– Guru Nanak, 1469 – 1539, Founder of Sikhism
Believing in yourself is a hot pursuit in our modern times. And how well it may sit with us and society depends on its practicality. This is the essence of ‘walking your talk’, of ‘practicing what you preach.’ It is not just simple but powerful. It tells us that believing is one thing, but what you do with your belief makes it actual.
What you feel matters; what you do with your feelings is truth.
You may be grateful for your meal. Were you really grateful? Perhaps you could have thanked the chef, the kitchen hand, the waitress, the farmers who cultivated the ingredients, the truck driver who transported fresh food over an overnight drive in the cold? You may not have an opportunity to do more than paying for your meal, but you can make your feeling of saying thanks wholeheartedly real with a prayer of gratitude. Then you truthfully are grateful. It becomes part of your life, and others’.
The time has come to think more deeply about what we are doing with our thoughts and actions. Our souls need not be lost. We need not live empty lives. We need not live in a city of strangers. And I really believe it starts with us.
The very first step of living a truthful life is to be yourself.
If you care for something, practice care in it. If you want to study fashion designing, do not study accounting and blame the dynamics of society. If you Love cake, eat cake without guilt. If you Love your body, be active. If you are gay, be gay. If you Love nature, sing to her.
Be truthful. Be yourself. Behave truthfully.
“Being yourself is higher than believing in yourself.” – Vishal Singh