April 28, 2008

Awareness & Practice Are The Keys

Awareness changes your view of life. Practice helps you live by the new view.

Many readers find my insights thought provoking but find it difficult, if not impossible, to live by them. They ask me if I really live by what I share. My simple answer is no. If I were able to perfectly live by all insights that I share, I would become too perfect to be human. So I don't live by them, but I do strive to live by them. I consistently practice living by them. And this practice would continue through my lifetime. There would be times when I will fail, but there would also be times when I will succeed. With practice, the number of successes is likely to increase.

Awareness and practice are the keys. The purpose of sharing my insights is to increase awareness of some new perspectives to life. Once you are aware of something, it changes the rest of your life, whether or not you do anything about it. And if you do decide to practice it, the change is more dramatic and faster.

There was a time when smokers were not aware of the ill effects of smoking. Now it is a well known fact that "smoking kills". Do people still smoke? Yes, they do. But I am sure people who are aware, smoke less than they would have otherwise. Most of them discourage their children from smoking. The awareness also motivates many smokers to practice giving up smoking. Some are able to give up smoking easily. Some practice for a long time before they are able to give up. And there are those who constantly practice and reduce the number they smoke, but are never able to give up.

If any insight touches a chord in you, practice living by it. Do not give up if you fail a few times. Keep practicing and you will see the difference it makes to your life.

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Anonymous said...

Beautiful! So true. Thank you for your shared insight.

- Michelle (marty_517) (member of Yahoo Groups)

Anonymous said...

Someone once shared the analogy of the 'north star' in the context of setting an aspiration. Although it's used for navigation, people don't actually expect to reach the north star. But that doesn't diminish its utility for guidance.

Aseem said...

Hi Mark,
Thats a brilliant illustration for differentiating direction from goal.

Anonymous said...

thanq very very much for ur insights its heart touching trues

Unknown said...

Fear is the Key when people leave their bad habits,in truth more you advertise about disadvantages of a product more people try them.(Cigarette is the best example)
Awareness is knowledge but neutral in its nature it is up to experience r who live with it or not.(Again awareness on cigarette's bad effects is best example)
Keep it up your good work!

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