Let’s get candid!

Two of my friends, who are in their fifties, were sharing stories about their respective sons, who happen to be in their early twenties.

One friend, who sends money to his son every month, who is studying in the US, told that one day all of a sudden, his son asked for more money this month.

When asked about whether all was good, the son replied that he had a girlfriend and needed some money.

Few weeks later, when this son was back in India with his parents for a vacation, received a text from this girl. She breaks up, saying we are not right for each other. The son replies in assent, and also tells this to his parents.

The other friend, was telling the story of a day when her son had left strawberries at home before leaving for the day. She was quite worried as a mother as to what would the son do if he were hungry during the day.

Later during the day, the son texted a pic of him eating strawberries, that he had asked his girlfriend to bring along. He was calming her down, with the reassurance that he was being taken care of.

Both these instances left me thinking deeply.

To be candid for the first time in public, I was waiting for “him” to send that message to me that we are breaking off, yet never received one. Nor a call back.

That’s not the worst part. Worst part is, I was at home, with my parents, already suffering and unable to share my grief with them.

Because had I shared it with them, they would have either gotten super angry with me for “being in a relationship” or perhaps they would have told me to “forget him”.

Neither of those would’ve helped.

It was so easy for that son to tell his parents that his girlfriend had broken up. I wish it were equally easy for all of us, we would have had way lesser cases of depression and anxiety.

Love and acceptance is the only solution. Especially when they least deserve it.

Leave your zone to come into mine

If you want to go out with me, behave like this.

What if, I accept you, where you are, just as you are, without giving up on who I am?

Every relationship, business or life, begins and ends with allowing the other person to just be.

Sadly, most of us expect them to leave their zones and come into ours, just because we feel it’s right.

If it indirectly means that they’re wrong, is telling the other person to be wrong an act of righteousness?

Is “everything” good?

You and I have come across this several times: Everything that happens is perfect and for the good.

Then, why do people get upset at the outset of things not happening right?

Because they want to control it. They want to have the certainty, unbeknownst of the fact that it’s the uncertainty yet faith in the sun and rain that makes the crops grow.

If you go back to any situation of your past, most certainly you would find yourself contented today, with what happened.

If future can give you the capacity to accept the past, then the present has even more capacity to allow you to accept, that:

Everything will ultimately turn out to be good.

You’re right

There will come a time when your righteousness will be tested. People will question your energy, your positivity and most importantly, your values.

That question won’t be direct. It will be in the form of allegation, bad words or perhaps even threat.

Now you’re left with two options:

Option I:

Justify yourself.

When you don’t have that authority, justify yourself in your head.

Option II:

Understand. Questioning you may be because of only two reasons:

a) They are not too fond of you. Perhaps your high vibes make them want to try more. When they can’t, the easiest way is to bring you down.

In this situation, simply stop. Even if they are totally wrong, what they need is to be “right”. Work on yourself to calmly respond and put your point forward. Then don’t get attached to they accepting it. Bless them, and keep working within.

b) They said something that really needs to change in you, their method was however not right.

In this situation, determine to work on yourself. And for the adage “be respectful”, you start at your end by respecting the person who disrespected you. Your respect to them (from within) will be the best gift to them.

You have the self respect not to be sensitive to someone else’s way of being. That way, you empower the world.

Today. Be.