Recently, I have had a decent amount of time to think about life, universe and everything else. Over the past couple of years, plenty of stuff has happened around me which has finally brought me down to this realisation. Please note that this applies to me and me only (though it may also apply to you – but YMMV)
The two principles on which I plan to live my life are:
1. Believe in Karma
I am not religious at all (by any stretch of imagination) – so this has nothing to do with religion or superstition – but simply along the lines of “do unto others what you want others to do to you“. Recently some jerk at my society started harassing me because he felt that I hit his car while parking mine (which I didn’t – I am an excellent driver).
Next day, I saw some unnatural, ‘key-made’ scratches on my car door and the power to my house was mysteriously turned off from the main switches in the meter room.
I was naturally pissed and while I was planning on how-to-get-back-to-him-nicely, a friend, narrated an incident in which a neighbour who similarly harassed his family – going the lengths of shoving nails in their locks so keys couldn’t go in, conked off soon after (due to natural causes of course).
While I, in no way want this guy to conk off (I swear), I am sure his karma will catch up with him soon and thus didn’t do anything to get back to him.
He eventually stopped troubling me (or so I think).
So in short, if you can let something go (little scratches on your car, bearing the heat without fans, etc) — you should.
No point in increasing tension, negativity around your life and wasting time on assholes. Life is too short anyways.
2. Optimize all decisions that you take to gain maximum ‘happiness’ points.
This one is a little more complex and includes some grey areas – hence I have worded it carefully – happiness points.
Different people get happy by different things in life. It can be as small as getting that firmware upgrade for your phone – to buying that Jaguar XK you have always had your eye on. So how will I decide on what to do?
Will owning a Jaguar make me happy? You bet!
Will paying the 1L+ per month on the loan at this point in time affect my happiness points?
Yes. Actually, in my current state, it will reduce my overall happiness by a LOT.
So, I will let the car pass… (for now)
Will taking that awesome vacation that costs 50K make me happy? You bet!
Will the fact that ‘by taking the vacation, I may not be able to make the advance payment on my home loan – that I was planning on’ affect my happiness?
So, I might take that vacation because it improves my overall happiness points.
(And a good vacation / experience, only gets better with time – so that is a definite yes on the vacation)
Would not having to work, just do my thing (watch movies, read books, etc) make me happy? You bet!
Will the fact that I would have to borrow cash from BOD and not be able to buy cool stuff and DVDs affect my happiness?
Definitely … I will be less happy in fact.
So I will pass this as well… (for now)
I think you might be seeing a pattern here.
And it is simple really …
If you agree with this post and feel that I should & could start a cult / ashram/ religious group / KKK or the like, put in a comment and if I have enough support, I just might!
Alternatively, I also accept donations in the form of stuff listed above in the blog towards increasing my happiness points without any downturn to me.