One simple way we can improve our life would be to periodically take an inventory of self and see how much we have grown or changed during our life. We know ourselves the best. (If you don't know your own qualities/characteristics then you have a long journey ahead of you!) However, if we do know ourselves, then we should take some time to dwell upon our progress: as a person of materialism and spirituality.
- Have we acquired new items?
- Do we keep having the desire to buy things in order to keep up with the times?
- Do we keep wishing we could get more money just to see our bank balance grow? or more money so we could buy new things?
- When we go to work - do we feel like we have some higher purpose to serve? or are we just there to earn money for our family and ourselves?
- Do we crave for awards and promotions?
- And many more things that we can touch and put a price on.....
- Have we made anyone happy lately?
- Have we done anything good for anyone lately?
- Have we kept up our end of the bargain in a relationship - any relationship: brother, sister, son, wife, friend, etc.?
- What do we ask from God when (if) we pray? (Be honest now!)
As I have gotten older I have realized that taking inventory is very important in life. It helps me to filter out the good from the bad and keeps me on track of where I am going. So somedays (like today) I will sit and reflect on what I have done and how I have changed over time. My goal of improving myself personally has a lot of flexibility since I don't really need to go to a college for this. If I know what the good qualities are then I can incorporate them in my life myself.
For some people it is important to go to spiritual talks, listen to spiritual songs, do jap, or go to the temple. For me...it is to look inward in my heart. Which is why this is my favorite bhajan (with a bonus - my favorite actress - Meena Kumari).
Coming up Next: This big group of people in our life called "friends".