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April 17, 2008

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 1. Do not interfere with others’ business

 Most of us create our own problems by interfering  too often in others’  affairs. We do so because somehow we have convinced ourselves that our way is the best way, our logic is the perfect logic, and those who do not conform to our thinking must be criticized and

steered to the right direction, our direction.

 

 2. Forget and forgive

This is the most powerful aid to peace of mind.   We  often nurture ill feeling inside our heart for the person who insults or harms us. We  forget that the insult or injury was done to us once but by nourishing the grievance we go on excavating the wound forever.   Therefore it is essential that we cultivate the art of forgiving and forgetting.

 

3. Do not crave for recognition

This world is full of selfish people.  They seldom praise anybody without selfish motive. They may praise you today because you are rich and have power but no sooner you are powerless, they  will forget your achievement and start criticizing you.

4. Do not be jealous

We all have experienced how jealousy can disturb our peace of mind. You know you work harder than your colleagues in the  office but they get promotions, you do not. You started a business several years ago but you are not as successful as your neighbor whose business is only one year old.  Should you be jealous?

5. Change yourself according to the environment

If you try to change the environment single  handedly, the chances are you may fail. Instead, change yourself to suit the environment. As you do this, even the environment, which has remained  unfriendly for you, will mysteriously appear to be congenial and harmonious.

 

6. Endure what cannot be cured

This is the best way to turn a disadvantage into an  advantage. Everyday we face numerous inconveniences, ailments, irritations and accidents that are beyond our control. We must learn to endure them cheerfully thinking, ‘God will it so, so be it’.   God’s logic is beyond our comprehension. Believe it and you will gain in patience, in inner

strength, in will power.
7. Do not bite more than you can chew
 This maxim should be always remembered.  We often tend to take more responsibilities than we are capable to carry out.   This is done to satisfy our ego.  Know your limitations.

8. Pray regularly

Prayer brings you closer to God. Drawing closer,  trusting in God, brings peace of mind. Try and experience it.  If you pray earnestly everyday, your mind will tend to relax and you will be calm during the day. Your mind will not be disturbed as much as before.  This will  increase your efficiency and you will turn out more work in less  time… with less stress.

 

 9. Never leave the mind vacant

An empty mind is devil’s workshop.  All evil deeds start in the mind. Keep your mind occupied in something positive, something worthwhile. Actively follow a hobby. You must decide what you value more – money or peace of mind. Your hobby, like social work may not always earn you more money, but you will have a sense of fulfillment  and achievement. Even if you are resting physically, occupy yourself.

10. Do not procrastinate and never regret

Do not waste time in wondering ‘what if?’ or ‘should  I?’ or ‘shouldn’t  I?’  Days, weeks, months and years may be wasted in that futile mental  debating. You can never plan enough because you can never anticipate  all future happenings.  Always remember God has His own plan too.  Value  your time and do things. It does not matter if you

fail the first time. You can rectify your mistakes and succeed the next time.  Sitting back and worrying will lead to nothing. Learn from your mistakes but  do not brood over the past. DO NOT REGRET!>