The Challenge to make Life Meaningful, yet keep it Simple

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We manage to retrace our steps from the brink of another world war though our innate urge to tempt fate is alive and well reminding of an elephant’s mock charge! The challenges of pursuing our scientific progress while reining our destructive tendency can be met by finding meaning through simplicity in our daily lives.

Roller Coaster Ride of life

We struggle to find meaning in life; when there are no challenges we lack motivation, but some can be overwhelming too. I recall the words of Reinhold Niebuhr “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference”. We should take life as a challenge yet keep it simple to stay the course. I like to pursue life in all earnestness but at the end of the day enjoy the ride more. Reverses are there to make us feel grateful for the blessings – in fact, they are the blessings! They strengthen our resolve and keep us alert to the realities of living as human species. We can analyse our thoughts and actions before, during and after. Lessons are learned along the way and passed on for others to benefit. Our mistakes keep us human and humble; we become both heroes and villains! The beauty is we can change course when we look around and see the paths taken by others.

Life a Snake and Ladder Game

History should goad us to the right path. We should not repeat those that lead us to certain doom. Agreed we can be led by emotions but controlling and channeling them the right way take us to greater heights. We aspire to climb hills, even mountains, but life proves a snake and ladder game. Yet we have to keep climbing and take calculated risks along the way; so we make the choices than a leap of faith all the time. The beauty is we do not know what challenges are ahead of us. Situations can change overnight, people can be deceptive but as long we believe in ourselves our path proves secure.

Take on Challenges but Stick to Basics

While we can run with the crowd to stay in the game of life and to interact with society, it pays to stick to basics and maintain simplicity. We are emotional beings and only few can ride through storms without getting pummeled. I follow few basics to maintain equanimity

Time for others: Lao Tzu said “Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to.” There is nothing to beat the soothing feelings after the deed when we help those in need. Even simple thoughts and acts leave their mark on the beneficiary and the giver too. Never leave an opportunity slip through our fingers.

Give More than Take: Look for opportunities to give as no one has become “poor” by giving! Of course, like they tell us in the airplane, take care of self before taking care of the baby! Our survival matters to those who have no one else to turn to.

Live in the Moment: Living in the moment can be made a habit. The present moment is the greatest present. The past is for learning the right lessons, future is uncertain, so it is exciting journey to wherever we are headed for.

Re-look Life: I keep learning lessons or rather refine what I have learned but we are here to benefit society; at least not to create misery for others and then make it recoil on ourselves ad nauseam.

Have Patience: Patience is a great virtue. I have heard of instances when grown up people slap another or even worse though they create revulsion nowadays.

Live and Let Live: That should be the way to truly coexist. Happiness is not through following a single path. Every child should have time to play and laugh out aloud and let that translate into adulthood and all our lives. Let not our actions snuff out the laughter that is the panacea to keep all sorts of illness away from society but also save precious lives through our intolerance.

Look Ahead backed by History

We should move up the ladder of coexistence even as we climb the necessary one of science and technology to find meaning. Our creator has given a world sans borders and what we have created should aid our growth than stifle it. Any form of division is revolting but some are in place like country borders to serve a purpose. The injustices of the past should not be kept alive other than not to repeat the mistakes. Let the dead bury their dead – let them deal with it. Times have changed and we hardly can know the emotions and reality of those times to pass a judgement. The dead have dealt with them already or doing so in another dimension as death could prove an extension of life!

The real challenge will be more and more to keep up with ever changing technology at a faster clip yet maintain simplicity to suit our human psyche; gadgets should not define us. The future is exciting and daunting too as to how we grapple with not only the technology but the duality of creation in that our destructive abilities increase along with the progress. The negative aspects and fallout will prove a challenge – hang above our heads like a Damocles sword. But the beauty is we still remain the master of our destiny – at least for now! Let us face the challenges to keep life meaningful and simple in every way so that emotions can be kept in leash for wisdom to trump always. And to quote Reinhold Niebuhr again “Forgiveness is the final form of love”. Let us pave our path with the words of the wise before we traverse them.

