Life knocking

Knock Knock !

‘’Who’s it’’? I asked in a forlorn tone. It was just another day with the mundane routine keeping me busy.

‘’It’s me, LIFE” came the reply.

‘’Oh”, said I, “What a Surprise”!

Life: Were you expecting someone else?

Me: I always expect Gandalf at my doorstep to take me on an adventure.

Life: (with a grin), typical, aren’t you? Wishing for things that aren’t around!

Me: How could you say that? I am neck deep in chores and bored with the prosaic routine. At times, I feel I am deprived of energy and there is no strength to carry on.

Life: I am simple; it’s you who make it complicated.

Me: Care to explain?

Life: Well, have you heard about the 40% rule followed by US Navy seals?

Me: No…

Life: It is a methodology adopted to develop mental strength. When you think you are exhausted and there is no more energy, it means you have just utilised 40% of your potential. You still have another 60% left to continue. It’s a matter of telling your brain that you aren’t tired.

Me: Interesting though, but does it work?

Life:  It’s scientifically proven. I see there is no harm in trying.

Me: I suppose so, anything to keep me energised. Also, it would keep me away from brooding on the opinion of people and ponder less on self-doubts.

Life: Do you think others care about your opinion and waste their precious time?

Me: I am not certain.

Life: It’s imperative to stop contemplating about the judgement of others. You are not here to impress or reform the world, but to lead a cheerful existence. Never let the voice of naysayers suppress you.

Me: I agree, just that at times, my concentration drifts into such unwanted space.

Life: As I said before, it’s all about wiring your mind. I have bestowed you enough to lead a contended existence, don’t compare against others and make yourself unhappy.

Me: I nodded in silence.

Life: There are things that might seem tricky, but maintain your positivity and keep walking; everything might make sense in due course.

Me: Perhaps you are right! At times, I miss my job, I miss the hectic schedule. But to think of it, I should enjoy my time with my baby who needs me more than anyone else. In just a matter of time, I can restart my career without guilt!

Life: There you go! Stop Overthinking, stay grateful for the things you have and be a ray of sunshine. You will see beauty and find peace. There will be rough patches now and then, but sustain, it’s all meant to strengthen you as a person.

Me: That was an insightful perspective. Though it’s all in my head, I suppose I just needed a reiteration!

Life: Happy to help, now let me brighten up someone else’s day!

As the conversation ended, I felt lightness in my head and energy brimming within to face the day. I beamed with smile as I recollected the quote of my Idol Maya Angelou – “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”.

You may also want to read other articles written by the  author: ‘Stop limiting yourself‘, ‘Doing what you love – hobbies and passion to opportunity‘, ‘ Maximise your productivity to unleash your potential‘, ‘Be your own boss‘, ‘Broaden your intellectual horizon‘, ‘Career metamorphosis – Expert to beginner’, “Importance of networking for success in your career“, ‘Busy Day vs Productive Day‘, ‘Money matters for womens financial independence‘, ‘A new dawn in the horizon – career restart’.

About the author:

Nithya Jagadish – I am a commerce graduate with an overall experience of 10 years in the Corporate Industry and handled diversified assignments at HSBC and Hewlett Packard. After gaining considerable knowledge and success during my tenure, I decided to focus my attention on other areas of interest. Now, a doting mother of a one year old, I spend my day reading, apprising on my topics of interest and baby-sitting.

An avid reader and poetry enthusiast, my love for writing started while at school and my dreams have borne fruits after motherhood. I strongly believe in living life to the fullest and making the most of each beautiful day.

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