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Monday, August 10, 2015

Learn as you live

We all want our lives to turn out well and go the way we planned for them to be. While that's a comforting aspiration, it will undoubtedly result in agony. Because Life has a mind of its own.

Remember the old saying? Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans! Besides, the Master Plan, is above all our plans. Since no one really knows what the Master Plan is, it is best to live in acceptance of what comes our way than trying to resist or deny anything. Indeed, because most of us are ethical, hardworking and principled, when things don't go our way, we are initially shocked, dazed and knocked out cold. This is when we must hold our own. This is not the time for mourning or grieving or for asking 'Why Me?' Such a response is futile and is not exactly going to alter your Life's course. What is required is acceptance of what is and calmness to guide you through these not-so-normal times.

Be inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s prescription for such situations: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Well, you can add adversity to King’s list there. Remember that Life's ultimate desire is to coach you and each twist, test, turn and trial is to teach you valuable lessons. If you are a good student, learning your lessons well and quickly, you will be in peace. If you resist the coaching, Life will relentlessly chase you until you come around. So, go on, be sensible. Accept Life as it is and learn as you live!

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