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Lessons of life

mumbai Updated: Jul 19, 2011 01:12 IST
Divya Kapoor

Being the youngest in the family, I was always a pampered child. With two elder brothers, I always used to say that I was a child of ‘four parents’. Often, too much affection poisons life.

Over a period of time, I became arrogant and overconfident and thought that I was above everyone and had all the power in this world. Gradually, I started disrespecting others and became more haughty. Soon people around me started giving me signals that I wasn’t a good teenager. And then an argument took place between me and my brother and I insulted him badly. It was too much for him to take and the level of insult moved him to tears. He was hurt and said, “You are nothing but an obstinate, mean and selfish person.”

That was an unforgettable day of my life and now I understand it to be an eye-opener. Those tears still move my heart. Slowly, I started working on myself because all those people who loved me, my friends, family and many others were hurt by my behaviour. It wasn’t that these people left my life, but they were not interested in my life too. I started analysing myself and understanding how I was causing destruction to my soul.

To overcome all the negativities of my life, I started doing meditation, which helped me in uniting my

soul and body. It was like a rebirth. I recall reading somewhere that, “A quiet mind is God’s workplace and an empty mind is a devil’s workshop”.

Over a period of time, I filled my life with positivism and sanity and became a humble soul. I started respecting people around me and myself too.

Humility and honesty are gifts from God and even nature follows the rule of submission. Always, a bent and bowed tree bears fruits and a straight tree is cornered. When one is good to others, one is best to oneself. And today, my mother tells me that I have become as good as one could be.