Life Happens… When You Stop And Listen!!
“So many reasons for you to be happy…So many reasons for you to be smiling
But you’re not about to see ‘em,…You’re not about to feel ‘em,
You’re not about to be ‘em….if you don’t believe them…”
Life happens… when you stop and listen!! Its’ amazing and magical when you stop and start listening to your life. Its’ life changing…its peaceful and meaningful. Life always tries to talk to us, in different ways. Its’ just us… who don’t stop for a moment to listen to it! It has happened lots of times to me, I have heard and ignored these magical words. But this time, it was for real! I was able to make sense out of a string of seemingly random events, that might not make sense to many. But to me it did… it did this time… when I bothered to stop, listen, and check in with my heart. Let me tell you how.
I have recently joined a new company and my office timings have changed. I start early in the morning and come back home around dawn. One of these days, when I was returning from office, I was so tensed and engrossed in my own thoughts about the amount of work, tension and tiredness I feel in my life all the time. Whilst all this, my bus stopped in the signal and I saw a place where a building was getting constructed. It was dawn and all the workers were wrapping their work. They were happy, content and were preparing for a happy evening with their family and friends. These workers stay near the same building in a cemented house which is their home till the building is complete. I saw those workers and their wives, daughters and kids… how happy they were… Everyone was doing their own chores happily…The ladies didn’t mind cooking for their family even when they too had worked the whole day with their men! One of the lady came out with the oil lamp for doing the evening prayers.. following was the conch’s loud and soothing sound… The ladies didn’t mind men eating and throwing the green gram pods on the floor… kids were happily playing with the men.. I could see the stealing expressions of a newly wed couple… Everything was so normal… but still so magical… it changed something in me.
This sight is common.. and we see it often while travelling in Bangalore roads… But what I realized this time was, how happy and content these people looked. Even when they have so little in their life! They don’t have a permanent place to stay, they have to change their home with their work, they earn so less, they have no luxuries in their life, their children don’t go to hi-fi schools, they can’t go and buy whatever they want all the time… the limitations are endless… but does this stop them from being happy?? From just living the moment? From just cherishing the little things and joy they have in their life?? NO!! I know these people will have their own sorrows, but this time I saw something different! I felt guilty for myself! What am I doing with my own life and the people who love me? Why I don’t cherish the joys and moments which I have in my life? Why do I compare and get upset? Why can’t I see the husband who unconditionally loves me and feeds with his own hands every single morning before I leave for my office?? I loathe what I have done or am doing to my life!
I firmly believe that to show us the direction of our heart’s desire, the world is always sending us hints, messages, views and prompts, or whatever we need… We just need to stop and give an ear to these messages… The more you listen to life, the more peace, happiness and meaning you will have in your life. This world is always talking to us. But we are so busy trying to survive life, that we don’t have time to listen to life… We all can benefit by listening to the passing moment, the moment we are living now… right now… instead of getting trapped in our own head. Come out from that confinement, start living and enjoying the moment and you will see a much beautiful, colorful and a meaningful life in front of you… you will see how a more content life unfolds in front of you!
Taking a walk early in the morning, seeing old couples walking together in the park, fresh supply of vegetables arriving, spring flowers dancing with the wind, the fresh air, morning dew, children going to school… believe me its’ too soothing to the eyes as well as your soul! See the happy life around you, the positiveness calling you to embrace itself, listen to the universe trying to send signals for you to grow and flourish, listen to your heart and your inner soul… Understand that the world exists only in your head between your eyes… its you and only you who choose how your world is going to be!!