A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. — Lao Tzu
Traveling is an integral part of each and every individual. We start the journey at the time of our birth and it continues until we “rest”. We generally don’t follow any fixed path in our early days. We break rules and construct our own way. Challenges are accepted without any fear of defeat. As we grow older, we are stuck to a specific path and are even afraid to wander around. Life becomes monotonous and challenges are overlooked or neglected. We cover ourselves in the skin of others just to please people around us. Fear starts to creep in.
Exploration is a necessity whether it is about exploring new ideas/opportunities or exploring new places. A stringent mindset leaves us nowhere. Show enough courage to travel the unknown territories. You never know what lies ahead. A quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson sums it up beautifully—
“Do not follow where the path may lead . Go instead where there is no path and leave the trail.”
Life starts at Birth and ends at Death. The journey from birth to death describes our life. It’s our Choices that determine the quality of life we are going to live. Choices matter a lot; they define us, describe us and forge us. We should be extra careful while making our choices. Now the question arises, What to choose? and How to choose? For this I would like to quote Winston Churchill – “We make a living by what we get; We make a life by what we give.” It’s very important to be compassionate and to build healthy relationships. We crave for love and support all through our life. So by being helpful and showing empathy towards others will ensure a fulfilling life.
I guess, most of us do love ice-cream, but have you ever thought what does it symbolizes? The ideology behind ice-cream is to enjoy life before it melts. Probably we all do that; we enjoy our life to the fullest. Now focus your attention towards the candle. What does it represent? The ideology behind the candle is to give light to others before it melts. Now this is interesting. How many of us are candles or want to become one? It’s demanding to be a candle, but we can definitely give it a try. Being selfless is one of the finest traits a person can have. Selfless people do exist and form the pillars of our society. So basically, our life should be a transition from being an ice-cream to a candle.
“Life’s not about the steps you have taken, but the footprints you have left behind.“
Do share your idea of life. I would love to hear your thoughts.
These two tiny words put together, makes a lot of sense. It poses a bigger question than anyone could even imagine. It’s difficult, at least for me, to take a stand on which aspect to write. I will start by stating an excerpt from the conversation between Shri Ramakrishna Paramahansa and Swami Vivekananda. These two people were the greatest spiritual leaders of the modern society. Once Swami Vivekananda asked Shri Ramakrishna – “What surprises you about people?” to which he replied – “When they suffer they ask Why me? but when they prosper, they never ask Why me?”. This answer made me ponder over the nature of humans. People are generally selfish. They don’t care about anything if the situation is favorable to them. On the other hand, if something goes wrong they start blaming whomsoever possible. True character of an individual is revealed only during adversity.
Sometimes even I fall prey to this question. When I am literally down, unmotivated, this question pops up in my mind. Later I realize that I never ask this question when my spirits are high. Rather asking Why me, we should be grateful that HE chose us over so many others. HE chooses us to make us impregnable; to fight our demons and come out victorious. We should gracefully accept whatever comes our way and try to learn from the experiences which we attain. We should thank HIM for putting us in difficult situations since it develops our character and makes us strong. So I feel, rather asking WHY ME? we should ask WHAT FOR?
Do you believe in GOD? If the answer is yes, can you have blind faith in HIM? Did you ever try to find the reason behind the events happening in your life? It will be quite interesting to know why a particular event takes place. Personally in my opinion, I believe everything happens for a reason. The reason may be unknown creating chaos in one’s life. Searching for the reason is yet another daunting task. Sometimes it can even take several years, but once the veil is unmasked, things become pretty clear. I feel knowing the reasons behind the events occurring in one’s life can reduce stress levels and helps in analyzing the situation in a more mature way. Also, I feel that knowing the reasons helps you to understand the ways and patterns of God’s judgement. Sometimes it may happen that we are unable to figure out the reason and that’s where the turmoil starts, but we should trust and have faith in the almighty and leave it to HIM. He will take care of everything and will ensure the welfare of humanity.
“Where reason fails with all her powers, there faith prevails, and love adores.”