After All is Said and Done


 

“When All Is Said And Done” by ABBA

Here’s to us. One more toast, and then we’ll pay the bill
Deep inside, both of us can feel the autumn chill
Birds of passage, you and me
We fly instinctively
When the summer’s over and the dark clouds hide the sun
Neither You nor I’m to blame when all is said and done

In our lives, we have walked some strange and lonely treks
Slightly worn, but dignified, and not too old for sex
We’re still striving for the sky
No taste for humble pie
Thanks for all your generous love and thanks for all the fun
Neither you nor I’m to blame when all is said and done

It’s so strange, when you’re down, and lying on the floor
How you rise, shake your head, get up and ask for more
Clear-headed and open-eyed, with nothing left untried
Standing calmly at the crossroads, no desire to run
There’s no hurry anymore when all is said and done
Standing calmly at the crossroads, no desire to run
There’s no hurry anymore when all is said and done

 

 

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“Hooked on Inspiration’s Blog” is a blog site consisting of more than 100 blog posts – the vast majority of blogs concern self-improvement and are devoted to a single and profound tagline – “A Better Tomorrow; A Better Future and A Better World.” Each and every blog post has been published to the general public of the world.

While such lofty ideals may seem ridiculous and the height of arrogance on my part to some people, the simple truth (that isn’t ridiculous at all) is that WHAT YOU DO FOR YOURSELF DIES WITH YOU; BUT WHAT YOU DO FOR OTHER PEOPLE BECOMES YOUR LEGACY TO THE WORLD. Such an act is, for all intents and purposes, a true act of selflessness and in every sense of the word, an act of absolute love. It is an act of sharing, caring and giving. GIVE MORE IN YOUR LIFE THAN WHAT YOU SHALL EVER TAKE AND YOU SHALL FIND YOURSELF A HAPPY AND CONTENTED PERSON.

 

I have been a Teacher all my life – in real life and in my advice and teachings to you in these various blog posts. The implied statement for any teacher is that he/she already has good knowledge of their subject matter; they are largely Subject Matter Experts and actively practice, for their own betterment, what they preach. Any good teacher who is worth his/her own weight in salt will inform you that it’s as much their job to teach, as it is to achieve successful results. No student ever learned well with mollycoddling, fussing and pampering – though kindness does go a long way in doing the trick too. Sometimes, a teacher’s anger is needed for getting the job done – it’s as simple that. Anger is a means to an end.So, if I seem to be sermonizing, patronizing or lecturing you, you need to believe that it’s not for some obtuse pleasure on my part; it’s because I want to see others rise to the greatest heights of success in their lives. It’s more an act of selflessness and love than you can ever imagine. Everyone knows that I need not be penning these blogs at all – after all, I owe nothing to the world and the world owes nothing to me. HOWEVER, YOU DO OWE SOMETHING TO YOURSELF. We are nothing but Dust and to Dust shall we all return. However, I  DO care and for this reason, I shall forever keep teaching the world with the sincere hope that someday, my teaching will make a lasting difference for the betterment of others.

 

Sometimes, I have to honestly wonder if I am ON A FOOL’S ERRAND HERE. I am, most of the time, teaching adults because even though many teenagers and adolescents might be reading these blog posts, they inevitably look up to adults for advice. The youth learns, more often than not, by a simple act of Imitation from the attitudes, attributes, thoughts, beliefs, morality, acts and behavior of an adult. If the behavior of an adult is not exemplary, these youth of today are unconsciously imbibing the wrong attitudes and behavior. It’s an adult’s undisputed responsibility and duty to set the best possible examples of themselves for others, especially youngsters, to imbibe and inculcate in their own lives.

 

IT IS AN ACT OF THE UTMOST ARROGANCE FOR ANYONE TO ASSUME THAT THE WORLD SHOULD CHANGE FOR THEM. CHANGE HAS TO COME, FIRST AND FOREMOST, FROM WITHIN. IT’S AN ACT OF SELF-PURIFICATION AND SELF-CLEANSING. NEVER EXPECT OTHER PEOPLE TO CHANGE FOR YOU; CHANGES FOR THE BETTER NEED TO COME FROM WITHIN YOURSELVES FIRST.

