Dearest Darling Bapu,
The ocean is very restless. Its restlessness, surprisingly, is never unsettling; it is peaceful. It is inspiring. So is your life. A few of your photographs, your actions, your speeches, shows to me a restless soul. However, your restlessness seems so purposeful. It is deeply inspiring. It wants me to dream more and do more.
Till today, my restlessness would make me feel awful. Today onwards it will make me do awesome things. My restlessness will be filled with positive energy. My restlessness will be purposeful and meaningful. It will not be like a lamb that smells a tiger nearby and is scared to death it will soon be devoured. It will be like the pulled string of the bow of an ace archer that is ready to work and live its purpose. It will be like the restlessness of an innovator who has a brilliant idea. It will be like the restlessness of a child who has performed better than expected and wants to share his exploits with his parents. It will be the restlessness of a devote who is about to experience the divine.
On your birthday, my birthday gift to you is, my restlessness will always be positive. It will lead to focus, purpose, evolution and meaningful contributions. Just like you dearest Bapu, I promise!
Nothing worthwhile can be achieved when I am busy feeling sorry for myself. When you were thrown out of the train, you did not resort to feeling sorry for himself. You took the initiative and moved into action. Rest is history.
When you were jailed multiple time, when Netaji left you and pursued armed struggle by raising an army, you did not resort to feeling sorry for yourself. You continued on your path doggedly through means that you believed was right. You lived an incredible life.
There are times in life, when I feel tempted to blame, complain and find an excuse to escape from creating an incredible
life for myself. How deeply I wish, others should do it for me. Maybe it is because, life has been relatively easy for me. Maybe, I have been pampered too much. I think, I desire the same forever. Ironically, Life has different plans. Hence, it tests me, nudges me, pushes me. It ensures there are enough things that do not go my way. When this happens, I feel sorry for myself. That is when I blame and hope, blaming will set things right. Blaming seems like such a natural and convenient response. I like to feel further let down when my blaming did not improve anything in my life. On your birthday, my birthday gift to you is, I will never blame or complain or give excuses. Just like you dearest Bapu, I promise.
Finally, your life is a brilliant example of Nothing incredible can be done in life, without incredible goals. You had an incredible goal. Independence through non-violence. Never before and never after, any other country in this world has achieved independence through non-violence. Under your leadership, with the co-operation of the mass Indians did the incredible. You made them do it for you had and you inspired others to have that incredible goal.
Before I leave this planet, my dearest Bapu, we too would have done a few incredible things. I promise!
My darling Reader friends, would you like to gift something to Bapu? That will be the best way to celebrate his birthday isnt it? He is no more there with us but every birthday he gifts us a holiday. How about a return gift for him?
Oh yes, do remember, once a gift is given, it cannot be taken back. This means, a promise you make needs to be a promise that will be fulfilled. I believe, our darling Bapu is waiting for our gifts.
With loads of love, prayers and best wishes,
As I LiveI Learn
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