The one piece of advice that everyone gets when they are about to do something new or special is, “Have Confidence!”
As if confidence is a commodity that you can get off the shelf in a supermarket.
Before I talk any more about confidence, let me relate a couple of examples from my life.
For most of my life, I have had a certain degree of confidence in my ability to write. I may not be able to write great stuff, but readable stuff, any day. Over time this confidence grew and it was difficult for me to believe people who said they just couldn’t write. Writing, after all, is just another way of communicating. If you can speak, you shouldn’t have any trouble writing.
The first fortnight of 2017 is over and already the novelty of the New Year is wearing off. The euphoria that accompanied the ending of 2016, and the beginning of 2017, has also faded. Life, as they say, is back to the grind.
Whether you make resolutions or not, it is difficult not to feel optimistic in the first few days of the New Year. The first day of the New Year feels like the turning of a new leaf. The New Year brings along with it a unique magic in the form of the belief that things will get better, doesn’t it?
Today, I am going to tell you a tale that was told to me when I was a child. Since, a considerable amount of time has passed between my hearing the tale and writing it now, I have made up the parts that I have forgotten. So, here goes:
Most people will agree with me when I say that being happy is simultaneously the easiest thing and the most difficult thing. While some find happiness in the simplest of things, there are others who are unhappy even when they have almost everything. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the search for happiness is one of man’s oldest quests.
Today’s man is no different. We are always striving to be happier than we were the day before. But, unfortunately we don’t always succeed. In reality, we are mostly less happier than we were the day before because the past is usually remembered with fondness, and the present always seems like a tough time. So, here are three things that I am doing to be happy, and you can try them too.
Ever since I was a child, I have been following the Olympic Games. I think I owe this to my father who was an avid sportsman, among other things. Though we would watch most sports events that would be telecast on the limited channels we had back in those days, the Olympic Games were special. There was something magical about the games, and it may sound funny now, but, being young, back then I would imagine myself being a part of the next Olympic Games as a participant. That water has definitely flown under the bridge now.
But, even today, I look forwarding to watching the Olympic Games with the eagerness and enthusiasm of a child. Let me tell you why.