“Efforts of a man always prove fruitful”
Well It’s really baffling which example of Edhi sahib suits me best as there are multiple experiences and examples where I found myself much related to him and his great roles that he played to serve humanity. The principles of progress, I certainly believe, preeminently describes Edhi Sahib’s life. The most exemplary and influential thought, the principle that inspired me the most from Edhi Sahib’s autobiography is clearly stated in the book as; “I hated failure and knew that success was synonymous with effort, by which rule I believed I could win.” This cognitive and rationale element, and the powerful, success prompting statement is somehow related to all four of the principles of progress of Amal academy (Amal, Khudi, Sabre Jameel, ek or ek giara), but I would be talking and sharing ideas, peculiarly, in consideration to “Amal” perspective, that is actually the first and the foremost principle in accord to my intuitions and beliefs as well. Edhi sahib was always active and devoted towards triggering action and since his childhood, he had had the habit of putting his utmost efforts to achieve something bigger to help the poor, needy and especially the handicapped people of his small community in Bantva. He was a staunch believer in ‘doing’ and ‘putting effort’ in small things to attain bigger ones notwithstanding the certainty of the accomplishment of his dreams. He was hatred of failure, and always managed to win with every small step he begun with. This was undoubtedly probable because of his dedication and commitment to hardwork and being effortful throughout his life. For me, ‘Effort’, in true literal sense, means ‘Amal’ and without effort or amal, success is inaccessible. Similarly, if I relate this statement to my life, I would say I had the same notion like Edhi Sahib not believing and accepting failure, but always being an energetic, probing, inquisitive and resolute student to learn and achieve something new by putting my ultimate efforts and assiduousness.
So here is my own experience of life. From the beginning of my school, I was very weak in Mathematics and solving fractions and equations by the application of different formulas. I tried my best to get highest marks in Mathematics as I always used to think and aim high like Edhi Sahib, but it never happened because I was just habitual of going through the questions verbally and never practiced it. Although I never got good marks, but neither do I ever failed the exam. My school teacher and my mother were afraid of thinking how will I pass the board exam if I continue getting lower grades in Maths. However, I was never desperate and kept moving forward by putting small efforts aptly and getting first or second position in every class. When I reached matriculation level, I started understanding algebra by applying different formulas on my own and comprehending geometry and theorems with a quest and dared to make a distinction by reaching my high goals and to make my mentors happy. I started practicing each and every single question 20 times and made it my habit no matter how much time it had had took. I studied really hard day and night keeping the goal and target in my mind and was so determined and passionate for its headway and progression. In other words, I put my dreams into action by just doing Amal befittingly and started with practice little by little. Finally, when Matric Board result was announced, I was the first amongst my fellows and got an overall A+ grade and full marks 100/100 in Mathematics. I was so astonished and my teachers including my mother who almost already lost their hopes and were always petrified that I could never reach a good division in Maths subject, literally burst into tears when they got to know about my progress and awarded me with a trophy. That was the moment when all of us actually realised that yes efforts and extreme hardwork of a man truly pays off! This is how my paramount efforts turned fruitful at the end like Edhi Sahib by just starting with small initiatives. These examples clearly stand behind this very idea of ‘Amal’ that without even knowing you yourself, ‘you know that you will do and have to do and believing that it will surely be devoid of demolition.’
Edhi Sahib’s true sense of sharing, giving and helping others in every way possible depict his demeanor, nobility, and dignity of character. The way “he shared his money with the needy people, inquire about the conditions and problems of poor settlers, roam all around the streets looking for handicapped and destitute persons” described his absolute resilience to make a substantial change in society and in the lives of people. His skirmishes towards a conformist community, and his incessant struggles towards social work, improving the conditions of the unprivileged, listening to their needs and demands of which the elite were ignorant of, despite being himself poor and uneducated, best describes his willpower, self-control and steadfastness. He always had the idea of thinking big, but starting with small beginnings of which his friends used to mock at him. Similarly, when I pursued English Literature as my Bachelors and Master’s degree, people used to say what’d you become by studying it and things like that. On the other hand, I really had a big vision and a mission to bring change in my community and firmly believed in hardwork and constant efforts of a man. When I studied and comprehended the deep roots of this challenging and difficult subject, I deeply developed interest in writing and whetted my creative and cognitive abilities. Eventually I became so good in writing by making small efforts such as developing a habit of diary writing, article writing, script writing and editing materials etc. and by reading more and more without knowing what is destined for me but was committed to fulfill my desires and ambitions. This, I believe was the foundation of my success of being selected for an American Exchange Scholarship as I wrote a complete personal essay on the basis of which I got an eminent distinction amongst other fellows who applied. Now I am more passionate towards my profession, and I am able to prioritize my ultimate short and long term goals, and make a noteworthy difference in my university and fellows like Edhi Sahib in his community. So, I believe that this principle of progress named as “Amal” really exhibits a profound impact in one’s life that Edhi Sahib applied during his strenuous life journey and demonstrated people of triumph only by exercising small things that will ultimately add meaning and value to their lives. This is the golden grasped key that I endorsed from his life’s examples.
#Just start project
As I mentioned earlier I was really weak in Mathematic and still I am as it’s been so long almost 6 years since I’ve studied and practiced it. I am now in the last year of my graduation degree in English Literature. The project/ goal that I wanted to achieve is to get a good score in the GRE examination, but I am afraid I can’t manage to clear or pass the exam with a good score as I have completely forgotten the Mathematic concepts. I really want to accomplish this goal as I have to apply for FullBright Scholarship in the next year and requires a good score in the test of GRE to be selected. GRE test is majorly based on Maths and English, but there is a huge proportion of Maths that is considered. I couldn’t prepare for this test in the past years as I was so much engaged in studying literature and its further divisions to get a good GPA in all the semesters. In summers, I kept myself busy doing internships and opting other courses expedient for me. These were some of the challenges I faced erstwhile. I never had the intention of studying abroad before, but now after having a great experience of studying in U.S, I am deeply encapsulated with an insatiable desire to study abroad for higher studies on a scholarship again. So, I really want to fulfill my dreams.
The three tasks that I need to do in order to achieve this goal are mentioned below;
First of all I should try to recall the concepts of basic level maths and find out suitable exercises from the book or internet to be practiced.
Next, if I found it difficult to understand the tricky basics, I should ask for help from a senior or a student of that field.
The third step should be to practice the questions several times in order to learn those concepts on my fingertips and become eligible to give a diagnostic test.
My experience was good, Although, I found it difficult at first, but then I began to practice it and understand it more appropriately. Of course, it requires practice and as we know slow and steady wins the race, so I’ll keep up with this daily routine habit.
I faced many challenges completing the tasks as my nephew and niece teased me that I am studying Maths of 8th class Oxford syllabus being a university student. The other challenge was the wedding ceremonies of my beloved uncle’s daughter and because of this there was a great turmoil at our homes and I couldn’t find any quiet room where I could sit and study attentively. The third challenge was the beautiful rainy weather that distracted me from paying attention to my work.
I got to learn and memorise some basics that I direly needed to work on and developed a little sense of satisfaction and contentment that I may do it if I give it proper time and attention. According to Edhi Saib’s philosophy “success is synonymous with efforts” that I surely believe in, gives me a gentle push towards the inevitability of the idea of work, work and work to bring about my aims and objectives.
The next steps is to make a proper timetable when I can best study and practice this subject and continue following it meticulously which would be an illustration of my “Amal” on the plans that I made.