Friday, 11 July 2014

Mirrors

Alina rose out of bed to a glorious, bright, sunny morning. Her chirpy voice wonderfully complemented the free-spiritedness of the fresh summer breeze.
Adriana squeezed her eyes shut and crawled back into her sheets to stop the rays of light from blinding her. Dragging herself out of bed was always a task. What would she not give for an extra five minutes of precious sleep!

Every morning was an opportunity to embrace all the new things the Almighty bestowed upon her, according to Alina. She happily cinched through the day, trying to learn as much as she could, generously sparing smiles to all those who passed her way. "Life is beautiful! There are so many things to be thankful for!" reflected Alina as she looked at her world in wonder. At a distance, she noticed an old woman standing at the railway platform, looking for assistance to board the train. People were in a hurry to get to work but Alina was glad to see the lady getting the help she needed from quite a few kind souls. "It's good to see that the world is still filled with helpful people," she thought.
The morning was rough for Adriana. She struggled through the day, wishing fervently for it to end as soon as possible. She was irked at how slowly time passed by as she kept looking at her watch every few minutes. As soon as her shift ended, Adriana ran out of office in the same way as a trapped bird flies out of its cage at the slightest opportunity it gets. She noticed that her colleague had dropped some of his files but she decided to ignore him and walk past instead of staying behind to help.

Suddenly, without any warning, it started pouring cats and dogs. Alina stared at the street-children sailing paper-boats in the rain and dancing joyously. She stopped work for the day and joined them in their merry-making. The rains made her feel alive! It made everything even more wonderful! After a little bit of fun, she made her way back home, oblivious to the hardships that the rain caused many people to face. After all, a wet person is not afraid of rains.
Adriana frowned at the rain.  It was such a hassle! Roads were blocked and the cars were just dirtying her clothes by splashing muddy water all over when they passed by. "How can any sensible person enjoy the rains!"she wondered. The flooded roads made it impossible for her to walk home and there was no cab in sight. Untrusting by nature, she contemplated whether she should ask for a lift from one of the vehicles that rushed past and finally decided against it. "These days, no one helps anyone. I'll just be wasting my time," she speculated and sat at a deserted bus-stop praying for the rains to stop. Finally, after what seemed like eternity, it stopped pouring and tired and exhausted, Adriana returned to her abode.

"Today was so much fun!" marvelled Alina as she tucked herself in bed. Before falling off to sleep, she said a small prayer and thanked the Universe for all the blessings it had showered her way. Her eyes shut the moment her head hit the pillow. Alina never had any trouble falling asleep just like she had no issues getting up in the morning. According to her, the faster she slept, the sooner morning would arrive and present before her fresh opportunities for new beginnings.
"What an awful day!" thought Adriana as she climbed back to bed. Her body ached and she let out a groan. "I should be glad it's over but what's the point? Tomorrow, it will be a new battle all over again!" With these thoughts, she finally drifted off to sleep, hoping the few hours of slumber would be enough to help her survive yet another day of her cursed existence.

Both did not realize that life was neither a blessing nor a curse. Life was just mirroring them. Everyone they met and everything they experienced were simply mirrors that reflected parts of their own consciousness back to them, giving them a chance to really see themselves and to, ultimately, help them grow. The qualities they most admired in others were actually their own and the same could be said for the qualities of others that they disliked.
Life looked at itself through Alina's mirror and felt peaceful and content.
It then took a peek at itself through Adriana's mirror and looked disdained and lost.
What would Life look like if it looked at your mirror?

18 comments:

  1. Beautifully written Divya, the difference is all in our attitude indeed. If life were to look at my mirror it might feel contented for most part yet confused at times.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Reshma! The mirror looks hazy when one appears confused because the clear picture is not visible...The key is to remember that mirrors can be wiped clean :-) Have patience - out of the confusion, clarity does emerge :-)

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  2. Whoops the first comment I wrote disappeared without a trace ... :-D Blogger is messing up again.

    Anyway, I have read long ago that 'Life is what you make it.' It sure is true. It is wonderful to see that we share the same thoughts........... http://ellen-inretrospect.blogspot.com/2014/07/we-see-things-as-we-are.html

    Keep on writing and sharing your insights in the blog. Will be looking forward to more from you. Have a great day!

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    1. :-) Thank You, Ellen! It is people like you who have always inspired me to continue writing :-D

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  3. Mirror, mirror on the wall!
    I am glad that one of my reflections is Divya!!! <3

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  4. A nice take on life and I agree with your observation that life is a mirror of what we want to see:)

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  5. An insightful story, Divya! Qualities that you admire in others are actually our own and ones we despise are something we need to shed ourselves-great food for thought here. Well done!

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    1. Thanks, Uma! Glad you liked reading this one :-)

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  6. very well written!! life is how we think and see it.. a very good take!! :)

    http://touchingmyrainbow.blogspot.com/2014/07/abaya-stories.html

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    1. Thanks Deepika!! Looking forward to reading more from you!

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  7. Very nice thoughts Divya. I am happy to say my life would look like Alina's on most days. But there are Adriana days too!

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    1. It's ok - we all have our good days and bad :-)

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  8. Life is how you take it. If you are positive, everything would seem happy and bright. If you are negative, days will be dull and ad. Very beautifully illustrated :-)

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  9. You pose a great question - but sometimes it is just not an option, sometimes life doesnt mirror yourself, it mirrors something far more horrifying and that should factor into the equation.

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    1. It still mirrors you :-) Sometimes, we just don't realize it because we are engrossed in grappling with the horror!

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