be changed and we must remember what comes to the mind at the end of our life.

So start living today, give time to self, to your family, to your friends. Don’t just run for money, power or pulling people down. Keep on working sincerely and derive pleasure in life. Enjoy what you do. Remember there are so many people who are at more disadvantage then you. Be the source of energy for those who are sinking down and losing hope.

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Dr. Ravinder Singal

25 comments

  1. Ashraf Iqbal khan

    Very true sir

  2. Shailendra Gaikwad

    This is an amazing article!!
    The people who are in search of the meaning of life have got a practical guideline from this article!!

  3. Rajesh Tiwari

    सर, वाकई बेहतरीन, वास्तविकता और सच्चाई से भरा लेख ।

  4. P.I.Sarika Ahirrao

    Respected sir jaihind
    Really it’s a great article.
    It is a milestone for them who are running after money only n forgot themselves in work only!

  5. Kiran bidve

    This Article is very good. Everyone running behind money. But you should give time to ur self, ur family , friends etc is important. U give time your self then feel satisfaction also building ur confidence. IGP dr signal sir is roll model in our police department.sir thanks for a such wonderful article.

  6. Dr. Geeta Lathkar

    It’s a great article…You should publish a book of such articles combined together. There will be addition of another best seller motivational book.
    Everyone is prisoner of his / her own thoughts. We should really give ourselves a break and check for our orientation…

  7. Ar.Shital Sonawane

    The immediate crowd and the trend is always appealing.
    We will only truly know what regret means when we will be in our last days.
    But for now, let’s imagine and look at our life as an old being and think about all the things we could have done. That is when we’ll truly get up and do those things, and live that life.
    It is difficult to listen to one’s heart in this chaos, but regret is even more difficult to live with.

  8. Sagar D Terke

    Great, your articles are always inspirational…

  9. Vinod duseja

    This is a v good article grt Ravi ji

  10. Raju Kashinath Pawar

    Nice, articles sir

  11. Suryakanta Baliram kadam

    यह लेख जिवन की प्रेरना देता है जिवन में किस तरहसे बिना गलतींयो के जियाजा सक्ता है, य सिखाता है, इस लेख से जिवन का अर्थ पता चेलता है.बहोती आच्छा लेख है …

  12. Rizwan Shaikh

    Beautiful Article sir.
    Here is the real meaning of life.

    Thanks sir for always motivating us.

  13. Ashok wagh

    Sir, very nice message applicable for every human being.

  14. Shivam wadnere

    Awesome article

  15. Nitin Pardesi

    Sir bohot badiya ek no. Dil ko chuu gaya sir 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👍😘

  16. Nilesh Ambekar - Thane

    If friends follow 5 point, life will b easier, happier, relax & satisfied

  17. vikhil shyamsukha

    This is an awesome message Sir ….
    to the world ,to the society .

    • Dr. (AR.) Sachin Gulve

      Most of time it is observed that, Some people seem to spend their whole lives dissatisfied, in search of a purpose. But Dr.
      Ravinder Singal sir suggests that……. all of us have everything, we need for a meaningful existence and live life honestly with health.

  18. Madhu Jasrai

    Great thought Very well supported. Ravinder You are an inspiration. So proud of you.

  19. Sanjay Tandulwadkar

    Respected sir
    It’s truth that we are running behind things which need not in daily life, but we like that because others having, it’s just competition, if others having then I can’t .
    Nicely expressed sir

  20. Mukhtar Shaikh

    Great Article sir,

    Really thanks a lot for always motivating us and inspiring.

  21. Samadhan Wagh

    Resp.Sir,
    Great Article, now a days it’s really needful Sir….

  22. Bajrang Shrirang Vanjari

    Resp, Sirji, Good Morning Thanks for your articles and comments nesassary for life’s Save’s. Thanks for the Your Opinion Sirji. Good Day. Regards Vanjari Bajrang (Ongc, Bandra, Mumbai) & Tcre Sirji.

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