In the times far removed from our technology-driven decision-making, old age was synonymous with wisdom. The halo surrounding the ‘old age’ resulted from the belief that their experience accumulated over a lifetime gives you a kind of wisdom that textbooks hardly cover. Well, if old age gives you wisdom, what about eternity? Doesn’t that make the ‘ancient’ heavenly bodies like the Sun, Moon and Earth wiser than all of us? After all, they have preceded all of us and have been there, doing whatever they do since eternity.
Read on to find out what life lessons you can draw from these heavenly bodies:
Feeling too lazy to hit the gym? Well, I am sure that if a planet the size of Earth can stick to its routine, you can too. Learn to be disciplined like the Earth. Have you ever seen earth slacking off and extending the day by a few hours; or stretching the year by a few more days or months. I’m sure it does, but even that has a pattern. Every fourth year is a leap year the length of the days varies only on solstice and equinox. No matter what, the earth sticks to its cycle and makes sure that it continues with its efforts, day and night, practically.
Lesson#2 : Be creative and break the monotony
Not all of us can be rock-stars, right? While some lucky people have the enviable jobs, such as the astronauts, wine-tasters or the crew members on a luxury cruise, most of us lesser mortals have to sit at one place for a long part of the day, pushing papers or rattling keyboards or doing whatever our job entails. The truth is that some jobs are inherently monotonous and if you do not have the luxury to toss away that jab ‘because it is monotonous’, you better learn to be creative so that the monotony of your work doesn’t weigh you down.
Remember, the earth came up with leap years and solstice, just to beat the monotony of day and night, 365 days a year.
Lesson#1: What goes up also goes down
The gem of our solar system, the star of our show – the Sun is celebrated and worshipped because it is the life giving force of the universe. But even the star of our show has to go down. After outshining everything else for a better part of the day, the star fades into obscurity by night, giving way to a humble moon, which doesn’t even have its own light.
So, next time, if you are feeling too arrogant about your talent, wealth or your place in the world, remember even the brightest Sun fades away after a while. Don’t let your success go to your head.
Lesson#2: Dust yourself and rise up again
If you have been down and out thinking about giving up, here is the lesson from our wise Sun- DON’T. It goes into obscurity, defeated by a lowly Moon, but it doesn’t lose hope, doesn’t give up and rises again the next morning; goes through this cycle of defeat every day, only to rise and shine. If Sun can do it and has been doing it for eternity, what makes you think of giving up?
Lesson#1: Don’t be afraid to stand out
If you have ever been in a situation where you stood out because you were different, and you doubted your abilities, this lesson is meant for you. if the Moon had allowed itself to think who will look at a puny Moon, when there are millions of dazzling stars in the sky, it would have never succeeded in its endeavours. It never doubted its ability to shine and never allowed itself to be overwhelmed by the odds. And see where it got – not only did it get noticed, but also became our beloved ‘Chanda Mama’ and earned a place in our lives, rituals and festivals. Did stars get any of that attention? I don’t think so.
So, next time, you are afraid of standing out from the crowd. Just go with it and give your best shot.
Lesson#2: Don’t let your appearance bother you
Have you seen dark patches on the surface of the Moon? Many people think that they mar the beauty of the moon. But does the moon care? No, it comes out at night, does its job and leaves in the morning. And it is doing an efficient job, soothing the surface of the earth parched by the scorching rays of the sun. Despite its own scars, it makes sure to add beauty to the dark night.
So, don’t let your appearances come in the way of your job. Work hard and try to make a difference. Remember, people might not remember you because of your looks, but because of your deeds.
So, next time you feel low on life, look to the ancient wisdom under your feet or shining brightly outside your window. I am sure you can draw a lesson or two.
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