Reality of Traffic Jams & Life
Traffic Jams are Tragic Shams. There was a man who was extremely poor. He everyday saw rich people sitting in their luxurious cars, talking on their smartphones and laughing with their loved ones. The poor person thought and wished to achieve all those things in life before dying. So, he worked hard to become rich and own a car some day. And one day when he became rich & bought a beautiful big car, he came face to face with the harsh reality of traffic jams. He felt totally cheated by the rich people he had seen in their cars and who had been his motivation in the past. The poor person had thought that becoming rich will change his life but here he was, caught in a traffic jam everyday that didn’t let him attend important meetings, be with his loved ones or reach home to take some rest after a long hard day’s work.
Hidden Lesson in Traffic Jams
|Materialism Won’t Take Us Anywhere|
The important lesson for human-beings in all these traffic jam situations is that materialism cannot give lasting solutions, peace or happiness in our lives. First of all, we need to know that we cannot achieve everything in the material world as it’s an endless pursuit. But even with the things we have achieved, we cannot make them work perfectly in our favor. Cars are a status symbol in our societies which is most probably why we bought it in the first place other than for reasons like convenience and a passion for cars. We were very happy and satisfied for a few days when we bought it initially. But soon it made us disappointed as due to traffic jams it could not take us somewhere we wanted to reach urgently. This is how every material possession works. This is how the material world functions, in a very risky, uncertain & imperfect manner. So, piling material possessions won’t help us too much in our lives. It will most likely frustrate us and make us grumpy.
Balance Materialism With Spirituality
|Balance Materialism With Spirituality|
So, is there any other way to enjoy our material possessions and be truly happy in this imperfect world? Yes. It can happen if we balance our material world with our spiritual reality. The poor person had dreamt of becoming rich because he thought being rich is better than being poor. When we think that something is better than what we already have, first of all it will become very difficult for us to achieve. But even if we achieve it, we will never feel happy or satisfied because we need to make peace with our current condition before we try to achieve ‘better’ things in life. Going against this may give you what you want but in a hollow and empty way. We need to fill the emptiness within ourselves and in our life with peace & happiness. Then only, whatever we achieve will become meaningful & truly useful to us.
Rich Man’s Spirituality
|Rich Man’s Spirituality|
But this doesn’t mean that we cannot make improvements in ourself after becoming rich and owning a car. The same spirituality principle can be applied here too. If we can sit in our cars during a traffic jam without getting annoyed or irritated, it’s an improvement. And, if we can become naturally happy going through all this, it’s what we can call ‘Rich Man’s Spirituality’ which is a must for him because generally speaking, for some reason, money increases stress within the rich.
Change Your Mood : Be Positive
But how can we be happy sitting in a traffic jam? Spirituality is nothing but the ability to turn the negative energy into positive energy. But first of all we need to reflect upon all the positive things going on right now in our life which we tend to ignore completely. The fact that we are sitting in our dream car. The fact that we have come a long way in our life. That we have a loving family that truly cares about us. That we are healthy today. And that we are alive today to see such a beautiful day. These would be enough to make you happy no matter how big a problem you are going through in life.
Change Your Mood : Turn Negativity into Positivity
|Turn Negativity into Positivity|
Then we come to the negative thoughts which are trying to trouble us. Don’t try to fight or ignore them, just turn them into positive thoughts. The negative thought that might come to your mind sitting in a traffic jam may be that you will be late to the meeting or may be you will miss the meeting. Well, no meeting can be more important than you being alive today at this moment. Just use this positive thought to remind yourself that your happiness for being alive is far greater than the momentary feeling of sadness for missing some meeting. Your money or your business meeting or anything else for that matter is a very small part of your life and not more than your whole life. Moreover, who knows may be being late or missing that meeting of yours may turn out to be in your favor in a way which you can’t see at the moment? So, forget everything and just enjoy life wherever you are at this moment.
Ready To Act
|Ready To Act|
Now, we are truly in a position mentally and physically to make an effort and reach our meeting. Our goal wasn’t just to get over the traffic jam mentally and just be happy in the moment. It was also to actually attend our meeting by reaching there on time. But the only issue standing in the way was the stress & the mental trap created by the negative thoughts in our mind which we have now resolved. So, we can now realize that we can come out of our car, move ahead of the traffic jam and hire a cab to reach the venue of our meeting. This is how Spirituality helps us in not only becoming happy in the moment but also becoming able to solve the problem at hand effortlessly. It doesn’t mean sacrificing what you want but making happiness the root of what you want before you go out to achieve it.
A road with a Traffic Jam is like a head full of thoughts. If you are mad and grumping about the traffic jam you are in, you have not taken control and responsibility of the thoughts your mind is generating. First of all, don’t let the traffic jam create so many negative thoughts in your mind. And if they get generated, turn them into positive thoughts so that you are able to think clear & fast in the right direction so as to back it with necessary action. Once your mind is free of these negative thoughts, the ‘traffic’ will start moving, get dispersed and you will reach the destination of your choice pretty easily!
|Reach Your Destination on Time|