Be a ‘DOER’ not a TALKER

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence”, Charles Bukowski said, and I couldn’t agree more.  Not only doubt, but fear, cynicism and numbness, plague the intelligent ones, while the others run amuck, with nothing holding them back.  

This has to stop. 

 So, if you are one of those people who despite having all the best intentions in the world, despite having deep seated convictions of how things should be,despite wanting things to change big time, still find yourself doing nothing, then read on. 

First things first, it’s time to OVERCOME DOUBT. There might be many reasons that we doubt ourselves and our abilities. It can be deeply rooted in something someone said to us once upon a time, or because we have failed one too many times or maybe even because we think we are not ready yet. Let me tell you something about your doubts. There will never be the perfect time. You will never feel ready. What people have said about you does not define you. In fact, what others say, does not matter at all.  

What matters, and what will always matter, is what you believe in. If you believe that something needs to be said or done or created and you have the strong conviction to back you up, then you are what really matters. Doubt is crippling in its effects and has brought down many a great people. Let it not get a hold of you. 

Secondly, we need to OVERCOME FEAR. Fear is often linked with doubt because most of the time we are doubtful because we fear. We fear failure, we fear criticism, we fear harm and therefore we talk ourselves out of doing something worthwhile because our fear seems bigger than anything else. I have quoted this about fear before, and I will quote this again-‘Courage is not the absence of fear but the belief that something else is bigger than the fear’. If what you believe in is more important, more relevant, and bigger than the fears that hold you back, fear can be overcome and courage can take its place, if you let it. 

In such moments, any inconvenience, any sacrifice, any threat, becomes null and void because something else is more important. Something else warrants your attention. Something else matters above all. It is in such moments of risk, that great things have the capacity to flourish. 

Next, it’s time to OVERCOME CYNICISM. Now you may not believe that you are a cynic, but if every once in a while, you mutter something about how things will never change, you probably are getting there. The world we are living in, unfortunately, makes it very easy for us to believe that everyone is selfish and no matter what anyone does, nothing is ever going to change. But if that was what everyone believed, the United States of America, India or for that matter, most of the countries of the world would not be independent separate states, our community would still be divided on the basis of the colour of people’s skins , some organizations would still have unlimited power over the world and I would definitely not be writing this blog. 

The world is changed only by people who have hope, hope that whatever is true and good and noble triumphs even though it looks like darkness has won. So, be one of those people. Be hopeful, be driven, be positive and then, and only then, will things start to look up. 

Another by-product of our messed-up world is our immunity to the mess. To stop being immune, we need to OVERCOME THE NUMBNESS. We are well past that stage when one disaster marred one generation of people and that was it. Today, so much happens every minute and we are very aware of it, regardless of where we live or where the disaster has happened. We know where children are suffering. We know where the environment has just given up. We know where wars are brewing. We know where injustice is taking place. We know, and we are not affected because it has begun to seem normal. Today, IF we wake up to good news, we either believe it is fake or we believe it is ultimately not good news at all. We read about the famines, the destruction, the exploitation and the stories with no reaction whatsoever because we’ve heard the same things before and we know for sure we will hear it again.  

But, the numbness has to stop because without a heart, we cannot effect change in the world. If we cannot feel, we won’t do anything because it won’t matter anyway. So, open up your hearts, let the emotion seep in and let it fuel your convictions rather than make you feel helpless and vulnerable, and maybe things will change someday.  

All of us have some desire within us, to start something new, to create something innovative, to drive change, to help others, to make a difference, but we have our mind holding us back, feeding us with doubt and fear and cynicism and numbness and I think it is high time we break down those strongholds and step into our destiny.  

As I said in a recent YouTube video, today we have so many people shouting from the rooftops, screaming, yelling, getting people’s attention but all for the wrong reasons. Why can’t we then take the effort to give ourselves a little push and get out there and do what we need to do? Is that too much to ask?  

When people with no values, no heart, no vision, no talent, no convictions, no knowledge whatsoever can take the effort to do things that takes up so much of public space, what is stopping you today? 

 

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Special Annual Day Celebrations at Jason Special School

It was a sunny Saturday evening in Menonpara village when I walked backstage to find a group of giggling children, anxious teachers and nervous parents getting ready. Saying hi to everyone, I could sense their excitement for what was to come. The stage was set. The programs, aptly in the shapes of burning candles, were given out and the chairs were filled to welcome the students of Jason Special School, for the very first time, on stage.

