Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Be content

Our society is in a mad race to accumulate more and more. Earlier our people were content with less, now we are restless to accumulate more and more. The result is that today we have tall towers but short temperaments. We have wide highways but narrow points of view. We have big houses but small families. We have more knowledge but less judgment, more medicine less health, more food less nutrition. We have higher incomes but lesser morals, more liberty but less joy. We spend more enjoy less. We talk a lot but love only a little. These are times of finer furniture but broken homes, fit bodies but broken hearts, expensive clothes but cheap principles. We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values. We have reached the moon and came back, but we find it troublesome to cross our own street and meet our neighbours. We want to contact aliens but we are least interested in speaking to the person sitting next to us. It is time we stop avoiding, escaping or postponing life. Turn the TV off and spend some time with our family. Put the phone down and listen to what the person next to us is saying. Instead of updating Facebook status, we should try calling our friends or meeting them. Instead of buying some land or building, buy the gift we have been planning to give our near and dear ones. Forget about the alien world and experience our own world here on earth. Stop a moment and feel the fresh air, smell the rose, smile at a hopeless person, listen to the birds, watch a child play, take a moment every day to just stop and admire life. We often opt to stand on a twig and when we do so what happens? It obviously breaks. But there is no point blaming the twig; it was never meant to carry that much weight! Similarly we go and ask for 24/7 love, obsession, care and attention from some human, we absorb that human into our heart and become very attached so much so that just like the twig, the relation many a times breaks or turns stale leaving us in utter despair but then don’t blame the human; that poor human was never ever meant to carry, take or deliver all that weight. We need to admit our fault. The blame lies with us. When we have friends, we expect them to fill our emptiness. When we get married, we expect our spouse to fulfill our every need. When we are doing something, we put our hope in the results and what not. We solely depend on something else. But wisdom lies in depending on none other than God because it is He who hears, strengthens and guides us through our life’s journey – a journey of moments! We need to seek His help to find our way, to show us right from wrong and make us strong. Instead we keep waiting, waiting for something beyond to happen. We intentionally procrastinate our well being; our joy. We convince ourselves that life will be better after we grow up, get married, have a baby, get a new job, a new house. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and we will be more content when they are. The truth is, there is no better time to be happy than right now! If not now, when? Our life will always be filled with endless challenges. In fact it is best to admit this to oneself and decide to be happy anyway. Learn to treasure every moment of life and stop waiting to be happy until we get a new car, until our car or home is paid off, we get a new job, until we lose ten pounds or gain ten pounds, finish college, get married, have kids, until kids grow up, until we retire, until summer, until fall, until winter, until spring and until we eventually die! We tend to forget that there is no better time to be content than now.