Source | LinkedIn : By Rishi Piparaiya
With so much inspirational stuff floating around the net, I’ve decided to also jump on the motivational bandwagon with some thoughts that could potentially make you insanely happy. Now you may be concerned, rightfully so, that I’m not a philosopher, psychologist or spiritual leader qualified to dole out such wisdom. To be honest I am not very blissful myself and have even been recommended a Botox doctor for those darned frown lines. But I have two things going for me that the bearded gurus and toga-adorned statues may not – first hand experience with the seesaw in reality’s playground and the clarity that comes from imbibing a few chilled beers in quick succession. So here are some pearls of introspection that just might help you swing at life’s next curve ball with a wide smile.
1. Accept that people react like pre-programmed computers
If you stayed awake through even a few high school biology classes, you’ll appreciate the magnificence of the human body. Cells get into formation to fight diseases, nerves transmit electrical signals, organs work as a seamless team – the body is the ultimate machine. And it is controlled nonstop, from birth to death, by the ultimate supercomputer – a brain that processes each thought, impulse and experience to manage this operation called life.
The mind works like any software program – If X then Y else Z
Once you appreciate that people are nothing more than high-end MacBooks, albeit some hotter than others, you’ll understand that they behave the way they do simply because that’s how they have been wired. The mind works like any software program – If X then Y else Z and this programming is a combination of genetics, childhood learnings and life experiences. So if your partner shreds you for that bit of feedback, it’s simply her program starting up – “Feel irked, go nuclear”. If your boss’s stapler strikes you on the pate, it’s just his mental tuning – “Encounter duffer, throw nearest object”. And the same ‘react like a computer’ principle also applies to you. Now it’s possible to rejig one’s programming but it requires some serious meditation and yoga type esoteric stuff that you may not be inclined towards. So just accept that you are who you are, people will be who they will be and it is neither good nor bad – it simply is.
2. Put yourself in context
You are undoubtedly an awesomely functioning machine but keep in mind that there are billions of such machines on this planet. And billions of such machines existed before you arrived and billions will come after you. And this is just one planet in an endless universe and it is quite plausible that billions of such machines also exist on other planets. So the next time you worry about not getting as much importance as you think you deserve, put yourself in context.
You are a microscopic white dot on an infinite transparent canvas
You are a microscopic white dot on an infinite transparent canvas. You are a bead of sweat on an ant’s forehead, billions of light years away. You are that stubborn last dribble of pee straining to extricate itself into a giant cosmic urinal. The sooner you realize this, the more contented you will be.