” What does it profit a man to gain the whole wide world , but suffer the loss of his soul ?” Luke 9:25
I’ve been pondering on these lines for quite a while now.
How indeed is it proper ?
To be beautiful , but have an envious heart?
To be smart , but unkind and overly proud?
To be understanding , but only to a few?
To love, but conditions apply?
To give , but to want in return?
To make-believe that you are good , but beneath the facade lies a monster?
To hesitate with generosity,
To be clever, but not wise?
To grow into something more, wanting more, because less does not suffice anymore?
To hope, but have doubts?
To smile, whilst having a weary soul?
To dream, but not strive to achieve them?
To expect , but not do?
To cry and want a shoulder, but never wipe anyone’s tears?
To let go, but not forgive?
To be happy , but not fight your storms?
To be rich, but have a poor spirit?
To be nice to the world, but disobey one’s own parents?
To want a crown of glory , but not the responsibility?
To wish to be a child again, but not grow into an example for your child to follow?
How indeed it would feel to have all my wants and desires fulfilled? to never have pain? Never walk through storms? Never meet trying people? Never see through the masks of many?
How would it feel to never know what feeling sad, depressed, demotivated is like? To have low self-esteem, to feel weary, dull and exhausted? To want to keep to oneself and stay away from bitter and good people? How would it feel to not know how to appreciate these storms of life? To not know the power of overcoming the hurdles? To not know what it really takes to become strong? To not know our limits of acceptance and patience whilst we are being shaped in the furnace? To not melt down into a puddle but be shaped into a stronger vessel?
How would it feel to not know the worth of sweating and every penny we earn? To not know that giving away something always and always fetches you silent blessings and smiles worth any treasure in the world?
Without the anxiety and sadness would you still know what happiness meant?
Would you appreciate the growth in yourself after a deep struggle? Would you know the wisdom a storm delivers you that no book can teach you or warn you about?
Through depression, would you have really understood how a small word of appreciation, motivation, a mere push or a smile could actually work wonders?
Sometimes it is through experience that we learn the greatest lessons of life. Some which your parents and elders warned you about , but you turned deaf. It is only when it so happens to us, that we begin to understand the complexities and simpleness of every life situation.
“I believe in you; and I want you to believe in yourself.
You indeed LIVE ONLY ONCE. So revive your drooping spirit,
Make truckloads of memories, fight and be victorious through storms.
Do not seek to gain wealth and the treasures of the world, but seek that- that would nourish your soul.
Be kind and kindness will follow you everywhere.
Motivate and appreciate and respect people, and you will have followers.
Be generous and you shall receive a bounty of blessings.
Be good, because the world needs goodness.
PEOPLE ARE NOT BAD, THEY ARE WEAK. It is WEAKNESS that makes us NEGATIVE.
We always have a choice to either be strong or weak. Choose wisely.
Be sensitive, so you remain human.
If you want success, never be ruthless ( now hey! You don’t want your spirit tarnished and no curses right?)
Success needs no competition, no crown of glory; it is a feeling of fulfilment that you have indeed achieved and that’s just it, not at the cost of jeopardising others.
Success should not make you greedy, just like rich people wanting to get richer. Sometimes you have to learn to remember when it is enough. To be happy with what you have.
Tell me- where will you take it all? Into your grave? For your future generations? WHY ?? Do you really believe that they are incapable of sustaining themselves? Or do you never want them to taste all flavours of life and let them decide what they prefer? Stop making your generations lazy.
Do give your children more of that- that would help them face storms, to be strong, and support them whilst they go after their dreams- no matter how lame you think they are, they hold value in their vision. Even if they do mistakes ,help them grow through them.
If there’s anyone who tells me that they are the same person they were a decade back, all I can say is that “ Dear , I feel sorry that you haven’t grown through the decade, because if you would have, you would never be the same person- you would be either 10 times better or worse.”
Sometimes you gotta listen to your instincts. Take a leap, if that’s what its telling you.
No matter how deep your fear or downfall, you will lend somewhere, and gradually you will learn to rise above all.
You definitely need to plan and methodise your life. But sir! Don’t restrict yourself to your schedule so much that you forget to live life. Don’t be a workaholic, that your family would have to beg for a time slot .
Work hard, be efficient , become indispensable; BUT try not to get stuck in one place. Indulge in variety of tasks and you will learn to savour the flavours of success. Learning is indeed a beautiful process that adds to your intellect and knowledge. But it is only the storms and trials of life that will help you gain wisdom and stand tall in jubilation after the battles.
“Life is a journey from one port to another, my ship won’t harbour in one place for too long. Because I need to set sail, move forward, navigate through different routes, prepare for storms sudden and unsudden, keep my mind calm in the most abnormal hours, experience the tides of life. And if my ship ever sinks, I need to learn to swim and surf through the mighty waves until my spirit says otherwise.”
“ My life is a journey to restore my soul.”