NOW

My friend was busy brooding over the past and worrying about the future. It would be so much more comfortable if we just could move on from one stage of life to the next without any soul-searching. But that is easier said than done. Listening to my friend, my thoughts went back to the previous month when our daughter and grandson had come for a visit. Life had been full of movement, we rested when he rested. Every moment had been a different experience.

In early childhood children live in the ‘now’. The immediate past and the immediate future is all that matters. We watched our grandson sometimes falling, sometimes hurting himself and crying. A little bit of cuddling and lots of love from us would make him forget the hurt. Of course he remembered he had hurt himself but I don’t think it really stopped him from his explorations of life.  🙂 🙂  Small things and seemingly insignificant experiences brought so much joy.

I wonder when we pass this stage and start analyzing and thinking too much about the past and about the future ? Life goes on and we have to move on. I don’t think we would really appreciate if people did not change with their age. But it would be so nice if could retain that philosophy of life.
I remember these lines from ‘Salutations to the Dawn’ attributed to Kalidasa
“Look to this day !

For it is Life

the very Life of Life,

In its brief course

Lie all the varieties and realities of your existence.

The bliss of Growth

The bliss of action

The splendours of achievement.

For yesterday is but a dream

And tomorrow is only a vision,

But today well lived,

makes yesterday a dream of Happiness

And every tomorrow a vision of Hope.

Look well, therefore to this Day.

Such is the salutation to the Dawn.”

Now

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

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