Day 186: Value #365DaysOfWriting

We rarely realize the value of things when they are readily available. Once upon a time, I remember cursing ATMs for dispensing 100 rupee notes instead of 500 or 1000 bucks because it just made my wallet stuffy! I even fought with mom when she gave me 100 rupee notes instead of a 500! With the recent developments of 500/1000 notes being made redundant, I struggled with change for quite a while, and realized how one day 1000 rupee-note can just become a piece of waste-paper, while the 100 rupee-note though lesser in value compared to a 1000 still holds its place.

In life, we should always choose with care the things we value. As a child, I was often told by my father to stick to good company — bad company undermines your value, good company elevates it. He also stressed how definitions of “good” and “bad” could vary, but as long as I chose to stick to things that my judgment deemed as “good”, things would be fine. He also told me never to compromise on my ideals, not even once. At that time, I did not really realize the importance of his words, but now, as I grow older, I realized how significant they were…

If we keep giving in to things that we know deep in our heart is wrong, somewhere or the other we are reducing our own value. If we don’t value our own belief-systems, no one else will. If we give more importance to others than to our own self, they too will consider themselves to be more important than us. It is, therefore, pointless, at a later point of time, to complain that people take us for granted. We’ve brought that on ourselves by agreeing to not make our stance clear.

Everyone has a tipping point. You don’t know the extent to which you will tolerate or bear with things. At some point, we all crack. At those trying times, remember you are significant no matter how insignificant you may appear in the grand scheme of things. Believe in yourself, in your abilities, and keep shining on like a crazy diamond even if at that point you feel like a blackened piece of burnt coal!

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