‘I don’t want to work. I want to be quiet and rest. I know the time and the place; but the fate or Karma, I think, drives me on — work, work.’ Wrote swami Vivekananda in a letter to sister Nivedita on 4th March 1900. Two years from this in July, 1902 Swamiji was no more. Sometimes the spiritual probably know when they are going to leave from this magnanimous circle of life. Life and death are the only truths on this planet which no one can deny and everyone has to adapt to.
Every year there are many who die. Some go unnoticed and very few leave a legacy behind, those are the ones who must had fueled their dreams with passion and perseverance undergoing turmoil and making sacrifices all the way. The reason I started writing this blog is not just that it is 12/12/12 but yesterday I saw the news which questioned my stream of consciousness.
It is said that God gives birth to humans but hearing yesterdays news it seems like it’s the parents and doctors (not all) who decide when to give birth to a child. Report showed the desperation of parents to deliver their child on this so special date 12-12-12. Is it really going to make the new born all goody memories, won’t he have to struggle to achieve dignity or his birth date is enough? There is nothing wrong in wanting the best for your children but does it have to be so dependent on a date. Hopefully these parents will meet the right doctors who can tell them that let’s not go against the nature and wait until normally delivery happens.
This triggered a thought have not think of the 12 on this date 12-12-12 who died in 2012 and look at what legacy they left even though they where born on different dates. Well, that brought me to write of at least 12 personalities who died in year 2012. There’re many known personalities who died in this year but I choose ones with whom I felt connected to in someway nor the other. History is filled with people who where successful and their footprints show that they never achieved anything in ideal condition, it was when they where put to adverse condition did they construct the road to success.
I have mentioned 11 individuals and 1 cause. Each one of these might had to go through turmoil to achieve success, I have just mentioned only Neil. You might know better of all others like I do.
Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012)
Achievements – first person to walk on the moon. An Astronaut.
Before he achieved this feat he had made almost logged over 900 flights at the Dryen Flight Research Center. Armstrong flew 78 missions over Korea for a total of 121 hours in the air. There are many incidences where he had survived death including the Boeing B-29 and BellX-1B landings.
Rajesh Khanna (29 December 1942 – 18 July 2012)
Achievements – the first superstar of Indian and Hindi Cinema with 73 Golden Jubilee Hits – which includes 47 Platinum Jubilee hits and 26 Golden Jubilee Hits & in addition had 22 Silver Jubilee Hits.
Zig Zigler (November 6, 1926 – November 28, 2012)
Author, Sales Superhero, Motivational Speaker. Worlds best sales person and a Sculptor who can train anyone to sell almost anything. Can’t forget ‘Born to Win’ and ‘Secrets of closing the sale’.
Stephan Covey (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012)
Achievements – educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. Can’t forget The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and his Goal Setting Workshops.
Dara Singh (19 November 1928 – 12 July 2012)
Wrestler, actor. The real Indian Tarzan. True to heart with a heart warming smile. Can’t forget Ramayana.
Yash Chopra (September 27, 1932 – October 21, 2012)
film director, script writer and film producer. Can’t forget how he had his heroines clad in those chiffon sarees and many times he took us to Switzerland. Jab tak hai jaan will still be memorable.
Balasaheb Thackeray (23 January 1926 – 17 November 2012)
Politician and a Leader in true sense. A man who stood for his morals and love of people. An artist and a Tiger.
Whitney Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012)
Singer, actress, producer. Can’t forget Bodyguard and ‘I will always love you’.
Pt. Ravi Shankar (7April 1920 – 11 December 2012)
Musician and composer who played the best sitar. Can’t forget his charm and compositions.
Dave Brubeck (December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012)
Jazz pianist and composer. Wrote a number of jazz standards, including “In Your Own Sweet Way” and “The Duke”.
Michael Clarke Duncan (December 10, 1957 – September 3, 2012)
Actor. Can’t forget ‘The Green Mile’, ‘Armageddon’, ‘The Whole Nine Yards’.
The 12th one of not for death but for all those 205 children who got affected with Polio in the year 2012. Let’s work together with Rotary International and put the last effort to eradicate Polio from the face of the earth. So that when we leave this planet at least millions of children will thank us indirectly because of the efforts we took to save their lives by eradicating Polio.
Take care and Happy …..Living!