I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet
I’m not sure about the giver of the quote in this title. I used to believe it to have been said by Shakespeare but when I searched Google to confirm, I found that quite probably, it could be given by some other significant personality too.
Regardless of the individual who quoted, it’s marvellous! And how true, is it not common between us humans? One more saying goes like ‘today is the tomorrow that you dreamt about yesterday’. In all of our today’s we keep running and running, madly-blindly for a better future. And when that future finally comes, we simply forget that we have always been waiting for this. Even if we remember, it’s momentary. We immediately switch to thoughts about our upcoming future, attempting to attain more and more and more. Well, good thing, of course we should always work hard and smart to do bigger and better things in life but bad is when we forget to cherish what we have already achieved. Some of us subconsciously do it so much that one can find them complaining and cribbing all the time.
If I talk about myself, somehow even in the worst phase of my life, I had a vague flame of hope and positivity alive in my heart. Although it was striving to keep burning and wasn’t very visible on the outside, still it existed. Thankfully, I have always had a habit of finding pleasure in small things in life.
That combined with a sense of gratitude to the Almighty, has worked wonders. During that miserable phase of my life, whenever I used to sit on the window seat of a vehicle while travelling, I had a habit of getting lost in my own world while having a look at the surroundings. Every time while doing that, my eyes fell upon someone genuinely poor and hungry, usually covered in torn clothes, I felt compassion. I say ‘genuinely’ because I feel that these days not every poor person is pitiable.
You never know when they might be faking it. Also, I had read somewhere long back that offering money to every other beggar you come across, promotes the business of gangsters behind begging. So, I always refrain myself from giving money to such people, especially if otherwise young and healthy. But yes, knowingly or unknowingly always a prayer emerged from my heart that may God help the person if s/he really deserved it.
Besides, I used to feel thankful to Him for bestowing all the blessings on me that I had at that moment. Even if it meant just basic necessities, belongings and my angel-hearted people around. Of course, as per human nature, I did wish for a better life and more to call mine but all in all, I felt contentment.
And this always added to my zealful perseverance. Even at my worst, I used to believe in the saying ‘there is always always always something to be thankful for’. Thus, positivity kept getting added to my life, visibly or non-visibly. And the outcome is here, in front of you. I continue to have the belief that I am completely content while giving my best to achieve more and more. Some of you might wonder, if I am still wishing to achieve more and more, how come I am content at the same time. Well, let me clarify.
It just means, I sure am working on myself to be refined and groomed while looking up. But by saying I’m content, I mean I am not restless about the results. I am not worried about getting more. Most importantly, I am not comparing myself with anyone anymore since long back. I do cherish my feet and while I do work on getting a pair of shoes, I am not crying for them. I am thankful, I am content.
What about you?