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author avatar Carol
8th Aug 2015 (#)

So much wisdom flows from your pen Siva, and great images too. Another uplifting piece of work.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Steve for the moderation and star merit, appreciated - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol for your motivation and kind words of support - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
8th Aug 2015 (#)

Indeed ..I agree wholeheartedly with Carol Siva.
I did not know who wrote the Serenity Prayer until today ...so thank you for enlightening me ...most helpful and wise information that we can all benefit from and learn by.
God richly bless you my friend
Stella ><

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you dear Stella for your wholehearted, unstinting, support and encouragement as always.

I like to share what I learn with you all like others do too. We motivate each other to put our best foot forward and never feel defeated. The beauty is we can feel the oneness of creation but also the uniqueness in each of us. We may look different but are from the same source.

We share the divine energy without which we are done for, so let us enjoy the moments and be grateful for them - siva

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author avatar pramalkumarsamanta
8th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks for a very nice post. We should follow the advices in our daily life to make it more meaningful.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Pramalkumarsamanta for your support.

Whatever experiences that have stood the test of time I like to share and feel gratified when I read comments like yours - siva

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author avatar brendamarie
8th Aug 2015 (#)

Great advice! thank-you for another wonderful wisdom filled article!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Brendamarie for your generous words.

I share my experiences with a hope others might benefit - siva

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author avatar Shamarie
8th Aug 2015 (#)

Awesome post, Siva!!! Thanks!!!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Shamarie - your support is very encouraging - siva

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author avatar Helen Thomas
8th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks again ~ Siva ~ for sharing these beautifully expressed thoughts
Somehow we often forget that with every choice ~ good or bad ~ there is a consequence.

The way I see it, we have been given the wonderful privilege of shining the Light of God's Love brightly so that others can see our good works and then glorify the God of heaven and earth.

I now know that giving is one of the keys to open the door to happiness. As you aptly stated:
"Give More than Take: Look for opportunities to give as no one has become “poor” by giving! Of course, like they tell us in the airplane, take care of self before taking care of the baby! Our survival matters to those who have no one else to turn to."
Yes ~ absolutely.

Blessings to you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks Helen for your wholesome support and encouragement as always, appreciated.

I try my best to help those in need but not to the extent to put myself in trouble! A rich man told when approached for charity "I cannot please everyone - how much can one give anyway". The answer is - till it really hurts the pocket!

I thought the airplane analogy was apt to find balance! siva

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

Nice post, but it's easier said than done. great motivation

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Madan for your encouragement.

No one is perfect but our thoughts and deeds should have the right motivation and what it is no one need tell us!

Once we have the right attitude other pieces fall into place automatically - siva

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author avatar vellur
9th Aug 2015 (#)

Great wisdom in your words, yes let us keep life simple and challenge ourselves day to day. Gadgets do not define our lives but nowadays that seems to be the case.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Vellur - thus far and no more is the way whether they are gadgets or food intake!

We have to move with the times but we know what values are timeless - siva

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author avatar Retired
9th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing all your inspirational insights so articulately, my friend. Love the quote from Lao Tzu! Namaste, Sivaji, rd

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Rama-ji and happy to see you on my pages with your generous words of support.

I am touched that my effort is appreciated. Namaste - siva

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author avatar Sujitkumar
9th Aug 2015 (#)

Nice Inspiration Mr. Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Sujitkumar for your support. Looking forward to your further posts and wish you success in your endeavors - siva

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author avatar Sujitkumar
9th Aug 2015 (#)

Check out my new posts..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Aug 2015 (#)

Will do so, thanks Sujit - siva

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author avatar Donald Pennington
9th Aug 2015 (#)

It seems, when I try for simplicity, life becomes complicated. When I embrace complexity, life amplifies. Thank you for quoting Lao Tzu.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Donald for your input.

I do not consciously seek simplicity but take it as a way of life. As I stated, enjoying the ride matters more and not to take life too seriously. We may hardly know what it is about with due apologies to few who have more awareness though it may just be scratching the surface.

