Truth…Uncomfortable & Unfamiliar

The Matrix has a scene in the movie where Morpheus offers Neo a choice of seeing the truth in all it’s discomfort or continuing to live in the constructed, unreal dream world of machines, where you are enslaved so much that you don’t even know it.

 

Many of us live life by taking the equivalent of the blue pill. This is a harsh fact…. We don’t want to see the truth…because the truth is unfamiliar, so it is uncomfortable. Therefore we continue to live a life that is not really free!!! Except that we don’t even know it. However, we always know the truth in our hearts. We know the direction we should take, we know our potential. We may be afraid to break free, but, deep down  we always know.

 

Every event in our life is like a blue pill, a potential teaching. Whether we are open to it or not, is not the Universe’s problem. The more uncomfortable or troubled you are by life’s events, the bigger the lesson life teaches you. So when we face difficulties in life, it’s best to remember that we were sitting in the classroom of life. When the lesson is learnt for that particular episode in life, the discomfort will stop. Most of the times, the level of discomfort involved will weaken us and we may get tempted to ignore the lesson learnt.

 

Some of the ways in which we commonly avoid or prevent ourselves from learning the nuggets are here:

1. Completely ignoring the issue by saying, “What? Why should I worry?”

2. Playing the victim. “What to do…why do these things happen to me?”

3. Becoming angry with someone else and blaming them. “It’s all your/his/her fault”

4. Becoming angry with life. “Life is miserable. It is unfair.”

 

All the above are variants of the same blue pill. What is a better option in life then? Become self aware. It takes a lot of practice. It does not happen as easy as it sounds. Or even as easy as Neo swallowing the red pill. My experience is that my awareness keeps me growing as an individual. And in the process of growing, I have shed a lot of inhibitions…internal and the self imposed external ones.

 

I know my freedom reflects in my life today…because a lot of people ask me, “How can you keep smiling under all circumstances and where on earth do you get that energy from?”

My only answer is, “I don’t know where on earth you can find it…I know I found it within me.” 🙂 🙂 🙂

Soulfully Simple…

Very often its our belief in ourselves, in people around us and the Universe that enables us to on. And I have found that stories have their own way uplifting us, giving us food for thought and bringing a smile to our face. 🙂

By now most of my readers would have understood that I love stories…and I learn from them, get inspired from them. I also love poetry/poems. And like we have unsung heroes, I have read some amazing poetry by “unsung poets”. Here I share with you some of them which have touched me.

Now is the Time

Now is the time to shine;
To make the dream become alive;
To show the world what we can do,
And prove what they thought,
But never knew
Now is the time
In our hearts and in our minds
To all we’ve ever dreamed to do.
And when the time has come,
And when our Journeys’ through
We’ll leave a legacy behind.
Now is the time to earn our place
Among the great ones of the past,
For life is too short, and time much too fast.
Now is the time
To prove to ourselves,
That it was well worth out while
To get up when we fell.
Now is the time to shine,
To make the Dream become alive.

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit.
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns.
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out:
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems so far:
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

The Will To Win

If you want a thing bad enough
To go out and fight for it,
Work day and night for it,
Give up your time and your peace and
your sleep for it

If only desire of it
Makes you quite mad enough
Never to tire of it,
Makes you hold all other things tawdry
and cheap for it

If life seems all empty and useless without it
And all that you scheme and you dream is about it,

If gladly you’ll sweat for it,
Fret for it, Plan for it,
Lose all your terror of God or man for it,

If you’ll simply go after that thing that you want.
With all your capacity,
Strength and sagacity,
Faith, hope and confidence, stern pertinacity,

If neither cold poverty, famished and gaunt,
Nor sickness nor pain
Of body or brain
Can turn you away from the thing that you want,

If dogged and grim you besiege and beset it,
You’ll get it!

 

The Rainbow Of My Life…People We All Need In Our Lives!

We all think that we go through life using our own strengths, capabilities, competencies, etc. While this is true, we also need people around us who can help us get through different situations in life. I call such people my rainbow…because in the end, they all help me reach my pot of gold. 🙂 🙂 🙂  

I have discovered 7 such people in my life, who are my pillars in my life. They all have their individual roles to play and contribute to make my my life complete.

The Dreamer

Some one who enables me to dream…someone who paints vivid pictures with me and allows me add my own colors on the canvas of imagination. This is someone who doesn’t stop me from dreaming big!  This is the voice of imagination. 🙂

The Instigator

Someone who pushes you, who makes you think. Who motivates you to get up and go, and try, and make things happen. This person keeps you energized, and enthusiastic. This is the voice of inspiration. 🙂

The Cheerleader

This person is a huge fan, a strong supporter, and a rabid evangelist for you and your work. Work to make this person rewarded, to keep them engaged. This is the voice of motivation. 🙂

The Doubter

This is the devil’s advocate, who asks the hard questions and sees problems before they arise. You need this person’s perspective. They are looking out for you, and want you to be as safe as you are successful. This is the voice of reason. 🙂 

The Taskmaster

This is the loud and belligerent voice that demands you gets things done. This person is the steward of momentum, making sure deadlines are met and goals are reached. This is the voice of progress. 🙂 

The Connector

This person can help you find new avenues and new allies. This person breaks through roadblocks into finds ways to make magic happen. You need this person to reach people and places you can’t. This is the voice of cooperation and community. 🙂

The Example

This is your mentor, you hero, your North Star. This is the person who you seek to emulate. This is your guiding entity, someone whose presence acts as a constant reminder that you, too, can do amazing things. You want to make this person proud. This is the voice of true authority. 🙂 

Who are these people in your life…have you identified them? Whenever you do, thank them for their contribution in making you who  you are!!! I thank my parents, Venky & Radha Patil, my daughters Urvashi & Urmila, my other pillars Sanjiv & Alka Mehrotra, Binod Panda, Venkat, Jawad Ahmed for just being who they are!!! :):):)

Go find the above people and you will definitely find your pot of gold…