This is a topic that I have already written about earlier in my blog. Please visit the links below:
I just want to – in this article – point out the importance of the concepts described above. If you master the skills that I talk about in the above articles then you will be able to do yourself an immense amount of good. Please visit the link below for some of the advantages:
To summarize the points made in the link above
- Your brain chemistry changes. …
- Your learning speed increases. …
- You make connections between skill areas. …
- You become a more interesting person. …
- It fights boredom. …
- You adapt better to change. …
- You could stave off dementia
I suffer from a mental ailment and it is therefore not surprising that I should be vehement regarding this topic. Free yourself of the ego and adapt to your environment instead of demanding that the Universe should adapt to you.
The Universe is under no obligation to change itself to suit your likes or dislikes.
According to Thomas Carlyle in his classic book, On Heroes and Hero Worship it is the essence of Islam (and all religions) to submit to necessity or the will of God. He says that the question is not whether you should submit to necessity. Necessity will make you submit. The only question is whether you do what is required of you with good grace and willingly.
And the first step to doing what is necessary is to understand the situation facing you – both internally and externally.
This may be the difference between your being sane and suffering from a mental ailment. Seriously. I hope psychiatrists and doctors will take note.
This also answers the question raised in one of my earlier articles – Why is Humility Desirable? Humility is desirable because if you are stuck in your ego then you will be unable to understand the situation facing you and do what is required of you to deal with it.
Link to my article regarding Humility is below:
You may say that I am contradicting what I had written in my earlier article but as Emerson says:
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said to-day.
(Sourced from Emerson’s essay on Self Reliance)
I’ll end here. Thanks for reading and please let me have you comments. Feedback from my readers keeps me going.