Making Ordinary Life Extraordinary

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AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
By
Parama Pujya Shri Shri Nimishananda

There are two kinds of lives that all of us can lead. One is an ordinary life and the other is an extraordinary life. When we lead an ordinary life we move along with the current of our desires, preoccupied in fulfilling our own goals, aims and agendas. Ordinary beings are only conscious of their own life. Extraordinary beings are conscious of their life and also constantly aware of Divinity. They are confident that God’s Grace will resolve all their problems. They know that whatever life brings is ultimately for the best.

Those who lead an extraordinary life enjoy every minute of it. Every moment is precious to them. Even ordinary circumstances elicit a different response from them. If we firmly believe that you are extraordinary then we start looking at the world differently. When we think that we are born special, we will lead a special life. Constant hope makes our life extraordinary. Without this, life is drab and ordinary. If we look at life as a problem, it becomes ordinary but if we look at it as an opportunity, it becomes extraordinary.

This bowl beside me is full of fragrant roses. If I pick up a single rose and look at it, it is really beautiful. It has never compared itself with other roses. There is no need for any comparison. Like all the other roses here, it is unique. If we have the habit of comparing ourselves with others, our self confidence sometimes soars and sometimes crashes. A truly extraordinary life is never based on comparison. It is the result of constant blossoming within. A human life is a rare privilege. Why waste a single minute of this precious gift or lose a single opportunity to make it extraordinary !
The fragrance of a rose is bewitching each time we smell it. So we enjoy it. Do we also enjoy traffic jams in the same way? Do we enjoy changing a flat tyre? If we cultivate the art of savouring every moment of life even when it brings unexpected challenges to us, our life becomes extraordinary. When there is interest, we feel exuberant and joyful. When there is no interest, life is mechanical and ordinary.

If we are travelling and our vehicle breaks down in the countryside, do we take the opportunity to revel in the natural beauty around us? Or do we fret, fume and grumble away to glory? When we perceive the best in everything, life becomes extraordinary and memorable. When we live life like this, a special feeling arises in us. Our life is full of zest and joy. We can never completely control what happens in the external world around us, but our internal world is in our hands. We can allow it to be ugly or choose to make it beautiful.

When we enjoy every moment and every circumstance that comes our way, one negative element that flavours each day of our present existence disappears. This element is TENSION. Stress, tension, boredom, depression, impatience and frustration become things of the past. These emotions which were slowly draining away the energy of the Soul disappear. When we enjoy every moment of life, it is always full of wonder and never grows stale.

Each and every situation that comes our way is not custom-made to fit our present frame of mind. Most of them come in order to lift us to higher states of being and teach us important lessons that we need to learn. If every circumstance were to our liking, internal growth and transformation would never take place. Then our life would become stagnant and sub-human. So it is our own perception that decides whether our life remains ordinary or becomes extraordinary. Life will always throw out its challenges at us. It is up to us to make it joyous. When we abandon the rut that we have created for ourselves, we are able to accept each situation as it comes and enjoy it. We flow like a river, revelling in every moment of life.



sharonk's picture

Changing our attitude instead of life

Extraordinary is temporal, we know for certain that it has a beginning because it was not since ever. So it may have an end.

What should we do when extraordinary is no more?

Maybe the problem is not how life is but the system of categorization?

Maybe instead of trying to change life which we have very little control over we better change our attitude towards life into allofness?

sharonk | Sat, 01/09/2010 - 22:19