Introduction

The excerpt ‘Self-Reliance’ is a simple article about how the writer was prompted to not lose hope in life by witnessing a little boy’s self-reliance. The author notes that one morning, while sitting under a tree in a gloomy mood, he had lost all hope for his future. He noticed a little kid approaching, he was riding a bicycle.

Because the writer assumed the boy had fallen into a ditch, he raced to save him. The child denied his help and thanked him, stating he would handle things on his own. When the boy said he could handle himself, the writer was taken aback.

The Idea Of Being Self-Sufficient

The writer thinks that the child was self-reliant and that he did not want anyone to help him. The child hobbled back to his house on his wrecked bicycle. In his head, the writer heard a voice saying that if the boy could be self-reliant, so could he. The writer felt a heavenly grace fall upon him, and he was motivated to resolve his concerns, despair, and negative thoughts. The author returned home and took up Swami Vivekananda’s book “Thus Spake Swami Vivekananda.” 

Swami Vivekananda’s pupil laments his helplessness with Swamiji on the opening page of his book. When Swamiji hears his pupil’s comments, he exclaims that the disciple is spouting nonsense. He encouraged the disciple to stop believing he was insignificant since everyone had an indestructible strength within them and that feeling terrible about our powerlessness was merely a form of escape. Every man has their own responsibilities. Swamy Vivekananda, according to the author, did not tolerate idiots. 

The writer, who was influenced by Swami Vivekananda’s preaching, advises us to try to be patient. We must take a firm stand and accept all of our duties in order to shape our own destiny. The author claims that feeling powerless is a mistake and that we all have what it takes to succeed. We should help ourselves rather than relying on others since no one is responsible for fulfilling our duties.

The writer believes that the most important thing we should acquire is to be self-reliant. We must tackle our problems with confidence.