“You may lose everything in your life, but your enthusiasm
And you will gain it all back again
But that person who has lost his inspiration,
Now, he is truly bankrupt!”
This quote by Henry David Thoreau is so true. Often in this rollercoaster of life, we are presented with situations which seem impossible to overcome but then the secret ingredient to success is an inspiration. Inspiration is that fuel which keeps the fire burning within to achieve our goals. When endeavored with enthusiasm the highest of mountains can also be scaled but with a lack of inspiration, the slightest of work feels arduous. Once a man went for an interview. When he reached, there were already 20 people ahead of him. However, he did not lose his zeal. He immediately wrote a letter to the interviewer and sent it across through the peon. When the manager opened the message, it read, ‘Sir, I am the 21st candidate in the line. Do not decide anything until you meet me.’ The manager was impressed by this gesture. He said, “This man has the inspiration to achieve anything in life. He is selected!” You see in life; situations will always be against us, but it is our inner enthusiasm that will keep us going. Like someone said,
“Great people do not do different things
But they do things differently.”
An example of this is none other than the first physically challenged mountaineer to reach the top of the Mt. Everest – Arunima Sinha. She was once travelling in a train when a group of dacoits got hold of her and when she tried to push them away, they threw her out of the running train! She lay there on the track when another train passed by cutting off one of her legs. She lay there helplessly all night bearing the extreme pain and agony. In the morning, a few villagers found her, and she was air transported to the hospital. Her leg was amputated, and she now bore an artificial leg.
In spite of all the difficulties she did not lose her enthusiasm. She said to herself that this incident will create history. And sure enough, it did! She became the first physically challenged woman mountaineer to reach the Mt. Everest! She described in one of her interviews that while travelling up the mountain her artificial leg came off. She sat there in the midst of cold and shiver. The others asked her for a way and she quietly moved aside. Then with all her composure she fixed her leg and scaled the mountain. Mountaineering in itself is a nerve-wracking sport and to pursue it with one leg in itself is marvelous. What was it that kept her going? What was it that she did not lose hope in the worst of worst situations? It was her inspiration.
The Ramayan describes three kinds of people at work – The first category of people are those who talk a lot but do nothing. The second set are those who do what they say. The third category of people are those who talk less and act with vigilance. They deliver way more excellence than what was assigned to them. Shree Ram then explains to Hanuman that the first two kinds of people can easily be found but the third kind of people are the rarest of the rarest. Now, it is upto us as to which person we wish to be!
Inspiration is that magical quality that enables us to go beyond our physical limitations. It is this virtue that shall enable us the key to achieving not just success but great success. Today we see so many entrepreneurs at the peak of their careers. Often, we perceive them to be overnight successes but however that is not true. Be it Soichiro Honda or the Steve Jobs, everyone not just achieved success but also embraced failures and continued to establish a series of successes. However, one important question is – Is this inspiration internal or external? Am I aiming something just for the sake of name, fame, money, prestige, and position or is it something that my heart truly desires? Is this goal that which I will pursue even if I do not get the money? This introspection is very essential because external motivation will keep us going only for a short period of time. But that person who is internally motivated will keep going no matter what. Often people turn to the spiritual path with an incomplete understanding of renunciation. However, when they are faced with problems, they turn their backs and start running away from there as well. However, saints such as Meerabai, Kabir, Tulsidas were all inspired internally. Meerabai was bestowed with poison for engaging in devotion and instead of turning away from devotion she turned the poison to nectar. Tulsidas was beaten up in the middle of the road, his Ramcharit Manas was stolen, yet he continued his journey. In fact, the story of every successful person be it spiritual or material has been written with the ink of internal motivation and enthusiasm alone. So, let us also nurture this beautiful quality of inspiration and move ahead on our road to success.