There are times where you don’t do much but are just happy and things happen even if you aren’t wishing for it. You attribute that sort of happening to God. And then there are times when you do you best, taking care of everything and things turn out different from what you expected. You should attribute this sort of happening to God too. For, as the common saying goes, it takes time for things to pan out. As I look back into my past, there are events that I regret happening in my life out of no control of my own and it occurs to me now that they occurred so that God set me up a learning lesson or an example not to do something. For example, way back, when I was just into the work force, we i.e., my friends, were all looking forward for a better future that what India could provide. So there was a lot of eagerness to go and work in the Middle-East. I got an offer to work at a firm in Oman. I was pretty excited about it. The pay was good and the savings were enormous two decades ago. But both of us weren’t in agreement on me taking up the job and I gave up. Then in a matter of a year or so, I got a job offer in the beginning of the IT boom in the US and that set me up on a totally different, but much brighter path in my life. It is hard to take on disappointments in life, but if you realize that things are meant to happen in a certain way, it is easy to find acceptance. The fact is, you should never give up. This is an all time favorite verse of mine translated from the Patanjali Yoga Sutras.
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
You have to read this quote slowly and try to understand and delve on every word of it. You never know what dormant forces are hidden within you. You might have thought you know yourself well, but not until you meet your next challenge. But as long as you have a good purpose, as long as you are at peace knowing He is in agreement, you are on the right path and it will be easy to deal with failures and disappointments. As time pans out, I am certain you will look back and feel you are on a much better path than what you thought you would be.