Remember, the life left over, for us, may not be even half of what had already passed!
Needless to say, this is the period to assess the progress made so far in life mission and to arrive at what remains to be completed, chalk out a time-bound programme of action and implement it.
Pre-requisite for this is composure under severe stress and strain, in-built in today's life! How to maintain composure is therefore an urgent study to be made in all seriousness!
We are all good, normally!
We love each other, and even animals. We are happy, contented and sympathetic. We like to give, share, donate and contribute liberally for any common cause!
But then, history tells us about brutal conflicts among men, tribes, communities, nations and ethnic groups!
These go on unabated for eons!
How do we reconcile this contradiction?
We lose or forfeit our goodness, as and when we lose our composure!
What are broadly the factors contributing to loss of composure?
How and why we give up our goodness and take up a path of selfishness, cheating, unethical conduct, vengeance, and the like!
Individually each of us can on scrutiny find out and totally eliminate the causes and factors contributing to the total collapse of goodness in us.
However, collectively too, such elements have to be identified and eradicated ruthlessly sooner than later. Otherwise, the individual has to face conflicting situations during the course of his formidable crusade against evil.
Considering severe limitations to dwell on the relevant issues comprehensively, here and now, let us take up only old-age related issues:
2. Fear of death
5. Loss of confidence
Broadly, these and similar handicaps are age-related.
1. Forgetfullness: As age advances, our physical faculties, especially brain, suffer loss of capacity due to wear and tear. All the while, indiscriminately, we have been accumulating irrelevant, useless, negative, and inhuman thoughts in our brain and overtaxed it with the result that presently it has lost its even minimum retaining capacity.
Instead of getting panicky, as though it will soon lead to dementia or Alzheimer's disease, let us boldly face and sort this out.
Systematise and make all routine activities time-bound! You will be surprised to find that your faculties will extend astonishing co-operation.
Accept the inevitability of facing such a situation and accordingly, throw out ruthlessly all rubbish from your brain through daily meditation and firm resolve mentally. Prefer to rather keep idle than to even casually involve in negativities.
2.Death: Fear of death is childish, foolish and stark lunacy. No living person knows what is death, when and how it will land on one and whether it is a relief or not!
Altogether remove the thought of death! It is just cessation of life. Birth and death are part of life. To think of it is sheer waste of time.
3.Dependence: due to old age disabilities, loss of physical strength to protect self and spouse against intruders, financial shortfall to meet necessary expenses etc dependence on children seems to be a major nightmare in old age. Children for their own reasons, may not be able to live with parents, nor keep the parents with them.
Accept such situations are quite normal in everyone's life. To substitute dependence on children, develop close relationship with neighbours, utilise communication tools to reach local police anytime, keep valuables and surplus cash in banks/lockers and above all, always remember it is the intruder who should fear and not you!
From the tiniest creature to the huge ferocious one, including men, all are protected by the Almighty!
4. Wants: gradually curtail your wants to the bearest minimum! Dress, living space, food, transport, electronic gadgets, etc should be relooked into and reduced. For diversion and recreation, visit local park, temple, relatives and with blank mind, observe the beauty of Nature, smell the fragrance of plants and breathe fresh air!
5.Loss of confidence: with the rapid advancement of science, expanding transformation to digital age and pronounced generation gap in knowledge and information, you feel out-of-date, inadequate, wanting in many respects and consequently lose self-confidence.
This is not an anamoly, but a natural corollary! Every generation faces this. Accept it and be happy you have what you need!
6.Despondency: believe you are inferior to none, each one is different, do not ever compare with another, BE YOU!
Choose whether at all to react, if so, the appropriate time and manner to do so! Never be an instant responder to all situations!
Favourable or adverse comments are to be treated equally and brushed aside.
Always go by the dictates of your conscience!
You are never alone! From cradle to grave, an invincible Force is with you, within you and around you!