Happy together. It is a gift
One is destined to meet people through life and many a times one comes across a dear friend suddenly during a particular situation in life when one least expects to have any help. This happened with me, and I found that just when I was at my lowest and suffering from a prolonged bout of illness. Those were depressive days when I would lie weakly on my bed and wonder what was the purpose of my life? Why did my parents give birth to me? In fact, I had prolonged discussions with my father and asked him why he had brought me into the world when he could into ensure that I would have a good life. I seem to be in constant conflict with myself. My thoughts were always centered around myself. Always dissatisfied always frustrated and always tense – I thought many a times of finishing off my life as it seemed to be going nowhere!
Then like a fine ray of sunshine that works its way through the tiniest crevice into a darkened room someone came into my life and turned things around. This was such an incident in my life that has left an indelible mark on my life. This friend of mine was a simple young girl who happened to smile at me as I sat on a chair near my house. I was attracted by her simple and open smile which seemed to promise a lot of well being and positive energy as I sat looking at her. As I watched her, she walked up to me and said that she had just shifted into the neighborhood and was surprised to see me. When I told her about my ill-health she was sorry for me, and this was the beginning of a long and endearing friendship. Every day she would come to visit and just being in her company had a tremendously positive influence.
Slowly I regained my strength and because of my friend’s positivity and sunny nature I too began to develop a happier countenance. There was a great change in my way of facing the world. I even improved my relationship with my father as we opened up our communications once again. I realized how much he cared for me but because of circumstances had been unable to care for me as he would have wanted to. I was thankful for my friend, who brought back such beauty and caring into my life.
The best turn that my friend did for me, however, was when she quietly advised me to rise above my striated circumstances and change my life around. She suggested the pathways for me for obtaining an education abroad that would not only equip me with the necessary confidence but also the skills and knowledge to become leader in the field I chose. Her constant spurring had its impact, and I found myself working diligently towards obtaining an opportunity to study abroad. My father too gave his blessings and said he was proud to have me as a daughter. I felt a superb energy surging through being as I made my plans and through sustained hard work.
Today, as I sit back and think about the wonderful way in which my life has turned around I cannot but help think about the tremendous value friends and family, have in life. No matter how tough the path they are always there too. Not only do they encourage us when the path is difficult they also guard us from succumbing to the easier but perilous ways of life. I am most grateful that I have been lucky enough to have friends and family to support me through some of the worst periods of my life. The lesson I have learnt was to put the maximum value on friends and family as they alone singly can bear my burden on their shoulders even better than me. Their love is unconditional and forever.