Friday, January 17, 2014

Trust in yourself

If there is one thing that can be deemed to be the most important aspect of life, it can be summed up in one word: ‘Trust’. First trust yourself. Do not play games. It’s very essential to believe in yourself. You are like a beacon for the rest of the world or I must say Universe, to be more appropriate. You radiate energy. Every single moment. Never listen to anyone who tries to put you down. You are not inferior to anyone, neither are you superior. All are born equal. We all come from the Universe and we shall all return back once our tenure on this planet is completed. Like Richard Bach says in his book ‘There is only one way to know whether your mission on Earth is complete. If you are alive, it isn’t.’ We are all born with a mission. To serve others, in whatever way we can. All of us do that to a certain extent. Our goal should be to multiply the effort. The more we reach out to the better.

Technology today helps us to reach out more people than we could have imagined a 100 years ago at the speed of light. There are social networking sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook etc. where we can post our thoughts to be immediately received by people. Isn’t that exciting? Our goal of serving more people is enabled by technology. The mobile phone is another wonderful tool to reach out people. We can have multiple level conversations by using tools like Snapchat, Wechat etc. Technology is getting faster and better. In today’s world, hardly anyone is left out. Even people living in rural areas are now connected. You don’t really need a full fledged computer to stay in touch. A smartphone or even a low end mobile (with SMS facility) will do. If you have a GPRS connection, then accessing the internet can become easy. You can send mails, browse and access social networking sites.

Let’s come back to the topic of Trust’. When you send a mail, you don’t assume that it won’t be delivered. When you are viewing a profile on LinkedIn, you don’t think that somebody is watching you. Likewise when you are chatting, you know that others are not privy to your conversation. We trust technology to be safe. But still we hear about hacking and other maladies. Are we living in a secure world? Before I tell you the truth, let’s look at what makes technology possible. It’s a combination of hardware and software, the latter being more prominent. You see when you buy software, you are just buying bits and bytes. It’s invisible. You can’t touch it or see it. However you can see how it works. Now let’s say you bought Microsoft Windows. There is no way for you to know what those millions of lines of software code contains. Maybe they contain easter eggs plated by some upset programmer. So to answer your question whether we live in a secure world, the truth is ‘No’.

This  doesn’t imply that we be paranoid. To a lot of extent, software works as it is advertised. Most of the websites provide secure credentials to protect your data. The number of websites, apps etc. that are safe are more compared to those that aren’t. But you never know what will happen tomorrow. For example, what will happen to me, if my laptop crashes tomorrow and I lose all that data on it. Especially when I haven’t backed it up. So now we come back to the question, do we trust technology? Yes to a great extent. 90% if you ask me. It’s the same when we deal with people. Do we trust all of them. If your answer is ‘Yes’ you are probably na├»ve and if your answer is ‘No’ you are a pessimist. But the most important part of al this is to trust yourself unconditionally. You are the master of your fate. You are the captain of your soul. So go ahead and do whatever you believe in. Have firm faith. and this time it should not be 90%. Make it 100% and things will materialize.



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