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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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The Bad News…!!

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It was a normal day in New York City, where a rich businessman, Mr. Scott, who was also famous for his kindness and philanthropic activities reached his office. He was engaged in important business meetings with foreign delegates in his cabin when he suddenly listened to the cry and yell of a man and a woman from his office premises. Leaving the meeting half-way he came out of his cabin and was shocked to see that his office staff was having argument with a couple in a scruffy cloths who wanted to meet Mr. Scott. Making his way through the office staff, Mr. Scott went ahead to meet that couple and asked for their concerns.

“We are very poor people” the man said, “And hence, we do not have any strong financial support. Our 3 years old child is suffering with incurable disease and doctors are not hopeful as well. The only way is to make a last try by surgery which is going to cost for more than $30000. We need to deposit the amount in the hospital by evening, otherwise, the situation may become worse. We beg you to help us for our child. He just took birth in this world and god is taking away our child from us.”

Touched by the couple’s story, Mr. Scott personally took efforts and immediately handed over cash of $30000/- to the couple and prayed to god for the wellness of their child. Expressing gratitude towards Mr. Scott, couple took the money and left the office.

All these incidents took an hour to resolve and the delegates who were waiting in the cabin of Mr. Scott also packed up the meeting half way as they were getting late to catch their flight. It resulted in an unsuccessful meeting and a huge financial loss for the company due to incompletion of deal as scheduled.

After a few days, one of the employees in the office of Mr. Scott gave him a bad news about the couple. Saying that, “Sir, we were cheated by that couple, they were a fraud. They are neither married nor do they have any child. In fact, cops have reported same cases of fraud that has happened with us. It is very sad to learn that by being victim of this fraud we have not only lost $30000 but also a profitable business deal.”

“Are you serious?” Mr. Scott, who was amazed, replied. “Yes sir, I am 100% sure.” the employee retorted.

“You mean to say that there is no such child that was dying due to incurable illness?” Said Mr. Scott

“That’s absolutely true sir”, employee replied

With a big sigh Mr. Scott said “Ohhh… Thank god… There is no such child… believe me that was THE BAD NEWS that I have ever heard.”

“Forget about the financial loss. Money can be earned back but not a life of a person. I am really feeling at ease now with a good news that you gave. Your good news really defeated the bad news that I heard few days back. And victory of good over bad is most important.”

The employee left Mr. Scott’s cabin with a reverential smile and a lesson of life. That is…

“Life is all about searching for good from scraps of bad.”

And friends, that’s how different perspective over bad things makes you different personality.

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The Stable Earth…!!!

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Strange..? I am sure you are quite surprised by the irony of the title of the article.  You must be wondering how the earth can be called stable as since the time we were kids in school, most of the subjects we were taught told us that rotating and revolving are important features of the earth. Yes, now it’s time to go back to the science lab and stand in front of that dummy model of the universe to learn an untaught, but a very beautiful lesson of life by the earth.

We, as individuals, sometimes dream about having a happy and stable life. In bad situations we often say, “There is no stability in my life” or “I want to get stable now”. The definition of stability might vary from person to person. But let’s take a closer look at magic of term STABILITY.

The question here is, why do we want to have stability in our life? And what exactly is it that we will achieve after reaching that level of stability? Now imagine a situation where the earth on which we are living, has forgotten its features of rotating and revolving, and now is completely stable. Envisage a stable earth… one half of it is always facing the sun, in terribly hot conditions. And half of it is in complete darkness. What do you think would happen? We don’t need certificates from science to know that every single living being including trees, shrubs, insects and we human beings exist and survive on earth because of its characteristic of being unstable.

Crops that grow on the soil of the earth can produce the food we eat, due to constant changes and unstable processes. A seed grows into a tree and that tree becomes the source of another seed through fruits due to lots of unstable developments. Marine lives flourish because of never-ending processes of high tide and low tide. Birds and animals that sometimes attract us cannot stay on single offshoot or remain indefinitely in same area of a jungle. And the earth consistently works in this manner 24 x 7 x 12 months x ‘n’ number of years.

Hence, the sole reason we exist on earth are the constant changes & unstable characteristics of nature. Now let us stop and think for just a moment that the very planet on which we live and survive is not stable due to its constant rotation and revolution, what kind of stability do we then expect in our life and lifestyle?

Instead of asking for stability of life why don’t we ask for the productivity like crops that feed others? By breaking seed of our potential why can’t we convert ourselves in the persevering individuals, who could also become a source of motivation to our near and dear ones? Let us embrace our life with all of its ups and downs, like the sea with its high tide and low tide because, that is what keeps us alive. Sitting on a single offshoot, will make you forget that you can fly. So, break the branch which makes you feel stable and move ahead. Remember you need to do this… 24 x 7 x 12 months x ‘n’ number of years.

Life is actually formed and stimulated in the very process of being unstable. Because, a new birth take place in a mother’s womb due to lots of constant changes. And the only place to find a completely stable person is probably the cemetery.

So friends, KEEP ROTATING & REVOLVING

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Journey of the Train..!!

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The train… departs from one station with an objective to arrive at its destination. We often travel by train. It does not matter if the distance is short or long, but the question is have we observed the biggest lessons of life that the train teaches us?

As a person, we must have had experiences where some people who have been a part of our lives in the past, are not part of our present. Or, we may have some important persons as a part of our present that may not necessarily remain a part of our future. These could be our friends, relatives, partner or someone we are close to, minus the tag of a relationship.

We often have an emotional attachment in some way or the other with people who become a part of our life. In some cases, the level of attachment to the person is higher. Sometimes, it might be to the extent that as soon as a person is out of our life; whatever the reason, we find it difficult to come to terms with the absence of the person. We keep reminiscing over and over again about all our bittersweet memories. Even for a single second we find it hard to keep the person out of our thoughts. And surprisingly we just don’t realize when those seconds get converted into minutes, minutes into hours, hours into a day, days into weeks, weeks into month and no wonder sometimes few months into a year.

My question is, how productive have we been by consistently thinking about the person who is not part of our life anymore and by the same token never might be a part of our lives in future? And if the answer is nothing, then the next question is what we can do to be a happy thinker of our life? We would do well to find this answer in that of a train.

Every train departs from its origin with a motivation to reach at predetermined goal or a destination. At the origin point, few people board it, who probably get off after few stations, where other passengers are eagerly waiting to board the train. After a few stations even they get off and train is again filled with new passengers. And the process continues till the train reach its goal.

Imagine what would happen if the train refused to move ahead in the path of her journey and kept regretting that her passengers who was with her in the journey, got off and moved along their own paths. Will achievement of the final destination be possible? Probably NO… Hence the train keeps on moving ahead with a higher speed with a feeling of happiness and satisfaction that for whatever be the duration of those passengers being part of the journey, the train could contribute and added value to their lives.

Our life is similar to this. We all are born to design and achieve our destiny. In our journey, towards our destiny few people are with us for some time and then leave. Does it mean we should stop the journey? And feel regret all the time just by thinking about the person who left us half way, for whatever reason? According to me, absolutely not. Think of it in this way that the design of your destiny allows that person to be with you only for that particular period with a sole intention to teach you another lesson of life. And be grateful, happy and satisfied that whatever may be the duration, you could contribute and add value to the life of the other person.

So just make an announcement from the train of your life… THANK YOU for the journey with me, wish them the very best for the future. And you proceed towards your destination. Because, on the next platform there are a whole lot of new passengers eagerly waiting for you. And you deserve to be at your destination.

So friends, Life has to move on… Sometimes with moments that please us and sometimes with lessons that it teach us.

HAPPY JOURNEY…!!!

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