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Inner strength necessary, says His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa

This is an excellent coverage that has appeared in Corporate Dossier, a special New Year edition called "CD Conversation" with articles authored by nine super-achievers from a range of professions. Corporate Dossier, a weekly supplement of The Economic Times, is the most read financial daily in India. Click here to download article in PDF format.

The overall sentiment of the supplement is very encouraging, with forward looking messages, in fact the tagline also reads "On the cusp of the Year of the Tiger, trailblazers from diverse fields reveal life-altering lessons they learnt from adversity. It's not about how hard you fall but how fast you get up

The other eight personalities featured alongside His Holiness are:

  • Dr Kiran Bedi ,Indian social activist and a retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer
  • Anoushka Shankar, Sitar player & Composer
  • Vishwanathan Anand, Indian chess Grandmaster & the current World Chess Champion
  • Chetan Bhagat, Indian author
  • Priyanka Chopra, Bollywood Actress
  • Robin Sharma, Indo-Canadian author on leadership & personality development
  • Dr. Kiran Muzumdar Shaw , Chairman & MD, Biocon Ltd.
  • Abhinav Bindra, Indian shooter & World and Olympic champion

The way we respond to a situation can transform our outlook of the situation and the world

'Appreciation' is the key to maintaining the equilibrium in life. When people are blessed with success, they should not let success or pride overwhelm their sensibilities, but appreciate and enjoy the benefits that have come with the success. Similarly, when down under, they should not let the feeling of depression overpower their sensibilities, but again appreciate the experiences and lessons that they have gained from their challenges. They should tell themselves that since everything is impermanent , bad too shall become good. The main reason why people get carried away by the ups and downs is because they lack the understanding to appreciate. Without understanding; it is not possible to appreciate.

I do not think that the world is a bad place, though in rough times some people may not agree with this. The reason why I believe so is because the way we respond to a situation can transform our outlook of the situation and the world. For example, when the economy was in better health, we should have focussed on appreciating the happiness that we were enjoying due to financial surplus. And basically we need to understand that genuine happiness comes from the ability to share the joy, if possible, one's own resources, and to bring happiness to others. So by developing the cause of happiness and by appreciating the happiness , people are investing in happiness so that more happiness will follow. But then again if people do not learn to appreciate, this becomes the poorest part of their lives and the happiness that they get from mundane success will be totally wasted. I believe that investment for a better future can be simply done through appreciation.

It is of the utmost importance that people learn to appreciate; else they will remain unhappy and create stress for themselves. Stress is a result of inflexibility and non-acceptance . In other words, it is caused by strong attachment and expectations. When there is hope or expectation, there is fear that this expectation will not come true or there is a sense of insecurity that makes people worry about losing what they have, that is to say whatever they expect may not happen as they wish. So stress not just makes an entrance but also a big impact. It can also be said that due to a lack of appreciation, people are not grounded and therefore are gambling with their happiness and trying to get lucky. Appreciation will bring the satisfaction and therefore, happiness . After all, we are all living in this world, looking for happiness , aren't we?

Everything we do has a consequence, and I believe that people should not act randomly or be short-sighted for quick and temporary results without understanding the basis of appreciation; this will lead to a lot of hurdles or troubles in their path. For instance if we appreciate our mother earth, ourselves, everyone and everything, we would not want to destroy them and we would value and treasure ourselves, our world and every being on this earth.

Nothing is impossible, so why not put our energies into transforming the negativity into positivity? When people are able to appreciate and learn to live to love, this gift will guard them from failures and guarantee them success and happiness, wherever they go and in whatever they do. Whether the physical world will collapse or not, it does not matter, people's strength garnered through the wisdom from understanding and appreciation will take them through the ups and downs, unscathed and unwounded.