The hardest thing in life is…..

Sunrise, New South Wales-Flickr/Creative Commons/Chris Betcher

Sunrise, New South Wales-Flickr/Creative Commons/Chris Betcher

to knowing that God has better plans for you than you have yourself. There has been many situations in life for which I have planned and things didn’t go the way I wanted to. These could be the many interviews, investments, seeking a new position at work, etc, etc.  Thank God, I hadn’t been devastated by any of these so I had moved on. As I moved on, unknowingly there were things happening that had me acquire the necessary skills and things that were essential in all these pursuits. Over a period of many years, I acquired better oral and writing skills. I acquired some sort of financial stability.  I developed my interest in singing and became a relatively better singer and in the process began to understand the elements of music and how creative it is and how close to God it takes one.  I recognized that all of us are the same and we should see ourselves in each other. My venture into Yoga teaching gave me many more new perspectives – that of the necessity to practice the yamas and niyamas – to be driven by a set of principles and the need to set an example. I recognized the weaknesses in me – that of anger that many of the young people develop in India whatever the reason maybe and that of a lack of clear communication skills. As I started to sing, I realized how important it is to utilize the tools that are given to you i.e., the organs that God gave us – all of them. If you take an average Joe in the Western world, his ability to communicate is much better or higher than the average Joe in the region I come from. Unless one realizes their own weaknesses, the ball in never set into motion to get back on the right track. Anger is a vicious trait in a person. All it does is to make one more angry. The underlying peace in a human being is disturbed greatly by this trait and every time one gets angry, the repercussions within last such a long time that one has to start from square one every time. What I mean is, the foundation necessary to be a balanced individual gets cracked every time one is angry. If you notice in your own life, the times when you were happy or at peace was directly related to the fact that there was no anger during those times. It is easy to say that anger and happiness are inversely proportional, but hard to practice. It took me over two decades to recognize this prime weakness in me and since then my life has been on the magical side. I thank God and my wife in helping me recognize this most grotesque of all weaknesses in a human being. As life passed on at work, I began to work with some of the most smartest people that I have come across. The first years, everyone was more bent on getting a better job and in the process, setting an example was the last of concerns. Slowly I started coming across people whom I could hold in high esteem and learn from. There were always people unexceptional and unpleasant experiences, but I have learnt to let go of these. Thinking everything happens for a reason helps a lot in acceptance. The last ten years, I have done a bit of everything at work and had begun to think that I was not getting anywhere being the jack of all and master of none. However, it is evident that God had his plan for me and knowing my ability to touch upon a vast variety of subjects, was waiting for just the right time to present me with a great opportunity. Some things you do, you never know why you did. But if you look back, you will realize they were all supportive of what is to come ahead. You might not realize it right away, meaning this might be work in progress. But know by putting the right things in place and doing the right things, God will present you with the right challenges and make you succeed in them. Right now, I am at peace with the challenges that will come ahead, thanks to my growing trust in God.

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