ARE WE REALLY FREE?

Are we really free

“Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery.”

When I decided to pursue a course on Counselling as I wanted to be a counsellor this quote really made me think deeply. I tried to empathize the condition of those people who didn’t listen to a person who wanted to help them out of their trouble. It was a story where the Israelites were in cruel bondage, it was really bad. The slavery was so acute which was intolerable for them.

Once upon a time we Indians were under a cruel bondage too, under the Britishers. If we keep ourselves in the place of those Indians then we can have a little glimpse of what they were going through. They were tortured, they didn’t have any choices, and they were not given the right to decide for their own self, they were forced to do works which they didn’t want, they were not given the wages due to them, and they had to live like captives in their own village and country. Oh, how much pain and suffering they must have gone through. Finally in 1947 all the Indians were freed from the bondage of British rule.

Bondage is never a pleasant state or condition for anybody. It is a state where a human lose the right to think and decide on their own.

Online dictionary describes the meaning of bondage as:

“Slavery or involuntary servitude; serfdom. The state of being bound by or subjected to some external power or control.”

So in bondage situation there has to be a slave and a master. The master rules the slave, takes away his/her freedom, decision power and keeps completely under him/her feet.

As we are almost on the verge of celebrating another year of Independence a question comes to my mind today, ‘Are we really free?’

No doubt we have our own government; we have our own set of rules and regulations. We don’t have any masters or rulers over us anymore. We don’t serve anybody. But ‘Are we really free?’

We can breathe happily in our own village, city and in our country as a whole. We are not scared of anybody who can invade in our house and torture us and take our possessions. But again the same question arises in my mind, ‘are we really free?’

Politically we might have got the freedom but some or other way we are under bondage. We are under the bondage of Money, which rules us day and night. We are ready to do anything requires to satisfy our master, Money. We are even killing our brothers for our master, Money. We are under its cruel bondage, unable to listen to the persons who want to help us out.

This bondage of Money has given rise to many other bondage under it. There are bondage like poverty, sickness, corruption, addictions, sexual gratification, gaining power, fame & name and so on…

We are under bondage with one or other master ruling over us. We struggle, but we are unable to free ourselves. We need FREEDOM in truest sense of it. And we need it as soon as possible for our good while we celebrate India’s Independence Day this August 15th.

Keep thinking. We will discuss about it more.

Stay Blessed!

Author’s Bio: Chiradeep Patra is a finance man who works in a NGO at Kolkata. He is a writer, motivator & counselor. 

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ROUTINE & ADVENTURE!!!

Routine & Adventure

Routine is a word which I dislike. I always struggle to follow a certain routine daily. I easily get bored of things happening every day. I love changes. I like new things or little creative adventures, not the physically strenuous ones though.

Routine is a discipline, necessary to maintain consistency in our studies, in games and most importantly at our workplaces. But the monotonous nature of routine dulls our life. And that dullness further shows up as tiredness and frustration within us.

A change or something different than usual is always challenging and adventurous. However it brings charm to the routine we follow.

Last Friday, I received a packet from nowhere but I was delighted when I opened it. There were few beautiful greeting cards which were made out of the paintings of people who have lost their hands. They made it using their mouths and feet.

Using hands for paintings are routine but it is a challenge using their mouths and feet. It’s adventure.

Somebody spoke against us maliciously. We got angry. We slapped him/her back or we made sure that he or she gets it back duly. That’s a usual behaviour, expected from us. That’s routine. But we smiled and said, “I am sorry for hurting you which made you angry. I understand. I forgive you.” That’s different. That’s adventure.

I love the sight of school children walking back to their homes in the ankle deep waters splashing on the road every day. I love the way they giggle, shout and talk with each other on the streets. Sometimes they fight with each other for some reasons yet they walk together the same way the very next day without keeping any hard feelings for each other.

I am so happy to declare, “That’s adventure in a routine life.”

Friends! Let’s search for those big and mini adventures to make our routine life interesting & fruitful.

Keep reading different views from different angles on the same topic this week.

Stay Blessed!

Author’s Bio: Chiradeep Patra is a finance man who works in a NGO at Kolkata. He is a writer, motivator & counselor. 

