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with so much of depth to it. Most of the time, we as human beings feel very
powerless in our lives. Whereas, in true sense, we have tremendous power
within. Those who realize the power of self can do wonders in life. Gautam
Buddha has aptly conveyed it: ‘Whatever we are is the result of what we have
thought. It is founded on our thought, made up of our thought’. If today, we
feel powerless, it is because, we have thought to be powerless.
bring us up in such a wonderful positive comforting environment that self-doubt
takes a back seat. But a real transition happens, when we move from this secure
and protective shell to be on our own. I remember, my formative twelve years
with parents were so wonderful, got to explore every interest, be it sports,
dance, music, studies. But then had to move to boarding school for better
education facilities. The lack of competency in English as well as regional language
brought lot of shift in me: from a gregarious personality to an introvert, a
confident person to a diffident person. A series of incidents happened which
reaffirmed my negative self-perception. These complexities clubbed with the
complexities of growing teenage years, resulted in so much of chaos inside. I
had completely stopped feeling powerful from within. Years went by (almost 8
years), but my feeling of self-doubt, not having a sense of self-worth,
inferiority complexes etc. dominated me.
to people around me. My all talkings used to happen via the extracurricular activities
in which used to participate. I used to feel, why people would be interested to
talk to me. Day by day, I was getting into my shell and becoming withdrawn. I
used to feel so lonely and vulnerable inside. That is when, one of my professors
cum hostel warden called me for chit-chat. During interactions, she said a very
profound statement: “You are a very good person, but tell me, how would the
external world know that you are good, unless and until you open up and give an
opportunity to the external world to understand you.” She gave me a task that
every day I must atleast make an attempt to speak to two –three people who
might be standing in the corridor and interacting. It was actually very tough
task for me, but I started doing that, and slowly, I started developing good
bonds with people. She literally tried to bring my gregarious self out.
reluctantly attended. A speaker asked the group – “Are you sinners”. We all
said –‘No’. But he emphasized and said – “Most of you are sinners”, and further
elaborated –“If you don’t love yourself, that is also a sin”.
was actually sinning since I had stopped loving myself, I always looked down
upon myself and had developed thoughts / feelings like: Why should someone
listen to me, since I don’t strike an interesting conversation, I am not at all
physically attractive, so how could one even like my presence etc.
feelings and started making a few friends as well. George Bernard Shaw’s
statement is so apt : “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about
creating yourself.” This actually happened in my case. People who come across
various walks of our lives become so instrumental in igniting the fire, zeal
started asking me the very purpose of my life. Thoughts, feelings, actions
evolved. Life changed for the better. Today, I believe in this, which one of my
dear friend told me one day: “There are two days, which are important in one’s
life – the day, when one is born and another, when he / she realizes, why he /
she is born.” I have zeroed-in the purpose of my life.
power within helps to face the turbulence and make it just a passing
since ‘Inspiration is Within’. I am again back to my gregarious natural self,
very much a people-person. Today, professionally, being a Life Coach requires
me to interact with people everyday and be a change catalyst for them. I am
trying to give back, what I received and experienced within. I want to continue
this journey forever, inspired from within and making difference to people’s
lives. Thank you all who have become the reasons of my transformation and evoked
the need in me to create myself.