Friday, April 25, 2008

Tiny Little Steps that Matter

What will it take for this world to be just a little better? Not miles better, not better by leaps and bounds, just a tiny little bit better.

For example, what would it take to have just one more happy person everyday? 365 happier people every year. That's not a lot, it is a drop in the humanity ocean. But one of those persons could be you or it could be me or your neighbour next door or my best friend, and for that one person , it is going to be 25 or 50 years of a better life. Now THAT is a huge gigantic deal. To get here, would it take more teachers to teach us about the world around us and show us how we impact it and how it impacts us? Would is take more interaction with children? Children are instinctively happy, cocooned in their world of simplicity and innocence. Is that what we need? Or do we all need to learn to be travellers - see how others live, experience their lives, see their sorrows and learn to grow beyond ourselves? What about lack of peace and solitude - Is it this lack of introspect and lack of meditation and self understanding that leads to constant disappointment and a sense of failure? Or could it be the other way around? In an ovecrowded world with everyone searching for their own quiet space, has aloneness given way to isolation and loneliness? Ever known a lonely person to be happy? Being able to share and talk and laugh and exchange and to love and be loved and cherished and to hope, these are the stepping stones to happiness. Do too many of us not have this today? How glorious it would be to make just one more person happy everyday.

How can we keep one more person healthy everyday? Is it really lack of affordable medical care and access to medication that starts us on the path of ill health? I don't think so. I think most often sickness starts in homes where families don't know better or just don't care enough - don't care to keep their children warm in winter, don't care about their own nourishment, don't care about keeping the home stress free, don't care about sitting in front of the television instead of getting some exercise. A lot of times sickness starts and stays with people who have long forgotten how to hope to be well again. If we could keep just one more person healthy everyday, how much better this world would be.

Finally, the thing that is closest to my heart - how much better the world would be if more people could find the one thing that they are truly passionate about. The one thing that can raise you above the humdrum and give you a special reason for waking up each day, inspired and grateful.

Sure, the world needs more food, stable weather, better governance and so many other important things. But at the end of the day, in our hands lie the little things which we so easily forget can have a huge positive impact on our world.

"Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." - Arundhati Roy

"The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." - Allan K. Chalmers


Flavia Pereira said...

thanks...n well my comments!! "darr sabko lagta hai gala sabka sukh tha hai" no exception..In other words..its the same amount of fear ur patients have when you hold your scalar tip in their mouth...

Dr. Preeti Sharma said...

And here I was hoping that my patients have finally gotten over the universal fear of dentists!!

slo said...

This piece surely takes the cake in all your blog...simple, innocent questioning yet one that holds hidden answers.....I find your thoughts flow in a manner very similar to my own; the concern, the quest of finding joy in the littlest of's amazing!

Saibal Barman said...

Your thoughtful reflections on one of Sidharth's recent poem have flown me here.
I find it very interesting, both in presentation as well as in its philosophical contents.
Thanks for sharing a lovely and lively post on your page.
Best wishes,

Dr. Preeti Sharma said...

Thanks Slo and Saibal,
I usually try and stay far away from writing about 'issues'...I prefer writing light funny pieces. But some issues are too close to my heart to ignore!

So glad you liked!


Anonymous said...

heyy.. i liked this post, it brought simple clarity to an immanent issue.

Dr. Preeti Sharma said...

Glad you liked the topic Genie.

Gauri said...

A very neat post - loved it.
2 very basic questions, which I believe we should ask ourselves -
What do you need to be happy? & When will you be happy? :)
If we manage to find the answer for ourself I think it would be 'the 1st tiny but significant step'
Keep up the writing :)

Preeti Sharma said...

Gauri - Thanks for reading and commenting. Happiness, I think, is how we choose to react to situations and a state of mind that we choose to be in...