As I recorded the 2-hour long program, nothing on camera could ever match the feeling of triumph and hope that could be sensed in the atmosphere, when the entire neighbourhood, including the Gram Panchayat President, came to watch these children perform on stage. Thought of as a burden, as good for nothing, normally hidden within the confines of the home due to a lack of awareness, and generally a cause for pain rather than hope, these beautiful talented children came alive on stage that day and told everyone, categorically, that they were a force to be reckoned with.

Nothing can compare to that feeling of happiness that overtook me as I watched them in front of me that day- happy, joyful and confident. I felt tears well up in my eyes as if I was watching my own children coming into their own and they truly were doing so. They were singing and dancing and reciting long paragraphs from memory and every word they spoke and every step they took and every hand they waved made me so thankful that they could teach all of us present there that disability is not what defines them, they were and are much more than that.

These children are going to change the world someday. I know this in my heart of hearts and I am thankful that I get to spend at least a small part of my life knowing them.

 

 

26 Things I Am Thankful For

  1. God. Because he carries me through my life and I could never hope or wish for a better guardian angel and friend.
  2. My brother. Because he is still alive and kicking in the lives of the people he has influenced and he has set a high standard for me to live up to.
  3. My dad. Because, among other things, his ability to see the potential in people and believe in their inherent goodness is something that I want to be able to emulate someday.
  4. My mom. Because without her our life and this world would be devoid of her constant energy, immense talent, joy and compassion.
  5. My grandparents. Because I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the legacy of hard-working, unique and loving people who have left their mark in this world in their own way.
  6. Privilege. Because even though it means different things to different people, to me it means that I have been given a lot of opportunities and chances and therefore more is expected from me. More love; more value; more life.
  7. The rain. Because it is my special personal gift from the heavens reminding me that everything will be okay, new beginnings are on the way and great things are always hidden just beneath the clouds.
  8. Words. Because they have the power to resonate with my soul and make me feel alive whether they come in the form of lyrics or books.
  9. Books. Because they deserve a separate mention as they teach me so much more than life could have taught me in my 26 years of living.
  10. Discipline. Because I have found true bliss in the freedom that comes with being very disciplined about certain things and spontaneous with others.
  11. Greenery. Because for a girl with a brown thumb, the serenity that comes with looking at something green and alive is surprisingly lovely to experience.
  12. Hot cups of tea or coffee. Because they are the best way to transition from ‘on’ to ‘off’ or vice versa within minutes.
  13. Fresh Vegetables. Because I have learnt to love them and now cannot do without.
  14. Running. Because even though I feel like I am going to die at least once during every run, it makes me slow down, clears my mind and transports me into my imagination.
  15. My mind. Because when needed, it turns into this amazing one-track machine that enables me to get anything done with the utmost perfection.
  16. Sleep. Because it heals and recharges me just enough to take on life once again every morning.
  17. Good health. Because working with a body that does not cooperate with you is a struggle that I do not want to deal with right now.
  18. Deep thinkers. Because conversations with them are conversations I can have all day, any day, every day.
  19. My work. Because it has let me channelize my creative yet organized self into something that I actually enjoy doing day after day after day, something that I never thought I would find.
  20. Airplanes. Because these metal boxes transport me to different beautiful cultures within hours. They are my happy place.
  21. Cameras. Because nothing is better than seeing something beautiful for the first time and then taking it home with you in a camera.
  22. Gilmore Girls. Because I love the wit, humour and pop culture references this show brings into my life.
  23. Change. Because it ensures that I don’t become too lazy and forces me to push my limits.
  24. Freedom. Because you never know when your freedom to be yourself will be stolen away.
  25. Purpose. Because, without the knowledge that there is some reason I am doing this whole life thing, I would probably give up living.
  26. Love. Because love, in its purest form, can change history, if we let it.

The Perfect Balance is a myth

The perfectly balanced life is a myth. Every phase in life, every month, every day has a different priority that we must choose and the belief that in order to have it all, everything needs to perfectly balanced is a misleading lie that we have unfortunately fallen prey to.

The truth is that we can have it all, we can do great things, according to our hearts desires, our life circumstances and our destiny but the constant struggle, the pulling in different directions that we feel every single day is not a necessary part of our journey, however much we are convinced it is.

