BY: Dan Phale*
Not all of us remember what happened in the past; and probably in future will not remember what happens between now and then. In the same way, in most cases we tend to complain about an outburst of challenges and/or problems which wreck havoc in our day-to-day life. Unbearable situations do emanate from our own omission to do the needful in a range of issues which affect our lives such as behaviour and culture, economy, education, health services, etcetera. But, just like the lost traveler who has no campus in the desert becomes clueless, we seldom realize what actually brings about such challenges and/or problems that inhibit us from getting on well with our lives.
If we critically look at what we are facing today, we shall find out that what happened in the past has a great bearing on today’s life. For instance, within one family or home, children may not be in good terms with each other. And try to analyze how they were brought up, you will be tempted to form an opinion that they were moulded by their parents or guardians into their present personality and status by which they are known, as characterised by their likes or dislikes, hobbies, and their behavioural pattern.
The economic growth and development for all of us, be it at the household level or at the community level, also depends on the past happenings and/or trends. In this regard what a person, whether alone or in a group, did for a living, and how he or she managed whatever he or she got on daily basis has an influence in today’s social and economic graph or status of every entire community which comes into question. We also know that bribery or corrupt practices, greed or selfishness, have very negative impacts on our livelihood.
As per the aforementioned issues, we are destined to get to our future status which strictly is linked to what we do in the present day. It is, therefore, requisite that we should be greatly cautious as we manage our lives. Being extravagant takes us to the road which leads towards the chains of poverty and miserable life. Permitting the spirit of discontentment, greed and envy to exist in our midst will take us to such burdens that are caused by oppression and repression. Allowing any hooligan to exist in our society is more than sowing seeds of terrorism in our own backyard.
So, the question is: what do we have to do to evade such difficult situations? Well; it is very simple. Being proactive is by far better than being reactive. Our elders do say that a stick is straightened while it is still young. We have to fix the root cause before the actual consequences arise… When we find eggs of a snake we should break them up immediately before they hatch into little dangerous reptiles which after growing up, will harm and kill us or will harm and kill the next generation of mankind. As I have always said in other articles, charity begins at home, which is why I advocate that it must start from a family which – in my view – is the domestic school unit for teaching and/or learning advantages and values of the best human conduct.
As clearly hinted above, more often than not, we face adverse situations because of our own default to address pertinent issues at the right time… Well, in line with a motion put forward by the headline of this article, a stitch in time serves nine, let us fix an issue before it haunts us. At least we should be custodians as well as the stewards of our own destiny. The past is there for us to learn, and the present is here for us to manage, while the future is there for us to plan. It is not then but now, or never.