I went on a trip for 10 days and, during this time, I did not send out any thoughts and did not have much interaction with people. Yet, everything in the world was perfect. We think we are important and give much value to our own existence. A friend of mine who owns a retail store just told me that he had taken a month off from his business and that the store had the best sales in its history. I told him he should retire and let his team do a better job. Your value in life comes only when others let you feel they need you. In my case, people make me feel they need me out of their charitable budget—it’s their good deed for the day. This speck of a speck puts so much value on himself, thinking that he is serving God and the world. Instead, I want to thank everyone for putting up with me so my existence is not wasted. This time off taught me that it is others who bring value to my life and not the other way around. — Satish Daryanani

Woman with umbrella i large amphitheater