Love and be in bliss !!!

Live life honestly, sincerely, joyfully and with compassion for fellow beings notwithstanding what it gives you in return. ~Latika Teotia

Choose how you want to Be !!!

A kind, happy, positive and God loving person treats others with love and respect. However, we come across grumpy, angry and negative persons in our lives who are always ready to pick up a quarrel and who have nothing good to say about anyone. Don’t be upset by such people, they’ve been wired to behave like that because of circumstances or conditions beyond their control. They are like garbage trucks carrying foul smelling waste and ready to dump it at the first opportunity. This reminds me of the story of the taxi driver and the garbage truck.

One day I hopped into a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane, well within the speed limit when suddenly a car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded and just missed the other car by a few inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean he was really friendly.

Perplexed I asked him, ‘Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!’
This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call ‘The Law of the Garbage Truck.’

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around disturbed, full of frustration, anger and disappointment. They are like garbage trucks. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they’ll dump it on you. Don’t take it personally. Just smile and move on. Don’t accept their garbage and in turn spread it to other people at work, home or on the streets.

So next time you come across such people, forgive them, smile at them, send them blessings and just move on. You never know that this may change their attitude and their outlook towards life. ~Latika Teotia

Don’t be harsh on yourself !!!

You don’t have to be too harsh on yourself when things go wrong and punish yourself for every mistake- in fact I feel that you don’t need to chastise yourself at all. When we condemn or castigate ourselves for any folly, we are letting loose an air of negativity- punishments have this uncanny trait of lowering the morale and bringing gloom all around. So, it’s okay to commit mistakes- we all do- learn from them and move ahead. ~Latika Teotia

It is always advisable to be a good listener !!!

Sometimes in our exuberance we overstep ourselves. Someone may be passing through a difficult time and no sooner do they start talking about their problems than we interrupt them with quick fix solutions. We couldn’t be more wrong in our approach. Perhaps all that the other person wants is to unwind and just talk. Nothing more. People want to be assured that you’ll be there when they need you. Right now all they want you to do is to sympathetically lend your ear! It is always advisable to be a good listener. ~Latika Teotia

You are a work in progress !!!

You don’t have to be too harsh on yourself when things go wrong and punish yourself for every mistake- in fact I feel that you don’t need to chastise yourself at all. When we condemn or castigate ourselves for any folly, we are letting loose an air of negativity- punishments have this uncanny trait of lowering the morale and bringing gloom all around. So, it’s okay to commit mistakes- we all do- learn from them and move ahead. ~Latika Teotia

Be Understanding !!!

Whenever I feel tempted to judge others through the prism of my limited view, I shift my focus to understanding them. Whenever I am about to lose my temper and throw a fit, I imagine the other person to be a small child. This automatically calms me down and makes me more sympathetic.
~Latika Teotia

Practice compassion !!!

All human beings evolve and grow with the passage of time- some are fast others take their own sweet time in doing so. It’s not for you to be judgmental about them, show patience, empathy and compassion. ~Latika Teotia