We are born alone in this world and we may leave Mother earth all alone when we die. But, in life, we are never alone in anything we do. When we go through ups and downs of life, many a time we feel that we are all alone. We do not feel that way when we are happy. But, when we are going through a crisis, we get a feeling that God has been unkind to us. Why me ?, is a question we ask God often in such situations.
It is equally true that we do not ask God for explanations when she showers us with joyous moments. I believe I deserved a promotion or I bought a house through my dint of hard work. However, when I am not considered for a plum role in the organisation or my promotion is denied, I always wonder why God is unkind to me. It is in these very situations, we need to realise that we are not alone.
God always balances the good and the bad news for us. It is possibly when we become too arrogant and forget to be grateful to someone in life that God gives us misery to get us back to mother earth and be grounded. It may be worthwhile to reflect that all of us go through good and bad moments. When we go through bad moments, it may be useful to think of millions of people, whose situation is worse than us. However, it is human for us to compare only those, who are better than us.
Life has its cyclical ways. We all have been blessed with pleasant surprises in life. We are blessed with a healthy child or get married to a person of our choice. We do not express our gratitude to God but consider it our dedication to life. When something goes wrong somewhere for us, we suddenly get more spiritual and religious. We may not have visited temples, churches or mosques for years together. But, suddenly we become a frequent visitor to pay our respects to God.
I have learnt that life is happier when we are ready to embrace the good and the bad with equal reverence. The day we realise that we are better off than the thousands around us, whose life is more difficult than us, we will learn to be grateful to God. This principle is equally applicable at work and in our personal life. If we lead a life of contentment, God will always take care of us. If we lead a life of greed, God can never satisfy our needs.
So, it is up to us to learn to accept life as it comes. We have to remember the good ness in others and be grateful to God and other people in life, who have made us what we are today. Neither the good nor the bad lasts forever. It is up to us to balance both and be ready to manage both in life. After all, like the weather round the years, life has its own winter, summer and rains. We need to adapt to manage all the seasons.
Just like in the photo above, there will be some people ahead of you and some behind you facing similar situations as you are facing today.
Lets live a life of gratitude and we will be ready to face life as it comes to us every day.
S Ramesh Shankar