As we continue with our journey of life, taking each day as it comes, and slowly sinking into the monotony of it, there are certain moments that sort of knock against the door of our understanding, and raise a question as to how we have prioritized our life … not only our life, but the many lives that are associated with us. This article is a compilation of the moments that reflected in my life during the most desperate hours of need; they helped me realize the things I did take for granted … about the things that some day or the other we all tend to take for granted.
We seldom realize, these are the only relationships that last!
I have come to realize the hard way that the only people who will stand by you through thick and thin is your family. Calling your mother for a few minutes during lunch, just to ask what she’s cooked, telling your father about the fishing trip you went for, or messaging your sister while eating at her favorite joint … these are the little things that make life worth living and prevent us from being too busy for our family … prevent us from taking our closest relationships, for granted.
Where no form of judgment is found.
The only real friends we had, were then,
Now, we just wish time could turn around …
While you might blame the other to be the reason behind your friendship falling apart, think about it … it took the two of you to be friends, so it would take two of you to ruin its depth. When your few-months-old friends judge you by your clothes, or mock you at your weaknesses, don’t you remember your childhood pals―true friends who did not judge, expect, or mock you? How many times have you avoided your childhood buddy’s call, or your commitments have prevented you to join the get-together or a reunion? Have you taken your true friends for granted?
Ask him who is locked within the four walls.
Although what was happening was for his own good, he realized that these were the consequences of him taking his freedom for granted. Had he realized his responsibility towards his family, career, and his own life, he would have never gone through such a devastating experience. He has taught me to be grateful for the privilege to roam free. Don’t take advantage of it; honor your responsibilities towards others so that you may enjoy this gift in the true sense of it.
To feel the air pass by, to hear the birds that fly,
To smell the wet mud during rains,
When everything is felt, nothing refrains …
So, now every time I wake up in the morning, I don’t forget to listen to the beautiful songs the birds sing to me, or the breeze that passes by with a slight warmth of the sun. The amazing senses that we have, the power to feel, smell, hear, and see, is enough to make you realize the beauty within and around you. Irrespective of the fact that you may not have the perfect health, count these small blessings, and see how your outlook changes towards your life, and your health!
that make all things live?
Haven’t we exploited nature enough, taking for granted its supreme power over us mortal humans? We have cut trees, killed animals, polluted the purity of waters that flow. … Don’t you think it’s enough? Our technological achievements are futile against the wrath of nature, the glimpses of which have been seen in the past in the form of catastrophes, such as tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, floods, famines, and wildfires. Aren’t these enough to show man its true place. It is high time we take actions to heal the wounded Earth. Like nature, its patience should also not be taken for granted.
Wasn’t home supposed to be a place of rest and peace,
Multiplying your joy, even if the means are few?
I looked at this image, and I thought to myself that even though these children are not exactly under a fancy shelter, and that they do not seem to be living in luxury, their smile depicts such contentment. Though I don’t expect you to understand this, and it is indeed very difficult to explain, it just made me realize that “home”, in the true sense of it, is not a luxury hotel with chauffeurs and servants, or fancy paintings. It is a space decorated with hugs, smiles, care, and concern. It is a place that keeps you safe from the outside world so that you can rest, rejuvenate, and gladly take life as it comes.
There are some who wouldn’t even know,
When would they get to eat their next meal!
Another realization that occurred at that moment was the sin of “gluttony.” We humans are funny, aren’t we? We sit at our desk jobs, feel extremely hungry, order extra food (just in case), eat extra, and then pay money to take a gym membership and lose all those added pounds. I think if we learn to value each and every grain as a miraculous source of energy, and consume it by valuing it not just as food, but a source of nourishment, there will be enough to feed many others. I learned this from a very dear friend of mine, “When a beggar comes across and asks for money, give them food. Because it is more valuable than money.”
Aren’t their smiling faces worth the so-called trouble?
It is needless to say that there are millions of people all across the globe who are jobless, who cannot even think of owning a luxury car, or shopping at malls. They don’t even have enough to educate their children, or provide them with the basic necessities of life! Your boss may be an authoritarian, your salary may be less than expected, but mark my words―if you replace your dissatisfaction with gratefulness, it will reflect in your performance. Valuing what you have makes you give your 100 percent into it. And who wouldn’t reward a productive employee?
What may be common for us, may be a marvel for others.
You maybe good at making people laugh, but not everyone can do that! You maybe good at singing, programming, playing the guitar, or a violin … ask people like me to whom these abilities are nothing less than magical powers. I mean, how does one reach such high notes, or understand the complicated languages of computer? The point is, no matter what ability you have, it is magical. While you may categorize it as a big or small thing, the fact is, that it is these abilities that make you special. Learn to value them and see how it transforms your self-esteem and your life, overall.
Internet makes you access the world overnight!
In absence of these “necessities” of life,
Would you imagine what would be our plight?
While we depend on technology, technology, in turn, depends upon the natural resources provided by nature. It won’t be wrong to say that taking nature for granted, also makes you take technology for granted. How else would you explain the power cuts, the rising prices of fuels for our vehicles, and similar instances? What if nature takes over technology? What if history repeats itself and the Earth becomes flooded? What if we are left with no technology? The early man rubbed two stones together and created fire, used his common sense and created wheel. If we were to live a nomadic life, depending on the sources of nature, would we be able to survive?
A few days back, I started reading this amazing book by Rhonda Byrne―The Magic. It suggests the reader to write down ten things that they were grateful for, every day. Initially, it was a struggle, but as I gave it a deep thought, I realized that there were so many things to be grateful for, and I am fortunate in so many ways. Though I won’t push you to read that book, I would sincerely recommend writing down ten things you are thankful for, and in the process, attain clarity that the things you end up taking for granted are the things you should not take for granted at all.