Our Inner Voice, Passion, should guide our Approach to Life

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Listen to the inner voice for passion, guidance and encouragement. We have to move on with a spirit of inquiry to better our lot and by playing our role as co-creators. Our quest for an inclusive ride will soothe the nerves of those who feel left out and even encourage them to join the bandwagon.

Passion and Work life

Variety is the spice of life – this axiom can never be overstated. Likewise, we have so much to choose from though we can very well be oblivious to our inner voice and passion that are inherent within each of us, and even born with. Many leave them hidden and lead lives that are empty, never realizing their true potential. The need to make a living obfuscates the fire within but it keeps festering leaving a long shadow on our lives to make them meaningless, rudderless. As for me, I work to earn a living but try to get out of its clutches as soon as I can! We may not be blessed to get the job we enjoy but we should try to make sense of what we do so that our lives matter overall to us and society. The reality is only few are able to immerse themselves in their passion without hindrance – very few find work matching their passion to find it an endless pleasure, never a chore. At the other extreme are those who lead lives that make them a nuisance, troubled minds, unable to get their lives in order, under control.

Under the Thumb of Few

Though we have choices many, we have to let few slip through our fingers. We may have many chances but either we are not ready to seize them or unable to make up our minds. In a way, this applies to society, country and humanity itself. We just react to circumstances without taking control to change our destiny. We have been drifting right through, repeating mistakes, taking the same path blindly, led in a way like the children depicted in the legend of Pied Piper of Hamelin. Are we really in charge, aware of our true potential? Or are we just led by a piper representing greed and selfishness that override the majority will? It looks to me the former scores over the yearnings of the vast majority so far. We find ourselves in a rut with few holding us under their thumb. The Yearnings and energy of the majority lie suppressed.

Openings on the Horizon

Can we find the magic key, or is it sort of looking for needle in a haystack? The churning of lives over generations goes on seamlessly but how can we come out of the rut? How can we channel our energy into positivity than what is happening now like in a Tower of Babel? All talk at the same time too and the essence is lost in the din we create! I think aloud as under:

Modern Technology: The pace of change through technology is getting faster almost to our consternation. But it has served to unite us too – when the push comes to shove we react to save our skin! The adoption of technology is almost instant all over the world. There are no secrets – in fact, governments are finding it tough to keep anything under wraps. When the yearnings are similar we should strike when the iron is hot and turn the enormous energy towards the final push that can deliver us from the clutches of negativity, greed and selfishness.

Oneness of Humanity: We are reminded of the oneness of humanity as we react the same way to news as they unfold. The politicians may still have a hold to divide us for their selfish ends to get elected, but they stand exposed increasingly. Their real intentions are clearer - not altruistic – it is there for all to see; it is themselves, their party, and finally those who vote for them in that order. They create issues where there were none – sort of magic out of thin air!

Tap Unlimited Resources: The resources were taken to be limited, but no more. The most important is energy and those who control this vital need are losing their grip by the day. Renewable energy is making headway and when they become cheaper than fossil fuel, the exodus will begin from the trickle now to a torrent. It can well resonate with the words – those who came to mock remained to pray! If for nothing else, solar energy will deliver the vast majority of countries from the suffocating hold of few and also release us from debilitating political thuggery; wars ignited to satiate greed!

Positivity: When we are truly liberated from those that keep us at each other’s throats, we should breathe easy, but then the new challenges will rise! The evil thoughts will linger on, so we still have to be on guard. The immense energy realized – it is even said our yearly energy needs now equal to one hour of sunlight – then imagine where we could be placed with enough time to shake our legs! The mind is like a monkey jumping about, so can we get hold of our lives or just get carried away? Positive thinking and action should be the way.

Threshold of Breakthroughs

It is only a matter of time that we have breakthroughs that do full justice to the term. Our scientists are ever trying to solve the jigsaw puzzles one by one; there are just too many and some we are not even aware of. Solving one opens the door to another in the endless puzzle of life. And then we have to content with the dualities as solutions cut both ways. While our intentions are above board, few get carried away to dabble in dangerous zones or even bent upon blowing up the whole lot of us! When we are in a rut our reach is limited, but as we come out to wider space – who knows what is really in outer space – then the stakes get higher! The innate passion to explore is clear enough and when we widen our reach, it becomes all the more vital that we should not forget we could well be playing with more potent fires by the day. The journey is ongoing with us at the helm, other species as fellow travelers; the passion of majority is clear and noble and it is important that we stay united within the overall quest to survive and better our lives as true co-creators – is that not what our inner voice says?


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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Mark for the moderation and encouragement by awarding star merit - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
9th Oct 2015 (#)

Nice post Siva. However what you outline is difficult to achieve

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Madan. We should rather take on the evil in ways that they do not dictate - an eye for eye will make the whole world blind.

