On my recent adventure trip, I had a slight mishap. I was trying some photography at a 15th century Jain temple and while walking towards the center stage area, I could see a black square stone. My focus was on my phone and suddenly I felt the ground beneath me gone missing. Even before I could comprehend what really happened, I was tumbling down through some stairs not knowing how deep the alleged step-well was in which I lost my way.
Luckily there were a lot of people around me who came to my rescue and I was not majorly injured. I tried to grab my belongings and I saw that my brand new phone had a broken screen. My jaw, arm, back, leg and toe were throbbing with pain as I tried hard to hold back my tears. I really did want to cry – not because I was injured, but because my phone screen got cracks 😛 Thinking back, I fully realize how insane I am to love ‘THINGS’.
The next thought that worried me to death was what am I going to tell my parents? It made me really anxious as my parents would reprimand me for not taking proper care of myself and as a possibility deny me permission for future trips. I know they wouldn’t like seeing me in pain. I had an option to lie to them about my accident and the phone damage but somehow my conscious didn’t feel that as the right thing to do. Later that evening when I returned home, I mustered up the courage to tell them what exactly happened. I was almost on the verge of crying but they took what I said with ease and didn’t scold me as I feared.
Although it has been quite some days since the accidental tripping incident, my back, toe and leg still feel sore and tender with pain. I was complaining to my mom as to when will this pain subside and she was like give it some time…
This made me reflect on a lot of things this evening and here’s what I could think of:
- I am happy and proud of my choice to be honest with my parents. One lie triggers a series of lies which eventually weighs you down. When you encounter any situation in which you need to compromise on your conscience, DO NOT choose that path. The guilt that comes along will make you feel worse from within.
- Forgive, people make mistakes. But if they are honest enough to confide in you with the truth and you refuse to forgive, they may not tell you the truth going forward.
- Be thankful, whatever be the situation. My immediate reaction was “Why me?”. In reality I was saved miraculously from a major accident. Learn to look through the eyes of appreciation – things could have been much worse.
- The pain shall fade away and subside – just give time, some time. There’s no definite or defined moment you know when, but it will happen. When you’re so engulfed with life that you don’t even notice and suddenly when you look back, it doesn’t hurt that much.
- When you detach and get busy with being you, the hurt will loose it’s power over you. Learn to be happy DESPITE and IRRESPECTIVE. A lot of things will go wrong in life, choose to be happy nonetheless.
- Someone told me this ‘life isn’t fair, so don’t expect life to be fair’.
- YOU are far more important than any other material thing in life. Possessions can be replaced, life is priceless. Things are meant to be used, people are meant to be loved.
- I can’t believe the long way I’ve come – sustaining and fighting through a lot of hurt and it has eventually molded me into the strong standing person today. There were days I never thought I would be able to think of a brighter tomorrow and yet, God gave me the strength to hold myself and sent me the right people at the right time who helped me to heal and smile, once again. This too shall pass, have faith.
Ending this post with a happy camper picture of me 🙂 🙂 🙂
Maybe, it’s the darkness that reminds us that there is infinite magic in just a little candlelight.