What is Attitude?

What's Attitude

Meaning of Attitude:

“Attitude” a word which is easily understood by everybody yet I found it difficult to convey the exact meaning to my readers while writing this week’s editorial.

Attitude can be described in terms of three components which is called as ‘ABC Model of Attitude.’

A – Affective Component: It explains attitude involves a feeling or emotion towards the object of attitude; for example, feeling scared of something like, snake, rat, spider etc.

B – Behavioural Component: It describes attitude to be the actions behind the feeling or emotion towards the attitude object. We scream or shout when we feel scared of seeing something.

C – Cognitive Component: This component explains that the attitude involves a person’s belief or knowledge about the object of attitude. We get scared of something because we have a belief or knowledge about that particular “something.”

So, in simple words I can define attitude as, “the action of what we feel about something or somebody for a certain preoccupied knowledge or experience about that something or somebody.”

The Attitude is something like this diagram:

KNOWLEDGE —> FEELINGS —> ACT = ATTITUDE

However, the simplest meaning or for a lay man’s understanding, attitude can be ‘the mindset of a person towards somebody or something.’ In Hindi, the word attitude is “RAVAIYA” which makes it clearer. But when we talk about attitude we need to think about an object; that object can be somebody or something or some situation.

THREE major Functions of Attitude:

Gives Us Identity – Our attitude is very important because it makes other know of our personality or identity. Everybody comes to know who we are through our attitude. For example, when we see somebody quarrelling with others on the road every day, we know that he/she is a quarrelsome man or woman. We also give a name tag to him/her to indentify that person. We also tag a person as ‘gentle’ when we see him/her talking softly and politely.

Communicates Our Message – Our attitude helps to express our mind well. It conveys our desires or likes & dislikes to others. It helps us communicate what and how we feel.

Protects from Undesirables– Our attitude also helps us to stay away from undesirable persons or situations and move to safer people and circumstances.

About the Week’s Topic:

I hope this week will be a very interesting week as we will be discussing more on this word, “ATTITUDE.” We will see: ‘how our attitude is shaped or moulded?’ ‘What are the causes of our attitude being negative or positive?’ ‘How negative attitude brings back adverse effects on us?’ ‘How positive attitude benefits us?’ and so on…

Keep reading… Stay Blessed!!!

Author’s Bio: Chiradeep Patra is a finance man who works in a NGO at Kolkata. He is a writer, motivator & counselor. 

FOCUSSED or ENTANGLED???

Work Culture

In 1999 when the Super Cyclone swept over Odisha it devastated Bhubaneswar and Cuttack especially the latter. I hadn’t witnessed the cyclone as I was in Balasore during cyclone. But when I returned back to Cuttack I was dumb founded seeing the degree of devastation. I remember there’s rubbish everywhere because of the broken trees, water logging on the roads and houses, bent electric poles and so on. There’s no current in the whole city. There’s a question in everybody’s mind how and when the Cuttack will come back to normalcy… when the electric current will come back and people will be relieved. I remember within17 days the current came back, the poles stood straight and tall, the broken trees were removed and there was no water logging. Cuttack people were relieved.

All these could happen because of the help of the workers from our neighbouring state. They were efficient, sincere and hard working. They had a good work culture which made all of us appreciate their able help during our time of turmoil.

What does the phrase “Work Culture” means? I searched in Google to understand and mention that here. I liked this one which is very simple and clear to understand. It goes like this: “Work culture refers to the mentality of the employees which further decides the character of the organization.” We can ask, what it means in case of a single individual. The work culture of an individual represents his/her character and his/her attitude towards the work he/she does.

My boss always says, “Entanglements” at work place makes us insincere. If we are entangled with other things then we are not sincere at our work.

Entanglement and Focus are enemies of each other. When we are ENTANGLED we are not focussed in our work. And when we are FOCUSSED at work we can’t be entangled in any other things.

Our work culture will display whether we are FOCUSSED or ENTANGLED.

Let’s keep interacting throughout this week on the week’s topic: “Work Culture.”

Stay Blessed!

Author’s Bio: Chiradeep Patra is a finance man who works in a NGO at Kolkata. He is a writer, motivator & counselor.