Embracing contentment as a key to mental well-being

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It is a sin to take one’s life because his or her life is not his or her own, but a gift from Allah. Yes, it is a fact that God has made us human beings, but it doesn’t mean that a person is going to trespass all the limitations set by Him. Life becomes a burden, when people go against the divine rules and begin to live in their own-made illusionary worlds. In this way, like in the case of Robert Lee Frost, who found himself at the two crossroads, however, we find ourselves at many crossroads, that make our life gloomy and there seems no light at the end of the tunnel.

Since time immemorial, the main aim of the mortal life has been comfort. For the sake of comfort, many comforts are sacrificed. Reaching the present situation and its demands, materialistic love has become the necessary aim of life. Politics, economics, society, morality, religion, etc., are subordinate to money.

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One who fails to earn or get this, by hook or crook, is considered a failure. Being a failure, he or she has no option but to end his or her life because, for a living, he has no money to survive. In the following lines, we will try to understand how a person could abstain from taking his or her life.

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The first step is to understand yourself. Our marvellous bodies don’t only have the need for material things. Instead, it needs something best and long-lasting. If we look closely at ourselves, there are cent per cent chances that we will come across a reality that makes material things the secondary priority, while contentment and peace occupy the topmost position. This is the first way to abstain from taking one’s life.

The second is the nature of a lifetime. It is temporary. Those things that are temporary, should not be loved at the cost of permanent things. When the world is for a limited time, why should a person go on loving it forever? It is the silliest thing to be done. A sane person never does these things, but ponders over things and never thinks of taking his or her life, for the sake of little comfort. However, it does not mean that there should be no comfort at all. Subsistence things are necessary.

The third is imitation. Stop imitating those who believe that this world is the only place to live. After death, whether a person is cremated or buried, it means nothing. They indulge in every kind of merrymaking and don’t think of anything else. However, in our case, we are under scrutiny. We can never escape from the watchful eyes. So, our case is totally different. If we follow them, we will surely fall into the depths of despair and taking our lives, will remain the only solution for us.

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The fourth and last is relationships. We are the product of relationships. It is God, who is above all these things, but we have no escape. Almost all human beings and animals descend from one generation to another. In this scheme of things, every human being and animal are related to each other in their own domains.

Moreover, we all have emotions. Mother is the source of emotions. If her son or daughter commits suicide, it means that her emotions are hurt badly and in this way, there are chances that after taking her or his life, she may not find peace again.

In short, as said by Socrates contentment is the biggest wealth. A man must try his best to remain content. Earn money that is enough for him and his family’s needs. Craving for more and more, will make his life hellish and at the end of the day, there will be only path that is the path of hurting himself.

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