CA Saurav Somani
The New Year resolution to “Modi-fy” your life marvellously!
“What’s your 2017-New-year Resolution?” I asked my friend, Kushal, as I sipped a cup of tea. I had posed the question to many and got the usual, cliché and even funny answers like: Weight loss, Fitness goals, to be happier, to get a good job, to marry and what not!
Well, with a thoughtful smile, Kushal sipped his tea and then offered with an air of sincerity, “It’s quite simple. I will try my best to awake the “Modi” in me!”
I choked over my tea and stared, perplexed at his weird resolution, then asked curiously “Modi? Do you mean our beloved Prime Minister Sir Narendra Modi ji?”
Kushal nodded. Was he kidding? I thought. But he didn’t look he was kidding. He was sort of the guy who walked his talk and not just talked his talk.
“Are you thinking what I think you are thinking?” I queried and, with a touch of sarcasm, added – “Are you planning to become a political leader like Modi ji who moves the nation with his charisma and action?”
Kushal laughed, and seeing my eagerness, asked, “Do you want me to explain?”
“I am all ears!” I said, leaning closer.
Kushal started, “Observe this: You wake up at 5.00 am sharp in the morning, hone your health by working out and meditating, get ready till 8.00, breakfast and read the important news, talk to your friends or family, reach your office at 9.30 am, complete your files, with no pending backlogs, take important decisions; in between you wish your friends or siblings on their anniversaries or birthdays, then come home, spend quality time with your family, and still feel refreshed and energetic by the time you go to bed, all set to greet the next day with equal enthusiasm and energy! And, what’s best, you follow this every day!” Kushal finished looking as enthusiastic as the one who had known a thought-provoking secret.
“Well…” I said, knowing fairly where the topic was heading to, “That’s very ideal. But not practical and –
“What’s your age?” Kushal interrupted.
“Mine? I am 26.”
“Then how come a person aged 66 by the name of Mr Narendra Damodardas Modi clings to this ideal routine every single day?”
That hit me hard. I was intrigued. I simply stared. Before I could counter, Kushal spoke, “He does all what I just said with unerring discipline and impeccable dedication! You would perhaps argue he is a Prime-Minister, with no family issues. Believe me, he has a family of 125 Crore members known popularly as India! He takes care of himself and everyone, his ears are open to anyone, and he listens with patience and compassion; with a good sense of humour, he smiles through all the difficulties and bears the mountainous pressures with ease and elegance! How does he do that?”
“I haven’t thought of him this way!” said I, impressed though not fully assured and voiced my doubt, “Still it’s easier said than done. It’s hard, even complicated. ”
“On the contrary, it’s simple, my friend!” Kushal emphasized staunchly, “If you think consciously, you’ve to follow just one mantra – Modi ji’s marvellous mantra – beautifully known as Balance! Striking balance in every sphere of life will get your life on a roll! It’s all about waking the “Modi” in you!”
“Well, okay. It sounds really good. But we cannot imitate him. Every human is different” I countered.
“Yes, every human is different, but what makes all the difference in our life is not Imitation!” Kushal corrected serenely, “But inspiration! Inspiration is not an imitation of a particular person but it is the qualities you draw from that person and instil in yourself.
Let me make it clearer. You aspire to be a singer and still you can be inspired by Modiji. How? His quintessential qualities of patience, humanity, humbleness and humility can motivate us all. And we can adopt these qualities in every wake of our life. That’s inspiration. But, if you imitate his style of walking, talking, etc, that’s imitation!
“That’s an amazing angle to look at!” I appreciated, getting keener to know more.
“Believe me if we espouse even 50% of what Modi ji does, we are bound to embrace excellence in whatever we do! Let me zero in on some of the essential qualities of Modi ji:
Kushal paused, looking thoughtful, then said: “Sustain and Serve is the most crucial of all.”
“Sustain and Serve?” I enquired. “What‘s that?”
Kushal said, “If you ask me to define success, I would say: Success is the summation of Sustain and Serve. That’s pivotal, underlying element of any work we do; the emphatic philosophy one should embrace. Success is not measured by the quantity of wealth or fame but by the quality of service to our fellow people.”
“But how does it relate to Modiji?”
“It relates entirely to Modij’s way of working. Sustain and serve is the reason of his unparalleled success and unmatched recognition. Sustain, in wider terms, is the skills you possess that help you survive – monetarily and non-monetarily. The point is: every human makes effort to sustain but few are selfless to serve out to others. Now serving doesn’t mean just handing out few coins or currency to the beggars sitting outside a temple! Serving is when you make others able. Modi ji is working ardently and assiduously for making India able! Providing education is the one of the various ways of making anyone able. Think for instance – What if every educated person in the country vows to bear the expense of educating at least two illiterate children up to school or even college? The implications are huge and inspiring. There are numerous other ways of making the deprived ones able and independent. If we do it with loyal dedication and selfless authenticity, India will soar up to the status of Super-India in no time!”
“You nailed me, buddy!” I exclaimed out, amazed and bowled over by the concept. “You are right. Balance is the mantra, along with Sustain and Serve. The year has 12 months. Every month, if we work assiduously towards absorbing Modi ji’s qualities and vow to serve others within our capacity, then by the end of 2017, these qualities will eventually become our habits. Our life will have soared up to the next level of greatness and opened up avenue of possibilities! And, we will surely have awakened the “Modi” within us! Modi ji is simply a Super Man!”
Kushal laughed appreciatively, “Well, he’s both Simple Man and Super Man! So that’s my new year Resolution. What’s yours?”
“Mine is a simple one,” I offered with a wry smile, “Follow Modiji’s marvellous mantra and awake the “Modi” in me!”
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