Sunday, October 3, 2010

Appreciate & Encourage Values

I had read a story in my childhood which made a deep impact on me. It was about a group of boys playing cricket and accidentally breaking a window in the neighbourhood. While most of the boys ran away and hid themselves, there was one brave and honest boy who stood his ground and admitted his guilt when the house owner came enquiring. The owner was, who was normally an irritable man, was impressed with the boys sense of responsibility and truthfulness that he forgave him. I had resolved, after reading this story, that should a similar situation happen to me I will be like the boy and set an example for others.

Now when I look back I realise that, in this story, both the boy and the house owner are exemplars in different ways. The house owner is also to be lauded for encouraging the boy to live a life of values. It is common place to find people who punish people who confess thereby making them feel that honesty is not the best policy. Rare are those people who rise above the immediate temptations and focus on what is good for the long term.

It is indeed difficult to practice living a life of values in today's world. I read about a person who resolved to speak only the truth for a period of three months. He made enemies, lost friends and even strained his relations with his family by merely being truthful!! Everyone intrinsically understands and acknowledges the need and importance of values. However, people want flexibility in practice especially when their interests are affected.

It is therefore very important to have people who rise above short term needs and who encourage / motivate / appreciate people who practice values. People who live a life of values are usually not successful and walk a lonesome path. They are motivated by an inner urge and commitment. We should strengthen their resolve by appreciating them and overlooking any minor transgressions that they might make.

Do you agree? If yes, do you commit yourself for the same?

5 comments:

Rhapsody B. said...

Namaste....
Everyday we are challenge with such test of faith whether or not follow through as a staple or periodically or at all is dependent on the value system we hold fast too.

V Rakesh said...

I think all that matters in a person's integrity! Everything else can be earned and lost too!

Sonal Raisinghani said...

Agree with you sir, that it is difficult to tread on the path this boy and the house owner followed. I believe it is all about the inner moral strength / moral courage of the person to heed the inner voice of conscience and the will to do what is right regardless of the conduct of others

It is the moral commitment of the person that inspires unrelenting determination to achieve a standard of excellence in every endeavor.
Truly said by you, such people are not very successful , walk a lonesome path and are motivated by an inner urge and commitment.
They are true to themselves..
Hence it is very important these days to encourage , motivate and appreciate people who practice values because they are very rare and endangered species.

Anonymous said...

I think that if we aren't willing to pay a price for our values,then we should ask ourselves whether we truly believe in them at all...

Its not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are..

Regards
Tyaagi

Rajneesh Kumar said...

When one chooses to walk a lonesome path of values ,often invites an unwarranted criticism instead of appreciation. One should not allow others to dictate or change values of oneself's lifestyle.