Do something each day that makes you come alive!
At the breakneck pace at which our daily lives travel, weekday mornings are simply a magnified version of the turmoil in us. Being patient on a work-day morning, therefore, may seem like a feat. In reality though, whether it is a weekday or any other day, patience is the only way to connect with Life’s beauty and magic!
A business associate who leads HR in a large client company called me unusually around lunchtime some days ago. I was perplexed. Normally this gentleman would text me or write me a mail. I did not pick up his call as I was at lunch. He sent me a message saying that he was just calling to say hello! I called him back!
Answering his phone he said: “Sir, this morning when I came to work, our server crashed. I had tons of work planned for completion today. We also had to work on hundreds of appraisals and issue increment letters. The IT folks told me it will take all day today to restore operations to normal. I was first very angry. Because I wanted to finish all that we had planned. Besides, I have to travel on work from tonight. Then I said to myself ‘What’s the point in getting angry? Let me just take it easy!’ So, I said, let me call and connect with people who I had not spoken to in six months. I decided to call just so that I reach out. If they are available great. If not, they would know I tried connecting! After just a few calls, a feeling of calm overtook me. My anger disappeared. I felt alive in re-connecting with people.”
My friend here has just stumbled upon Life’s greatest secret: that taking Life as it comes is better than expecting it to go to clockwork precision. There really is no point in fighting Life. Because it is a zero-sum game: you can’t win against Life and Life was never playing to win! Life’s beauty lies in things as they are, in people as they are, in events as they happen. When things don’t go your way, accept them for the way they are going! This attitude will ensure that you practice patience in each situation__however stupid or serious it may be.
We all go through mad, manic workdays or simply, some bad-hair days! The traffic snarls. The heat, and the rains, in India can be cruel. Everything, everyone can be driving you crazy. When things don’t go the way you want them to, do something, whatever, that makes you come alive. Being patient with Life is the secret to experience inner peace. It is in fact the only way to live intelligently.