There is a famous quote which says: “Happiness is not a matter of good fortune or worldly possessions. It is a mental attitude. It comes from appreciating what we have, instead of being miserable about what we don\'t have. It is so simple yet so hard for the human mind to comprehend”.
In today\'s world, where many people can\'t stop complaining about how tough or hectic their nine to five office jobs are, there are some who have to work day and night to make their both ends meet. Yet, they seem to be much more satisfied and contended with their lives.
One such example is Muhammad Hassan. Born in 1960 in the village of Kati Garhi, he has come a long way to become the appeased person he is. After receiving formal education till seventh grade, he joined army in 1971. The very same year a war broke out between Pakistan and India in which Hassan had to participate.
After retirement from the forces, he moved to Islamabad, and worked as a private driver. A couple of years later, he joined PTCL on a small contract. Now, he works as a private security guard at night. While any person in such a state would take the day for relaxation and leisure, Hasan has been burning the candle at both ends for earning bread and butter for his family. He works as a part-time driver in the day, mows peoples\' gardens over the weekends, takes care of all house-hold chores in the street for whosoever needs and then performs night duty as watchman. Despite all the hard work he does, he seems happy and contented. “I do all the work by choice. And I am very thankful for the life I have; God Almighty has been very kind to me”, says Hassan proudly.
He is father of seven children among them two sons, who are working as day laborers. He visits his family every month which still lives back in Mardan. Hassan believes, “No matter how difficult a path may be, once you begin your journey with determination and faith in yourself as well as God, the journey becomes effortless.”
Everyone needs to work hard to earn enough or to maintain, if not improve his standard of living. But unfortunately there are very few who do it graciously. Muhammad Hassan is an example of that outnumbered group who represents the real face of Pakistan. People like him, determined and passionate, are blessing for the society.
He is an average Pakistani yet an inspiration, because despite all the hardship and labor he has to go through, he has not lost hope in himself and society. People like him have provided resilience to society and have kept it alive even in difficult times. They are paying back more to the society as compared to what they received. But, does the society recognize them and take care of them? The answer can be yes at micro level as people around them do respect their endurance and contribution. However, at the macro level, the answer would be a flat NO. There are no institutional arrangements whatsoever.
Let us pray and hope that this budget may bring some sigh of relief and happiness for the common people, the real Pakistanis, many of whom despite so much hard work and their positive mental attitude, are hardly able to meet both ends and yet don\'t complain. The majority of our country men are living in the hope and belief that there are better days ahead. Let the forthcoming budget keep this hope alive.
By Farhan Siddiq