Discover your talent – be sensitive to possibilities by swami sukhabodhananda

The art of wise living involves the art of wisely discovering one’s talent and then optimizing it. Nature has given everyone some talent or other. The mind is not serious enough to discover what that talent is. One is lost in comparing with the other. Comparison has killed the quality life. The moment you compare with the other, the focus is on the other, and hence energy is not available to look within yourself. By seeing the quality of the other and comparing oneself with that, one silently whips oneself by branding oneself as useless. Thus, one’s hurt body (psychological hurt body) manifests. With this psychological hurt body, if one sees the other, then one does not objectively see the other, but sees with the backdrop of one’s inner hurt. Then one’s hurt distorts the perception of the other and hence one deepens conflict. Please see this disorder within. With this disorder within, even if one were to better the other person, one’s inner bitterness continues, and hence one will not be able to enjoy one’s success.

Hence, comparison has become one of the principal stress creating agent and hence psychological disease. We are constantly taught to compare from childhood. Parents compare you with other children, boss compares you with the other and hence this inner chaos.

Now, how can we live life without comparisons? Can there be growth, if there is no comparison?

One has to relate to comparisons wisely. If one wisely uses comparisons and not allow comparisons to use oneself, then one will profit from comparisons. Hence, one’s brain has to search for such a way.

How can one go about that?

Let us say your colleague’s performance is better than yours. Pause for a moment and learn to enjoy your colleague’s success instead becoming jealous. If you become jealous, you become bitter. If you enjoy his success, see how nature has made him talented, and then you will not be bitter. Then, your mind is in a happy state, such a mind then looks into what is his winning stokes and what is his cutting edge, and thus you will learn from him rather than be bitter. With a happy mind, you will see how your colleague has discovered his talent and in that process you will look, explore and search into what is your talent. The art of such exploring is the first step for creative living. The key is to search for your inner talent.

Once, a group of illiterate people found a treasure box which had a number lock but did not know how to open it. They tried all methods including black magic, dancing around it, spitting on it. They could not open it. Finally, they were disgusted, and went their way after leaving the treasure box. After some days, a knowledgeable man saw it, found out the right combination of the lock and opened it and found the valuable jewels.

One is like a treasure box. One’s jewel of talent is hidden in the treasure box of life. One has to find the right combination and open it. Thus, learn to discover your talents and abilities.

With this attitude, your work life, family life and social life will be a source of inner awakening. Be sensitive to the possibilities of life.


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