Dear Darling Friends,

 

 

Gautam, was passing through the dessert towards his destination on a camel. It was an uncomfortable experience for him as he was without all the luxuries and comforts that he was used to.

 

 

The hot sun rays were piercing his skin and the sand was reflecting back immense heat. Hot air ran past and slapped his body, from top to bottom. It was getting difficult for him to carry on as he was beginning to get dehydrated and his water reserves were depleted.

 

 

As he struggled and moved ahead, his eyes fell on a small tent at a distance. Gathering all his energy he managed to reach the tent, saw an old woman inside and dropped at her feet begging for some water.

 

 

The old woman immediately filled a dusty, cracked mud bowl with water and offered it to Gautam. He readily drank enough of it, thanked the old woman endlessly and when he felt a little better, he carried on with his journey.

 

 

It would have been unwise of Gautam to crib about the condition of the mud bowl. It would have been unwise of him to berate the old lady for the condition of the bowl. Interestingly; he thanked her for her help without bothering to find faults.

 

 

Every event that happens in my life, whether favorable or unfavorable, is only a vessel carrying a lesson for me. That lesson is necessary for me at that point of time. The condition of the vessel is not important.

 

 

Wisdom is, in taking the learning along and leaving behind the vessel with all gratitude for having served me.

 

 

At times the experience may be something I enjoy; at times it may be something that is totally opposite of my expectation. It may cause pain, it may cause hurt, it may shake me up, but ultimately it has come to teach me a lesson of life and help me evolve to the next level.

 

 

My job is to find out what lesson I got to learn from a particular event.

 

 

If I learn fast, I go to the next stage faster. If I don’t, similar experiences will continue to happen to me until I eventually learn out of them. It is as simple as; I will not be promoted to class 6 until I clear the examination of class 5, no matter how many attempts.

 

 

Just like the man was thankful to the old woman, I need to be grateful towards life for giving me the lesson in a way I understand best, rather than complaining.

 

 

Holding on to gratitude helps me understand the reason behind every experience and learn from it.

 

 

Every time I am upset, negative, miserable, in all those moments I am not aligned to gratitude.

 

 

“Gratitude and Disturbance cannot Co-exist”.

 

 

When I start tasting success, chances are that I start believing that I am a self made person and I become egoistic.

 

 

But, when I hold on to gratitude, ego cannot come.

 

 

The truth is that success is never my own, it is public. I couldn’t reach here without the direct / indirect contribution of so many known and unknown forces in my life. My parents, teachers, colleagues, siblings, friends, Government, environment, and so on…………….

 

 

When I am ego driven I blame the world for my failures. When I hold on to gratitude, I realize that failure is my responsibility and I cannot blame any one for it, I just got to learn out of it and make the next choice. It is another vessel carrying another important lesson for me, that’s it.

 

 

With love, prayers and exceptional wishes,

 

 

naren

 

 

Imagine, when we wake up, we are given only what we had thanked for.

 

 

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