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Kabir started the day with his favourite track. He had set it as his alarm tone – a perfect way to set the tone of the day, he thought. He felt better than he had in the past few months and looked forward to better his life, one day at a time.  He had just landed a fantastic job – a position that he had been eyeing for a long time. Finally, things have started to fall in place and he felt quite positive and motivated.

He made himself a cup of coffee and sat down to look at the papers that were occupying most of his table. He had planned in detail and made notes – notes about things/ habit that he should get rid of, to make place for the new and better things in his life. Notes about what he should do and the ways he could go about it. He had laid a life plan for himself.

Looking at the list and notes, he didn’t feel as happy and motivated as he thought he would or rather he should – he couldn’t tell whether it was the excitement or the nervousness! And as he tried to self-talk, he noticed that there wasn’t any excitement in his voice and he didn’t feel as confident about himself as he felt last night.

He was free now – free from a loveless relationship and a corrupt workplace. Then why was he not happy? What was it that was stopping him to be his new self? Feelings of doubt and desperation surrounded him once again. And he understood it will take longer than he had thought. He felt as if he was held a hostage in a fortress.

But he was locked – locked away in his memories of the past, present day dilemmas and in worries about the future.

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Finite Creatures.”

We all know we are finite creatures; mortal beings and yet we go on living our lives like we are going to live forever. All of us, rather most of us, or even few of us (not sure how many of us) go through our lives feeling bad about something, holding a grudge against somebody, garnering feelings of hatred, being disrespectful of other’s feelings, being abused by others, being insulted by others et cetera for what seems like forever. So, if we all know we are mortal beings then why we put up with certain things? Why do we behave in a certain way? Why can’t we let go? Do we need a reminder every day that we are mortal? No, I am saying you should just leave everything and go meditating rest of your life…nope! After all, we have this one life and the least or the best we can do is to LIVE THIS LIFE!

We mortal beings go through many things in life – we face ups and downs, we have achievements to be proud of, failures to learn from, best days to be grateful for and enjoy to the fullest and worst days to be balanced and take each day as it comes – each stage leaves us with many memories, long lasting relationships, lessons and these experiences help us be a better and a stronger person. Am I being an idealist here? No. Do we not act and react to situations based on how we feel? Most of us do. I do. Maybe that’s practical.

But maybe, there are times when if we are more aware and practice some self-control, we might actually be building a better place for all of us to live in. Instead of dealing with pent up feelings, grudges, hatred, revenge, handling egos every day like it’s the most normal thing and nothing bad can ever come out of it, we would rather concentrate on turning things around, for better. Sometimes all it needs is an action – a first step and things could change drastically. And for things that can’t be changed, consider letting it go. You don’t have to torture yourself and suffer. Let go of all the negativity and build on the good things in life. Life is beautiful – there are so many things to do, to see, to experience and to learn that there is no time to waste on such insignificant matters.

Like Blogging101, I would like to think of this life as Life101 – a class made by God to help us navigate through life by teaching us various things. Take each day as new assignment wherein we learn new things and sometimes just being a good neighbour/ good friend/ good colleague/ good life partner/ good parent et cetera. Our friends and family are The Commons for us where we can talk and share our happiness and sorrows, get advice and be a mentor. And just as we are not obligated to do all the exercises that we receive every day, we are always better off when do them. We learn a lot of things in the process, we make new friends and we strengthen the old ties and become a better person in the end!

Happy Blogging!

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