Dealing With Tragedies

The Fruitful Tragedies…!!

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While living last moments of his life on the ICU bed with the help of a ventilator, a seventy five years old, prosperous businessman in metal industry wanted to feel the essence of his life that he had lived so far.

Being the only child in a middle class family in Delhi, his early childhood was filled with joy and smiles until came the tragic demise of his mother when he was 5 years old. The distressed, widowed father sent him to a boarding school situated in the mega city of India called Pune. The schooling was started with a dream to become an engineer. Hence, he had to bottle-up his attraction towards a beautiful-eyed classmate. But the boarding school life gave him a tough, strong persona.

Getting back home after the completion of his schooling, he realized that he had to bear with his step mother and half-brother and this wasn’t happening at all. The day came when he decided to run away from his own house at the tender age of 17. He brought a railway ticket for Mumbai by selling off a few unused, metal rods lying at his house as ‘scrap’, metaphorically putting an end to his dream of becoming an engineer. But this incident had to mark a turning point in his life.

With his very little experience, he got to know that a metal has a good price in the scrap market. Hence, to get his livelihood in Mumbai, he used metal as a tool. He visited homes, collected metals and sold them in the market. Having tied-up with some metal scrap vendors, he made a good amount of money. With his toil, in little less than 5 years, he was able to take a shop on a lease and run it successfully.

His greedy landlord eyeing to take over his well-set shop, on completion of one year, refused to renew the lease agreement. Tragically, once again the boy had to leave his own shop. Learning lessons from this incident, all further lease agreements he had was for 5 years. With this approach, he achieved stability in his business and went on to become the owner of 15 metal shops across Mumbai at the age of 28.

Once, he got an opportunity to go for a big business deal in Chennai. With full preparation for the meeting, he took a flight from Mumbai to Chennai. But once again, tragically, after some time from the flight’s take-off the announcement of engine failure and emergency landing was made. When he was absorbed in his thoughts, ‘Though the emergency landing could save his life but not a business deal for which he worked for day and night’; the emergency landing took place at Pune airport.

Holding a cup of coffee in the waiting area at the Pune airport, unexpectedly, he saw those beautiful eyes once again on which he had a crush in his childhood. And then exchange of numbers, regular calls and frequent meets finally got converted into a happy and successful married life. He lost business, but got his real love who stood as strongest support system for him through out of his life.

On the other hand, the growth of his business was pricking in the eyes of his competitors. While dealing with the business politics, he was suggested with an idea of taking a big leap by establishing a metal processing factory. And after lots of struggle, finally, this dream came true. And the same business politics became reasons for his current success.

Today, when he is leaving the world, he has not only left lots of money, few factories and offices for the next generations, but also earned huge respect in the business world.

At this moment, looking at the ceiling of the ICU room, he is thinking, had there not been such tragic incidences in his life, he would have become an engineer working on a salary of few thousands and not what he is today.

With a big smile, he expressed his gratitude towards god for giving him The Fruitful Tragedies. And before taking a last breath he narrated the essence of human life in one sentence.

“Every tragedy of your life has hidden potentials to become a prodigy”.

So friends, lets realize and feel this essence now and not on the ICU bed while living last moments of our life with the help of a ventilator.

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The Hidden Bravery…!!

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As I walked out of my college gate at 11 o’clock last night, a cat stepped in front of me, crossed my way and I was stuck. Not because of any superstitious belief but because the beautiful features of the cat that drew my attention. It was a healthy, white colored cat with beautiful orange colored stripes. Her gait made me associate her with a beautiful queen, walking in her kingdom in immerse of her beauty. I was silently laughing in my mind with my own thoughts. However, the cat was preparing herself to teach me a beautiful lesson of life.

I could not be sure but the cat should probably be living in the residential society adjacent to my college building. Last night, the cat tried to enter the society, but suddenly a ferocious dog started barking and attacked her. Unexpectedly, a challenge mounted in front of her.  To rescue herself the cat started shrieking and running helter-skelter.

To find a secure place, she tried to enter into the college premises but there was another challenge – the gatekeeper, who didn’t allow her in. Then she went underneath the car parked nearby and hide herself behind wheel. Driver of the car had to get going so he had to get her out.

The street-food stall nearby was crowded with food lovers and stall keepers. The cat was probably expecting a ray of hope from those people, which again seemed a futile effort as shopkeepers prohibited the cat from hiding under their stall.

Another way the cat could find was to cross the road and go onto the opposite side. But constantly moving vehicles on the road were like a deathtrap for her. Somehow when the cat managed to cross the road halfway, onto the divider, she found that the height of the divider was a big hurdle in order for her to jump off safely and find her way across the road. After lot of effort, she finally made it to the other side.

But…!!! Oh My God…!!

To my utter surprise, it was appalling to see that this time cat found herself trapped amidst a gang of 3-4 dogs. And the earlier tricky situation had now reappeared in a monstrous form.

Perhaps at this moment, the cat might realize as to why such things are happening with her. After mustering up her courage, she came back to the gate of the society where she had initially wanted to enter, the very same place… where the problem had first begun. A place…where she was faced with that one fearful situation and ran away; that invited a string of even worst problematic situations.

The ferocious dog was still there. Now the only option she was left with was to accept the situation and deal with it. The dog barked and attacked her again. But this time the cat didn’t run, instead she stood her ground. With full of anger cat shouted, screamed and tried to frighten dog. With a show of courage, she scared the dog away by playing the same card back on him.

Unexpectedly, the dog stopped barking at cat and back down two-three steps. With this, the space that cat got was enough for her to enter into the society. Giving full tussle by looking straight into the eyes of dog, cat stepped into the society, with a winning gesture.

That’s how a little exploration of ‘The Hidden Bravery’ not only saved her but gave her winning mindset too. And this whole drama, which lasted less than 5 minutes, taught me a beautiful lesson that…

“Running away from challenges in our life is the race that we can never win.”

So friends, in circumstances of challenging situation explore your Hidden Bravery. Look straight into the eyes of challenge and ask a simple question… What Do You Want..??

And believe me the answer in reply you will get is… NOTHING

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