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Vineet Mani, Hindustan Times
January 08, 2012
The car was moving at a normal pace but the person sitting inside the car seemed restless. The car was passing by a narrow road running in the midst of snowy hills. The sun was shining bright, a pleasant breeze was blowing making tall trees swing. The chirping of birds and sounds of different animals was adding to the beauty of the milieu. The beautiful scenery was just perfect and may be imagined as beautiful lines of a Nature-loving poet or the casual paintings of a carefree artist. But the person sitting inside the car had no concern to appreciate the beauty spread all around.

Occasionally, he looked sideways but paid no heed to Nature’s gift. He appeared to be interested only in reaching his destination. He preferred to be in his own world, totally ignoring nature’s beauty.

Life is a topsy-turvy curve and everyone faces challenges. As a child grows, the struggle and its intensity grows. The dominance of materialism has forced a majority of us to make undesirable compromises, many a times unwillingly.

We have lost the ways to spend our lives naturally. We are not willing and prepared to lead our childhood carefree moments of life any more. Is this a cumbersome exercise? Many of us who yearn to go back to such days might murmur yes as an answer to this question.

But the people who are growing closer to nature and self will raise a stiff objection. Ask them and they will say, just open your eyes, look around, set aside the day-to-day tension and troubles for a while and learn to relax.

You will be able to observe that the world around is as simple and beautiful as it always was. It depends on your being a little more receptive to the good things of life and nature’s bounties. It is our ignorance that keeps us blinded to the things we can enjoy and be one with nature.