The vast majority wants to be left alone to pursue happiness sans greed and selfishness - siva

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author avatar Jongleur
12th Oct 2015 (#)

That is so true Siva, most DO want to be left alone, though a large percentage of those, are not really seeking improvement, just as you say, reacting to circumstances.
Have you ever heard the term "Bread and Circuses"? In ancient Rome, the rulers found that the masses of the general population could be kept happy, could be kept from making trouble, as long as they A. had their 'dole'; the allotment of grain given to everyone (to make bread) and B. had their Circus Maximus (Gladiators, games, wars, bloody spectacle) all as a diversion from the REAL game, power and control.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Jongleur, appreciate your input.

One advantage of modern media and technology is we are kept informed of what is going around us though even in democracy we feel helpless as despite whoever we elect to power the boss remains the same! Some are so greedy that they endlessly covet the natural resources of countries and try to corner them.

Also modern media is keeping us entertained so that we can forget the realities that we find difficult to tolerate or live with!

If we can have a system where justice prevails - not few outsmarting others - then everyone will have more of a stake in society, country and creation even. I do hope we are inching towards that goal. We should identify the real issues to tackle them on a global basis as the rich and poor have similar characteristic wherever they are - siva

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
9th Oct 2015 (#)

Difficult but not impossible to achieve and great post Siva!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Fern - we should not get sucked in to their ways of lifestyle - we have better options than allow them to set our agenda - siva

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author avatar brendamarie
9th Oct 2015 (#)

Great post Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Brendamarie, appreciate your encouragement - siva

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author avatar spirited
10th Oct 2015 (#)

“Many leave them hidden and lead lives that are empty, never realizing their true potential. The need to make a living obfuscates the fire within but it keeps festering leaving a long shadow on our lives to make them meaningless, rudderless.” siva

This seems a little too tough to me siva.

No life is entirely meaningless, or really fully empty, is it?

Another life altogether is often being lived behind the mundane outer fronting of the scenes being played out here in the trenches as a seemingly dull life.

Many a mundane, drub life is merely working off karma, and this is not empty then in the bigger picture of it all.

Nothing is ever empty, or meaningless in this respect. All brings to us what we are ready to receive. Even an empty life does this, when we are ready to receive more we will.

Of course, that’s only my own opinion, as is yours.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Spirited for your analysis and conclusion. These add value, lend variety.

Many are forced to lead lives not to their liking especially those who have to work for others.They are sort of told what to do. That can be repulsive when they go on and on. It amounts to being led by the nose! Sadly, most have no other choice all their working lives.

Yes, this can be karma in action! My working life has been an endless chain of others creating issues, being unreasonable, and leaving their problems at my door. That is why I tried to make sense, sort of squeezing blood out of stone - of course, the blood is from my hands only! That lead me to separate work life and leave it forgotten till I get back to office. The incremental increase in income in doing more was never worth it.

Of course, I keep smiling all the time - my way is to separate myself and look from outside dispassionately how I react to situations.

I had an opportunity to visit my earlier workplace after forty years! I met perhaps the only one left in that place - others had retired with majority even bid goodbye forever! He told me - how can I ever forget your smile? Yes, I do smile even when faced with hopeless situations though I am still being tested of my resolve!

Yes, variety is indeed the spice of life and looks like some have too much to repay in terms of compensating the brought forward karma, or we could well need to stock them for future needs! siva

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author avatar spirited
10th Oct 2015 (#)

Forty years ago, you had the same smile on your face.

That's a worthy emblem you wear siva, your heart on your face, not your mind's problems on your dial!!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Oct 2015 (#)

Yes Spirited, though teeth not in good shape for smile to linger for long now!

Smiles keep our troubles at bay - after all, there is a mile between the two "s"! siva

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author avatar onenow
10th Oct 2015 (#)

I think we are often creatures of fear and accept anything we can find in order to pay our bills instead of being patient and deciding how to make our passions work for us. It is tragic but you are right, most never find their way to work in their area of love. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Onenow, you hit the nail on its head!.

I started off as an accountant with a take "first to be hired, last to be fired"! I studied to become a Chartered Accountant, but behind was the fear to end up a Shattered Accountant!

I feel the younger generation are better off in this regard. Earlier times, especially in poorer societies, there were children many, and one had just the basics - so out we went in search of jobs that were hard to come by. Now families have one or two children at most and with both parents earning (even inheriting!), it is a much better world for the young to exercise their choices. For people like me, it was sort of grabbing at straws for survival - siva

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
10th Oct 2015 (#)

In an ideal world we would all have jobs that relate to what our passion in life is. Or at the very least our employers would see that we have a passion and use that to help us share that in a positive way with the workplace

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Mark for your take.

Human Resource management did not exist in less developed countries. The bosses acted as Gods, even terrorizing employees with their unpredictable behavior! They paid just enough so that employees never left to start on their own.

Now the choices are much wider and employees need not put up with unreasonable behavior. Some parents even live vicariously through their precious children - trying to see that not only they get good education but also willing to support them when they have passion for activities that are not rewarding enough.

