Learnings from the Book: Life’s Amazing Secrets: How to Find Balance and Purpose in Your Life by Gaur Gopal Das

Deep, profound lessons on how to live with purpose and balance, brought out through an entertaining storyline and interesting anecdotes.

This light-hearted, conversational book called Life’s Amazing Secrets will help one strike the right balance between work, relationships, society, and spirituality.

We are the authors of our own life stories. Challenges and difficulties may fall upon us, just as the monsoon rains fall upon our head. We don’t seek them or solicit them. They just come our way. We must choose how to respond.

We must balance the four crucial areas of our life: our personal life, our relationships, our work life, and our social contribution.

Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.

Behind the smiles, everyone is going through personal struggles we know nothing about.

Having a friend to listen to your problems and discuss them with you is the beginning of finding a solution.

Four Wheels of Life:

Wheel 1:Personal Life:

We must find positivity in the bleakest situations and live by the principle of gratitude.

Stop and reflect on your life regularly. Pressing the pause button to practice gratitude is the way to make it a constant in your life.

When things are beyond your control and there is nothing you can do, why worry?

Spiritual practice is the foundation of our happiness. It guides us in times of turmoil and grounds us in times of joy.

Wheel 2 :Relationships:

 We should deal with each other sensitively; our attitude towards life affects how we act in our relationships.

There are many ways to perceive others. We should start choosing the one which magnifies the positive and avoids the negative.

Corrective feedback can make or break our relationships.  Corrective feedback is an art. It has four principles. Ask yourself: Am I the right person to give corrective feedback? Do I have the right motive to give corrective feedback? Do I know the right way to give corrective feedback? Is it the right time?

Forgiveness is a complex concept. We must understand it thoroughly to be able to internalize it.

Our relationships are stronger when they contain a spiritual component. There are three different ways to become good friends with someone – Offering and accepting gifts, opening one’s mind and inquiring in confidence, sharing food and receiving food that develops loving relationships.

Wheel 3:Work Life:

At work, we tend to compare and compete with others, instead of comparing and competing with ourselves.

To find your purpose in life, you must go on a journey of self-discovery.

Earn with integrity, spend with compassion.

It is character that shines bright when words fail to do so.

Wheel 4:Social Contribution:

Act without expectation.

The first step in selflessness is to practice it with our family.

You need an attitude of service. You’re not just serving yourself. You help others to grow up and you grow with them.

The service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

This book is written in a conversational way, which makes it more engaging to read. The very little things he mentioned can change your perspective of your everyday life and the stories are truly amazing.

Life is a journey. However, if we can learn from the mistakes and best practices of others, we can make our journey worthwhile and joyful.

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