In an eastern folklore story, a horse ran away from the stable and the next morning the neighbor of the horse owner came to sympathize with his situation and said, “it’s bad luck that you lose a horse”. After a week the same horse came back with another wild horse and the horse owner was very happy. As the neighbor got to know the incident, he came to encourage the horse owner and said, “it’s good luck that it’s because of that day loss you got a new horse today. Early morning the son of the horse owner took the wild horse for taming and while taming the horse kicked and broke his leg. Like a good neighbor, the same man paid another visit and sympathize saying, “it’s bad luck, it’s because of that day your horse ran away and brought this wild horse, your son had to break his leg.” The next morning everything was normal but during lunch, the gang of local thugs came to forcefully recruit the horse owner’s son in their gang. But as they saw his condition, they withdraw their plan and went back without the boy. By the evening it becomes the gossip of the day and the neighbor visited and said, “Brother, it’s really good luck, if your son hasn’t lost his leg today, you would have to lose your son.” Finally, the man replied, “in one single episode of my life so many new things are happening, how can I say, which is good luck and bad luck for me and why all this is happening?”
Indeed, every now appears in a new way and enfolds a new lesson. We always try to define TIME according to its outcome, whereas in reality every time we fail. The truth about time – the time is always inconsistent. And the American Novelist, Sir Nathaniel Hawthrone said,
Time flies over us, but leaves its shadows behind.
The shadows of time are “the memories” and I cherish them. We always treasure chat histories, old pictures and letters from our friends and family. Good memories refresh the relationship, at times it reignites our first love and revitalizes the bonding but Bad memories give us pain, push us into discouragement and drains our mental health. Refraining from the difference of time, we can say – MEMORIES ARE POWERFUL REMINDERS.
On 1st January 2019 afternoon, I went to the church and the sermon preached at the church convicted my heart. I felt sorry for keeping my anger against one of my dear ones. At church, I decided to clean-up the bitterness and the same night by God’s grace I was able to deal with it. Alike every other time, I hoped now no more anger – no more bitterness – it’s goona all good but alas… after some days the same problem – the same issues – some more heartaches and in fact towards the end of the year things went a little worse.
Now turning to the pages of professional life diary, let me start the tour from 2018 end. The 2018 end was not that jovial time of my professional life, there were some worries, some hopelessness, and some regrets. In the midst of these mundane experiences, I had to kick 2019 and prayed to God for the renewal of my strength, restoring my focus and reigniting my vision. Amazingly, God answered almost all of the prayers in concern to my professional life.
In a few moments, we will step into 2020. But both the folklore & the personal memories reaffirms us one thing – “TIME IS INCONSISTENT AND UNCERTAIN”. No one guarantees there will be no more sorrow and no more pain. The obscurity of the future repeats the same question – WELL, WHATS THE HOPE FOR ME THAT I WILL CLING UPON TO TREAD UNTO THE UNKNOWN – 2020?
As the answer to the question, I am reminded with the first stanza of the poem “God Knows” written by the British Poet Minnie Louise Haskins –
“I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely to the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than the light and safer than a known way.
Probably, that’s the right answer! Since God eternally exists and is above the time, He knows the future better than any human mind would perceive. Trusting His power would be best because He is not a human who changes with the course of time and the graph of self profit margins.
“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
God be with you in your 2020 journey!
Happy New Year.