Saturday, December 26, 2020

Simplicity and Trust - Magnets DGS

Simplicity is positive energy. A person having this energy, that is, ‘simplicity’ has the capability to influence others and adjust in every situation of life because he doesn’t believe in showing off. Simplicity is usually considered as a plane with no decorations, so when we think of ‘simplicity’ we are often not so attracted towards it. We tend to make a lot of effort to make ourselves seem fascinating to others. But in this process of making up, we lose touch with our innate purity and innocence and become unable to express our true beauty. When students have teachers and seniors they can trust at school, it can dramatically change their classroom behaviour because they have personal support, which has to be simple to make them understand it, to navigate daily hurdles.

Simplicity means complete purity of thoughts and deeds, it is to be egoless and free from every kind of negativity. So, when I return to my natural ‘simplicity’ I am able to express my innate beauty and strength and enable others to trust me. Simplicity gives us peace of mind, as we get satisfied with the things that matter most.  

Trust is like a container, you put things into it, trust can help you create a lasting legacy for those you love and care the most. A student or a child is like clay, we can mould him into any shape. Teacher, like a potter, needs to teach with simplicity and trust so that the children can understand, learn, have faith and follow the teacher.

              An incident shared by one of the team members is an example of the above.

             

In December 2016, I joined a team of eight friends to teach at a Winter School Camp. The children attending the camp were from a remote village located at the foothills of the Himalayas. During one of the sessions, I was sharing about the importance of our environment and how it is our duty to care for it. Amidst the session, a little girl inquired innocently, "The sky and the mountains are so beautiful, who made all these?" For a second, I had to gather my thoughts and think of a suitable answer as she looked at me with her bright eyes filled with curiosity. The question she posed reflected the simplicity she portrayed in her eagerness to learn.  Despite being the youngest in the group, she was bold enough to ask me a question on the first day of the camp. By doing so, she innocently displayed her trust in me as a teacher to be able to answer her question. As I pondered on this incident, I realised that children look up to us and believe that their teachers would be able to answer all their questions. They notice even the minute things we say or do hence as teachers, we should remain patient and endeavour to build a relationship with our students exhibiting trust and compassion.

The Magnets DGS believe, a child understands simple gestures and trusts easily. We are born with simplicity. Given an environment of simplicity and trust, the child readily accepts it, learns it and imbibes the way of life. The child admires, appreciates and is happy in simplicity. Trust comes naturally in a comfortable, familiar and friendly environment. The child may display anxiety in a new situation or while meeting someone new, but trust follows.

As the child grows and observes the complexity in behaviour looking at people all around, he is puzzled and the transition begins, making the child shift to another path. In an attempt to balance in the complex atmosphere and under peer pressure simplicity and trust begin to diminish. Hence it is imperative both for the parents and teachers to support each other, understand the need to work together in grooming the child and help the child focus on what is right for personal and social development.

Simplicity and trust are very important in the school culture. Schools play an important role in maintaining discipline and uniformity. Simple school dress, use of simple stationery and lunch box, fulfil the needs of the child. It also keeps the child away from temptation. The child learns to be content, growing in values, building up healthy relationships, living a simple life with honesty and trust. 

सादा जीवन उच्च विचार ” ये जीवन का सत्य है | सादगी मानव की अमूल्य निधि है | सादगी से तात्पर्य व्यक्ति की सरलता, भोलेपन और विनम्रता से है | किसी भी आदमी की सादगी उसके नैतिक आचरण का प्रतिबिंब होती है | ऐसा माना जाता है कि सादगी पसंद लोग अपने जीवन में अधिक सफल होते हैं क्योंकि वे ईर्ष्या, द्वेष और बदले की भावना से दूर होते हैं | उनके आस-पास सकारात्मक ऊर्जा रहती है |

सादगी एक ऐसा नियम है जिससे बहुत सी समस्याओं से हल पा सकते हैं | हम अपना बहुत सा धन समय और ऊर्जा बचा कर समाज कल्याण में लगा सकते हैं | कहा भी गया है कि “ कथनी और करनी ” में अंतर नहीं करना चाहिए | हमारे सामने ऐसे बहुत से महान लोग हैं जिनसे हम प्रेरणा ले सकते हैं | जैसे – महात्मा बुद्ध, स्वामी विवेकानंद और महावीर जो कि राज परिवार से थे पर सरल और सादगी भरा जीवन जीते थे | हमारे प्रथम राष्ट्रपति डॉक्टर राजेन्द्र प्रसाद, प्रधानमंत्री लाल बहादुर शास्त्री, अब्दुल कलाम आज़ाद और वर्तमान प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी जी अपने सरल और सादगी के जीवन के सबसे अच्छे उदाहरण हैं |

तीन मूलभूत आवश्यकताएँ  रोटी, कपड़ा और मकान इनको कौन कितना पाने के लिए पीछे दौड़ता है ये उसका चरित्र और स्वभाव बन जाता है | सादा और सरल जीवन अन्य लोगों पर प्रभाव भी डालता है जिससे लोगों का विश्वास और भरोसा होता है | दूसरे लोगों का विश्वास और भरोसा श्रेष्ठ आचरण से ही जीता जा सकता है और यही हमारे जीवन की परीक्षा का परीक्षा फल होता है |

मनुष्य के चरित्र की विशेषताओं में मुख्य है, सादगी | यदि विचार किया जाए तो सादगी ही हर गुणों की जननी है | सादगी एक ऐसा गुण है जो मनुष्य को अपने स्वभाव, रहन-सहन में आम से खास बना देता है | वही व्यक्ति उदार, प्रेमी और सहनशील होता है जो सादा जीवन जीता है | सादगी शब्द का सीधा अर्थ है- निष्कपटता, उदारता और विनम्रता | यह मनुष्य का श्रृंगार है | सादा मनुष्य जड़ प्रकृति और सजीव प्रकृति का भेद-भाव नहीं करता | उसकी उदारता एक समान होती है | यह गुण जन्म-जात होता है | परंतु यदि मनुष्य के मन में जज़्बा हो तो वह सभी मनुष्य के लिए संवेदनशील हो जाता है और यही संवेदनशीलता सादगी को जन्म देती है |  

सादगी भरा जीवन सकारात्मकता ला सकता है |

Magnets DGS @ The Doon Girls' School, Dehradun - Kiran Juyal, Manju Srivastava, Mezhu Chopra, Pooja Sharma, Pratima Singh and Renu Sundriyal

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