The new year 2010 has come and it has been profound, sad, peaceful and one of grace for me and the family. In a matter of a week, my Mother and my Uncle (whom I was very close to) – two of the strongest souls I have encountered, left this realm and went the “other side”.
Both lived a full life in a very short span of time and were always the pillar of strength to everyone around them. No matter what their state of mind, their health and how many odds they would encounter, they were always on the go and ready for the next “tough thing”. Life was never easy and a cake-walk, yet they handled the toughest of situations thrown at them with grace and equanimity. That combination is hard to find. And when I say “tough situations”, I don’t say that lightly. Anyone else would have committed suicide in the first 100 meters of the marathon that these two souls ran in their lifetimes.
Deaths are never easy on the loved ones left behind, but strangely, for both of these souls, every loved one was praying for their release!
Watching as they faded into the other world and left their bodies, there were many lessons for all of us. But the greatest lesson was one which I call “Happy Singh’s Truism”. Happy Singh is one of the most dearest friend of mine (this is nickname amongst friends). He came to me after my Mother’s death and told me this:
If you put 50 rotis (pieces of bread) and 20 sabzis (curry dishes) in front of Happy Singh. How much do you think Happy Singh can eat? He will eat only 4 rotis and 2 sabzis, the rest will have to go back. Right? So, why slog for the 46 other rotis and 18 extra sabzis? Just earn enough so you are above the basic threshold, after that.. whether you are 1 meter above that line or 1000 meters, it really doesn’t matter.
We fight hard the entire life but what is left of us in the end is just a few bones which get grounded in the dust as well. All the ambitions, the plans, the achievements are all brought down in one instant. I am not saying that one shouldn’t strive for anything, for otherwise why live. But all the things should be put in perspective. No matter what one “loses” or what one “wins”, it is just a temporary state of mind and living. It does not last and when you are out and cold, all that has no meaning. So fight.. fight hard… but remember to enjoy every moment as it comes to you without regard to the result. We get so entangled in the result of our efforts that we forget the moment that we are alive!
This year, 2010, comes with that reminder for me – that I should free my self of all my limitations and give every moment my best, for each moment is a miracle in itself – a Unique one in the entire Creation.. never before has such a moment been and never will it come again! That, in itself…. just that distinction of this moment, is enough to enjoy it. Nothing can be more rare than this one moment.
My wish for all the readers of Drishtikone – make every moment a NEW one.. and enjoy it for what it is, not for what you think it has brought to you. All that is just temporary in the grand scheme of things.
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