Sometimes luxury blinds you to all the treasures you possess. Sometimes, it makes you believe what you can do without, is exactly what you need the most.

If you allow it to take over and be your eyes and ears, the true you could end up not having a voice.

We live in great luxury today compared to the generations before, and the future holds promises of greater riches. While this is well deserved, for as a race we have persevered for these, perhaps we may need to stand back and reevaluate our options.

I, for my part, understood this when a few days back we had a blackout for 8 hours during the day. I was positively crazed.

I had work to do. People to talk to. Hear music that I’d heard a thousand times before. Random news feed to go through. Watch videos of shows that I’ve watched on replay so many times, they possibly couldn’t teach me anything new…

…Did you notice?

How futile my needs were?

As the list went on, I found myself staring at all the unimportant things that I spent my time on. And because of these, my work took more of my time. Time that I could devote perhaps to my journal, or a good book – even a quiet and meaningful reflection.

Simple activities that help me remain friends with sanity.

Not to mention there were thousands of people who wrestled their way through life, lacking the most basic amenities. Surely, 8 hours without electricity wasn’t so damning?

And that was when I realized, sometimes we’re blind to the fact that it’s not the lack of luxury that is causing such massive rates of depression and disconnection. It’s the inability to live in the moment.

The situation was trivial, yet the lesson so powerful.

Our life is this beautiful collection of magical moments. Each with the potential to transform, to guide you to your true purpose.

And at the junction between past and future, you have a choice to make. Do you go where you believe you need to go, or do you blindly stagger where the world drags you? Do you go for immediate satisfaction, or the tougher choice that usually leads to the fulfillment of your dreams?

Destiny is not final.

Every moment of your life, destiny asks you a question and you choose where to turn. Destiny is your partner, not your master.

Each choice you make steers your life towards where YOU take it. Do you choose love and humility, determined to learn all you can from the moment? Or do you push that golden chance away with anger, arrogance and resentment?

It’s up to you.

You are a painter, your life is your immense canvas. Every moment you get is a unique color that can give fresh beauty to your painting, if only you decide to use it.

8 hours without electricity could leave you with a disfigured caricature of your dreams, or a magical realization of your true purpose.

Wouldn’t you choose that second path, too?

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4 thoughts on “Eight hours without electricity, and an important lesson

  1. very insightful and well paced post dear! i think most of all you had an appreciation of time, and how that time is so precious. with all the time saving gadgets we have today we don’t do much more than our elders did, we seem to accomplish less, having some amenities removed for awhile opens our eyes to our own mortality. so many things to take away from this one post. so happy i read it

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    1. You’re very right, I seemed to have a more pronounced realization of just how long an hour, or half of it, or just a minute was, and how much could change in that one moment. And yet if I was say watching a show rerun or so, an hour or two would go by without me even knowing of it. You hit the nail right on the head with this – “with all the time saving gadgets we have today we don’t do much more than our elders did..” We boast of all the time we’ve earned and yet what did we really earn?
      Thank you once more, for your thoughtful comments and insights. It’s ever so delightful to read, and I’m so grateful I got the opportunity to!

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    1. What we find the most frustrating are sometimes the best textbooks to learn from right? 🙂 And it gives such satisfaction to know we’ve overridden something that would usually have filled us with frustration, and took charge to make the best of the situation. 🙂 Thank you so much again!

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