Are we Living? Well?

Dear Readers, before we proceed, I’d like to recommend a TED talk video by Manisha Koirala posted circa four years ago. Many of you might have seen it already; please see it again if you can. I watched it for the second time today after four years and developed new and fresh insight into life yet again. She has incredibly summarized her entire life in a 15 minutes video.

It’s not that you’ll hear such words of wisdom for the first time through this short clip, but still, we kind of associate with her. Why is that? It is because she is not trying to deliver a speech here, but she is sharing her own experience, her journey through unforeseen, undesirable changes in life. This is a reason we motivate you dear friends, to share your “encounter with life changes” with us. It will create a “win-win” atmosphere for us all. The sharer gets a platform to let out, and the receiver gets a feel-good feeling knowing that they are not alone; there many others building (and renovating) their way through this adventurous life ☺.

There’s a legendary saying, “Life is what happens to us when we are busy making other plans.” And the moment something happens to us, one part of our brain has already started the planning phase (while the other is probably busy cribbing about or accepting what really happened).

Random Instances
  • “She never completes her work; let her come tomorrow, I’ll beat the crap out of her.”

Next day: She did not come!

  • “I’ll be taking a week off starting tomorrow and keep my phone off during the leaves.”

While applying: The manager comes and says – Your colleague has run into a family emergency; you need to cover for her. 😐 

  • “This 2020 was the worst year of my life; the moment my son’s exams are over in March 2021 I’ll go for a foreign trip.”

Exams are over: and so are my plans ☹ Covid has come yet again, with a second wave far worse than the first one.

Some simplest of instances that happen almost daily. While there are some others, pretty grave and radical, that might change our lives upside down.

Whilst, we all try to deal with these transformations in our own perfect ways, let us try to assimilate this read by ending with the serenity prayer (I find it very peace-giving):

‘God, give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

the courage to change the things I can;

and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.’ 

Hope to see more shares in the comments section.

Avani Raj Arora

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