Happiness is Just a State of Mind……Success Comes In All Shapes & Sizes!


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Amruta Goswami Shyam in this touching copy writes why people should try finding happiness in the right places and not always associate it with material happiness. Must read

Success means different things to different people, but in maximum probability if a person is ambitious and career centric , his/her definition of success would be to achieve a certain position in the company by a certain time frame with respect to this age. To add to the position, things like foreign trips , bigger house, bank balance etc would also figure in the list.

Five years back I would have mouthed the same things. But as they say ‘man proposes … god disposes!’ My dad’s heart attack changed my perspective of life drastically!

During the same time, I married my best friend, who was now an army officer. I left my job and joined him at his location. The transition from civil life to army was wonderful, and I took to it like fish to the water.

Most of my well wishers and family were surprised at my decision to leave my job as they knew me as a career oriented person. Some of the usual response s I would get were like  “ what! You left your job?”,”Why did you study so hard to become an engineer, and MBA, and waste it like this?”… and so on , you get the drift .

To be honest, even I was not sure of what I was doing , quitting my job, moving out of Mumbai,  not having a career to fall back on ..sometimes really got me! I am sure all those who had to leave their jobs, for some reason or other, would relate to this.

But then I asked myself ,the basic questions , What did I want out of life? And what did success meant to me? Where does my happiness lay? And like they say, rest is history, the answers really cleared my mind and put new energy and enthusiasm in me.

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I loved doing social service activities from very early part of my life. Helping people would make me happy. I started taking active part in the welfare activities ,conducted by AWWA(Army Wives Welfare Association).These are the activities conducted by Army officer’s wife, for the wives of Jawan’s. Most of these women comes from villages and are not that educated or well aware of their rights.

It was here that I made presentations on women education, domestic violence, child welfare etc. I did all this with lots of enthusiasm with lots of pictures and graphs. And to my surprise these presentations were a HUGE success!

My presentations impressed my seniors and the wives of Jawan’s loved it too. They came time and again to tell me how my presentation and information helped them, and how they look forward to the lectures and presentations from me! For me that is SUCCESS!

Also I took up oil painting and stitching (It’s another story…it will need a new article altogether!) recently. These were things I always wanted to do but never had time for. I recently stitched a dress, and when I went to a party wearing it, many came up to me, to ask, from where I had bought it. I was ecstatic! I told them with a smile and humble pride, that I had stitched it! They were pleasantly surprised. That to me is success!

I may not be a great painter , but I do what makes me happy, I draw with my heart and soul and when I see people wanting to buy my paintings, requesting me to make paintings for them, and seeing my paintings adore the walls of their lovely homes …It is success for me!

So what if I might not be working in a big MNC (who knows , one day I might!), but I am definitely successful, because success comes in all kinds of packages and no size fits all, isn’t it? So go ahead and do things that bring smile and happiness to you and others, for life is too short for regrets ! And if we are satisfied and happy with what we do and remain honest to ourselves, then I think that is what can be termed as huge success!

 

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7 thoughts on “Happiness is Just a State of Mind……Success Comes In All Shapes & Sizes!

  1. ajit sandu

    hey, gr8, I agreed what you have written on success, and also appreciated the same
    but only thing that you should share this success with the interior part of the country
    wherein there are so many Girls/women are affected with simple knowledge about the
    day to day routing income work, such as stiching/ embrodary etc….. you should do something for them, as you are doing for AWWA…..all the best for your near future
    such type of Artical and work also…. God bless you.. dear.

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    1. ajit sandu

      hey, gr8, I agreed what you have written on success, and also appreciated the same
      but only thing that you should share this success with the interior part of the country
      wherein there are so many Girls/women are affected with simple knowledge about the
      day to day routing income work, such as stiching/ embrodary etc….. you should do something for them, as you are doing for AWWA…..all the best for your near future
      such type of Artical and work also…. God bless you.. dear.

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  2. Shilpa Joshi

    Dear Sonu,
    I am extreamly proud of u.For a girl like u, this change wasnt that easy….but i knew ur potential n was very sure that u would utilise ur education n time for a different cause.Looking after lil Ayusha is also a gr8 job just as a CEO in MNC.The lil child will grow up into a fine citizen of India .one day.ur active part in AWWA is also encouraging.This is called education n people arround u wii get motivated by u.Keep it up my dear.GOD bless u.

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    1. Shilpa Joshi

      Dear Sonu,
      Its really nice to read your thoughts which are applicable to all of us. Your education and engineering background speaks about your logical thinking. The happiness in life is a relative term and one can find the happiness in very small things if done with devotion and with good intention. I appreciate that you decided to not think of lucrative job which you would have easily got it and instesd choosing the option to be a family oriented and caring mother.The work with AWWA amd your contribution to it will be great and helpful to society. Trust you can inspire many in their life.
      Best wishes from Mama..

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    2. amruta goswami shyam

      Thank you so much ….. i am just doing my tiny bit….such encouraging words help me to build my courage too… and I have learnt so much from you guys…. that i can’t thank you enough!
      with lots of love 🙂
      cheers,
      Amruta

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