However, I am grateful to rise step by step sort of on own merit - siva

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author avatar Retired
10th Oct 2015 (#)

I love your articles. They are always opening my eyes to something. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Oluwasgun, appreciate your kind words of support - siva

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author avatar Retired
10th Oct 2015 (#)

Nice piece. Keep up the good work.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Jessica for your motivation, appreciated - siva

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author avatar Deepizzaguy
10th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this important matter.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Oct 2015 (#)

Appreciate your encouragement Deepizzaguy, gratified that you found my post useful - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
11th Oct 2015 (#)

Truly of all the wonderful gifts God has graced humanity with -empathy is one of the very most wondrous of all!...Outstanding article Siva...:0)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Oct 2015 (#)

So happy to see your comments on my pages again, thanks Delicia.

Our world is a heaven presented to us on a silver platter and renewed everyday for our enjoyment. And we have only one adversary - ourselves!

Empathy is inborn trait that we disregard at our peril - yes, even the fiercest wild animal does not hurt its own - siva

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author avatar Jongleur
12th Oct 2015 (#)

Shared to both tsu and to FB.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks again Jongleur, appreciate your support - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Oct 2015 (#)

Siva my friend we need more people who think as you do. Yes, we are all one and that cannot be said too often. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Kingwell, when we try to outdo each other negatively and even hoodwink the vast majority we well forever be in the pits. We fought for democracy and freedom so that we don't exploit the ordinary people but the ground reality is still the same in most countries.

Our attitude decides our altitude - the sooner we realize and act upon some basics the better it will be for our planet - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
14th Oct 2015 (#)

Excellent and thought provoking. At times, facing and answering our inner selves is a tougher bit than tackling others.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha for your thoughtful comments.

Our life should be made a meaningful journey and we should never shy away from issues just because we can look away from them.

We can do but little, but if each does that little, all will be done. As Gandhi said - "be the change you wish to see in the world" siva

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author avatar Subra
16th Oct 2015 (#)

How true, dear Siva! Yet because of life's realities we are often not able to make use of our inner voice and passion to guide us. Numerous variables lead us to twists and turns in life, so much so we are compelled by force of circumstances to follow a certain path.There are lots of things we like to do with passion, but this is often elusive.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks dear Subra for your thoughtful take. Agreed we are forced to be reactive than proactive most of the time. It also happens when forced to the wall we find our inner talent and strength lying dormant till then, and know who our real friends are.

I admire those who burn their bridges and immerse themselves in their calling come what may. As for me, I keep my inner voice tuned in ready on call, and that is how I was able to wake it up just in time as the clock is ticking and no time to lose!

Clutch at my passion for the last hooray, never too late - is my credo for now! siva

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author avatar Retired
19th Oct 2015 (#)

You give great food for thought!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Oct 2015 (#)

I welcome and appreciate your motivation, thanks Mary - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
20th Oct 2015 (#)

Again I have been slow in responding to your post my friend ...but much has been calling on my time of late ..
All good though .
Only this morning I read a post from spirited which is well worth the reading , as it tells of one of your countrymen Sundu Sundar Singh...who found the answer to the inner voice calling him ...and He followed .
As have I my friend
May the Good Lord bless you with all wisdom and understanding of who He truly is .
Many blessings Siva
Stella ><

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks dear Stella - I repeat, my post is not complete without your generous comments. It is better late than never!

I have to read Spirited's post as his is food for thought, worth the time. As I say, my mind/ life is an open book ready to let in fresh air till my last breath before I take off without turning back - not bothering those still pursuing their journey here. Anyway, I feel though our life here has meaning in our further journey, it can well be wiped clean, given a fresh slate, to chart fresh course but with guidance gained from past journeys.

I read today a far away planet seems to hold promise in terms of life as it emanates light and looks like from solar panels!

So limitless are the possibilities that we cannot even dream of! The best is yet to be - siva

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author avatar Carol
21st Oct 2015 (#)

A lovely post Siva, that inner voice is impossible to ignore sometimes.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Carol. We should pause and ponder whenever we can to listen to our inner voice for guidance and support and try to make course correction - siva

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author avatar Abdul Batin Bey
21st Oct 2015 (#)

A great piece

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Abdul, appreciate your encouragement - siva

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author avatar SherryeB
26th Oct 2015 (#)

I enjoyed reading your perspective on finding and working at your passion. I personally have worked for the boss man and while at times it was frustrating, the experiences gave me character and if not for that I would have nothing to write about.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks SherryeB.

Though the shackles are being removed, most are afraid to step put to enjoy their freedom - we have been too long used to being told what to do! siva

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author avatar Retired
6th Nov 2015 (#)

You are so right Siva, one has to be passionate about his work to do it as well as possible.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks again Mary, we should pause and ponder so that we alight from the bus we ride to the right one after our passion; then our life will change for the better and we get a spring in our steps - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
25th Sep 2019 (#)

Put your heart and soul into everything you do (always do your best) rather it be a simple everyday task, or the most important work of your lifetime, this is sage advice my parents gave me, and they themselves lived by. Siva, your always evergreen articles, speak of this same key to living a life of true fulfilment.

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