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{D} is for Destiny’s Child: #AtoZChallenge

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I am catching up with Zara, at our favourite café . The usual conversation over house helps, children, technology taking over our lives, some silly anecdotes from our hearth and so on.  But I notice she is not completely there. Her mind seems to wander off.

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“Is everything ok, Zara”, I ask.

“Umm, kind of.” she replies wryly.

“Something’s amiss. Do you want to talk?” I ask reassuringly.

“I don’t know, if I should. You know I have trouble sharing my feelings.”

Zara is a bit of an introvert. Even with best friends like me she chooses to not share much.

“No worries. Whenever you are ready. It’s alright even if you don’t want to,” I say squeezing her hand affectionately.

Zara suddenly throws her arms up in despair, “You know karma is a b@$&#!” Her eyes start to well up.

“Why did Rohit have to die of an accident leaving me all by myself? Why are my teenage twins rebelling, and talking back all the time? Why do I have to listen to my mother-in-laws rants everyday, despite trying so hard to keep her happy every living moment? Life is so miserable. Guess it’s my karma and some really bad karma that I am carrying from my past life,” she let’s go all in one breath.

“Zara, karma can be both good and bad. It’s all karma and it’s something that you can change. You can transform the situations in your life, you can change your karma. Whoever said karma was something you have to live with was wrong,” I say to her with conviction.

Zara looks at me intently. “No, but I’ve always grown up hearing that karma is something I have to live with. I have to carry its burden for a lifetime and further.”

Smiling at her, I shake my head. “That’s so not true Zara. We all know, no one can avoid difficulties or problems. In my Buddhism practise we are encouraged to build happiness in the midst of reality, to grow, improve and become stronger while facing life’s challenges. We are taught to “Change our Karma into Our Mission.” To bring about transformation by working within.”

Nichiren Daishonin, the great Buddhist sage said, “Iron, when heated in the flames and pounded, becomes a fine sword. Worthies and sages are tested by abuse.”

“Similarly, we all have our own karma or destiny, but when we look it square in the face and grasp its true significance, then any hardship can serve to help us lead richer and more profound lives. Our actions in challenging our destiny and transforming it to make our lives better is an act of courage in itself.”

“Wow, I never perceived karma the way you describe it, Amayra,” says Zara, suddenly looking relieved and more relaxed.

“I already feel so much better. I’m going to stop complaining and start living my life positively and work on bringing about inner transformation, from now onwards. Thank you so very much, Amayra.”

“Anytime Zara, and anything for a precious friend like you. Now can we please go back to “discussing” that new glam diva who wears make-up to the gym.”

We both laugh with carefree abandon, while sipping our favourite Matcha green tea frappe.

 

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My theme for this year’s Blogging from A-Z Challenge is April Anecdotes. These are twenty-six compelling tales of some real people, and some not so real people. These tales will be surreal, peppered with a dose of non-fiction, but some might just be a figment of my over active imagination. You can read my theme here.

 

58 thoughts on “{D} is for Destiny’s Child: #AtoZChallenge

  1. As a firm believer of Karma, I’d say that it is a beautiful thing and very well justified.

    People should not blame Karma for everything, because as they say ‘Karma is a bitch, only if you are’.

  2. Two things grabbed my attention from this post – (a) Talking to friends is so great, they add so much value and positivity in our life. (b) To find happiness even when things arent perfect.
    A fabulous post, Natasha. I think, I needed to read this today. Thanks much ♥

  3. We cannot control everything in our lives but we can control our reaction and response, which can lead to a brighter future. Some people think there is nothing they can do to better their situation but there is.

    Really well done, Natasha. You explained it all so well and in a short amount of time.

    Emily In Ecuador | Dolphins – Puerto Lopez

  4. I would say when you put it like that, it stools being Karma and becomes our own actions. We could keep waiting for good things to happen to us in life or we could grab our life by the scruff of its neck and make it what we want it to be.

  5. You explained ‘Karma’ in a nice way. I guess Sokka Gakkai activities gives us the courage to redefine Karma and help us make something out of nothing. I am loving to read about SGI guidance in your post.

    1. Thank you dear Tina. I have imbibed so much though this practise, and I’m glad it came through this post of mine. I’m so glad it resonates with you. <3

    1. Anurag, I tried commenting on your post, but it won’t go through. Here’s my comment if you get a chance to read it:
      Eerie twist to the tale. Loving these unexpected endings that you come up with in these initially feel good tales.

      You know your craft so well Anurag. Kudos!

  6. So well it does seem nice at most times to put the blame on KArma. But the truth is misfortunes can befall on anyone, and no ones to be blamed for it. I would say, we just have to endure it sometimes. I know easier said than done, but thats actually the truth of life 🙂

    1. Yes, endure and work towards changing the negative patterns, and thereby transforming our lives for the better. Thank you for reading and writing your thoughts Ramya. 🙂

    1. Hello Surbhi, what I meant is our karma and destiny can all be worked upon and transformed through our efforts and mission in life. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

  7. Wow! Such an inspiring, such a wonderfully written story. Loved it , thoroughly and absolutely. I have seen people discouraging and dominating and silencing their fellow beings with the word ‘karma’ . I have seen them using it like a weapon, for belittling others and diluting their self-worth. This story could indeed be such a great antidote to so many others like Zara.
    Superb work! Shall see you again, tomorrow.

    1. Oh Moon, your words are always so precious. Thank you. Yes, it’s a vicious cycle and many of us fall pray to it, as that’s what we have grown up to hear. Karma is not a b$%^h. It’s something that we can change if we so desire to.

      I’m so happy to have you come by every day and motivate me. 🙂 Hugs <3

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