We have reached a stage where if we don’t feel guilty or stretched in multiple directions, towards multiple things, we believe that we are not trying hard enough at life. We try and try to be the  perfect student, child, parent, worker, boss, friend, and spouse at all times placing ridiculous standards for ourselves that most of the time we fail, feel guilty and end up not paying attention to anything at all.

High standards are good. Goals are good. Hard work is good. But, setting such goals and standards and working towards all goals at the same time is foolhardy. So, the alternative life philosophy popularised by Randi Zuckerberg in her book “Pick Three”, makes a lot more sense than what we are trying to do.

According to Randi, instead of trying to do everything at once, all we need to do is pick three areas of life to focus on and do only that on that day, choosing another three the next day and so on and so forth. This focus on three areas of life lets us give those areas, whether work or family or friends or wellness our full energy and enables us to do a better job at whatever we have prioritised for the day.

We get to then pick another three the next day and can balance our lives over the course of the week ensuring that we have paid attention to every important area of life.

It seems too simplistic, but honestly, it makes sense. It makes sense that an overall balance is more realistic and practical than a daily one. It makes sense that in order to do something well, we need to give it more time than the quick rush we usually provide to it. It makes sense that we need to see the overall picture of balance than the microscopic version we are so used to.

No matter what stage of life you are in, you know better than anyone else what needs to be prioritised every day or even for the current phase of our life. In the beginning of your career, work might take up the majority of your time, when you start a family, your family needs you more, at university your social life might seem important while in your late twenties choosing wellness makes much more sense. All of these choices are okay , all of these choices are important and you need to stop looking outside yourself for confirmation that it’s okay.

Instead, look inside.

Have a quick catch up session with yourself. Figure out what your priorities are and focus on balancing your life as a whole as against finding balance everyday. Choose what matters to you now and make it happen. The other things in the background are just noise.

It all comes down to Character

A rather simple, yet profound thought that should bring some enlightenment and clarity into our dark and dreary world is that whatever is happening, the mess, the chaos, the selfishness, the greed, is all down to one basic tenant that has been missing, and you guessed it right, it’s character. As I said, simple, yet profound.  
 
The virtues that were once upheld, universal truths common to all religions, sects, creeds, communities and nations have now become options and with our supposed elevated mental capacity, we have reached a point where we are not choosing them anymore. Universal truths are now relative options.  
 
Why is it that our nation who holds the mother on par with God treats women with utter disregard? Why is that our nation which has drilled into us the phrase ‘unity in diversity’ since childhood has stopped respecting diversity altogether? Why is it that a nation which fought for freedom for years, is now curbing that very freedom we fought for?  
 
I don’t have answers to these questions. I wish I did. Maybe you do. But, regardless of the many questions and their many possible answers, I believe, that we can try and change things, we can fight, argue, reason and maybe even force, but at the end of the day it will be like painting a car with a crap engine; Superficially good work but of no particular use.  
 
Unless each and every one of us chooses to uphold the virtues that have fallen by the wayside, virtues of truth, compassion, justice, love, and self-control, we will fail time and time again trying to fix the branches when it is the roots that are rotten to the core. It is a choice we personally have to make, not out of an external force but out of a personal belief and conviction and it is a choice that will reflect in our lives, our behaviour, and our words and it is that one whole-hearted choice that can be the difference between a confused soul and a determined warrior, between a selfish man and a unconditional lover, between a barren land and a fruitful nation.  

The Lessons we should have learnt from History

I’ve been reading this book, “ To fight against this age”, written by Rob Riemen relevant to our times which eerily talks about exactly what we are seeing- the  politics of resentment, the incitement of anger and fear, prejudice against anyone different, the need for scapegoats, the growing hatred of the life of the mind and the false promises of ushering in freedom and greatness . In keeping with his writing style, I have put down 3 lessons that we should have learnt from history. Better now, than never.

Lesson no. 1

It can happen again.

Primo Levi: “It took place in the teeth of all forecasts, it happened in Europe;incredibly, it happened that an entire civilised people, just issued from the fervid cultural flowering of Weimar, followed a buffoon whose figure today inspires laughter and yet Adolf Hitler was obeyed and his praises were sung right up to the catastrophe. It happened, therefore, it can happen again.”

Lesson no. 2

The man of the crowd, the mass- man, is a direct threat to the values and ideals of democracy.

