Life & Smart phones…..!!!
My friend was really upset with his new high-end smart phone. He had to purchase it as his friends & colleagues always laugh at him for using very simple & cheap mobile. Even his kids were insisting for one (Smart phone) as it at least enhances status (?).
But his woes increased right after he purchased his touch phone as practically he doesn’t know how to handle the phone! He remained in a fix. He can’t change to his old mobile apprehending of being a laughing-stock but the new Smartphone was something beyond his understanding.
Thus one day he came to me dejected, disturbed & highly frustrated. He explained me before me his agony & asked for a solution. I realized my friend’s dilemma & explained how to deal with a smart phone.
Smart phones are high end products which offer many features apart from general telephone usage. They have operating systems which further allow downloading much application. In short if one properly uses a smart phone, he can have the entire world in that tiny device.
However, like any device, smart phones also come with an operating manual. Apart from the operating manual it has a user guide in which one can find instructions for safety precaution, details of component, how to use, Dos & Don’ts… etc. One needs to read everything before using such an expensive device. Basic feature such as dialing & replying a call may be learnt immediately, but to effectively use all feature, one need to study the operating manual properly & then has to practice it.
Practice makes one winner. Once existing features are executed satisfactorily, one can opt for further features to explore. Also regular updating by the phone manufacturer or the service providers is very common.
My friend conferred full attention to my words. But I really felt that he though understood my solution but wasn’t happy at all. Perhaps he was thinking as to why so many efforts are required to use a phone. The problem with him might be… is that he was stuck with the oldest models of simple phones since years. He never opted for higher models & hence from a simple phone to a smart phone he finds very difficult to adjust. That’s why he said ‘Life was very simple when complexity in phones was not there!’
I don’t know whether he really tried upon my suggestion or not. But his reference to life suddenly initiated a thought in me that ‘can our life be like a smart-phones!!!!!’ Interestingly I found we can symbolize our life like a Smartphone!
We have been given a life. Life has endless features. It has also the facility to download many applications (knowledge). The basic fact remains is we must have to train ourselves for utilizing each & every feature/aspect of life. We need to understand what’s good, & what’s wrong. We need to understand our surroundings, society, environment & the Universe.
For all these we need to study first, then to follow certain rules & practice the knowledge. The study, guidance from elders, knowing things are nothing but the ‘operating manual’ in case of Smart phone! Practice means in our everyday life from childhood to maturity, we learn & implement.
When matured we try to explore new features (new dimensions & directions) through the knowledge gained from studies & experience gained from practice.
Like the manufacturer or service providers in case of smart phones, we too are always updated on life’s various aspects by wise men, saints & even Gurus’s! Those who get updated regularly are able to handle their life properly & pleasantly. Those who trail in updating find their life very complicated & frustrated like my friend’s case at the start of this blog! When one became master of his life he has also scope of downloading many spiritual virtues from the masters & makes himself a true master!
Thus one can consider Life as a Smartphone. We need to understand its safety norms, its potential & we have to be well conversant of the operating manual as well as we need to do true practice!
And yes, like Smart phone we must have to energies (charging the battery) & maintain (periodic maintenance) our life so that it has full strength to explore the endless feature of life.
Only one difference remains. Life can’t be replaced by another life, like a Smartphone! But we can change/upgrade our life by adding new features like fresh thought, new knowledge, & wise guidance!