His Plan & My Efforts Make the Best Combination
I have observed that many of us carry the unnecessary burden of these incidents as an unsolved mystery, as an extra luggage, all through our life.
Here are just a few of such incidents from my life which were a part of extra luggage, that I use to carry till recently.
All set to join my schoolmates for an educational tour, I developed chicken-pox and had to be contended at home. I was unable to understand, what went wrong ? Why did it happen to me alone ? Why couldn�t I go on tour with the school team as planned ? I had many questions but no satisfactory answers.
Couple of years later, when in college, I was one of the 20 probables, who were to receive specialized Cricket coaching and had a chance to make it to the University team.
My joy knew no limits. I was practicing very hard to make it to the team, when one fine morning, I broke two bones of my left arm, while attempting to complete a diving catch. Heavens came crashing down and I was holding my left arm in a cast, through a sling, for the next three months.
Cricket for a while was now a thing of past. I had the same set of questions hovering over my mind. And yet again there were no satisfactory answers. Why is it me ? Why me of all people in this world, had to go through this?
Then came the time in life, when it was like a dream come true. I got married to my longtime sweetheart in a grand wedding ceremony. We moved to our own dream home. Time was just flying and we felt like being at the top of the world.
Then, one night I woke up with a severe abdominal pain, only to be operated upon two days later. I was saved, but developed some post operative complications , only to undergo another major life saving surgery, a couple of months later.
I was away from active work life for about seven months. Didn�t know, why my life blessed with a perfect start had to go through these hurdles ? Why did it not happen the way we planned ? Why did it happen only to me ?
Yet again, I had questions , only questions, no answers.
A couple of years back, I was surfing through TV channels, when I happened to watch Indian movie superstar Amitabh Bachchan having an informal chat with some school children. And there he was narrating an incident from his childhood life , that not only answered all my questions but also made me free from the burden of the extra luggage, that I had been carrying on my mind, so long & till now.
Here is what Amitabh had said �.
Amitabh was in a boarding school, called Sherwood School, located in the hill town of Nainital, U.P., India. The Annual Day celebrations were just a few days away. Amitabh, a final year student of the school, was to play the lead role in the play that was one of the major attractions of that evening.
Amitabh�s father, Shri Harivansh Rai Bachchan, a well known poet of national and international fame, had also come to town to witness his son�s performance. Things looked set for a wonderful evening.
Amitabh developed high fever just a couple of days before the annual day and had to be admitted to a local hospital. Doctors ruled out any possibility of his attending the function, leave aside participation in the play.
The D-day arrived. Amitabh spent the School�s Annual Day, confined to the hospital bed, with tears in his eyes, his father by his bedside and a question on his lips as to what wrong had he done to have missed the golden chance to perform at the School�s final function.
His father replied � �Amit, my son, it would have really been very good if things had happened the way you planned, but consider it to be the best, if things have happened otherwise�.
Amitabh could not understand what his father meant to explain and how a missed chance could be the best thing to happen. He asked his father, why does he say so?
His father said, �Amit, you had decided to act in the play and participate in the Annual Day celebrations. It would have been good if things had worked your way.�
�But, he, the Almighty GOD had decided otherwise. As per his plan you were not to do so. And what he decides for you has to be nothing but the best. Isn�t it !�
As the words made sense, the meaning was understood. As per Amitabh, this was one of the learning that helped him keep that extra luggage out, all his life.
As I listened to Amitabh, I had found answers to many such unsolved questions of my life, too.
As I looked back, I found that GOD has been very kind to me. I had got much more than what I expected. Every unexpected and unforeseen turn of events in life had turned out to my benefit, in the ultimate analysis.
Well, now I know for sure, it had to be that way, because it was a combination of his plan and my efforts !
� Nitin Kulkarni
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