The term mass-man, coined by Ortega y Gasset refers not just to quantity but also to quality, to a certain mindset or more accurately to an absence of mind, Rob Rieman writes. “The mass-man does not want to be confronted, let alone burdened with intellectual or spiritual measures. Life for mass-man must always be easy and abundant. Everything is permitted, for there are no constraints. Mass-man is self-gratifying and behaves like a spoilt child. Listening, critically evaluating his own opinions and behaving considerately towards others is not necessary. Only he and his own kind matter; the rest should adapt. Unpracticed in- and not tempted to learn- the language of reason, he knows just one language, that of the body-violence. The mass man does not think. He wanders aimlessly through life, cut loose from any spiritual exertions, measures or truths as guiding principles. Lacking guidance, he clings to the weight of the masses who lead him through life. Fear and desire govern the behaviour of the masses. And when the masses begin to govern, when democracy becomes mass democracy, democracy ceases to exist. “

Lesson no. 3

The only counter- action to our times is a life of individual thought, strong character, creation of beauty and elevation of oneself above all basal desires and instincts.

Theodor Adorno: “ The only true counterforce to the phenomenon of Auschwitz is individual autonomy, the capacity for reflection, self-determination, not joining in, not assimilating and being a man of character, an independent spirit instead of a characterless individual.”

In 1947, Albert Camus ended his novel ‘The Plague’ with these words-

“ He knew what those jubilant crowds did not know but could have learnt from books- the plague bacillus never dies or disappears for good. It can bide its time for decades…perhaps the day will come when, for the affliction and instruction of humankind, the plague will rouse up its rats again and send them out to die in a happy city. “

Today, this day seems to have come.

“Only once we rediscover our love for life and decide to devote ourselves to what truly gives life-truth, goodness, beauty, friendship, justice, compassion and wisdom-only then, and not before, will we become resistant to the deadly bacillus called fascism “

 

That moment of clarity

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Many are going through a phase right now where the gap between what we are and who we want to be is so vast that we wonder whether we are ever going to bridge that gap. The stories of happily ever afters that have inundated our malleable minds since childhood and the apparent entitlement that we, as millennials, are supposed to have seems to have a hold on us as we compare our lives to those that seem light years away from our reality, found in the books and movies we eagerly devour. Add to that the real life stories of joy, success and happiness that flood our newsfeeds which we scroll through endlessly imagining our own ‘what if’.

But the moment will come, or should come, when there is a loud sounding wake-up call that gets us out of our stupor and informs us that we are basically putting our life on hold for something or someone to bring us happiness when no human, material possession or achievement truly can.

That moment is a crucial moment in everyone’s life. The moment when you get slapped back into reality, where you see things, people and situations for who and what they really are, when you are pushed to take a step back to observe the path your life is threatening to head on, when you see clearly for the first time after a cloudy storm.

That moment finds you at a exactly the place you were supposed to be in, with exactly the same people who surround you right now, doing exactly the same thing you are doing day in and day out and it reminds you that this is your reality and it is up to you to find meaning, drive and happiness in it. It reminds you that this is it, not for forever, but for right now. This is what you get right now. This is what you need right now. This is what you have right now and it is a gift.

I can be all fatalistic and morbid about this reality and believe me, I am tempted, but, in our positive-minded, meditation doing and yoga practicing world, I will say only this.  We have a choice, a choice to accept what we have and create what we want or the choice to moan about what we have and do nothing expecting the universe to be kind to us; us who are sitting on our behinds doing absolutely nothing of value for ourselves or the world.

So, let’s hope that moment finds us, picks us up and puts us back into our reality. Let’s hope that it pushes us out our boredom, entitlement, or plain laziness and helps us find our way back to that high we had once upon a time, of feeling invincible and ready to take on the world. Let’s hope that the moment renews our mind and pushes us to take initiatives and do things that we had always wanted to do and others that we are slowly realizing is a part of our calling. Let’s hope that the moment awakens in us a long-asleep desire of doing something of value, something that will leave a mark, no matter where we are and what we have. Let’s hope that that moment arrives sooner rather than later and changes our life because God knows we need that moment, now more than ever, before it is too late.

 

The Price of Success

When I spoke to a group of 180 first-years in their college, almost all raised their hands when I asked them if they wanted to be successful. Almost all had a twinkle in their eyes when they thought about where they would be in 50 years. Almost all wanted to make it. But, when I told them that by the time they would turn 65 only 2 out of them would be successful, and 110 of them would be broke and dependent on others, their faces fell in shock. I honestly wasn’t trying to be a kill-joy. I wasn’t trying to be morbid. I was just trying to give them a reality-check which I myself had when I read these statistics. More importantly, I wanted to give them a push to ensure that this did not happen.