 

EVERYTHING IN LIFE IS NOT ABOUT YOU AND WHAT YOU WANT; OTHER PEOPLE AND THEIR FEELINGS MATTER TOO. IF YOU CANNOT – OR WILL NOT – ACCEPT THIS SIMPLE FACT, THEN NO AMOUNT OF TEACHING CAN HELP YOU.

 

CHANGE FOR THE BETTER CAN (AND WILL) OCCUR WHEN YOU ACCEPT WHOLEHEARTEDLY THE FACT THAT CHANGE IS NECESSARY.  It’s very similar to illness – no doctor can ever help you if you don’t accept for yourself that help is needed.

 

At the end of the day, there is only so much that any teacher can do; I can keep teaching endlessly but if you don’t make your own efforts, with single-minded discipline and determination, there’s not much that I can do to help you, or anyone else for that matter. It all depends finally upon you and your attitude towards Life.  It’s like saying that a shepherd can lead his flock of sheep to green pastures for feeding but he cannot make them graze if they don’t want to do so.

 

I recall a Biblical story from my  childhood days and it goes something like this: allow me to share it with you all today; I find it extremely pertinent and important. Once, several eons ago, after a dreadful storm, a torrent of water flooded a small town, with catastrophic results. In the ensuing chaos, a lot of people perished; homes were pulled down and washed away by the wrath of Nature. However, some brave souls found for themselves (and others in the same terrible situation) small boats and dinghies and made for an arduous journey to safer climes. One youth had managed through the greatest of difficulty to find safety on a roof high above the raging and rising flood of water. This youth prayed very earnestly to God to save him. As he prayed, the youth saw a single dinghy with people aboard it sail pass. But somehow, he did nothing and the boat passed by on its way to safer ground. After just a little while, another tiny boat with saved sailors on board came by and then yet another one. Yet, the boy did nothing to help himself.  Finally, after several such boats passed by, the youth lamented to God stating that I asked for your help but you failed me. To this God replied sadly, “I sent so many boats your way and I expected you to do something to help yourself out of this current difficult situation, yet you did absolutely nothing.  I CANNOT HELP THOSE WHO WILL NOT HELP THEMSELVES.”

Very profound indeed, don’t you agree?

 

If you think that this author imagines herself to be better or superior than any of you, please think again. That’s not the case at all. I am a humble and simple person, well aware of the fact that no one is indispensable on this Earth. If I am no longer there to give you advice, inevitably someone else will do so and most probably might even manage to do a better and more successful job of the current sad state of affairs in the world today than what I am trying to do. The important thing to remember here is that – I TALK LESS AND OBSERVE MORE. I KEEP AND GUARD IN MY LONG-TERM MEMORY STORE WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE OF THE MOST VALUE AND OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANCE. I MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO IMBIBE THESE PRINCIPLES IN MY OWN LIFE BEFORE I GO FORWARD TO TEACH THE WORLD ABOUT IT ALL.

The problem starts from a tragic truth – there are more insincere, fickle-minded, superficial and fake people surrounding us daily, than sincere ones. Then, of course, the problem escalates to greater sins and all manner of wrong-doings, ranging from misdemeanors, to felonies  and finally  to the most horrendous crimes,  filled with  all the manifestations of cruelty and  the most undue violence imaginable. It’s a daunting and frightening state of affairs, to say the very least.

 

I, ONCE AGAIN, THANK ALL MY SOCIAL NETWORKING FRIENDS FOR SHARING THESE WONDERFUL POSTS WITH ME. I FIND IT VERY PERTINENT TO SHARE THEM WITH THE WORLD TODAY.

 

IN THE END, IT’S ALL ABOUT TAKING ONE TINY STEP AT A TIME – START WITH YOUR OWN SELF-BETTERMENT BEFORE YOU MOVE ON TO THE SELF-IMPROVEMENT OF OTHER PEOPLE.

AS THE SAYING GOES – “Try and try till you succeed.”

And if you don’t succeed, at least, you will have the ultimate satisfaction  of knowing that such an attempt was made but that certain things and behavior are beyond a simple person’s capacity to change.

Just keep trying and trying …….hope for the best, is all  that I can sincerely say.

 

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