Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Finding happiness in valuing life


Have you ever wanted to die because things aren’t going the way you plan? I recently read an article in www.nopkin.com about a writer trying to think of what thoughts might precede before committing suicide.  I know how desperate and disappointed we can get, especially when something turns out totally opposite to what we expected. But that isn’t the reason to die. We are here for greater purpose than to take our own life. People with positive outlook on life do not usually think of committing suicide and even if this thought pops up, in a flicker of a second, it vanishes because they have the belief that there is more meaning in life. 

People who commit suicide or think of committing suicide are those who are mentally disturbed and are not able to hold their emotions and view them positively. What is very important is what values we practice and uphold. They put in us the perception we hold towards life. 

When you are going to your office in the morning, if you mercilessly run your car’s wheel over a pigeon, you will be haunted by the guilt of not having saved its life. If death is what we all look forward to, why should we even think that killing a bird is bad? If life isn’t what we should value, why should we even fear falling sick? We nurse our health, we eat healthy food, we take medicine when we fall sick, and we look for at least a day more to be in this world, simply because living is an important phenomenon where we have the opportunity of fulfilling the purpose of every higher conscience. 

Even if we have a mild headache, smile vanishes from our face. And the instant we feel better, we feel light and happy. Imagine how much happier we can be if we value this life and not think of ending it, brutally cutting off the possibility of fulfilling our dream. 

Occurrence of suicidal thought is one of the indicators in Psychological Wellbeing domain of GNH.

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