How are you, my munchkin? Getting naughtier by the day, I must say.
Well, today mummy is going to tell you a story. Don’t worry it’s not the giraffe and crocodile tale which annoys you but that of a real woman, an inspiring woman with the hope of teaching you while reminding myself of an important lesson. Yes, the lesson of happiness, the simplicity and true meaning of happiness.
So, on women’s day a couple of months ago, one of the city’s radio stations played the true life stories of extraordinary ordinary women who do so much from dawn to dusk that you wonder how the world would even run without them. Amidst all the stories, M there was one about a woman named Sashikala. Yes, an amazing woman she is, M and I wish you could have heard her. Well, technically you did but I doubt you understood anything. So, for you, this is Sashikala’s story.
A tea seller in Bangalore, Shashikala owns a small tea shop with her husband which is the only source of their income. Being a mother she wakes up at 3 am in the morning every single day to finish her household chores and get everything ready for her family for the day. Then from 5 am to 7 pm she spends her time selling tea in her tea shop. When asked she said that they earn about Rs. 15000/- a month. In that amount, she runs a house, educates her children and basically runs her life. It was then that she was asked if that amount is enough to lead a decent life in a city like Bangalore. Her answer taught me something that day, M. Her answer reminded me to stop complaining and be grateful. Her answer taught me to not be driven my wants but by gratitude.
I don’t need much to be happy. As long as we have enough, are healthy and safe, we are happy.
That’s what she said. These words struck me somewhere deep within, M. Content, that’s what she sounded and I envied her. She reminded me that happiness is not that hard to find if we know where to look for it. And most of the times it’s intrinsic.
M, I crib a lot. Just read my posts and you’ll realize there is always something or the other frustrating me. The truth is I need to be thankful for all that I have. And I am but there are times I falter. I forget to look at the bigger picture. I need to stop complaining. And believe me I try to do that but of course, I’m not as good at it as Sashikala. Still, I want you to know that we should always try to focus on what we have rather than what we don’t. Fulfillment of wants never translates into true happiness even if it might seem so. It always stems from something simpler.
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I hope I’m able to teach this to you M. I hope I can show you how it’s not that hard to be happy. That you don’t need to be the CEO of a million dollar company to be happy or successful. Sashikala is one of the most successful women I have come to know in life because she leads her life within her means and does so with dignity. That M is enough. That M is the secret to happiness. So, I hope you remember that.