The lights went out as they do sometimes in India and there was sudden darkness. The unexpected makes one ponder life and its uncertainties. What do we do when they strike us? Some people scream and get worried when the lights go out, and in the process get stuck to where they are. Some wait, find their bearing, and then find their way to light a candle. Do we accept what is and find solutions or do we struggle and make external events our masters?
It was raining heavily and I went onto the porch of our farm to see a blazing fire in the distance. The fire looked like a shining glow of a sports stadium from afar. There weren’t flames raging, just a beaming orange light. Suddenly a boom, the fire exploded and everything went black. It must have been an electricity transformer that caught fire in the rain and then exploded leaving us in darkness. This is quite normal in India, especially in the rain (no one was hurt) .
Before the lights went out, I was reading a manuscript of a translated text on Sufism. The particular chapter was talking about accepting what is, changing the negative banter of our thoughts by the positive affirmation of Trust in the Divine Will, of realizing that we leave with nothing from this world, so nothing is truly ever ours. What resonated most with me was that riches, stature, fame and fortune are never ours. Rather they are external masters.
Then the fire burned and the lights went out.
I went to look for a candle, I wondered? What do I do in life when sudden darkness strikes? Do I make the external event my master or do I find my strength within and seek solutions.
The forced darkness of the moment makes one seek a solution instantly. We can’t be sitting in darkness forever. It made me realize this is true for life as well. I can be afraid and stay in this fear forever, or I can get up and act. How long we choose to stay in the dark is entirely our choice.
I realized we can be sitting in one place, worried and paranoid .However I will be sitting here, for a long time and never moving. Never fumbling, tripping and then finally finding light. I may get a little hurt but in time I will learn to see the obstacles and instead of bumping into them, I will eventually learn to use them as support, to mark my way.
I can learn to wait, and accept the sudden inability to see. By standing still in one place, not internally struggling, letting eyes adjust to the change and then moving forward, I will learn to act out of a place of stillness and calm.
I can learn to change perspective and that it is all in the mind. Shock will become surprise and then become another new moment to enjoy candle light.
Finally, I realized that however dark it may be, when I believe, relax, trust and act, I will learn to enjoy the way, and of course, find the light.
End Note :What do you do when darkness strikes? What is your guiding principle in tough times? Do share in the comments section.