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Alchemy of faith

Published Nov 20, 2014, 4:51 am IST
Updated Mar 30, 2019, 1:10 pm IST
While battling tough times, don’t panic. There is a way to deal with these moments
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A part of us secretly believes and hopes with highest optimism to sail through life singing, dancing and silently achieving all that we ever wished for. Simply put, a fairy tale with a neat ending. Then, troubled waters somewhere hit the life shores and knock us over. A sinking feeling sets in, all that we ever believed begins to tremble and we are propelled at the center stage for a test. A test we must undertake, scripting the consequences as we feel. Amidst uncertainty, challenge, pain, hurt or loss lives our free will that makes this “play” ever more intriguing.
While battling internally through extreme dark times, is there a way to deal with these moments of weakness and helplessness? Is there a defining answer for something that nobody prepared us for? For sure, there would be many answers, but is there a straight one? Maybe, maybe not. Learned people and wise words can show a way but we need to find our own path and must reach out for our own truth.
There is one thing that helps us all through by following us in our journey of finding our truth, and that is our own little piece of faith. A deep down feeling of “knowing” that it will all pass and you will get through is like your angel watching over you while you go through the dance of various shades of darkness. 
Faith helps defy fear because fear is a paralysis that shuts down our sense of reasoning and therefore our sense of taking a rational action. 
Faith gives us courage. All the unfathomable things achieved by great men started with courage. 
Faith gives us hope. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison in a hope that he will be free one day and change things forever and free he was.
Faith is light that doesn’t let any cobweb of doubt enter our hearts while we are struggling to stay afloat in tough times. 
Faith helps us see the temporary nature of everything in life. As Paramhansa Yogananda in Autobiography of a Yogi reminisced, “You have come to earth to entertain and to be entertained”. All the good and the bad are but a part of the entertaining drama.  
Do what you must in your reach to set things right, do it your own way, do it with the determination of steel that sees you through till the end, do it by taking full ownership of consequences, do it with all your might and will and lastly, do it with that pinch of faith.
The writer is a marketing professional and a life enthusiast