30 August 2013 - QA 5

Gurudev, how can I live my life to its full potential?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

That is exactly what you are learning here (at the Art of Living). It is the ability to accommodate the opposites in life: rest with activity. If you are simply active all the time, it will not work. If you are only resting it will not work then too. You have to accommodate both. Got it?

Similarly you cannot be fun-loving and keep having fun all the time. You cannot also be serious all the time. You need to have fun and seriousness.

Similarly you need to be sensible and sensitive. Those who are sensible are not sensitive, and those who are sensitive are not sensible. You need both. You have to be direct yet you also have to be gentle. People who are direct often find themselves labelled as rude, and those who are gentle are many times considered to be weak and meek. We need a combination of the two: to be direct and gentle.