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‘Start Where You Are…’


What is life? Most of the people seem to spend their whole lives discontented, in pursuit of a purpose. Friends, life is nothing but a long and beautiful journey. It is the way filled with difficulty, success, happiness and failure, which finally leads to the purpose i.e. destination.

Friends, the purpose of our life is to be happy. We all are the passengers travelling to the final destination, by overcoming the series of problems and miseries. Believe in life! Believe in yourself! Forget everything whatever happened in your life so far. Close your eyes! Take a deep breath! Be confident! and start a new life with new commitment.     

Recently, I read a beautiful poem ‘Start Where You Stand’ written by an American poet, Berton Braley. After reading the poem, I understood the real meaning of Life as well as the very purpose of human existence:

Start where you stand and never mind the past,
The past won’t help you in beginning new,
If you have left it all behind at last
Why, that’s enough, you’re done with it,
you’re through;

This is another chapter in the book,
This is another race that you have planned,
Don’t give the vanished days a backward look,
Start where you stand.

The world won’t care about your old defeats
If you can start anew and win success,
The future is your time, and time is fleet
And there is much of work and strain and stress;
Forget the buried woes and dead despairs,
Here is a brand new trial right at hand,
The future is for him who does and dares,
Start where you stand.

Old failures will not halt, old triumphs aid,
To-day’s the thing, to-morrow soon will be;
Get in the fight and face it unafraid,
And leave the past to ancient history;
What has been, has been; yesterday is dead
And by it you are neither blessed nor banned,
Take courage, man, be brave and drive ahead,
Start where you stand.

The poet stimulates us to forget the past as it will pose an obstacle in making a new beginning. He urges people to close that chapter of the book of life and make a new start for better future. He assures that if we make a new start and get success the world will not care about our defeats and losses. The poet encourages by saying that the future is for those who does and dares. The poet wants everyone to gear up and get into the fight and face it fearlessly. The past should be left as ancient history, for yesterday is dead and today is alive.

Friends, Let’s start a new chapter of our Life! Don’t waste time!
Start now, where you’re right now!

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