“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly”- Richard Bach
We’ve all been at the end of the world, and we’ve all emerged as butterflies.
It seems like ‘the end’ at least, where everything is hard, and there is no solution in sight.
Yet the caterpillar stage is a stage of rest, of preparation and when we’re ready, into the beautiful sky we fly.
So probably the most important thing I wish I had known earlier in life was not to be a struggling caterpillar, rather to be a joyous one; not to search so hard for solutions, rather what is important is having faith and just being.
It is hard and yet we emerge. Stronger, happier, wiser (hopefully wiser , atleast;-) )
It is smart and useful to list our lessons then, so we may remember them and others may too ponder. This post was written as I was invited to be part of Life lesson series – Invitation to write about stuff that you wish you had known earlier in your life by self-improvement blogger Abubakar Jamil . Thank you for the opportunity. It is humbling for a new blogger like me.
These are a few things I wish I had known earlier in life. Simple things. (sometimes the simple things are the most profound)
Have faith, worry not, work harder, don’t give up on stuff so easily, don’t try to find a solution for everything as things fall into place when they do.
But I didn’t know or rather I knew and didn’t really practise. And that’s another important lesson.
I’ve been always been inquisitive about life, always. I’ve looked at my high school seniors when I was about 5or 6 and thought ‘they have no clue’. I think I was talking about life. I have always been looking for ‘clues’,
I am a philosopher, a thinker. A seeker.
And the most important lesson, I wish I had known is this : That’s books, poetry, philosophy is all good in opening the mind to new horizons, even answering questions about life. Yet what stays, what truly matters is what we did from the heart, how we practised , actually practised and embodied all that we learnt, from books, from people, from experience –from life.
A list of 14 things I wish I had known and practised (earlier) in my life.
- Don’t worry so much. Everything is just as it should be and will always be so.
- Fear of failure is failure in itself. So try. Whatever may be the result, you will always know you tried.
- Build empowering friendships. It creates a place of learning, growth, support and positivity in your life.
- Have faith in yourself.
- We have the power of choice over our thoughts. Choose good thoughts. Always.
- List the things one is grateful for. It creates an instant shift to joy.
- There is such a thing as an ‘intellectual ego’ so be careful of being afflicted by it.
- Look at everyone with compassion for everyone has a story (even mean people, more so mean people actually).
- It is important to be whole, to be happy by ourselves. Happiness is within, completion is being at peace with ourselves. We cannot look for it outside. No person, job, or title can give this to us.
- People remember you for what you gave,how you helped and shared.
- Thinking too much is a serious problem. Stop
- Meditate more often
- Remember that God’s Grace is always with us. Always.
14. Finally, smile.
Doing such an exercise is a deeply reflective and humbling process. One marvels at the wisdom in life.
Come a long way,
A long way to go.
It’s the Universe,
Where mysteries unfold.
I hope the learning keeps unfolding for the way ahead of us. More importantly I hope we can all learn and practise from heart and soul.
Do share the lessons you have learnt in your own life, lessons you wish you knew earlier in the comments sections below . Would love to learn along with you.