Do not be afraid to walk Alone

A page from my Diary:

31.12.2013

“It is a cold morning in Mumbai and I woke up cuddling in my bed with a thought. A thought or rather a fact that today is the last day of the year. I have been too lazy to think about the year that past, all this while. Happens, as there are other daily priorities and to-do lists that we struggle with. But today was different. Today was inspiring.

Many of us regret what we could not do the entire year, but I was surprised and HAPPY when I did a little exercise as I sat on my work desk sipping some hot lemon ginger tea (it always helps me think 🙂 ) I took out a little piece of paper from my bag and decided to list ONLY the GOOD things about 2013. Things, people, moments that made me happier, made me a better professional and a better person. I was delighted to see that despite of few downs there were plenty of ups in my life. There were so many things I should cherish.

“Ekla cholo re” is what plays in the background. The beautiful poetry by Rabindranath Tagore. It is inspiring. It motivates you to not be disheartened and keep walking and reaching your goal/goals alone,even if no one is their by your side. But in life you always need people you can fall back on, people who inspire you, people who share your sorrows and joy, people with whom sharing a smile/laugh makes all the pain and tears fade. People who in some way or the other help you learn and grow. But at times we need the inner strength to keep going or beat the normal and gather the courage to be different.”

This excerpt would not be complete if i do not share with you the poetry that has inspired me since childhood. Here i share the English translation of “Ekla cholo re”:

If they answer not to thy call walk alone

If they are afraid and cower mutely facing the wall,
O thou unlucky one,
open thy mind and speak out alone.
If they turn away, and desert you when crossing the wilderness,
O thou unlucky one,
trample the thorns under thy tread,
and along the blood-lined track travel alone.
If they do not hold up the light when the night is troubled with storm,
O thou unlucky one,
with the thunder flame of pain ignite thy own heart,
and let it burn alone.

 

I hope this New Year, you find the courage to beat the normal and take the risk of the unknown. Hope you find quality time, to spend with your loved ones. Hope you find peace to introspect and appreciate your achievements.

Happy New Year!

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