Now it’s time for you to move on !!!

God sends His Angels, disguised as human beings, when we feel that we are in deep trouble or when nothing seems to go right or when we feel lonely and unloved or when our world appears to have turned topsy turrvy. They appear out of the blue, put our life back on rails and depart.

The problem with us is that we get so attached to them that we just can’t reconcile to the idea of their ever leaving us- little realizing that they have temporarily come into our lives and are supposed to leave once their mission is accomplished. We mistake them for the people who are a permanent part of our lives and don’t understand why they should ever leave us. We find it very painful and have utmost difficulty in letting them go.

The essence of life is that we are all transient, each of us has a particular role to play that God has already scripted for us and after performing our parts we too must to bid adieu. The earlier we accept this the happier and more at peace we will be. ~Latika Teotia

Be content with what you have !!!

Quite often I have conversations with my own self in my ‘me moments’ and take stock of my life. I express gratitude to God for what I have. I have learnt in the course of these ‘me moments’ that it’s best not to pursue what you cannot change and hanker for something which isn’t yours. Being envious of others for what they have doesn’t help; you have no idea what problems the others faced before they got what they have. Be content with what you have; God has already doled out what is yours and it will come to you in its own time. No amount of fretting or fuming will help in trying to get what’s not meant to be yours. Trust God and enjoy His gifts. ~Latika Teotia

Step Up !!! Forgive !!!

When we get hurt or jilted or have been the victim of something, the first reaction is to seek revenge. We get so blinded by our anger that we forget that the Lord had said that vengeance was His. We forget that forgiveness brings better peace than does revenge. Why poison someone when you can do the same thing with sweetness? I will narrate a small story to illustrate my point.

A farmer had a neighbour who was a hunter and who owned ferocious but poorly trained hunting dogs. They frequently jumped the fence and chased the farmer’s lambs. The farmer asked his neighbour to keep his dogs in check, but it fell on deaf ears.
One day the dogs jumped the fence and attacked the lambs severely injuring several of them in the process. The farmer had had enough, and went to the town to complain. The wise judge listened patiently to his woes and then said, “I can punish the hunter and instruct him to keep his dogs chained or lock them up. But you would lose a friend and gain an enemy. Which would you rather have, friend or foe for a neighbour?” The farmer replied that he preferred a friend.
“Alright, I will offer you a solution that will keep your lambs safe and will also help in keeping your neighbour a friend.” He heard the judge’s solution and agreed to give it a try.
Next day he took two of his best lambs and presented them to his neighbour’s two small sons. Naturally, they were thrilled with joy and began to play with them. To protect his sons’ newly acquired playthings, the hunter built a strong kennel for his dogs. Since then, the dogs never again bothered the farmer’s lambs. Out of gratitude for the farmer’s generosity toward his sons, the hunter often shared with the farmer the game he had hunted. The farmer too reciprocated by sending the hunter cheese whenever he used to make it. This way, within a short time, the neighbours became good friends.

It is said that you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. It pays to forgive, forget and move on. So keep your temper in control, overcome your desire for vengeance and free yourself from a self created prison.
~Latika Teotia

Be peaceful on purpose !!!

Don’t be overwhelmed by your problems; instead have full faith in God. You never know He may have much bigger plans and much better things lined up for you. ~Latika Teotia

 

Walking in faith !!!

Trusting God when all is well is not the real test; the actual trial is when we are passing through difficult times and we show full faith in Him. ~Latika Teotia

Trust God !!!

We undergo all kinds of pain and misery. There are times when nothing works well and the future appears to be bleak. There appears to be no end in sight and no relief from the continuous misery. We must always trust God and pray but it is times such as these that we must turn to Him with even bigger zeal. He is our Saviour and He alone can show us a way out. Adversity teaches us to be brave and we come out that much stronger from the experience. Perhaps, God wants to make us strong and independent, therefore, He is trying to remove our crutches- our over dependence on someone or something. This reminds me of a story about a poor family and their cow.

Once upon a time in a far away land, there lived a wise teacher and his disciple. During one of their travels, they came upon an extremely poor family staying in a miserable hut in a desolate place where there were hardly any crops or greenery. A man lived with his wife, three young children and a thin, tired looking cow. Since they were hungry and thirsty, the wise man and his disciple stopped for a few hours and were well received. The family shared whatever little they could with them. Later, the wise man thanked the owner and asked him, “This is a very poor and desolate place, far away from anything. I can see hardly any crops or vegetables growing. How do you survive?”

