Conversation with a friend

Friend: Rohit why is my life so messed up? Why it can’t be like a normal person?
Me: What do you mean like a normal person?
Friend: Why I can’t live like my friend X? She has a boyfriend who loves her, her career seems to be sorted and she always seems to be happy. Where as what all I can see in my life are scars all over the place.
Me: Hmm … can you tell me when you look at a soldier what actually defines his strength? Is it his muscular body, or the number of medals he won, or the rank he is at?
Friend : Dunno
Me: It is his scars, which actually speak about his strength. They tell the story of his bravery in the battlefield, they say that he went out in the war and fought for his cause. So if you can see a lot of scars in your life, then it doesn’t mean that you have messed up all the time. It tells you that you were actually out there in the real world out of your comfort zone. Those scars are the experience which can help you to shape your future and those scars can be healing words for those who are going through similar situations.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others


This inspiring quote by Marianne Williamson is from her book, A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, Harper Collins, 1992. From Chapter 7, Section 3 (Pg. 190-191).

“I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details.” ~  Albert Einstein

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