Aha! Now where does one find joy? I unexpectedly experienced the purity of the emotion, when I suddenly spotted the roses blooming in my small terrace garden. Oh! But how come I had missed them earlier..? That is because they were hidden behind an overgrowth of rose-leaves. Quite some time back I had planted a rose creeper in my small little green patch, with the hope that it would form a pretty trellis around my verandah. The sight of these blooms filled my heart with an immense sense of joy and hope, and seemed to renew my faith in the thought, that yes, life is beautiful. I found joy when I was least expecting it, so much like life!
Now, for those who garden on a regular basis would know that rose creepers are slow growers, unlike say a lot of other flowering creepers. My creeper taught me an important lesson in patience. I would look it up, now and then, and feel disappointed at the pace of growth. Most of the times, I would be disappointed not to see bunches of blooming roses that I was so expecting. No wonder they say, expectations kill joy.
It was in one of those moments when I was just alone with myself, and enjoying my own company and solitude, that I spotted the blooming roses. They were in full bloom, when I spotted them. Obviously, I had missed them earlier; no surprises for guessing why; my mind was too pre-occupied.
Sometimes the excessive stimulation of our senses via too many conversations, readings or activities, just jades our perceptions, rather than enhances it.
My learning from my blossoming roses; take some time out everyday to feel my own breath, listen to my own thoughts and savor my feelings.
Someone has wisely said, ‘It is the most ordinary things, that create our extraordinary moments everyday.’