‘Be kind, for everybody you meet is fighting a bigger and harder battle’ – a saying attributed to Plato and others reached out and touched me as I read it somewhere today.
There are those days when words assume a life of their own and reach out to us, asking to be picked up and held close. Today these words chose me!
We all live stressful lives, no doubt about it. Our present day lives are like that. Each of us is running to stay ahead in the rat race, trying to earn a living and make ends meet. To each his or her own. But somehow I happen to get this feeling that we have taken the task of living so seriously that we have become self-absorbed in ourselves. People have got so caught up in themselves that they seem to have lost track of reality. We become envious of our own friends and well-wishers. We become paranoid of our own loved ones.
There is a thin line between finding, retaining our original sense of self and letting our newly acquired trait of thinking everybody has it easier than us, take over thanks to the kind of lives we are leading now. As long as we know the existence of that line, we are okay, but when we forget it, we make a crossover to being someone we can’t at times explain to ourselves. When we interact with others, we tend to look at others with veiled eyes, which are laced with envy, insecurity and some measure of bitterness. Like a volcano spewing magma, these negative traits created by us, inside us, surfaces in the insidious form of hidden anger and sarcasm. We automatically assume everybody has had it easy and we are the sole entities singled out for unfair treatment in the unjust hands of destiny. We strike out blindly, justifying to ourselves that the people at the receiving end had it coming. We don’t look at where we have struck, who we have struck and if the people we have struck really deserved that. But we think striking out has made us feel better. We think we are one up. Are we really? We can’t be more juvenile and pathetic! Before you strike out, just stop and think for a few moments people…
There is a small, no in retrospect a huge truth we tend to overlook. We think we are having it tough, but there are people around us fighting bigger battles, trying to stay afloat. We have become so narrow-minded that we have ceased to exercise the sensitivity one needs to pause for a few minutes and think. We scatter words without thinking, just to get it off our chest. If only we can close the eyes on our heads and learn to see from the ones in our hearts instead, we could probably learn to appreciate our own blessings and perhaps realise, sometimes people need our sympathies and understanding. The day we do that, we on Earth would be in a better place!
Think about it people! Benefit of doubt people! Everybody deserves it!