I met my bff 17 years ago, at the school I taught. Her sunny disposition won over the reticent me in no time at all. We bonded instantly, and our friendship has stayed strong till today. Every day, at school, her cheery smile would drive away my blues and I would feel buoyant throughout the day. As we got closer, I learnt a lot about her life – her private life – which she hid from the prying eyes of our colleagues. And, I was left pained at hearing what a lonely soul she was! Pained and shocked. Never once did she display the turmoil that must have ravaged her, never once did she complain about how life was giving her a raw deal.
That is one lesson I learnt from her. That, come what may, learn to smile in the face of adversity. Life will think twice before meting out tough deals. Not that her smile wiped out each and every tear that rolled out of her eyes; she smiled in spite of her tears. But, she gathered courage to face those tough moments bravely. Since then, she has been my hero; one to whom I can turn to when I need a strong support system. I always come back feeling not just better, but also happier and charged up.
This brings us to the last cardinal rule, remembering which, will definitely equip us to face life bravely.
Smile. You don’t own all the problems in the world.
Most of our problems are imaginary. You ought to agree with that. Thanks to our over-thinking, we create problems that never even existed, and succumb to those, giving a lot of heartache to ourselves. Seldom do we give a thought to those countless souls around us, who go through worse. The misfortunes they face could put ours to shame! And, yet, we move around with grumpy faces, sullen moods and sorrowful eyes. As if that’s going to change our circumstances.
It’s time we learnt to smile. Not those artificial smiles we give for the selfies we keep clicking, but real, genuine smiles. Smile at life, for the bountiful supply of goodness it has blessed us with. Smile at the hardships that make us stronger, braver. Smile, so that the world around us becomes a happier place. Isn’t it said, that the world reflects what it sees in you? Our smiles will only spread joy all around us, something we very much need in today’s violent times.
Let’s also learn to count our blessings than keep a tab on our misfortunes. What good will it do ruminating on all that has gone wrong with us? Life keeps changing. Our today might be difficult, but our tomorrow could be a happy day. So, why not smile in anticipation of that happy tomorrow? It might strengthen our resolve to fight our present situation.
I have had a fulfilling week, writing for this blogging challenge. I not only worked on my writing (which still has a long way to go before it shows some substantial improvement), but, I also gained some insight into the art of living. Of course, there will be times, when all these rules will be chucked out of the window by an impatient me, but I will force myself to stop and ponder over each one which will help restore my lost sanity.
I am also grateful to the wonderful bloggers, who stopped by my blog, read my posts and left some really encouraging comments. I was motivated to keep writing (I was bitten by the lazy bug couple of days, you see?). It was an honour to not just read their comments, but also visit their blogs. I confess I didn’t visit each and every blog that participated in the challenge, but I did visit quite a few, and came back happier! A big thank you to all those promising bloggers; you are going places, believe me!
I hope you, my dear readers, enjoyed reading my posts. Did I come across as preachy? I hope not! Actually, these posts were written more for myself, for understanding the areas I needed to work upon. As I said, I am a work in progress. So, I am going to follow these rules, work on myself and come back to see how much I have learnt. There is going to be a monthly visit to these posts and a monthly evaluation of myself. I so hope I fair well!
That’s all for now. Thank you, Corinne for this opportunity to write, learn and grow. Not that there is going to be any miracle in just 7 days. But, at least, it’s a beginning!
Have a happy day, have a happy life! Stay blessed!