In the morning of a beautiful Monday, Aarav, a 15 year old boy, was walking to school excitedly. He had his football selection! He had been waiting for this day to come for a long time. He had put in days and days of consistent practice and given his all. He was confident he would be selected.

He saw a car speeding fast, coming his direction. But there was a dog sleeping in the middle of the road !

Aarav rushed to the dog, picked it up and threw it out of harm’s way. Before it was too late, he was able to move away from the path of the vehicle, only to fall into a puddle.

His white uniform, completely soaked in dirty water, his elbows bruised, he walked fast to school, worried. He would definitely give a bad impression on his coach with the state he was in. All coaches demand immense discipline. Counting on his practice, Aarav pushed away his thoughts and doubled his pace up, still determined to get selected.

He entered his class, panting. And what was this? Why was everybody sitting with books? He found out there were to have a test the very first period. But the selections were during the first period ! Aarav was one who never cared for studies. He had always had only one goal- to get into the football team as soon as he reached the age bar. To have a test during selections was the worst thing to happen, ever.

Aarav tried to explain to his teacher that he couldn’t take up the test, because he had to attend the selections. “Don’t worry, Aarav. I’ve spoken to the Coach. He’s agreed to keep the selections for you tomorrow.”, his teacher said.

Aarav couldn’t take it anymore. He excused himself, locked himself up in one of the cubicles in the restroom and cried his eyes out. First, the fall. Then, the test he hadn’t prepared for. And if being stared at for his appearance wasn’t enough, he had the selection he’d been most enthusiastic about postponed to the next day.

Now, we all have those bad days, right?

Wrong. None of us have bad days. Let’s rewind and see what happened again, now shall we?

He had his uniform spoiled, which would have given a terrible impression on the Coach if he had his selections that day and if not for that dreadful test, he would have had it right that day. Besides, it’s pretty tough to play to your full potential if you’re injured. Topping all of that, he saved a life !

But what did Aarav see? The exact opposite.

If Aarav had simply seen the positives, he would’ve been real happy about everything that had happened, and considered himself lucky.

The place where Aarav is , is a place I’d like to call NegatiCity. A place where there’s no one stopping you from getting out. No barriers, no security guards. If you’re there, it’s because of your own free will.

All that it takes to get out, is perspective. You will have days that you feel like the universe is conspiring against you. Those are the days you call “bad days”. But when you embrace the fact that everything happens for a reason, life gets a whole lot better. Sometimes, it’s going to be hard to find that particular reason- almost like finding a needle in a haystack. You needn’t always have to know the reason. Just trust that something good’s coming your way, and keep going.

And when you do this, you’re set free from NegatiCity. You realise that the only person who was keeping your happiness from you, was you. Funny, isn’t it? How you’ve been blaming the happenings in your life for making you feel sad, when it was you all along.

Having the ability to see everything that comes your way positively is what makes you strong. It’s much harder to be mentally strong, than physically.

If you have been Aarav all this while, remember that the only thing between you and happiness, is you. There are only days. It is up to you and your perspective to see them as good, or bad days.

After all, we have no idea why we’re here, what purpose we serve. ( If you’re into these introspections, Clueless is definitely worth a read) Why waste our time indulging in pessimistic thoughts?

Are you going to let you be your own enemy? Or are you going to muster up every ounce of courage in yourself and defeat the bad in you?

You decide.

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  1. WOAH. Okay I really didn’t expect that twist. It was mind-blowingly good!! SO simple, yet So. damn. meaningful. Can’t say how much I loved this! XX

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    1. Thank you, buddingb πŸ™‚ You’ve summarised the entire post in a sentence.
      What a coincidence that you asked ! I have the book beside me right now !
      I’ve only read it a bit. My dad read it recently and absolutely loved it πŸ™‚

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  2. You make an important point. The world can often do this to us…skew our perspective. But if we center our lives on God, we can regain perspective. In the end, it is really only His view of us that matters. ❀

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  3. Thanks Anna. I appreciate the time you have taken to read so many of my posts and comment on them.
    Very true Anna. We mustn’t let anyone or anything skew our perspective. ❀ πŸ™‚


  4. Awesome build up of the story perfectly explaining the concept-lesson

    It’s an interesting paradox that can only be solved by oneself. Perspective. A choice that can work for you or against and the power lies with you. The only challenge being ones’ commitment to personal development the more the effort and dedication the better things will become.

    True, everything happens for a reason and we can always learn to look for the good in every situation or most situations.

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    1. It’s always wonderful to read your comments. Once again, you have summed up everything I had in mind while writing this post, in words more beautiful than I could have imagined.

      Yes. As long as we believe that there’s a reason for everything that happens, we rid ourselves of any poor feelings.

      I am much obliged to have you tell me your opinions on my writing.

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    1. Thanks again ! πŸ™‚
      Exactly. We can change our entire life by just altering our perspective. I’m glad to have found you as well, here ❀ Only a potterhead knows the joy of finding other potterheads πŸ™‚ ❀


    1. Thank you. πŸ˜€
      Doesn’t matter what religion one is. All of us must be just like you are. Count our blessings and be thankful for everything we have.
      Thanks for giving this a read and taking the initiative to comment ❀


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