“Mast Raho”, used to be my brother’s favorite dialogue. Whenever I would approach him during a problematic solution, he would calmly access and solve it, saying, “Mast Raho”, which means be carefree. Years down the line, he still solves all the problems easily. Easily, not because the problems aren’t grave, but because he looks for solutions, instead of worrying.
I was quite opposite and used to take tension the moment a problem would pop up in front of me. And I took a lot of time to shun the practice of worrying about all the big and small things in life.
There used to be a poster in my room, during my late teens:
Why Do You Worry?
You are either going to live or die.
If you live, there’s nothing to worry.
If you die, you are either going to heaven or hell.
If you go to heaven, there’s nothing to worry.
If you go to hell, you will be so busy shaking hands with your friends,
that you won’t have any time to worry!
So, basically, the crux of the message was that there’s no point in worrying.
As we grow older, we get into the nitty gritty of the life complexities and so getting tensed or worrying is quite natural and unavoidable too. However, I have actually experimented this that when you pray to God, with all your faith, He listens. So, now instead of worrying, I have started praying.
So, ‘don’t worry, just pray’ has become my mantra.
Another thing that I have started following is- ‘don’t try to change others’ and simultaneously have accepted the fact- ‘to each his own.’ We all are born different and so have different interests and likings. So, if a person does what you don’t like, just ignore and accept that choices might differ! Yeah, that sounds difficult and even I am gradually trying to get this into my system!