I am watching a Netflix Series called ‘Panchayat’. It is based in rural India, a bit like my ancestral village. Imagine mud huts, the Baaing of goats, rooster crowing, water from hand pumps, and people resting under the Banana tree in front of the temple.

Anyways, in this series, one of the characters loses his son in the army. His wife had passed away, and his son was his only family – so you can imagine how devastating his son’s death was to him. In this series, he is still recovering from the tragedy. His friends look after him by ensuring he eats twice daily and sleeps properly. He does not want to go to his home – so they put a cot under a tree and keep an earthen pot with water next to it. Not once do they tell him to get over it – there is an understanding that sometimes you have to let things be. Some things are not meant to be forced or hurried. There is so much innate wisdom in these simple gestures, and most of it is instinctive.

Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality, it brings something entirely new into the world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness.

See, in the village, life moves at its own pace. There is an understanding that crops take their time to grow, weather can cause havoc, and government rules take forever, but life has to go on. There is acceptance and surrender to NOW at a very deep level. So, when they see their colleague coping with his son’s death, they don’t force him out of it, knowing very well that this will also pass, and hurrying will only delay the progress.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can and the Wisdom to know the difference.

How many times in our lives do we stall progress in the name of getting results? I am in a hurry to do a lot of things, especially at work, knowing full well that I rely on other people to do the job. It is very humbling and frustrating when you hit that wall – where you know that how much ever you push things won’t move despite how much you want it to happen. There is wisdom in knowing when to stop and let things take their course. It is like a dance – knowing when to move and when to wait for your partner to take the forefront. And there is no set formula for figuring out when to change things and let things be. This is precisely what the serenity prayer is about.

The question is, where do you get the wisdom to know the difference? The answer is you don’t have to go anywhere – we all have it. Each one of us has the knowledge – we don’t have to go searching anywhere. All you have to do is breathe in and breathe out – and let your mind chatter away and listen. If you let things be instead of doing – you will touch the wisdom inside of you that has already existed.

It’s easier said than done in this day and age, when things, people, society, and conditioning require us to DO something, but the choice is up to you. Sometimes, it takes a bit of trial and error to recognize true wisdom when it arises.

So, what will it be for you at this moment? Being or Doing

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