Saturday, September 24, 2011

The gift of a day

Isn't it amazing how much there is to a single day? Just one day makes or breaks nations. Just one day empowers or destroys lives.

I went to Select Citywalk mall yesterday evening. Before leaving, I took a few minutes to sit near the fountain. I was fascinated by the moving water. Part of it was rising and falling again (like fountains do) and there were some mini waterfalls behind it.

I tried capturing it with my camera. I even thought to myself, "Oh sit still for a moment. I don't want a blur in the photo. I want to catch that unique pattern you're making just now". And immediately I felt as if the water was replying back. It said, "Stop? But it was my lovely movement that pulled you here right? Wouldn't it be boring if I stopped? No new bubbles and waves and eddies and foam?"

I thought about that as I clicked. Then an idea came to mind. That flowing water is a metaphor for life. We are ever in movement, typically unaware of that which makes us beautiful. And that movement is something that is everlasting. So why do we keep trying to stop and impress the camera, that is, impress the other people in our life? Wouldn't it be better to try and be like that water and move freely, happily and joyfully?

When I got up today morning (nice and late after ignoring my alarm) I felt happy. I remember thinking, after a long time, "Wow, a whole new day and it's just beginning". It was like just seeing the sunlight streaming in through the window made a bubble full of happiness burst in my heart.

New ideas came to mind "For many days I've gotten up worried about something or the other. I've woken up thinking either that it was another useless, boring day which had no purpose or on the other hand, how XYZ important task would get done. You know, every time I spend my day thinking about one particular thing, it just colours and affects everything I do. The whole outcome of my 24 hours begins to depend on the outcome of that one work, which was probably just a tiny part in the scheme of my entire life. I lost sight, like some say, of the big picture. I remember wondering how some people can go ahead happily with their day even when something goes wrong. This must be it. They must be able to detach themselves from the small things and remember that they still have a whole day, a whole, big day!

Think about it positively. A day is another opportunity to move closer to your dreams and goals, another chance to feel love and trust for your loved ones, another chance to learn something new, another chance to learn from a mistake, another chance to discover yourself, another chance to appreciate beauty, another chance to feel peace and contentment, another chance to help someone who needs it, another chance to do something that gives us happiness, another chance to smile and giggle and another chance to celebrate life while we still have it. But it as all just a chance, not a certainty, something that we alone can take at its word and give full strength. Think how much we gain from a more detached perspective - a calm head, a heart with hope safe inside and a chance that we can still feel happy at the end of the day. We are not the tasks. Tasks are just things we do. And believe me, the more mistakes we make, the more we learn. And lots of times, we may be pulling on stress for all sorts of small things. Step back and discover the power of me and the power of a single day."

And then I remembered a poem I'd read in my english coursebook, A Thing of Beauty, by John Keats. Just thinking about it made me feel happier. So I decided to put down these thoughts on my blog. And then I began worrying, "What if I don't express myself well? Think of the consequences! What if I forget all these nice thoughts and feelings when I sit down to write? Then what will be the use? What if I'm just being crazy and nobody cares?" And at this point I stopped myself. By writing about this, I'm trying to capture a moment, a feeling. Even if I don't capture it "perfectly" (an indefinable concept at that) what's the worst that would happen? If I keep myself open to it,  I would learn what I need to know, whatever it may be. And the moment would keep shining like a beautiful dewdrop in my memory.

 They (the days) come and go like muffled and veiled figures sent from a distant family party; but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them silently away - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Smile, think and use every day well dear readers :)


Baba Vaniteshwar said...

love this post!:)

nil said...

^I have to agree! Absolutely loved it :) You've expressed it beautifully and hit the right point!
really pleasant read, charu :)

Vivarjitha said...

hey, that's an awesome post...I luv that poem by Keats...that and Keeping quiet are my favourites...

Saru Singhal said...

What a wonderful post and the comparison between water and life is just superb. Beautiful...

Arpitha Holla said...

nice thoughts.. :) really appreciate the way u hav written..
beautiful post..:)

Venice said...

Sigh Charu!! This is too lovely for words! and yet I can't help but write few words about it :D

I feel that the thought that crossed your mind while at the fountain, really made an impression on you since it is reflected in this whole post!

You know, while reading this piece by you, I myself felt calm, soothed and happy - your words, your expressions, your thoughts - all brought about a positive vibe and transferred it to me - your reader.

I had a bad start today (office stuff) and reading your post has helped me reflect on it. You are right - that ONE single thing we fuss over, ruins the entire day, unless we remain detached and understand that so many good things can happen in ONE day.

I think this is the longest comment that I have ever written, and I would love to write more... Will mail you the rest of my thoughts :) only thing being is, I don't know your e-mail address. Will find it somehow.

Cheers for writing a 'reflective' post! :)

Charu said...

Dear commenters, thank you so very much to each and every one of you for stopping by. It's so kind of you to give me your feedback and you make me really happy :)

@Baba Vaniteshwar: Thanks :) :) :)

@Nil: Thanks for visiting again! I'm so glad you liked it and enjoyed reading it :)

@Vivarjitha: Thanks! And yes, these two are also my favourite poems in the course so far...

@Saru Singhal: Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked the this post :) :) :)

@Arpitha Holla: I thank you for your appreciation dear! I'm so lucky to have readers like you who take out the time out appreciate my work!

@Venice: Thanks a ton for such a lovely, long comment Venice! Yes my experience at the fountain really did impact me at the time and I felt inspired to share it with everyone. But I'm especially glad it became such a source of happiness for you. I'm really, truly lucky that I was able to 'touch' a reader and get to know about it. Thank you so much for this comment Venice. You've made my day!
Oh and as for my email, I would love to get in touch with you as well. How should I let you know?
Take care, dear :)

Thousif Raza said...

that was a beautiful post charu... so very beautiful... i loved it... great thoughts... if every person reads this in the mrng and lives his life... he/she'd be able to do so so so many things in life... :)

take care and keep writing........

Charu said...

@Thousif: Thank you Thousif! I'm so glad you liked the post so much. And I'm really flattered you think so highly of it :)