Have you ever gazed into the dark dark sky at night? Away from the light noise of the busy city? Just staring into the not-so-empty sky leaves you that feeling how far away things are? I don’t remember what exactly triggered me to start with stars, but this certainly brings back childhood memory being a trivial person who simply loves knowledge. Encyclopedias were my best friend and being fascinated by the world and things around me just drove me from 1 level to another level of amazement (of the universe!).
Not losing sight is important
Years went by, and somehow the view of things became narrower..and narrower. So much emphasis, expectation and pressure is put unto you to strive, achieve and excel you lose sight of the bigger picture. Sounds familiar ? You thought you got everything in your hands when one by one the things which kept you going falls apart. The advance doesn’t look pretty good you slow down to a stall. ‘What IS wrong?’ your little mind wonder.. You now take a step back and try to put your life (again) into perspective, but you generally don’t see it. Took a step back again and you start seeing a pattern.
You’re in this syndrome of being too caught up with life you don’t know what you’re looking for. What you thought would make you happy aren’t really there to make you happy forever. They’re small doses of assumptions which fills you in but goes away more quickly than it came! Humm.. what do you do now? Go get yourself happy again ? That’s what we do don’t we as warriors of life? We fall but we get up again, but to what extent of success and meaning?
We ‘run’away from the reality of life just to get a life. And just as you thought all is settled…damn..its back to square one again. Perhaps you weren’t looking for the right things in life?
Compare and know where you are
Let’s continue our gaze at the dark blanket of night. You see the moon… It has continued to orbit and shine the earth at its darkest hours — not just once…but many times for billions of years. If you’re the moon and think you’re small and not living it up to expectation, hey, I think you’ve done a pretty good job being out there as an orbit partner for more than 4.5 billion years. Talk about commitment! If there was no moon, the earth would be so dark at night you trip and fall just looking for a torch light ! Oh well, the things we take for granted !
Say earth, if you think you’re so big, count how many of you when standing next to each other will cover big brother sun in diameter..? Freaking 109 ! (and 1.3m earth to fill it completely) . That’s how just how ‘big’ you are dear earth? And those things who runs the earth and thinks reallllllyy big of themselves? Owh..you mean those humanoids who think highly of themselves? Well, let’s just assume they forgot to view the speck of stars dusting the night sky and how they are only a tiny not even a fraction of the whole universe (note: think beyond Milky Way) . We’re part of a bigger constellation, and our Sun is still considered a small star compared to other super giant stars.
Every time you think you’re about to hit another wall in life, think how big our galaxy is and how vast the universe you can’t see its horizon. They’re just billions of ‘things’ going about out there for a billion billion years, and here we are trying to sort our lives out. The creations are made to perfect each other with its perfect orbit, tilt, speed (ok I admit that’s it how I can describe my ‘space’ wonder knowledge!) — well , so much so it doesn’t collide into each other. Have ever not wonder ? I am sure there’s a greater (GREATER) planner out there who makes sure you everything stays in perfect order. Are we not that GREAT planner of our own….life?
Milkyway but Twirly !
Think of it again..First,there should be no one who should dictate YOUR life (coz its yours). Secondly, heck, what’s this I’m big and better you ball game? Think PLANETARY.. whether you’re the moon, Earth or whatever, who cares? The bigger you think you are just shows how ‘tiny’ your view of the world is (no, like literally). So ..pity on those people who thinks and feel that way. Everything seems to twirl around in the name of dollar signs, status, lineage, and ability to dictate that other people are inferior just because they don’t own what you have. I seriously, seriously pity these kinds as they’re missing a wholllleee lot out there. Seems like the sun is shining on them all day but they forget that their lives are too short to be wasted on little minuscule things like this.
Sounds familiar? Or am I making this sound a little hard for you imagine? You see family members fights over who takes ownership of some property their parents left behind? Or colleagues who speaks non-stop of his or her 4- or 5-digit expenditure? and oh, even worse, segregating Chanel-iers and lemmee see….. Guess-ers? Think of it again, the higher you are in the rank of materialism or status, all these things gets a little upgrade..what you thought was good enough for you is now no good as it doesn’t represent that current level of you. Hence you keep changing for the sake of changing. Friends, friendships, familial ties, love, sincerity, loyalty…warmth. Your life just becomes so cold and stiff like a frozen meat you lose sight of what this life is really about. What has become of you..?
The river of life
I remind myself of my humble beginnings, the mistakes which I have done, the potholes I’ve stumbled and fallen into, the thunderstorms and hail stones episodes.. well, these are all episodes, and episodes past. You fall, and you regain your posture and balance. But what does it all really mean to you? That you’re a survivor? My best definition of a survivor is a person who knows himself and herself better and better as he gets tested over and over. He realizes those who really cares for him, and those who really will stand for him in the test of time. He endures the darkest times of his life and stay true to what HE really wants in life, and not what other’s expect of him you know, so that he’ll fit in a certain status. He walks the shoes of people who are less privileged than him and he is challenged with the happiness of simple people around him. What makes them happy — he wonders again..
No strings attached might not be the answer — he wildly thought.. you need things to pull you down on the ground. So what is it ?? Ahah… Being grateful ! Thankful. Syukur. Syukur with what you have and spreading kindness and justice with everybody you meet. Taking your responsibilities and always have good thoughts on others.
Now…lets see if this test works. Pick one of the ungrateful person you’ve met in your entire life… See out of these 4 characteristics which I have mentioned, and compare it with this person.. Does he bother to help you when you’re in the need? Does he help you only when asked..? Does she belittle you in front of everybody just to make you look bad..? Does she deny your right and treats you indifferently just because you’re not from her ‘kind’? Does she ever compliment you? Is he or she alwaysss looking for your slack and slips..? Does he expect help from you and not bothering to lift any fingers when you ask for help?
In a nutshell
The rough summary which you’d probably get here is either 1) a grateful person is a happy person or 2) a happy person is normally those grateful ones
Share me your thoughts– as this is something we talk over and over through our span of life just with different words, descriptions and terminologies..
As I figured out while orchestrating my fingers across my keyboard is that — I was actually replaying videos of Felix Baumgartner’s free fall from space when I recently started this fresh interest looking into all things astronomical and vast.
Readers, bloggers, and ehem..silent followers… if you ever think you’re having an awful terrible day (ie. your boss indicating that its difficult for him to give you a 3 this financial year — or a family member ruined your vaca), think big, way and beyond. That moment will pass and You should start taking a grip of your life. Remember I told you of stars and galaxies which has been around for billion of years and not colliding ?? Well, be that planner and stop being a kid! You can do it, persevere and always always be thankful with what you have. Never cease your prayers just when you think you’ve lost hope. Keep it coming and never undermine its power. Be kind and loving to everybody even when they’re treating you like a stinky poo.
Feel you need a break? I will recommend you star gazing and start re-educating yourself on how enormous the universe is and how we’re invisible we are from the celestial point of view. Subhanallah, Glory to Allah for all his Creations.
Have a blessed and wonderful May everybody.