When things don’t seem to be working out; when gloom envelopes you and the world seems to be a dark place; when your mind is constantly searching for some hope; when your very soul seems disturbed do NOT be afraid. Don’t lose hope; this is a temporary phase and it too will pass. Have faith and believe in yourself. ~Latika Teotia
Unless you risk and break free of the bars that hold you caged you won’t gain something which can take you to even greater heights. Gather all the courage; dare yourself to challenge the limits and cross the threshold of fear as well as anxiety- something better awaits you at the other end. Those who wait for fruits to fall wait longer than those who pluck it off the tree. ~Latika Teotia
When crisis emerge , most of us become so hard on ourselves that we start hurting those who love and care for us the most. We get tempted to give up on our purpose. We begin to compromise on our values . We get into wrong company or relationships or else build walls around us…
It is okay for the time being to get discouraged, disillusioned or disheartened but the first thing which needs fixing is “OUR ATTITUDE” .
I know it is very difficult to remain positive and calm in such times ‘But’ we have to consciously try our best to stay strong by building faith in God. We might not be able to change our circumstances but we can for sure cooperate with God and have patience. Maybe God is rearranging our lives and it is taking us where we need to be. Let the light of our faith in the Lord be our guiding light .
Last but not the least, we should not lose love for our loved ones and most of all love for ourselves. Be believing !!! ~Latika Teotia
If your heart is bent on accomplishing something and you are determined to achieve it- come what may- then, no power on Earth can stop you from achieving it. It may not happen immediately but eventually you will be able to make your dream come true. So don’t give up; be resolute and stay focused. It’s those that dream to fly who grow wings.~Latika Teotia
We worry too much about the future and the unknown with the result we forget to enjoy our present. We pay too much heed to trying to be a ‘know all’ and thereby end up confusing ourselves. Let it be. Don’t overstretch yourself, be grounded, have faith and let things unfold themselves. Don’t try to control things and don’t be overly concerned about what the future holds. There is joy in unexpected pleasant surprises. There is so much that life has to offer. Accept it. Trust God and His mysterious ways to lead as well as guide us. ~Latika Teotia
I don’t want to be stuck in the past remembering (and regretting) all that had gone wrong and be scared of facing the future.
So, O God, please give me the courage to get rid of my fears as well as insecurities and let me face the world boldly. Make me believe in myself so that I can take a positive step towards my growth. ~Latika Teotia
In life we have two very clear choices; either keep remembering and reliving the painful past of disappointments, failures, heartbreaks, dismay, depression and so on or hug the joy of God’s grace as well as His love. I choose the latter because life is full of challenges- disappointments, failures and so on are a part of it.
There’s no point in brooding over the pain of yesteryears; it’s time to seek His guidance to lead a blissful and graceful life. Let go of the past and turn to the future with new hope; I’m sure it has a lot of good things in store for you. Go ahead, enjoy your present and let the future surprise you. ~Latika Teotia
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.
Dear God, I have been through various ups and downs and finally it has dawned on me that I’m nothing without your guiding light. I’m ready to see and feel your miracles. I’m ready to see the actual purpose of my life. Accept me, bless me and take me into your fold once again. I know that I’ll now be able to better understand, appreciate and value your blessings. I’ll never take them for granted. I’m ready for your miracles and appreciate the gift of life that Thou hast bestowed upon me. Show me light, give me wisdom, hold my hand and lead me on O Lord. ~Latika Teotia