Life has its ups and downs for everyone.
For a long time, I did not realise what was happening. I thought that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some problem or the other. Something going wrong, something not working, time still to be served, tragic circumstances. I thought then life would begin.
At last, I realised that these obstacles were my life because I was focusing on myself and not on others. We have not come into this world to live only for ourselves, to have a good time and go away. When there are people involved, there are always responsibilities in our life. But that also means there is a purpose in life. Life would be boring if we did not have a focus.
There is nothing unique happening in our life, and once we realise that life becomes more easy to handle. How do we appreciate happiness if we do not experience unhappiness? We will not know it is light unless we see darkness. And those who are the happiest are the ones who have gone through life’s ups and downs. It is only when we experience the downs we will realise the value of the good things that come our way.
Most of the time our life is a result of the choices we make. I like this story about an old man who told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.”The boy thought about it, and asked,” Grandfather, which wolf wins.?”The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.”
Being happy does not mean everything is perfect and it is working well for us. It only says we are overlooking the imperfections and thankful for the blessings we have. We either take what life has given to us and find ways to make it better for everyone around us, or sit in a corner, grumble, feel bitter and hurt all the people in our life.
We can make our own choices to be happy or unhappy. Didn’t someone say,” Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, but it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” How right he or she is!