Everytime you forgive, you do yourself a favour.
A fall, a failure,
Too much pain to endure,
To let go and give up forever,
Or to stay, face and conquer,
The obvious, easier option, choose to shun,
‘Cause every problem has a solution,
Reach out, speak out, take a detour,
Just don’t give up until you find your cure,
Extend your hand and you’ll find a million in return, to help you out,
You’ll heal in no time, without a doubt,
There is always hope for a tomorrow, bright,
Because together, everything can be set right!
To each, his own. 💝
Last week, my friend and I decided to check in at a fancy new cafe for breakfast. A look at the menu card and we were lost for options. Two steaming cups of milk later, we decided to check out the sandwiches. She ordered a Peanut Butter – Jam sandwich first and began eating it. She relishes it everytime she buys it and gets teleported to an entirely different world when she eats it, as do so many of my other friends. I, on the other hand, was still debating between a Chilly Cheese sandwich and a Mixed Vegetable sandwich. But a glance at my friend enjoying her Peanut Butter prompted me to go for it too, despite the fact that I hated peanut butter. I ended up spoiling my appetite. Yet again.
This, I reflect, is not just the case with a simple sandwich. It is pretty much the case with everything you’d want to have, in life too. We, almost always, end up choosing what our brother/father/friend/neighbour/cousin thinks is good for us. Or someone else close has chosen it for themselves and has come out in shining colours. Or pretty much the rest of the society has gone for it. We feel the need to live up to their expectations. We feel the pressure to carry forward and build their reputation. And if we fail, or don’t prosper as high as the bar is set, we crumble.
What we forget is the fact that we are an entirely different entity, and what has worked for somebody else need not necessarily work for us too. What is somebody else’s choice need not be ours too. We have our own likes, dislikes and preferences. Each of us is unique and extremely special blessed exquisitely with different talents. We need to harness what we are good at, to the best of our potential and fly high.
What happens is, in the process of getting influenced, we begin to lose focus. We begin to lose track of what we want. We begin to compromise with what we get/what we are forced to choose. We begin to change. We begin to move on.
Anything we’d want in life, we have to learn to go for it and make it ours. Despite the chaos.
Let’s face it. There are and will be plenty of options. Options that tempt us. Options that allure us. Options that confuse us. And there will be plenty of people who’d be opting for so many of those and come out successfully. But let that not deter us from going for what we want. The key here, is to focus. To focus completely, totally and absolutely on just what we want. To focus on what will make us happy.
Because, at the fag end of our life, we wouldn’t want to be saying “I could have…”
Anything affects you only so much, as much as YOU let it.
Each day’s a fresh start,
Play best, your every part,
Spring ahead, steadfast!
What you believe in,
Is what would make you win,
Your faith, your hope, your trust, your desire,
They fuel your raging fire,
Lead you to where you belong,
Protect you from everything wrong,
The beautiful symbiosis between your soul and the universe, is,
To indeed give you your happiness and bliss!
“Keep your face towards the sunshine and you will not see the shadows.”
We come across plenty of situations from time to time in our lives that tend to throw us off track. That tend to depress us. That tend to slow us down and make us think. That tend to break our hearts. That tend to make us feel defeated. That tend to force us to break down and cry. Plenty. Every day.
But, life, is meant to be a rollercoaster ride, ain’t it? I mean, there are highs. There are lows. There is stability. There are moments of peace. Moments of joy. Moments of contemplation. Moments of exhilaration. Moments of sorrow. Moments of satisfaction. And nothing ever stays the same. Everything keeps changing, in some form, at some time.
So, why bow down for sympathy when grief hits us? Why let grief engulf our very being, our very existence? Every single soul goes through grief. Each has his own share of sorrow. Nobody is spared. But how we choose to deal with it makes us what we are, shapes us to who we want to become. The endless grumbling, complaining and lamenting ain’t going to take us anywhere. Being grumpy wouldn’t help us find a solution. The meaningless accusing and whining wouldn’t help us reach where we want to. But that is what most of us end up doing, everytime we find ourselves in an unpleasant situation.
Instead, let’s follow this.
Discuss. Debate. Decide. The 3 magic words that’ll help us reach a better solution than all the mumbling would. Discuss and debate, not digress. Learn how people figure their way out. Broaden our options. And deal with our distress in dignity, because, seeking sympathy doesn’t always help.
Let’s try and be the go-getter. Let’s be the energy. Let’s be the positivity that’ll help us cruise through the worst, successfully. Let’s muster the courage from our success to deal with our failures. Let’s learn to take things in our stride and march ahead.
Let’s be the sunshine we look forward to, in somebody else.