“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
― Jon Krakauer
If I were to ask what is the most precious gift you have on this earth, what would you say. For different people it could be different things. However if you stop and think about it long and hard your answer might change. The reality is that the most precious give each of us have is our lives. The gift of life can take second place to no other. It is because of it that we are able to enjoy the other gifts that God has bestowed upon us such as our children, spouses, families and friends. Do not take this gift lightly. Cherish every moment of it.
Life sometimes takes many twists and turns and the way you envisioned it is not always the way things turn out to be. You cannot control the actions of others and often you may face disappointments. However the key is to never let the actions of others determine your happiness. You have this one live so live it to the fullest and make happiness be your main goal.
There was a bird who lived in the desert; very sick, no feathers, nothing to eat and drink, no shelter to live and kept on cursing his life day and night. One day, an Angel was crossing from that desert, bird stopped the Angel and inquired ” where are you going?” Angel replied ” I am going to meet God”. So bird asked angel ‘ please ask God when my suffering will come to an end?’ Angel said ” sure, I will” and bid goodbye to bird. Angel reached God’s place and shared the message of bird to Him.
Angel told Him how pathetic the condition of bird is and inquired when the suffering of the bird will end. God replied “For the next seven life times, the bird has to suffer like this, no happiness till then”. Angel said when bird hears this, he will get disheartened. Could You suggest any solution for this? God replied: Tell him to recite this mantra “Thank you God for everything.” Angel met the bird again and delivered the message of God to the bird.
After seven days, the Angel passed the same path again and saw that bird was so happy; feathers had grown on his body, a small plant grew up in the desert area, a small pond of water was also there, the bird was singing and dancing cheerfully. Angel was astonished as to how this happened, ‘God said for seven life times, there is no happiness for the bird’… with this question in mind, He went to visit God.
Angel asked his query then God replied: “Yes, it was written there will be no happiness for the bird for seven life times but because the bird was reciting the mantra “Thank you God for everything” in every situation. When bird fell down on the hot sand, it said “thank you God for everything”, when it could not fly it said “thank you God for everything”, so whatever the situation, the bird kept on repeating “Thank you God for everything” and therefore the seven life times’ karma got dissolved in seven days.”
There is a great lesson in this story for us to be thankful in spite of our situation. God will not allow us to suffer when we come before him with a grateful heart.
So often people try to equate wealth with happiness. Many have this unrealistic believe that if you are rich all your problems disappear. They fail to realize that rich or poor people have problems. Having money doesn’t mean that you won’t get ill. It doesn’t mean you are immune to drug addiction, heartbreak, betrayal or other ills that ordinary people struggle with in their lives.
One must always remember that rich or poor people are human with feelings and emotions. Rich people are likely to make mistakes like everyone else. Riches or celebrity status does not make anyone immune to life’s problems. We all have our struggles so we should never be envious and have lack empathy for others.