The web defines the word “know” as “Being aware….”. But there is a world of difference between knowing and being Aware. The term “I know” is used frivolously in our daily lives.
But how much do we really know? My use of the term here is much more profound.
One important step towards attempting to evolve as a person could be this important introspection of self: How much are we really aware?
Our real duties? Responsibilities? Do we really realize the problems and fears of the ones who are close?
The real difference between knowing and being aware is simple: If I am aware, I will act.
Act the best a situation allows me to, but take action.
So, I have prepared a small questionnaire of 13 (hopefully lucky in this context!) for all of us below. These pointers have not been picked from any psychological test or a therapist’s reference, but gathered purely from my own observation of people and what they tell me.
Read them and ask yourself honestly on where you score. If your self assessment rates you low on this, then its time to wake up and act. I am on the learning curve myself and could be wrong about these, but if you can relate to even one of the below questions, my job is done
Awareness Meter Questionnaire:
a) Are you aware that your parents need your support but will never really tell you this because they don’t want to hurt your busy schedule?
b) Are you aware that your parents will love for you to call them at least once every day (even if its only for two minutes) to check if they doing OK?
c) Are you aware that someone less fortunate could do with some help from you right now and all he/she needs is you to find him/her?
d) Are you aware that your old friends would love to hear an update from you at least once a week and want you to ask them how they are doing?
e) Are you aware that siblings could need some emotional support from you once in a while but may not ask you because you have a family of your own now?
f) Are you aware that spending an hour everyday with your family and kids could be important as else they might slowly learn to spend time without you?
g) Are you aware that the job you are prioritizing over everything is actually transient?
h) Are you aware that you may have started to assume family/friends will seek out help when they need, while they are secretly hoping you will understand and reach out?
i) Are you aware that tomorrow life may put you in a situation where you could need help from someone you barely stayed in touch with?
j) Are you aware that you may have taken blood relations for granted without taking effort to develop and nurture them?
k) Are you aware that you judge your family, friends, colleagues on their limitations but have many vulnerabilities of your own that they have ignored without judging you?
l) Are you aware that you may have set a higher bar for others but simpler for yourself?
m) Are you aware that despite having achieved something, you may still not be really happy or carefree as you were in your younger days?