A short story for you…….
There was a happy man walking along the fields; the sunshine and the perfume of flowers filled his happy being. Just then, he came across the bridge which he dreaded to cross. It was one thin rope on the bottom to walk on and one thin one to hold for balancing. And the distance always seemed to grow every time he came to the bridge. But, he had to cross it to reach home. That day, there was a storm in the river below and the winds above were bellowing wildly. The man reached half way across the bridge when the rope below gave way. He screamed for God to help him. And that's when he saw God standing across the bridge, smiling benignly at him. He yelled: God! Save me! God Smiled lovingly. The man got angry....started yelling and grumbling and said he'd never believe in God again! But, God kept smiling at the other end of the bridge. With extreme difficulty and a lot of perseverance, the man managed to cross the bridge, hanging from the thin rope which was meant to help him balance himself. He reached and he accused God of enjoying Himself at his expense. And THAT's when he saw, that God was holding the broken second rope in His badly bruised hands.
The quest? Well, if God brings you to it, He sees you through it, too….. Be Happy... This maybe God's way to build your endurance and your belief in your own abilities and save you from any big falls!
Another touching story that I received through an email.......
Sometime ago, when the ice-creams were not so expensive, a ten-year old boy went to an ice-cream parlour. While sitting at the table, he asked the waitress, “How much does a Sundae cost?” “50 cents,” she replied.
The boy took out his money from the pocket and began counting it.
“Well, how much does a simple ice-cream cost?"
There were other people waiting to be served, so the waitress began to get a little impatient.
"35 cents!" she replied abruptly. The boy counted his money again and said: “Please get me a simple ice-cream!"
The waitress served him the ice-cream and his bill. The boy ate his ice-cream, paid his bill at the cash counter and left.
When the waitress went to clean the table she began to cry… for there, in the corner of the plate, were 15 cents… her tip.
The boy took a simple ice-cream instead of a Sundae so he could leave a tip for her.
I felt like crying when I read it. Really, we can never tell what will be written on our fate till we get it written!!
Those are not just lines written to inspire...those are a leaf out of the book of life. So many times we don’t realize that a higher power is working 24/7 to make our lives happier. We blame and accuse and question its motive when we are troubled. But, that power (we may give it any name---God, Allah, Bhagwan, Jesus or Just POWER) gives us what we ask it for. If we keep complaining about what is NOT, we'll get more of that. Because our passionate energies are going into complaining. If we thank and send peace to the Universal Power, we will get peace and more reasons to be thankful for because then our energies are working in creating a joyous situation for us! It’s what they call the law of attraction. This law is just amazing. It really works! If we think we can, it's true and if we think we can't, that's also true. The whole world conspires to give us what we want from the heart. I believe in a POWER. It works for us, 24/7 or even more! I believe in the POWER of good, the POWER of small. I believe in the God of small things. But, things are not always rosy as we seem to think them to be. Things sometimes turn worse. They look like strangers. Blissful virtues sometimes stop working. And, I feel helpless. Perhaps, that's the time for a transition to better. Dreams need some nightmares to be crossed. Sometimes it so happens that some powers try to contradict my principles. I live by my principles. So, every part of my BEING starts revolving. My brain stops walking side by side with my heart. I try to shape the world around and forget that it can't be shaped, as it's already shaped. And, I start bathing in the dews of imagination. It works better; always. And, when I can't do it, I just sink into NOTHINGNESS. I'm just meaningless without my thoughts. They are my soul provider. I feel like crying when these scattered thoughts haunt my mind. These are not merely thoughts; these are a soul-provider! Life hardly tastes so good before you read the life-book!
I agree there are times when we feel out of sorts...and our thoughts don’t seem to align themselves to our surroundings. At these times, you must physically leave all that bogs you down…those thoughts, those people, those circumstances; and feel yourself floating on a white cloud. LITERALLY FEEL AND SEE all the muck is left behind...and see yourself float towards a softly lit, perfumed garden with soft music playing. Force yourself to remain there for 30 minutes. Forcefully in the beginning; but slowly, relaxing all the muscles…feel the tension smooth out of your body... stress out of the nape of your neck…The shoulders fall down…they need to relax…let your back bend and neck hang…feel the tension seeping out…see it slither away like a snake and out of your sight into nothingness…….Just 30 minutes and you'll be rebounding with energy…or you'll feel lazy and happy... Just go along with the feeling.
To live by principles are great. But, remember that principles are your own creation. DON’T ever let them get overbearing. Sometimes the very same soft principles we create for ourselves get out of hand and slowly kill our joys. Take care of yourself. Surround yourself with people who make you happy…and most importantly, smile often at your own self. After all, no one is more worth it than you. Cheers!
Let your words speak out loud directly to your soul! Once I read about the Yoga techniques in one of Osho's books. They're really wonderful. I tried to practise for some days and discontinued later. That's me! I can retain interest on anything for a very short time. I always go on experimenting. That's really harmful, I know. Relaxation techniques and your own ideas on self-principles will stir you. Never leave your principles unguarded and always follow what your conscience says. Your soul is your best friend. But, not always things are that easy. Hard times make things fall apart. And, we often start thinking what lasts, what doesn't; what should last, what shouldn’t, etc etc! It's really intricate, you know. And we feel like remodelling our principles. Never a good idea it is! . . . . When you try to smile a lot, but sometimes you can’t, just smile to yourself. Try it! Your heart will also smile back! It's really lovely, isn't it? Make people around smile. And, often you can’t do it. You feel how small you’re when you fail to make someone happy! You know, not always it's possible. After all, you can never please everyone, but always try to do it . . . . . I'm sorry if my thoughts bother you.
Just let it GO! You should let it go. Sometimes the best way you can follow to try is just not to try at all. Let yourself free from all the bogged down thoughts. Like I have already said, principles are only good when they don’t harrow you. With time, the principles also must undergo subtle changes to adapt to the newer things that take place around us. Nothing is constant. So why should principles be? As for the relaxing technique, the air hostesses are taught this in their training for the airlines. This is what they do when they are exhausted after a flight. Focus on keeping yourself happy. Because only when you are happy, you can spread the joy! There's no harm in trying out new things or experimenting, as long as each experiment is helping you grow as a better person. Success follows when you have experienced what makes you the happiest. So no harm trying out newer avenues in a quest to understand what makes you the happiest. Life is very simple. We complicate it with our thoughts and preset morals/ principles. RELAX! Relax to succeed, relax to be able to love and relax to be able to spread happiness. Be kinder to yourself. Life's a roller coaster--- you'll go down at times and at the others, you'll be above all else. Enjoy the ride! Peace and joy upon you......