Saturday, May 24, 2003
M A I N   F E A T U R E

It is attitude that counts, faith that prevails
R.C. Sharma

IF you have problems or you are passing through an unfavourable time, you needn’t worry at all. When there is a problem, there is definitely a solution too. When somebody is ill, he goes to a doctor. The doctor examines him, and after diagnosis prescribes the appropriate medicine which cures him. The patient, thus, regains lost health Similarly, solutions exist for problems, provided you get the right guidance and you follow it in letter and spirit. There is nothing impossible in this world. If man had thought that walking on the moon was impossible, he would never have made it. Napoleon used to say that the word ‘impossible’ could only be found in the dictionary of fools.

More than talent and knowledge, it is attitude that counts, it is faith that prevails.

Suffering is the best teacher. Invaluable are the lessons learnt from bitter experiences. Oscar Wilde turned over a new leaf in his life while in prison. Earlier, this great author was arrogant, in prison he learned about humanity and nobility.


Adversity turns our thoughts towards God. When we are surrounded by comforts and life flows like a song, we forget God. But a broken heart pours itself out in prayer. During the darkest days of World War II, England frequently observed days of national prayers. After they came out victorious, God and prayers were relegated to the background.

When we study the lives of great men like Churchill, Napoleon, Lincoln, Gandhi, Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose, J.F. Kennedy and many others, we learn that they were also victims of adversities. But they braved the difficult times and were ultimately successful in their adventures and missions.

If you miss a train, do not curse yourself or feel remorseful. To maintain your peace of mind, accept the fact with good grace and relax till the next train comes. Always think positively and act positively. These factors will help you cope with adverse times.

There are so many vexations of everyday life. But we need not be nervous. Rather, we should face such situations bravely and courageously. The secret of success in life is facing and overcoming hardships. As Shakespeare aptly said:

"There is a tide in the affairs of men,

Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;

Omitted, all the voyage of their life

is bound in shallows and in miseries."

Many yearn to win gold medals in Olympic games. But they do not succeed because they want to have "good times" without going through "hard times".

Struggle makes the fruit of success sweeter. If nature will allow us to go through life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong and competent as we would be otherwise. Struggle is the jewel of life and has to be cherished.

Self-introspection does wonders and shows the correct measures which we can adopt to solve our problems. Understanding ourselves, our will power, and perseverance help us in overcoming crises and maturing towards growth and happiness.