Customary Bonding “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
― Mother Teresa 

I personally love this quote by Mother Teresa simply because it says so much about our world in a few words. It hits my heart right in the center. People of my age including me have a million suggestions to make this world better and still we are unable to make the situation at even our home improve even a little bit. We are so caught up in our own lives that we fail to even meet and love our own parents. Our homes have become mere hotels where the members of the family come to sleep at night because otherwise everyone is so busy in their life that there is hardly any time for bonding.

I agree about the lack of time factor as I am one of those who struggle due to the lack of time. But then on second thoughts I disagree because everything in life is tough and nothing comes easy. Only wishful thinking doesn’t help, ever. We have to manage time and spend some time with our family. Who will stand by us when we are all alone in this cruel world? The only answer that comes to my mind is “Family” and although we all know its importance yet we fail to acknowledge it in our daily life.

Our family and especially our parents are the ones who will always love us. The rest of the world only loves when you are good to them, you have to earn their love. But family loves you irrespective of what you do and how you are. But still we prefer spending time with all the people in the world but our family. We keep two phones but never call. We own several cars but we never go and meet them.

Go back in time and try to remember those small little talks your mom gave you or that extra money your dad slipped in your pocket hiding from your mom or the time when your sibling protected you from your parents’ wrath when you did something wrong. Precious moments, aren’t they? And yet we wait until the end of the year for Christmas and New Year to meet them.

I always see my parents and wonder how many more years I have with them. I live with them today but who knows what will happen tomorrow? I lost my grandfather contemplating upon whether I have the time to go and meet him or just call him. It has always made me suffer and somehow this holiday has made me realize the importance of family so much that I have decided to spend at least an hour daily with them. Just talking and sharing about my life and knowing about theirs.

Trust me the clock of your life’s time is ticking really fast and you have less time than you think you have. Live this moment and spend time with your family. Don’t make it a customary meeting but a time of love and joy. There is no one in the world who will accept you even when you are not good to them but your family. So go ahead and make the most of this holiday and promise yourself of a new beginning stating from next year which is soon approaching.

The Art of remaining Happy

I often drive past those swanky cars in my neighborhood and almost instantly make a mental picture of those who own it and their lifestyle. The frequent 5 star visits, expensive clothes, diamonds and the level of opulence that we can’t even imagine that they are experiencing with the possession of wealth always makes one jealous. But does this make them the happiest creatures on Earth?

I know some of these people and although they are happy but with there is the absence of real fulfillment and contentedness. It’s all in the mind. Being happy is a state of mind and it possible can’t be achieved truly with only the possession of materialistic things. Happiness is one thing that God has reserved equally for everyone. God has given the same rights to the poor as to the rich to be happy in life.

Real opulence doesn’t come with an empty cradle. A cradle is beautiful only when a baby is sleeping inside it or smiling even if it is a wooden one. An empty gold cradle has no value in my eyes. I learnt this from my Guru. If real happiness comes from the materialistic things then what would happen if that is taken away from you? If your house catches fire then make a point of saving the photographs and video tapes first as you can buy everything else but you can never have those memories back.

Keep good people near you. People may also just mean 1 person to you as you need someone who truly loves you. If you are fortunate then you may have a bunch of people who truly are there to share your sorrows and happiness. But even if it is only one person then make sure that you always value that person and thank God that you have a living soul with whom you can confide your secrets and be yourself. This is real happiness. Rich people slowly leave behind the importance of valuing people and although I have tried to make sense of their ways, I end up with nothing to support such a trend.

Spiritual happiness is tough to attain and although it is the highest form of experiencing God within you, people ignore it. The simple art of remaining happy is to understand that happiness comes with love. Love everyone around you and people will love you back. What you sow is what you reap. Cultivate love and true happiness will flow to you. Being rich means is to value what you already have. You are a rich person if you value what you already possess and you are being loved because that would mean that you really have perfected the art of being happy.