Life’s constantly giving us signs and messages to awaken, to stop worrying and to just be, to live.
It is up to us to notice them, understand them and heed them. When we do, we will unravel the magic and beauty even in a stressful moment. When we don’t, even a quiet, restful moment is monotonous and dreadful.
A few nights ago, as we rode home in a cab, I noticed a red indicator on the vehicle’s dashboard blinking. It indicated that our cabbie had not worn his seat belt. While the cabbie knew he must wear his seat belt (there’s also a legal requirement to wear it) and was amply reminded of it by the blinking red indicator, he chose to ignore it. He was busy, driving at 80 kmph, cutting across lanes and leaving several others exasperated, thinking ‘he’ was in control! Most of us are like that cabbie. We think we control Life. We miss the reality that controlling Life is like trying to hold water in your fist. We often know what we are doing with our lives is wrong, we see the red indicator blinking, but we pretend we don’t see it. And so we go on with our lives, until, finally running out of patience, Life gives us one of its rude shocks__a debilitating illness, the loss of a dear one, a financial loss or a professional setback!!! All these are wake-up calls! That’s when we realize that the writing had always been on the wall, that we didn’t care to take notice. Because we were buried in our myopic view of what living is all about. And that view often focuses on acquiring all that is material than enjoying and experiencing all that which matters!
Look around you__and you will find everyone leading incomplete lives – bitter, unhappy and lost. But if you make an effort to understand Life and explore living intelligently, you will discover that for all the questions and challenges that you are faced with, Life has the right answers and opportunities. Life is trying to communicate with you all the while. Take heed. Pause and reflect on everything you see and feel. Listen to the voice within you. Don’t resist anything. Just let go and flow with Life. Just be. Just Live.