From the distant lands,
Galloping on his horse,
Came the knight of her dreams,
Dusty and tired,
A freshness in the soul,
Heart bewitched, smile dazzling.
Months ago, when they had first met,
A city damsel, she was no match for him,
A guard of the royals,
Splendor befitted him, royalty trusted him,
She a prison woman, rugged hands,
With twinkling eyes and a happy heart.
Today, free of shackles, they stood beside,
Just two people, watching,
The Sun go down, one more time,
As he knelt on his knee and asked,
“Will you rescue me?”
Life throws challenges at all of us.
For some the challenge is to select a dress for the day out of a walk-in closet they own, for others it might be choosing the course which will have lesser impact financially or maybe seeing your own relatives disown you, or seeing your love fade away. Regardless of the stature and strength of the challenge faced, it is your move to tackle the challenge that counts.
Do you let the challenge make you or break you? Do you become the best or fall among the rest?
Of late, I have tried being empathetic towards others, always considering that something which I dislike in them comes from a struggle they’ve gone through or a challenge they’ve faced. Maybe it wasn’t part of their plan to be so rash, judgmental, overbearing, over possessive, or trashy, but life made them so.
The past few days have made me realize that it isn’t always life or the challenges they face which have are responsible for building a person’s character. It is about the person and his inner soul. It is about the person and his conscience. It is about the person and his expectations of himself.
Irrespective of what has happened to you or what you have gone through, It is you who decides what kind of a person you want to be.
Today, if you try to blame the unfairness of life for disrespecting a woman, for being coercive on your juniors, for not acknowledging your elders and parents, for pushing down someone who should ideally be pulled up, for breaking a friend’s trust, for shattering a child’s confidence, for ruining a person’s life, you should be ashamed of yourself. Ashamed. Period.
Look around, friends. See the diversity of human characters you have around you. Judge them from their reactions in the most uncomfortable situations.
Judge them not from what they’ve become in life, but from what they’ve become out of it.