I opened the newspaper on the 1st of January, hoping to read something good. Something good to start anew. But there was nothing good to read about on the front page. I wonder why. Did nothing good happen on Dec 31st, was nothing good going to happen in 2013?
After Dec 16th there have been a plethora of discussions- what happened, how it happened, the statistics of rape case etc. The gruesome details were out there. While I agree that facts have to be told, awareness has to be created but…..don’t the crooked minded get more ideas, the animals amongst us humans, don’t they get more fodder.
All of us go through lean phases. Phases when nothing seems to go right. A failed marriage, a heartbreak, children deserting us, a boss who is crazy etc. What do you do about it? Will it help if you just keep mulling about it with a long face, refusing to look at solutions or not trying to do anything better.
The point I am trying to make is, it does not help if you keep on looking at the negatives in your life.
If you need sunshine inside the room….. go open the windows.
You may say…. Reema what do you know about a failed marriage or a tyrant boss or a heartbreak. But my dear… I know. Each one of us experience defeat in some or the other way.
So how do we welcome cheer back into our life. PRACTICE. Even if you want to cry, smile. You want to complain, yet you write a happy post which will bring a smile to someone else’s face. And making someone else smile gives one so much of happiness.
You may say, ‘Practice, now do I have to practice being happy too’ yes you may have to and why not?
In the battlefield when Krishna tells Arjuna, ‘Always think of me’ Arjuna says ‘I can’t, please teach me how can I?’ Imagine here is a great devotee of the Lord who says that I cannot remember you always and Krishna says:
paramam purusam divyam
He who meditates on the Supreme Personality of Godhead, his mind constantly engaged in remembering Me, undeviated from the path, he, O Partha [Arjuna], is sure to reach Me.
The first word is of importance here ‘Practice’ Practise remembering me always. So if you want to be happy and cheerful can’t you practice being happy? And why are you upset for. The tyrant Boss does not rule your life, the guy who left you was not worthy of you, the failed marriage was giving pain…why worry about all these, why become sad for something which didn’t give you pleasure?
So practice being happy. Is it so difficult?
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