The other day while browsing the internet I came across this lovely quote “You are not here to just work, wait for weekends and pay rent”. It is so relevant today where most people are just working 9 am to 9 pm (some even later than that), there are no evenings; the day starts and before one realises it is night. Weekend is the only time left for catching up with lost sleep, friends or relations (Some use it for catching up with laundry too).
Long back, we as a family took a decision of celebrating all our important days like birthdays, anniversaries or days we achieved something in life in the company of children/ adults who in some form or the other are deprived of a normal life. We visit orphanages, schools for special children or just around the streets meeting poor people, specially kids. It doesn’t cost us much but gives lots and lots of happiness and joy. We don’t have much money to share but we do have is time, experience and knowledge in abundance, to share.
Deepawali, is one festival which is celebrated across India by one and all irrespective of the religion they follow. As per mythology Lord Rama reached back Ayodhya (His Kingdom) on this day after completion of his 14 years exile and vanquishing Ravana in a bitter battle at Lanka. This day happened to be a New moon day (No moon) and each end every house was well lit up with the help of earthen lamps to welcome the prince (Rama). Even now all houses are lighted up using earthen lamps as also modern lights to commemorate the home coming and people burst crackers too to express happiness.
Long back I was attending a seminar on Stress management where one of the speakers asked a straight question to the audience ‘What is the reason for their wanting to live more; to have a long life?’ As expected, the standard response which came from the participants was that they had many responsibilities (parents, children, spouse) which they had to fulfill hence they wanted to live long enough to meet the aspirations of their near and dear ones. There were some others who wanted to live cause they wanted to taste success, achieve their set aims.