When we ponder over quotes from centuries ago, we realize we have not changed much! siva

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author avatar peachpurple
10th Aug 2015 (#)

Wonderful article, you do put good thoughts into each of your article

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Peachpurple for your motivation, appreciated - siva

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
10th Aug 2015 (#)

Another thought provoking article. Thanks for the share Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks Randhir, waiting for your further posts - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
10th Aug 2015 (#)

Siva, your words are so motivational to me. Your articles lift me up and make me try to achieve a happy balance in my life. I've always enjoyed life and I love simplicity. I think I was meant to meet you way back when because you have always been a delight to me. We live so far apart but I have learned so much from you. I think this is what life is about. When I saw the title of your article I knew I would find my friends here when I opened your article and just as I've said they were here with wonderful comments. I love all my friends. Blessings to you today and always.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks Nancy, the encouragement from our friends make it all worth the while. No one is perfect and it is work in progress for everyone. As long as we remind ourselves of the basics we should be alright.

I saw an interview with someone who had "been there, seen that and returned to tell the tale". According to her, heaven is not what we think it is - when we leave our body we do not want to return to the same clothing which has often run its course. When without our body, meaning the soul existence, one does not exist in the time frame that we live in here. We can go anywhere at will anytime!

Whatever is willed to us, let us enjoy the moments, enjoy our ride, than forgetting to live thinking of afterlife which is a question mark.

I am so happy to have met with so many kind souls here which reinforces my belief we are from the same source sharing the divine energy that can be switched off by the one who love us - siva

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author avatar spirited
12th Aug 2015 (#)

Basically, simplicity is common sense, in a way, because what complicates things is trying to do things but forgetting the underlying basics, thinking they are no longer required of us, or even necessary.

They always are, as you so beautifully point out here for us all, siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks Spirited for linking simplicity with commonsense.

Few stay rooted to the ground with the same demeanor - one recent example is Nelson Mandela - while others get carried way till they are brought to the ground with a thud! We all owe our lives to the divine energy that we share, so we owe a duty too to uplift those in need.

Doing without paraphernalia help us to enjoy our ride with less of needless baggage and more of meaning, sort of less of rituals help us to get to the core of beliefs - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
13th Aug 2015 (#)

Very insightful thoughts. As from my own experience, it is possible to remain simple, but that requires a lot of tough discipline, and to remain calm when someone acclaims: "You are not like so and so, or you do not mix well?
Or why don't you show off?"

At times, we deviate, and end up confused. In our hearts, we want simpler life. Yet the gadgets and materialistic things around us make us restless, and makes us try t do more, to save more and we tend to be slaves of a rat race, no one knows what purpose is that serving.

Sorry a bit long and not so simple answer. :)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Aug 2015 (#)

Your comments are always welcome Ptrikha.

We should have peace of mind at the end of the day. I have seen the very wealthy leading a life of misery unable to trust anyone. Also those in a family, everyone engaged on their gadgets, not communicating with each other face to face. Then lives become empty as we go against nature - sort of lose ourselves in escapism.

We can spend time on many that fascinate us but they are just means to an end for a happy and contented life within society - siva

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author avatar usha kiran
15th Aug 2015 (#)

When we look back upon our life there should be fewer regrets about not having done what should have been done, although it is practically impossible to achieve all our goals. I place inter personal relationships on top of the list because it can give you strength and security to achieve and sustain..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks Usha for your share.

With each passing day we have less time for those in need and pass our days more into those that do not benefit society. We all face lack of time syndrome to help those in need.

As for myself, I try to reject those which are frivolous activities that benefit none, and only serve to burden my conscience - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
16th Aug 2015 (#)

Great advice my friend. We usually forget how truly simple it can be. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks Kingwell, it is by living a simple that we can devote time for those that matter to soothe our body, mind and soul - siva

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author avatar Subra
30th Aug 2015 (#)

Dear Siva, co-existence is no more practised. If only the spirit of give and take can prevail in our lives so that we can create a better world for us as well as others! As the saying goes, "it is in the art of giving that you receive".

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Aug 2015 (#)

Yes dear Subra, thanks for your apt quote.

Having been in finance field, I see the rich accumulating wealth, but more of bad karma in the sense they take from the trusting poorest of the poor!

Frankly, there is no merit in being a billionaire especially from a poor country - the wealth is the blood of the poor majority. I have witnessed wealth being more of a liability for those born with a silver spoon - siva

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