Sun woke up today like any other day, To spread its fragrance to the eastern skies, However, to its sheer surprise, Streets are vacant only for good, now, that A thick sheet of smoke isn’t blocking its way Kissing the earth’s surface never seemed so beautiful The virus is in town, and clutter is at bay
Helping its way to cross the roads Not even once had to stop, for finishing up the course Longing for that nap for an undisturbed while Friends on a leash not to be seen for a mile Masters in the balcony, calling for help Animals sighed, “It’s our turn now, and its high time you bet”
These skins are paler, these nights are longer These days are wearier, these healths are bleaker These halls are emptier, these hugs are scarce The future is scarier, the vaccine is farther
In the midst of all of these,
Those skies are bluer, those mists are cooler Those stars are brighter, those winds are kinder Those trees are greener, those ants are calmer Those pals are closer, those horns are lighter Those bonds are stronger, those hearts are warmer
Lockdowns are prettier, for you and for you being here.
Do you feel a weird kind of hollowness in your life? You work very hard with intensity and resilience every day, but still, something doesn’t add up. You feel like you are not delivering to your full potential. We all feel this way but couldn’t know the root cause behind it. Don’t we?
Keep reading further and see for yourself if the argument sheds some light on this subtle paradox.
BOTTOM LINE : If you want to feel complete, resourceful and enriched then find harmony with yourself. It starts from within.
There is no such thing as BAD or GOOD emotions. Emotions are not supposed to be judged. Feel them and accept them with open arms. Your every emotion (guilt, fear, anger, etc.) can be clearly linked to your values [THEY HIGHLIGHT YOUR VALUES].
You must own your emotions, not the other way around. Emotions [are/could] either be uncomfortable or comfortable for you.
If they are uncomfortable, that means the source of that emotion isn’t in harmony with your existing values.
Every emotion either conforms to your values ORacts as a signboard/navigator to your disorientation with your values.
Before we figure out what the difference is, let’s find out what affection really is.
It is something that makes us harder to get unattached from. An uncontrollable pull towards something or someone. And, to attain something or someone, we end up investing everything we own for a person or a thing.
We are always in an illusion that affection is nothing but our intense form of love. Isn’t it right? Don’t we think affection/attraction is the same as Love?
If you think about it more closely, you will know that there is a significant difference between the two.
When there is love for a person – you try to give happiness to that person.
However, when there is affection for a person – you treat the other person as a means for your own happiness.
When there is love for a person – you don’t keep yourself as the center of everything. It is all about the other person.
However, when there is affection for a person – you are the center of all. It is all about you.
When there is love for adesignation or a position – you would work on yourself to deserve that position.
However, when there is affection for a designation or a position – you would be ready to achieve it by any unethical means possible.
When there is love for having a good fortune – you would work hard to get it.
However, when there is affection for having a good fortune – you would try to steal it.
If you have affection for someone, you tend to consider that person as a means for all your happiness. And, when you don’t get that person – your whole life turns upside down. Isn’t it so?
Now that you know the difference, how can you save yourself from affection? Is there a way out?
Yes, there is. Just turn your affection into love. As simple as that. Understand that your own happiness or sadness can’t be based on a person or a thing. Your happiness or sadness is your internal affair. It is the nature of your soul.
Affection always tries to bind you – that is why it is the reason for your sadness. On the other hand, Love offers freedom – that is why it is the basis of happiness. Think about it.