No One is an Island
“No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.”
– John Donne
What ‘John Donne’ said Four Centuries ago, still holds good. Even after so much technological and scientific growth, we are still not complete in ourselves. But, in the race to achieve something, prove ourselves, we often forget that whatever we achieve, is result of contribution of lots of people we may or may not know.
Alone we can hardly achieve anything. Think of going to office one morning just on your own. You might not notice, but there are many people contributing to this small thing you are doing. If you are taking office cab, your driver. If you are taking public transport, bus or auto driver. If you are driving, the patrol guy. If you are walking, the one who made your shoes. What about the labourer who contributed to make road on which you drive or walk. There are thousands of people who contribute directly or indirectly to our life.
It’s natural to overlook the contribution of people who indirectly contribute to our lives. But mostly we overlook the contribution of people who directly contribute to our success. When we fail, we have many names to blame, but when we succeed, can it be just our hard work. No, not possible, if we can’t walk to our office on our own, how can we achieve big success alone.
But it is our Ego which tells us ‘We have achieved it on our own’. It feels so good when we look back on our successes and find ourselves worthy. It gives our Ego a boost.
If some day you sit down and think you will find that there are thousands of people right from your childhood to date who have contributed a lot to the person you are. If we are success by any mean, a bigger part goes to them and hardly anything to us.
When I say hardly anything to us, I don’t deny that we have no contribution in our success, definitely we have. But remember there are people who made us capable of this contribution. Don’t forget your parents and family who sacrificed a lot to shape your life. Don’t forget your friends who even though could not achieve as much as you, always encouraged you, they ignored their failures to celebrate your success.
Trap of Ego is very strong. Hope you acknowledge contributions of others into your life and realize alone we are nothing.
I leave you with some thoughts which are passing my mind at this point of time:
“If you are ready to take responsibility of all your failures and give credits for all your successes, you have achieved something which no failure can take away from you.” – Gaurav Sangtani
“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.”
– Albert Einstein