The man replied, “You see that cow? That’s what keeps us going. She gives us milk, some of it we turn into cheese. We go into the city and exchange the milk and cheese for our needs – including food. When it rains we try to grow some vegetables wherever we can because it is rocky and there hardly any good land. That’s how we survive.”

The wise man thanked them for their hospitality and left. When he reached the first bend in the road, he said to his disciple, “Go back, get the cow, take her to that cliff in front of us, and push her off it.”
The disciple could not believe his ears. “I cannot do that, master! How can we be so ungrateful, cruel and heartless? The cow is all they have. If I throw it off the cliff, they won’t be able to survive. Without the cow, they’ll all die!”
The wise man took a deep breath and repeated the order- a little firmly this time. Though outraged, the student obeyed his teacher. He returned to the hut, untied the cow and quietly led it to the edge of the cliff from where he pushed it. The animal fell down and died.
As the years passed by, remorse for what he had done never left the disciple. One day, the guilt became too much to bear so he left the wise man to see the family of that little hut. He wanted to find out what had happened to them; to help them out, apologize or somehow make amends. Upon rounding a turn in the road, he saw that in place of the poor miserable hut stood a beautiful house with trees all around, a well manicured lawn, a swimming pool and several cars in the garage- in short a prosperous looking place. The family was celebrating their first million dollars.
The heart of the disciple froze and wondered what could have happened to that poor family. Without a doubt, they must have been forced to sell their land and leave. Perhaps at this very moment they must all be begging on the streets of some city. He approached the house and asked them the whereabouts of the family that had lived in poverty there several years ago.

“You’re looking at that family,” said the man. At that instant the disciple recognized the owner of the poor hut, only now he was much healthier, happier and confident. The woman too looked happy and the children were now healthy good looking teenagers.
He was dumbfounded, and asked, “What happened? I was here with my teacher a few years ago and this was a miserable place. There was nothing. What did you do to improve your lives in such a short period?”
The man looked at the disciple and replied with a smile, “Yes I remember you and the wise man. After you left, our cow strayed and fell off the cliff. When I went down, I found it dead. Initially I cursed my bad luck. But we had no time to cry. In order to survive, we had to start doing other things. We discovered skills we didn’t even know we possessed. Because we were forced to come up with new ideas, new ways of doing things, we prospered and are now much better off than before.”
At times our biggest obstacle is over dependence on something fragile. The crutches that should be helping us to move ahead become chains that hinder our growth. So, perhaps, God wants to “push your cow off the cliff” and make you aware of your strengths. Trust Him and turn to Him for guidance.
~Latika Teotia

Live a life of goodness !!!

We are always in conflict with our own selves. There are two kinds of voices within all of us- the voice of love, empathy, compassion, reason, care for others and so on while the other one is of selfishness, greed, mistrust, jealousy, fear, anxiety and so on. The first voice is benevolent, kind, trusting, and benign; it can be related to our higher selves and puts us at ease. The other one is full of anxiety, distrust and fear; it relates to our lower selves and will never allow us to be at peace.

God created us in His own image, so we have no right to let Him down. Live a life full of care, empathy and compassion. Do not compare yourself with others, nor should you be overly concerned about what others might think of you or bother yourself if others are doing better than you. Just do what your conscience dictates to you; listen to the first voice and live a life of goodness.

Learn to be patient when something goes wrong !!!

Everything happens for a reason and because it’s in the overall scheme of things that God has planned. Whether it’s happiness or sadness, success or failure, good times or difficult ones He knows about it all. So take everything as the will of God. I know it’s easy to be grateful when things are going your way and all is well. But we must learn to be patient when something goes wrong. Do not despair. Pray and allow God to move you from despair to hope; fear to calmness; helplessness to confidence and weakness to strength. God has the power to set everything right- place all your trust in Him.
~Latika Teotia

Always have faith in God !!!

Always have faith in God, never doubt and never question Him. Strange are His ways and you should be prepared to accept whatever He does in the right spirit. He has planned everything and you are no exception. He will do what is right for you. Be patient. Always trust His wisdom and have faith in Him. Rest assured He will see you on the other side safe and sound. ~Latika Teotia

Thank you God !!!

Thank you God for always guiding me and holding my hand. I feel secure in the knowledge that you are always there and will not let me fall. I have the confidence that you will come to my rescue when the going gets rough or tough. I feel blessed to receive your unfailing love. Please always stay with me and lift me above petty jealousies as well as small living. I want to make you proud. Keep your light shining on me. Amen. ~Latika Teotia