“Life is an amazing teacher. She teaches you the same lesson over and over again until you learn.” Anonymous
I’ve learned a few beautiful lessons from this lifetime and my gratitude for every new beginning is endless.
1. Inspiration alone kills depression and immunizes you from any recurrence/relapse. I learned that my redemption from hell was to walk among the gods who did not hold on to their suffering anymore. I’ve read a few books which inspired me to live.
One first step I’m glad I took was to cut down on my expression of hate and another was to share whatever inspired me instead. My perspective changed my world before I could realize it.
I’m not claiming perfection or a lack of challenges in my life, but I acknowledged the idea that I could ‘possibil–itate‘ anything as long as chose to do so.
2. I don’t have to heal everyone I come across. I learned that if I could just focus on healing myself of every limitation I encountered, the world would reflect just that.
3. And, people don’t need to be ‘saved’. They just seek love.
4. I’ve never needed ‘help’. Nor does anyone else. We could ‘contribute’, but never ‘help’. Too often do we assume that someone is always better off in any given equation.
5. The biggest disease is ‘need’. It’s nothing more than a mere significance I give it. When I see it as a disease, I walk away.
6. Starting my career as a teacher not only gave a person of my perplexed generation the opportunity to see what I could do with my life, I also rediscovered the innocence I thought I’d once lost.
I had so many children (without requiring to have any of my own) already and their curiosity and mischief taught me that I needn’t be so grown up anymore. I just had to breathe in some life.
7. I often wondered whether god was a gardener. The desire to grow plants and to know god met at the point when my love for nature became a literal garden. The joy of the creator can be felt when you nurture another being or more, besides nurture yourself, all by yourself, and your ‘human limitation’ or even gender don’t even matter.
photo credit: square foot hydroponics <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/112676627@N06/12072912503″>red habanero pepper planet and a 36 inch diameter garden with 75 Chinese long beans and 6 tomato vines plants</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a> <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/”>(license)</a>
8. Being kind to a random stranger we come across on the streets or even on the internet may not be easy as we are invariably conditioned to keep our barriers raised. My social circle grew when I broke down some walls to build random bridges. Someday, I’d see the Universe, as a whole, as my true family.
9. I could not expect myself to not be judgmental towards others when I permit myself to judge myself. Judgment is cancer and it usually begins with a judgment I have towards myself and dies when I let go of it from within.
10. I realized that I had to be kind to myself in order to be generous. How could I fill anyone’s glass with an empty jar?
11. ‘There is no other.’ I don’t compete, but we all do burn bridges more often than we notice. Resentment is often born from the judgment of separation. The more I now see myself in people and people in myself, I no longer feel separated or resentful. It has since then been so much easier to let go of that guilt I’d held on to which had transformed into resentment towards ‘others’.
12. I don’t have to be right. I realize that we often feel ‘wronged’ by others because we hold on to a need to be right. I let go of that need. I’m no longer right. I merely have a perspective, like everyone else does. And it doesn’t have to always be true.
13. Taking care of random stray animals taught me (again, I don’t have to be perfect here) how to receive and just be, without judgment. I learned how to love unconditionally as I acknowledge that I am loved. I learned all of this from them and I don’t even have to have my own pets or children for any of that.
14. My need to be wise would be unwise and my need to let go of my ego was egoistic. It was alright for me to just be and observe what I could learn in that ‘now’. ‘Need’ is just the hurry of a dying ego.
Life teaches us so many things but we don’t always choose to learn because we believe that such wisdom comes with age. “Some men become young at 80. Some men are old at 20.” Choosing to learn made me younger again. And I guess life is meant to be lived and not passed through.