Life is Precious
Watching and reading reports of the horrific terror attack in Nairobi, brought back a flood of memories from 26/11.
To be living life normally , going through its motions and to be faced by such an unexpected tragedy can never be explained in words.
Those who experience it, either never live to tell it or live forever with its mark on their mind.
Unfortunately these attacks of terror have invaded our lives more and more around the world.
A ton of questions rush through the mind
Why is this happening ? Why so much intolerance ? What is the ultimate gain to anyone?
Why this hatred? What kind of people are these , who can do such barbaric attacks?
What can we do to stop this, change this? What will happen to the world if this continues?
What about the security of my life, my family? Where will the next attack happen?
This list can go on. Do you feel overwhelmed while reading this? Overpowered ? Helpless? Frustrated? Angry? Sad?
If the answer to any of this is a yes, its high time each of us do something. Now. It need not be monumental. Its the small everyday acts that matter.
Its the thoughts we have that make the difference. Our mind can make our world. Good or Bad.
I made a small list to make my mind and my world good ,and take the liberty to share it with you.
1) Recognise That Life IS Precious
When we have it, we take it for granted. Remember, one day we all won't have it. Life is short. It is precious.
While we are here, lets spend it in doing good, spreading love and caring for each other.
Anger, hatred is the easier option. Quicker way out. Set an example- Make love your first choice- only choice
2) Respect Diversity
Every human being is unique. So everyones ideals, opinions,thoughts, preferences - everything is unique.
It has to be. When no two fingers on our own hand are alike, its impossible to expect 2 people to be alike !
Diversity is enriching. It can be uplifting. Lets be appreciative of each others culture, religion and traditions.
It can open new dimensions to our life
3) Be Calm and Spread Peace
A sick doctor cannot treat patients. First we have to be peaceful.
We are extremely fortunate to have the tools of Meditation and Sudarshan Kriya to find peace , rid ourselves of our stresses.
A calm , peaceful person will not resort to violence. Our daily practice is our responsibility to ourselves and our world.
We also have to be in a hurry to spread this knowledge around us. Every sick, stressed mind is a potential threat to the world we are in
4) Make Kindness Fashionable
These days, you are not a dude if you are not rude ! How strange the world has become. Its time to make kindness and compassion fashionable
Do random acts of kindness everyday- at least one. Create a wave of kindness . Let there be so many of us doing kind acts, that even newspapers, media
everyone is talking about acts of kindness , not acts of terrorism. Lets envelope the world with kindness
5) Be in a Hurry
When i was asked, whats the one thing that changed for me after 26/11, I realized It was - To be in a hurry to live life ! We don't have forever to make choices.
We have only now. Be in a hurry - to be good, do good and spread love. Time will fly.
As I finish penning these thoughts, I am shocked to hear about the suicide bomb attack in Pakistan. More deaths, more tears. A number for the news, but a real life extinguished
for the near and dear ones.
We have to stop this. Each of us. Person to person. Let the Governments and the global agencies do what they have to.
Lets do what we have to. Today. Now.
I shared with you my list. Add your own.
Before hate can overtake the world, let us make Love embrace it.
Life is Precious. I know. I came very close to losing it