When you stay course, staying true to your purpose, the journey becomes enjoyable, and the path, colorful.
It was about seven years ago. The country was Canada and I was getting my car serviced. I was waiting while they were readying the car. I casually picked up a magazine lying on the side table. It was some special anniversary edition of the Porsche magazine. It ran a feature story on Dr. Ferry Porsche, the founder of Porsche automobiles. The article started with a quote from him:
At the beginning I looked around, but I could not find the car I was dreaming of. So I decided to build it myself. I figured there must be enough people in the world who have the same passion as I do.
For over five decades he lead the company constantly innovating, inventing, reengineering and producing some of the finest production sports cars in the world. The world wanted black cars, they wanted cars like Ford, but Dr. Porsche had a different vision, he had his own vision, in fact. He was on a mission. He just kept producing what he loved most, not just an automobile or any car, but an unparalleled driving pleasure, an unmatched living experience.
There are three things I would like to share with you today. They would not have been possible without you.
1. I have been writing here mostly since October last year. Prior to that, just a few posts in the preceeding quarter. We had twenty two subscribers till January this year, a few days ago we went past one thousand.
2. We also crossed one hundred thousand views. In the month of january, we had two thousand views in total. Today, monthly views exceed more than thirty thousand. By we, I mean you and I.
3. A loving devotee I have known for years has started a fan club for this blog. Predominantly because I do not wish to be on any social network and she reckons that more people will benefit through social media. So, she setup a fan club with help from other volunteers on followomswami.com. Do check it out when you have a moment. I am deeply touched at her gesture and equally grateful to those who helped her in organizing the domain, website and the rest. The fan club is indepdendently managed by them.
I wanted to take this moment to express my gratitude to all of you. You inspire me to write for you. Nothing moves me more than watching a smile on your face, seeing you derive benefit from my scribbles. If writing to me, or, if reading my writings help you feel better, understand better, well then, Swami is here for you.
Your fulfillment is going to come from pursuing what matters to you. So, what does matter to you? Do you know? Take a deep breath, slow down, stop, reflect, examine and you will have an answer before long. You need not carry on living a certain way just because everyone else seems to be doing it.
Whether you are trading stocks or seeking truth, driving Ferraris or flying daggers, so long as you love what you do, you will experience joy.
Let us make this world a better place. I will stay true to my purpose, and you, yours. When we are honest with ourselves, when we stay course, patiently chiseling away, with persistence and discipline, Nature reciprocates without fail.