About P P Wangchuk

The writer, a senior editor, has seen life at the Hindustan Times for almost three decades, and  is obsessed with writing on issues that make or break life. Having joined the newspaper as an idealist at 23, he has come a long way, and is today a realist and down-to-earth person. In between, he has handled Page 1 and the Edit Page for several years.

You will see what you want to see. The world for you is as good or as bad as you are. I am not saying anything new; but it’s just a reminder that is badly needed to keep ourselves in touch with the realities of life so that its purpose is not lost while we go on aimlessly in our journey on this planet.

There is a cute story on this time-tested wisdom. A young boy was roaming around a mountain near his home. One day, he happened to shout; he heard “another boy” shouting at him. He got angry at ‘him’ and shouted back: “You bad boy, I hate you.” The ‘other boy’ too shouted at him in the same manner. This led to abuses and counter-abuses for quite sometime. Tired and fed up, the boy gave up and went home. There he told his mother about the ‘incident’.

The mother told the boy: “My dear son. You have to be good to see goodness in others. Go and shout at the ‘other boy’ that he is a nice and good boy; and see what he says.”

The boy did it the very next day and received all praise in response to his praises. Happy at the ‘good turn of events’, the boy joyfully went back home and told his mother accordingly.

The point here is that we have to be good to see others behaving similarly with us. The action-reaction outcome is stark and immediate. Even a venomous snake will not harm you until it is threatened. You be friendly and kind, and the whole world will embrace you with love and affection. You have to see the positive side in everything that you come across because, as Helen Keller said,” Keep your face towards the sunshine, and you can’t see any shadow.”

We are going to celebrate a great day, Christmas, in a few days. It would be the time we bring out the spirit of giving without any expectations. Christmas reminds us of love, compassion and sacrifice for a good cause. It reminds us to forget the meaningless and go for true values that go in the making of a better world around us.

Christmas reminds us of Mark Twin who had said, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” This means we have to be kind because this is the only way to be good to ourselves.

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Do you love yourself? Hope it is not a funny or silly question. It is a profound question because loving yourself is the first step to lead a purposeful life. The reason: If you can’t love yourself, there is no way you can love others. He who loves himself knows that it is in loving others that he loves himself all the more.

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Confidence and fear work against each other. And both play a big role in one’s success or failure in life. If you are confident, you are least bothered about the fear of failure; and if you are scared, then your confidence is shaken and it is quite likely that you have lost your game right at the ‘go’ signal. [Read more]

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Life is all about a journey of choice that leads to success or failure. Every moment takes a turn, good or bad. And that depends on your choice. Even in your unconscious choice, there is a definite choice and that is necessarily a better one. The unconscious mind takes charge when the conscious mind fails to perform.

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Peace is there where love is. And love is there where peace is. Just a reiteration, nothing new. But when one happens to land up at a place where peace and love reigns supreme, one wonders which one – love or peace- has led to the other! Anyway, that will never get us anywhere near a perfect answer.

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