August 1, 2009

Light at the End of a Tunnel


(Photo taken by the Thinker)


"Life on a lifeboat isn't much of a life. It is like a game in chess, a game with few pieces. The elements couldn't be more simple, nor the stakes higher. Physically its extraordinarily arduous, and morally it is killing. You must make your adjustments if you want to survive. Much becomes expendable. You get your happiness where you can. You reach a point where you' re at the bottom of hell, yet you have your arms crossed and a smile on your face, and you feel you're the luckiest person on earth. Why? Because at your feet you have a tiny dead fish."


- Excerpt from The Life of Pi.

I finished reading The Life of Pi recently, its not a really great book but a good one nevertheless. I am actually confused about how I feel about it but I really like this para from the book. It talks of hope and life. When you are down and out, there will be something, it maybe something small and insignificant but it will give you hope, bring cheer to your heart and light you up.

There are times when we go through a bad phase, for some reason nothing seems to be going right. You fall, you shake, you loose and then one day you wake up, you realize, you move on. Every cloud has a silver lining, there is light faint in the beginning or not visible but its there at the end of every tunnel. There is day after the end of every long night, you wake up and it filters in your room, shimmering, soft sunshine till it engulfs every dark corner out there.

Some years ago I had a personal quote, something I came up with and more importantly something I truly believed in -
"Everything in life has a purpose and the purpose is happiness."
It all boils down to this, even when you are facing a hard time, something good will come out of it. Maybe you will grow more as a person, or maybe you will acquire a skill that will see you through in your future but every sorrow does bring with it its own rewards.

In these times, with recession, there are many people out there who are jobless. Some got laid-off, others are stuck in a job they hate, and there are some who gave up the lousy job they had because they couldn't deal with the unfairness that some organizations are carrying-on in the name of recession. There are other people who have a job they love, but every once in a while they come across a situation where someone else is praised for the work that they do or have done. In short, the work-life has its ups and downs. Work, is where most people spend a huge amount of their day, it affects your mood in a tremendous way.

So if you are down and out or stressed at work today, remember this time will pass. Or rather enjoy even this hard time because it is here to bring you some reward.

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