How to deal with discouragement

Suppose we have an ability, but don’t have any forum for expressing it. Becoming discouraged, we stay silent. In general, we are often discouraged and choked by the fear that what we are doing won’t reach others or won’t be valued by others. 

Pertinently, the Bhagavad-gita urges us to work without being attached to the results (02.47). This Gita statement doesn’t mean that we don’t care for the results; it means that we don’t care only for the results, for our work can serve other purposes. 

Gita wisdom explains that we are parts of a whole far bigger than ourselves: the all-attractive divine, Krishna. We all have a part to play in the cosmic scheme of things; how small or big that part will be isn’t always in our hands. Our happiness depends on how well we play our part, not on how many people laud us for playing our part. If we are gifted with the ability to sing or write or do anything creative, just exercising and expressing that talent can give us fulfillment, provided we don’t let ourselves be consumed by the expectation of worldly recognition. Moreover, if we do our part using whatever resources we have, we will be better equipped to expertly tap opportunity whenever it comes. Even if it doesn’t come, our life will be enriched by our creativity. 

Ultimately, all abilities come from Krishna and can link us with him in a mood of loving service. And that connection can give us satisfaction far richer than the world’s greatest recognition. 

One-sentence summary:

The world may not provide us a podium, but we can still express our abilities — our creative expression doesn’t have to be a slave to worldly recognition.

Think it over:

  • What does the Gita statement to be detached from results mean?
  • How can our talents provide fulfillment, even if we don’t get worldly recognition?
  • Is there something creative you like to do but aren’t doing? How can Gita wisdom help you unleash your creativity? 


02.47: You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty.

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  1. Turn to Diety,discouragement will disappear

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