JRD Tata had a friend who used to say that he misplaces and loses his pen very often. He had decided that he will only use very cheap pens so that he need not worry about losing them. He was worried about his carelessness habit. JRD suggested to him to buy the costliest pen he could afford and see what happens. He did that and purchased a 22 carat gold Cross pen. After nearly six months JRD met him and asked him if he continues to misplace his pen. His friend said that he is very careful about his costly pen and he is surprised how he has changed! JRD explained to him that the value of the pen made the difference and there was nothing wrong with him as a person.
This is what happens in our life. We are careful with things which we value most.
- If we value our health, we will be careful about what and how we eat
- if we value our friends, we will treat them with respect
- if we value money, we will be careful while spending
- if we value our time, we will not waste it
- if we value relationship we will not break it
Carefulness is a basic trait all of us have, we know when to be careful. Carelessness only shows what we don’t value. We need to value our health and be careful towards it because life is precious, and ‘health’ is the first step in life.
British Indian novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie says, ‘There are two things in Indian history. One is the incredible optimism and potential of the place, and other is the betrayal of that potential.’
We will explore the former through our book – Reloading Health by Decoding Ayurveda’