Going Beyond The Desire For Praise (Part 3)
- We all have different natures or personalities and also our journeys have been different in the story of birth and rebirth. So, at this point of time, we will all receive success in different ways. Someone who has the art of being good at dealing with people with love might not be good at speaking in public. On the other hand, someone who is creative and good in a particular skill might not be so intelligent in studies. So, our skills and strengths are unique. What this means is that we will always see people around us receiving praise for what they are good at. On the other hand, we may receive praise for some other actions, which the other person might not be good at. When this is accepted and understood, then the desire for praise in everything I do, will not be there. This is because I cannot be good at everything and praise will always be distributed in people and no single person receives praise for everything they do.
4. Lastly, we are all doing good in different spheres of life because that is what is right. What is good is defined by ourselves, our family, our society and the world around us. So, we follow that definition given to us. But at the same time there are people around us who are performing negative actions also. Sometimes, to get praise, we may use negative actions as the medium. But, that praise is short-lived and will not give us deep satisfaction, because it is based on a false foundation. So, it is good to be praised less but follow the path of righteousness and truth. The desire for praise is very deep-rooted but sometimes it takes us on the wrong path. When we realize that praise is not everything in life and doing good and being a good human being is more important, that’s when living life will become lighter and the desire for praise will be secondary and non-existent in our consciousness.