Mrs. S. Savant, Advisor
The school as always has been trying to play its part in the endeavour of making our country not only a force to reckon with but also a respected one through grooming of young minds. Therefore, this year I thought to share the though of and which I think should be practiced by all that is-Living with honour.
Let me start by stating what honour is? The definition may vary from person to person, however, in my own humble opinion honour is a virtue which when embedded in a person’s deeds gains him/her respect. Simple acts, such as speaking truth is honour, to not to cheat is honour, never hurting anyone through deed or word is honour, helping the needy is honour, respecting elders and loving youngers is honour, fearing god is honour and the list can be endless. To try and explain the personal trait of honor is something that can not be done in a few words, or a sentence. I feel as though honor is made up of different combinations of personal traits depending on the individual. Some of these characteristics of honor can include loyalty, reverence, respect, and commitment. Even though honor is usually looked at as being a personal trait, there are people who think that honor can only be given, or shown to an individual. Such examples of this can be seen by being presented with a medal, or having a parade thrown in your honor. This is all a misconception of the word honor.
So, its not difficult to understand what honour is but to actually practice an honorable living can be a tough task. For example one can easily be distracted from the path of truthfulness by speaking lies for petty personal gains. Its easy to ignore the “HONOURABLE LIVING”. We all do it. Some do it to a greater extent while others choose to observe a middle path. But, to truly gain respect and long lasting love one must strive to live honorably to no limits.
As I say this, one of the most honored man keeps on making an impression in my mind. Mahatma Gandhi is inarguably the most honored person this country has ever produced. It hurts when someone even says the name without respect. That lasting impression of respect on the whole world’s psyche truly defines honour.
I hope, it might be clear that how living honorably can gain respect of the whole world. In these times when corruption in the country is at its peak and when we open televisions sets or the newspapers only criminal acts are the ones which make headlines, truth fullness and honour gains even more importance.
Here are two simple things that can be done to achieve the goal of honourable living. One-Discipline and other love for nature. You can start by inculcating discipline in life. This shall lead to plan your day in particular and life in general. And when everything you do will be planned, you may not have to resort to lies to prove your point. You shall also start achieving your dreams. You shall then start getting respect of others.
You must also love nature and all its creatures. Mother nature has plentiful to give with only kindness and respect in return. When you start loving tiny little helpless creatures around, these green trees, give importance to cleanliness, only then you shall be able to understand how easy it can be to spread the message of kindness. When people see kindness, truthfulness and love in your behaviour they shall start giving you honour. As has been said by Jimmy Carter (39th President of the United States, 1977–1981), “It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honour nature’s gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.”
With success in your hands and kindness in your heart, there can be no doubt that you shall be able to live honorably.
So this year let us all pledge that we shall practice honorable living only then shall we able to make this country a proud and respected nation
In the end I would like to quote a simple saying by Margret Thatcher (first lady prime minister of England),
“The desire to win is born in most of us. The will to win is a matter of training. The manner of winning is a matter of honour.”