Last month when I was writing my editorial on the W.H.O. report on homeopathic remedies, I had thought that next month I will cover the issue about differences in our various pharmacopeias in my editorial. But some events in the last few days have made me write a more personal message to you. I have shared with you my homeopathic journey in a past editorial, but this time around I am going to share with you the story of a dreamer within me.
It so happened that a few days ago my sister bought a load of books from Crosswords. While going through her purchase, I saw a book that I was planning to buy myself and I just started reading the book. The book was Connect The Dots by Rashmi Bansal. It is a collection of stories about entrepreneurs, who saw a dream and succeeded in making it come true. While reading about those successful people I realized that these people had the same level of enthusiasm for their work even after tasting success, the same passion with which they had started 20 years ago. They were still hungry for more. They were still living their dream! And then a question came to my mind – Am I living my dream?
A whole lot of thoughts started flowing in my mind and I journeyed back in time to explore the status of my own dreams. And what were my dreams? I read Organon for the first time when I was seventeen and loved it so much, that I dreamed of taking homeopathy to every household in this world, of making homeopathy the leading system of medicine. As I was just 17, anybody would have labeled me as a foolish, day-dreaming kid who was unaware of the ground realities. And they wouldn’t have been wrong, but I somehow clung to my dream and believed in it as if it were true. Time and circumstances did test my love for homeopathy, but in the end I stayed with it and with my dreams too…
Circa 2000-2001, I started Hpathy.com and soon dreamt of making it the biggest homeopathic portal around. It became a medium for my first dream. I believed in my dream and I lived it day and night. I remember keeping my toothbrush on my computer table so that when I woke up in the morning, I’d start my computer before picking up the toothbrush. While I brushed my teeth, the computer would have booted and I’d start my day in front of it. The tea would also be served there. The hours never meant anything. Working for 18 hours a day was fun and sleeping at 3 am was the norm! The dream came true very soon and Hpathy still continues to grow.
I was working at my clinic too. I made a humble start from a small 80 sq. ft office in a small by-lane in my colony. I dreamt of having the biggest and the best clinic around, not because of the love of material, but because I realized that a bigger setup brings many more patients and you get to learn much more. I had little means to make it come true, but I believed in my dream and believed it would happen. A couple of years down the lane that dream came to fruition.
All this time I was living my dream for homeopathy. By age 30 I ran the world’s leading homeopathy portal, was chief-editor of the most widely circulated professional homeopathic journal, had one of the biggest private clinics in India, was improving as a clinician and was considered among the best philosophy teachers around. What more could I have asked for?
While reading that book by Bansal I realized that somewhere in the last few years I had become more involved with the mundane things in life. The love for homeopathy was still there, but the passion was not the same as when I had started. Maybe it was the result of success, or complacency or just life circumstances, but my mind was more involved in doing things that I needed to do (family, finances and the mundane) than doing things that I loved to do (homeopathy, teaching, music and poetry). I was still working for homeopathy, but I was living more for myself and less for my dream.
Success comes to those who dare to dream big AND then start living that dream as if it was true. Successful people stop growing when they stop living their dream. The dream that I had initially seen, still remains unfulfilled and while reading that book I realized the need to realign my priorities. I need to rekindle that passion once more because…
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Now you might be wondering why I am sharing all this with you. Why would anybody feel comfortable sharing his inner turmoil and the voice in his brain with more than 40000 people in public?
I realize that I am not alone in this journey. Like me, many of you must have had big dreams about homeopathy, especially when you started out. But how many of you are actually living those dreams? Most of us learn to compromise our dreams as we grow up, because there are other pressing things to do; your spouse, parents, children, your home, your clinic, taxes, car, service, maintenance, personal belongings and the daily chores preoccupy you and leave little time to pursue your dreams. Or, sometimes failures leave you too disheartened to believe in your own dreams. Maybe we simply forget about our dreams.
This editorial is not for those who have forgotten their dreams. It is for those who feel stifled by everyday tasks and have become separated from the passion that drove them. If you are amongst one of those spirited souls, break your shackles, realign your priorities, find time for what you love to do, rekindle your dreams and believe they will come true. It’s never too late!
Homeopathy will become the leading system of medicine, not because I or someone else dreams of it. Such mammoth dreams come true when a whole generation believes in them and lives for them. I want to see my dreams for homeopathy come true in this lifetime and I’ll work for it too. Will you?
Yours in Homeopathy,
Dr. Manish Bhatia
Editor, Homeopathy for Everyone