There is a price to be paid to gain anything and success is no different. But, the price we often imagine for success is quite far from the truth sometimes and it’s time we get a reality-check to remind us what we need to do, where we need to go and where we will end up if we don’t get it right. Today, this is your reality check. You are welcome!

Last week I posted a video on YouTube which was all about conquering our mind in order to succeed and the amount of power our mind has just baffles me constantly, especially because we do not give it enough credit. Everything begins with the mind and it shouldn’t be surprising then that the price to be paid for success involves our minds too.

So, based on my reading of Earl Nightingale’s book ‘The Strangest Secret‘, here is what I learnt about the price we need to pay for success.

Success is not just achieving that goal you had in your mind but the ‘progressive realization of that worthy ideal’. Basically, just the fact that you are moving towards your goal means you are successful. So, that should make most of us successful, right? Nope, not really.

Based on surveys reported in the book, 19 out of 20 people have no idea what they are working towards. They have no idea why they get up and go to work every single day. They have no idea why they are working where they are working. They have no idea what they want. They have nothing to move towards. Therefore, 19 out of 20 people are not successful. 95% of our population is not successful! How sad is that?

But, the good news is, there is a way to change that and it all begins in the….you know the answer to this one…yes, the MIND!

So, the price of success is:-

  1. Thinking

We need to understand that we are literally what we think about. If you think angry, unproductive, impure, narrow, boring thoughts, you will be angry, unproductive, impure, narrow and boring. There is no ignoring this fact. So, in order to control our lives, we need to control our thoughts. That is the price of success.

  1. Imagining

We need to let our mind soar to whatever it can imagine without imposing limitations on it. That is the only way to break barriers, think outside the box, shatter the glass ceiling and achieve whatever other success clichés you can think of right now. We need to rise above all the narrow-minded ways to achieve success that we imagine and all the other pettiness that keeps us engulfed in rottenness and think beyond. That is the price of success.

  1. Being Courageous

We need to force ourselves to think positively and passionately about where we want to go and who we want to be, regardless of what success to others looks like. If you live, behave, act and think exactly like the others around you then you will be part of the 19 people out of the 20. You will be part of that crowd who doesn’t necessarily know where they are going. So, we need to break away and forge our own path passionately, promptly, decisively and courageously. That is the price of success.

  1. Acting

We need to act in accordance with our thoughts, imagination and courage and give ourselves up to our passions and new found goals with a dedication and commitment that is rare but definitely worth it. You can choose to be lukewarm in your lives journey but your life will be lukewarm too. So, live like you have never lived before, act as though it was impossible to fail and push yourself beyond your limits. That is the price of success.

The price of success begins in the mind. Those who find a way to control their mind, find their way to success as well. Hoping to see you all there!

Do 2018 right: How to plan your year

Welcome to 2018, friends! As you ride the high of the new year, many will tell you that despite the numbers on the calendar changing, nothing else changes. Situations, people, life remains the same. But, one thing can change and one thing should change and that is you. So, let me help you plan your year 2018 so that it is the best one yet. Let’s get to it. 

The first thing to do is set goals for the different areas of your life depending on what you want to achieve by the end of this year. It totally depends on how you envision 2018.  

Envisioning 2018 is step no. 3 of my ‘Do 2018 right’ YouTube video, if you haven’t watched that already. 

Based on your vision, you can plan the different areas of your life and give more weight or priority to one or the other. 

A glimpse at my Vision Book for 2018

Area no. 1: Health 

Your health goals should focus on how you want to feel right through 2018. If you want to feel healthy, fit, strong and energetic, plan your goals around that. Start small but don’t stop there. If you are living a sedentary life, just start moving. If you already are active, be more active, get stronger, faster, better. Do something every single day for your health so that you feel more energetic and ready to take on the world.  

Area no. 2: Soul 

Your soul goals should focus on making sure you are centered at all times. Whatever it is that ensures the wellness of your soul, do that. Spend time in the quiet, read books that inspire and sustain, pray, take the time to be grateful and just feed your soul. Set goals that will take your soul to another level where you can do more and be more than you have ever been before because internally you are all set. 

