Monday, April 20, 2009

Thank you for everything!

Answer one question to yourself truthfully. How many of you, at this moment feel that everything is right with your life? Do you feel that life has been fair to you? Do you think that God has been kind to you? Do you feel that you are very lucky?

I guarantee you that if hundred people read this blog (hypothetically), then only five or six would answer yes to the above questions. We all feel that at some level, we deserved to have achieved more than what we have but couldn’t because of too much stress, too much work, thankless bosses, bad office, friends who don’t understand us, parents who expect too much etc etc. Despite of our innumerable talents we haven’t been provided enough. In Murphy, we all trust. Something or the other goes wrong with our life.

We all are human and it is only human to feel all this. Most of us never have even considered that what we have is more than enough to achieve our dreams if we care to believe and do it. Most of us have never made full use of our opportunities.

Well, next time you feel that life has been unfair why don’t you look at that innocent beggar child. What has he or she done except tug at your sleeve Why does he get that look of disgust from you? Or does he get a look from you at all? Or what has that child who sells you something done except disturb you from that all important newspaper article you were reading? Stupid kid, can’t even understand that your paper is running away. I am not saying you give them money, because he/she will probably blow it on drugs. He may be fully under the spell of drugs without knowing how harmful it is! Compare yourself to the kid and then say you are unlucky. You have been lucky to have parents, to have an education so that now you can read this and wonder!

Yup, I was lucky as a kid, but adulthood sucks! Is that what you are thinking? There is an acute lack of opportunity now, your boss sucks, your life sucks.

I had read a book about German concentration camps or the Holocaust five years ago. That book had such a profound impact on me, I still shudder when I think about it. Ordinary men, women and children were subjected to such horrendous atrocities, only because they were Jewish. We cannot even think of understanding what it must have been like to be separated from your whole family, knowing that you may never see them again, that they will be brutally tortured, maybe even be burnt alive. People were herded up like cattle and brutally beaten up. They were given only one flimsy garment to wear in that biting cold. Some of their insides were burnt up with harsh acids in the name of medical experiments. Can you imagine what it must have been like to be so used to starving, that the moment you have one square meal, you die of overeating. What it is like to be a small child of seven and not know what the taste sweet is like?

After I read that book I thanked God for all I have. I have everything. I have a loving family and friends and all the opportunities in the whole world. I know I have lost some loved ones, due to lack of time or distance or death but they all have had fulfilling lives and I cherish whatever memories I have with them. May all of them be happy, wherever they are.

We all complain too much. We give flimsy excuses like too much work, too much sorrow, I am too good for this etc etc. Have we ever thought that if there are Holocaust survivors who live to tell their tale, we can move mountains with what we have?

Authors Note:
Yup, this is still me writing and there is nothing wrong with me. My exams are up and I have noticed that my whole team and college tends to complain at a time like this. So, I got thinking and I wrote this. Oh, and please comment. And sorry if I was too preachy. Old habits die hard ;)


sweety said...

I agree. We should indeed thank God for what we have. But son't you think we ought to help the beggars than comparing ourselves to them. But the harsh truth of life is nobody cares. We've got our own set of problems and helping someone is not easy for us. Damn. Middle-class morality.

Sophia said...
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Sophia said...

I think we don't thank God more like we should because we hardly bother to stop and think about all the blessing He has given us so far. Most of us find time to bitch and complain about this or that, but never to simply say "thank you".

Like you wrote it so well, we all need to stop and think about the ones that had it so much worse than we have, and be thankful for being alive, healthy, educated, and everything else.

This is the kind of posture I've been trying to adopt ever since the beggining of the year, when I realized that I wasn't happy with who I was, I felt like I was more negative than positive, more down than up, and that harmed my soul. That's not who I truly am or wish to be, and I've trying since to change and evolve into a better person, a kinder one, and I'm far from where I want to be, but I think if we all (the world) decide to change its posture, we would all be living a much happier, understanding and fulfilling life.

I love the post, and your blog looks very beautiful - the layout is exquisite, Sindhu. Congrats! And let me know when you post again so I can come back and check it out, okay?!


Ps: I deleted the last post because I'd forgot to write a word in it, sorry hon.

Amit414@IT-BHU said...

i feel ,accepting urs self in integrity is an expression of gratefulness to existence. nice, well explained, reflection of gandhian philosophy.....

Not-so-regular-girl....The motor mouth! said...

@ Sweety

Yeah! But that's not possible. I mean, everyone can not make it. I am not sure I can help everybody. As you rightly said "Middle-class morality".

@ Sophia

I am so glad you left your opinion here. You are a very nice person Sophia. And it feels great to know that you want to be better.
Thank you so much. But lemme tell you. My blog is even better now, because it has your comments :) I'll let you know whenever I post.

@ Mr. Amit

Thank you so much. I am glad you had a good time reading it. And yes! Accepting yourself in integrity is a way of showing gratitude. Very true :)