Letting Go

Happiness is a flower that blossoms when the heart is free of baseless fears and useless desires

Every living being was sent to this world with a purpose and knowingly or unwittingly we are fulfilling that purpose. Life is a struggle for survival and we all are trying our best. But as we go on and as we cross milestones, we get more and more involved in the circus of life. And thus we find ourselves in a maze, each path more confusing than the other.

Each one of us has his share of joy, sorrow, trials and tribulations to face and no matter whose life we would like to live, we would have to face unhappiness and sorrow at one point of time. All of us are well aware of this universal truth but still the insects of envy and regret creep when someone outshines us or has something we like (we might just want it and not really need it). Not only this, we constantly worry about losing what we have and the fear that we might not keep having things our way in future. To put it more succinctly if we don’t have something, we long for it so badly that the desire robs us of all peace and when we actually come to possess that beloved something we spent countless sleepless nights wondering what would happen if we lost it. This applies to most things, money, love and all worldly possessions with an exception of knowledge. Our childish fears never actually leave us and we spent our lives in a whirlpool of worry.

"I used to analyze myself down to the last thread, used to compare myself with others, recalled all the smallest glances, smiles and words of those to whom I’d tried to be frank, interpreted everything in a bad light, laughed viciously at my attempts ‘to be like the rest’ –and suddenly, in the midst of my laughing, I’d give way to sadness, fall into ludicrous despondency and once again start the whole process all over again – in short, I went round and round like a squirrel on a wheel."  — Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

But is all this worth the time and energy we spend. Time flies before our eyes and we live our entire lives before we realize it. The time we have spent on earth barely seems more than a month when actually it is years.  And sooner than we think, we will pass on to the next world. But the question is, with existence on earth so meager, are we running after the right things? Are we worrying about things that are important enough? What we worry about today might not even be important in future. The event that we are dreading might never occur.

Life is magical, full of unprecedented surprises; it is like walking in dense fog, you never know what the next step holds. But whatever surprise there is in store for us, it will come in good time. Worrying about it might make us stop dead in our tracts and hinder our progress.  Maulana Rumi has put this beautifully, “I learnt that every mortal will taste death. But only some will taste life”

Expectation and hope are beautiful things but greed is not. Greed for materialistic gains prevents us from looking at the world as it truly is. Greed blinds us and we fail to see the beauty of life in simplicity. And as things get more complicated peace starts leaving our side and we are left groping in the darkness of lust. But as soon as we choose to let go of everything and leave everything to the Creator, light shines again. For many things that we want so that we could be happy are actually adding to our sorrow because the more we get, the more we want.

“To greed, all nature is insufficient.”

So let’s let go of all desire, enjoy the beauty of each moment and live that moment fully.  And when we succeed in doing that, happiness will be ours and gratitude will ooze out of every heart!

“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”

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