Area no. 3: Career 

What do you want to achieve in your career in 2018? That should, obviously, determine your goals but also remember to think higher, bigger and broader. If you want to scale levels in your organization or become an expert in your field, set goals that develop you not only in technical aspects but also as a person. Up your communication, your problem-solving, your execution, your people skills, your influencing, your passion and just about anything that makes not only your skills indispensable but makes you indispensable as well.  

Area no. 4: Development  

Make 2018 the year with the steepest learning curve yet. Look at the areas of your life which need development and set your learning goals accordingly. If it helps, set weekly or monthly goals that will keep you on track and remind you that learning is for a lifetime. It is also a good idea to mirror those who have gone before you successfully to raise the bar for what you set out to achieve. Like a sponge, absorb all the good that can be found around you. Take in books, articles, videos, podcasts, online courses, professional courses and everything else that will help you grow and devour them as if your life depends on it. 

Area no. 5: Social 

Your social goals should include your family, your friends and all the things you want to achieve as a social being. Is it ensuring more time with the people you love? Is it hosting them in your new home? Is it doing things that make them feel more loved? Is it keeping in touch regularly? Whatever it is that you want to see your 2018 like in relation to others, ensure that those goals are made and met and do not get lost amongst your other priorities.  

Another glimpse at Vision Book 2018.

Area no. 6: Community 

Don’t focus so much on yourself this year that you forget about others outside your family. Our world is made up of all of us and looking outward from ourselves this year is a goal in itself. But, why not make it more about others? Look around you and take note of what you would want different and see if you can change it. Want a cleaner city? Join or organize a cleanliness drive. Bothered by the child beggars on the streets? Volunteer at an NGO that tries to educate them. Frustrated by the politics of politics? Join hands with a local politician you believe in. Move outside the four walls of your home and you will find a way to contribute. Set goals that matter and create a better 2018 for everyone. 

Look at these 6 areas of your life and work on them for 2018. All these goals not only help you but help others too and that’s the whole point of #doing2018right.

Let’s  do this together!

 

 

A Reminder to Carry On

Things might be tough now. You might be feeling tired, weary, frustrated or just plain lost in life, wondering is this it? Is this what I have to spend the rest of my life doing? Is this what the rest of my life is going to be? If this is you, please read on.

I can tell you many things today. I can give you small pieces of advice to get through the day and depths of wisdom I’ve received to change your perspective on your situation completely. But, this poem below, that I came across recently, says enough and more about carrying on, moving forward, and pushing through.

Pay special attention to the last stanza.

It’s easy to fight when everything’s right,
And you’re mad with the thrill and the glory;
It’s easy to cheer when victory’s near,
And wallow in fields that are gory.
It’s a different song when everything’s wrong,
When you’re feeling infernally mortal;
When it’s ten against one, and hope there is none,
Buck up, little soldier, and chortle:

Carry on! Carry on!
There isn’t much punch in your blow.
You’re glaring and staring and hitting out blind;
You’re muddy and bloody, but never you mind.
Carry on! Carry on!
You haven’t the ghost of a show.
It’s looking like death, but while you’ve a breath,
Carry on, my son! Carry on!

And so in the strife of the battle of life
It’s easy to fight when you’re winning;
It’s easy to slave, and starve and be brave,
When the dawn of success is beginning.
But the man who can meet despair and defeat
With a cheer, there’s the man of God’s choosing;
The man who can fight to Heaven’s own height
Is the man who can fight when he’s losing.

Carry on! Carry on!
Things never were looming so black.
But show that you haven’t a cowardly streak,
And though you’re unlucky you never are weak.
Carry on! Carry on!
Brace up for another attack.
It’s looking like hell, but — you never can tell:
Carry on, old man! Carry on!

There are some who drift out in the deserts of doubt,
And some who in brutishness wallow;
There are others, I know, who in piety go
Because of a Heaven to follow.
But to labour with zest, and to give of your best,
For the sweetness and joy of the giving;
To help folks along with a hand and a song;
Why, there’s the real sunshine of living.

Carry on! Carry on!
Fight the good fight and true;
Believe in your mission, greet life with a cheer;
There’s big work to do, and that’s why you are here.
Carry on! Carry on!
Let the world be the better for you;
And at last when you die, let this be your cry:
Carry on, my soul! Carry on!

-Robert W. Service
I hope that this filled you with a new zest for life, encouraging you to carry on, no matter what.
There’s big work to do, my friends. Carry on!!
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