Not everyone who is felled by Life, lies there ruing their fate!
The more we move around Chennai the more we are getting to see the carnage that Cyclone Vardah has caused here. One estimate puts the number of trees felled by Vardah in the city at 10,000. Planting new trees and reclaiming that lost green cover could take decades. I am not even sure I will live to see the entire reclamation happen.
My newsfeed on Facebook has been full of people talking about Vardhah and its aftermath. Chennai is still to erase memories of last year’s floods. And here it is reeling again under the impact of a ghastly cyclone. I don’t blame people if they are feeling insecure, disturbed or fatigued. It is but natural to feel so when faced with events that are beyond our control or even understanding.
Even so, two aspects about Life, in the aftermath of Nature’s savage fury of Monday, stood out: 1. The next morning, 13th December, Tuesday, the birds were out singing again – as usual. Several thousands of them had been rendered homeless perhaps, what with entire trees having been felled! Yet they went on about their Life chirping joyfully! 2. The full moon shone that Tuesday evening on a clear blue sky – not a shred of cloud anywhere up there. All was well and going on schedule, it seemed to me, as per the Cosmic Design!
For all the challenges that we, as people, face, this then must be a very, very depressive world that we live in! But it is not. And that’s because not everyone who has been felled by Life, lies there ruing their fate. The birds that woke up singing in Chennai on Tuesday morning and the full moon that went to work that evening bear testimony to the fact that no matter what, Life goes on. People who understand this truth about Life, get up, dust themselves and move on. We must draw from their spirit.
Clearly, the best way to pull yourself out of a rut is to accept that your Life is what it is, the way it is. And what you have to do in any given situation – no matter how daunting it may be – is to simply face it. No amount of your wishing that things were different from the way they are, no amount of your crying, no amount of your kicking around in anger and frustration, can change your current reality. Irrespective of how you feel about Life, every long, dark night will soon become a bright day, and as the post-Vardah morning demonstrated amply, the birds will always sing again!
So, no matter what you are faced with, you might as well get along and enjoy the beauty and magic of the Life that you still have than fret over what has happened to you. Whatever is – is what you were ordained to experience. What is not – was never meant to be. If you get these two perspectives deeply embedded in your understanding of Life, you too will live happily ever after!
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