Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!-
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
These are lines from the poem ‘A Psalm of Life’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. These beautiful and wise lines are a perfect way to tell the readers what I want to share with them. The poet demands not to be told in a voice that reeks of depression that life has no meaning. He says that the soul which is asleep and not aware of the glorious opportunity that life is has to be considered dead and thus the world seems gloomy and sad which it, in reality, is not.
There are moments in everybody’s life when things do not go according to plan. There are times when everything seems to be turning against us. There are days on which you feel that everything you are doing bears no fruit at all. There are nights when you simply cannot get any sleep at all and are just tossing and turning in bed, trying to fall asleep but all the while wondering that your life’s boat is sinking and you can’t do anything to prevent it. Congratulations! You are a normal guy and you are not the only person in the world who is facing challenges. Just open your eyes and look around. Each and every person you see has a tasks to do, problems to solve and challenges waiting for him. I can guarantee that absolutely no living soul is not facing a problem. It is natural that a baby cries when he is born and if he does not cry it is very well known that something is wrong with the baby. Is it not ironic that the beauty of a child being born is dependent on the cry of the baby? The crying of the baby is essential for his survival because it starts the breathing process which will continue for his entire life in the world outside the protection of his mother’s womb. A baby faces the problem of communication and it is his struggle that makes him learn the language spoken by his parents. Though a baby’s life seems so great, it is actually pretty strenuous. He strives to roll onto his side, learns how to sit up straight, he slowly and steadily improves his body coordination and to sum up, life is a synonym of challenge.
You know, each problem comes with its solution. So does life and the solution to this ostensibly huge challenge is having a positive outlook. Let me share with you my own personal experience. I have always been fascinated about studying in the United States of America. Due to certain reasons I was unable to take the SATs in my final year of high school so I had to take a drop after completing my school and registered for the SATs. I had applied for my passport well before time since I needed to take my passport along with the admit card because it is an internationally recognised proof of one’s identity. My passport did not arrive in time due to the inefficacy of the government and I had to reschedule my test dates but I did not get my passport even after I had rescheduled my test to the latest possible dates. I was really depressed because my life’s dreams seemed to be washed away and I was cursing my own parents blaming them for the whole mess I ended up in. To be honest, my parents could do nothing about it and it was not their fault that my passport was not issued in time. I wasted a lot of time living in the past and thinking how unlucky I was and it took me a lot of time to consider the truth that everything happens for the best and today, when I look back, I feel sad knowing that I could have put that wasted time to great use had I not been busy crying over spilt milk. Anyhow, if the milk spills and saving it from spilling was unavoidable by you, believe that it spilt for the best. Maybe I was not ready and mature enough to live in a distant country all by myself. There are a lot of ways to fall into pits and to save yourself from falling, you must be spiritually prepared. Maybe I wasn’t.
I am not embarrassed about expressing how strong my faith is. I have heard it from people a countless of times that I am too optimistic. I always tell them that being optimistic always gives me the strength to battle my way out of any situation. I admit that I face failures and I face failures a lot but then who does not? I don’t need to cite Abraham Lincoln here. We have read about his numerous failures and then finally he ended up being one of the most successful presidents of the United States of America.
I would like to believe that everyone agrees with me when I say that each person is unique and has special talents. We only need to discover them, polish them and put them to the best possible use. God has a plan for each of us and it is our job to be grateful for the wonderful gift that life is and live it abundantly and with a positive attitude. There is absolutely nothing that can bring you down and stop you from reaching your goals. Of course, you will fall and you will be too hurt to get up but giving up is not a choice and you have to get back up on your feet again and keep trying until you succeed. Let each fall make you stronger and I wish you HAPPY FALLINGS!
All That Happens, Happens for The Best
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,