I was once faced with an ominous situation that looked like a lifetime disaster, where my younger child was diagnosed of ‘Brain Cancer’ when he was just about two-an-a-half-years old. What followed thereafter was a long battle of nerves, emotions, brawn and brain through the thick and thin of my fast corporate life. Even though, at the end of it we lost the battle, because we couldn’t save him, but not before fighting up to the last straw.
I then had a very demanding corporate job. And during that phase of my life we were located in various metros such as Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi –NCR. Where, we did not have any day-to-day support from our extended family nor even old buddies. Nevertheless, we had to survive, by fighting the menacing circumstances, where, caring colleagues and friendly neighbours were the only ones who came forward to help us.
The prevailing situation fatigued me no end. I was working for some big banners those days who took good care of me. They were considerate under the circumstances. But I still had to continuously perform to keep my stalk and career ambitions alive. My wife, who too was qualified, had to abandon her career because she had to stay put at home to take care of the child. And beyond that, there were immense financial and emotional insecurities to deal with, in terms of expensive treatment, physical stress and the mystery behind the ultimate cure.
When he fell sick, we were in our late thirties. A tricky age, when we were not quite clear, whether we should adventure for a third child when the second was in peril to maintain the count of two. And God! it was a horrendous situation, when even the Indian economy every now and then was not doing well and lot of companies were issuing pink slips. This led to severe job insecurity, when every month our medical bills were spiraling above seventy five thousand in the final years of his life.
But even with all these humongous issues we needed to work and survive. So, we charted out an omnipotent methodology to de-stress ourselves. It was a seamless combination of ideas, thoughts, mythology and even some physical exercises, that took us through the ordeal. And, as we were approaching the end, the intensity of stress increased exponentially, and under those circumstances this was how we eased our tension:
- CHAIN OF STRONG THOUGHTS:
Everything, in one’s life starts from the mind. Mind is your biggest problem. Your biggest enemy. But also your biggest friend. Your solution provider and leveler. So, we decided to control it by conditioning ourselves, in the following manner: By …..
- Deciding to do away, with all the negative emotions.
- Nothing is permanent so why worry. Just keep doing what you are supposed to do under the circumstances.
- PUSH (Pray Until Something Happens) Pray and pray.
- Don’t plan excessively. Take life one day at a time.
- No matter how bad things are, they could be worse.
- At any given time in your life. There is something going right and something wrong. This balances life. For in life not everything will go wrong, nor everything will go right in one go. That is the law of the nature.
- Life is a very sturdy boat. So, just keep moving and don’t stop. For movement is life and stillness is death.
- Whatever, you can do for the child do within your means. Don’t get intimidated by what others tell you to do. Especially, if it is beyond your means.
- Our child may have to leave the world soon. But even I have to go some day. For that’s destiny. At the end of it we all have to go. No one can fight the law of nature. So why worry.
- Don’t try to run the universe yourself. Leave few things to God. Your child could be one of them.
- Human beings are blind. They can’t even see the next moment of life. So how can they predict the time of anyone’s death.
- There is something called the destiny. Try and believe in it.
- When the child was very critical towards the end days. I started believing in miracles all the more. Even when it did not happen with us. But it kept me charged under the circumstances.
- I started taking my work more passionately. Remember your daily routine could be one of your biggest stress busters.
- Just dress up and show up for work. Never sulk around in those negative surroundings and emotions.
- After a bad day there is always a good day. But one really doesn’t know which is that bad day and which is a good day.
- Only get dismayed by situations you have created for yourself and not situations that God has created for you. For he only will correct it. ‘Brain Cancer’ was God’s creation.
- Try and be watchful whenever, there is a change of surroundings, locations, friends and colleagues around you. For, every change of situation, will have something new to offer. And, with that. There is also a possibility of some new energies coming close to you to influence you. Remember, life is all about positive and negative energies.
- Life is an esoteric journey. For every new situation you’ll have some new company who would leave you when that part of the journey is over. So nothing is permanent.
- To console ourselves we even started thinking. This child has a short life. He is here to spread a message. So, don’t just feel morose about it and help the cause.
- In those firefighting days we had created our own little Gods. Anything, that helped our circumstances was like a God to us. And, how clearly, we felt. There are two worlds. One is the world of cancer and the other is without it for the lucky ones. Where, we belonged to the former.
- We never initiated a discussion around our child’s health to look for sympathies. As we believed in God and in ourselves.
- I took up to regular walking and weekend Golf. It was a great stress buster.
- Deep breathing became a regular activity that helped us in restoring freshness and rejuvenated our lives, even in those scary nights when we couldn’t sleep.
- I got hooked up to one of the soap operas that suited my timing for deflecting my tired mind.
- We kept our home ambience alive for we didn’t want to give advance invitation to death. And, in that, we looked for micro positivity in life.
- Whatever the child wanted we provided. We were proud of him and never negative.
- I got into a hobby that still continues. To divert my mind.
MYTHOLOGY A GREAT LEVELER
- What to talk of human beings, when, even Gods had to leave their mortal bodies.
- The biggest unknown boon of life is a painless exit and a dignified death. Mythology, combined with our circumstances taught us that.
These are pointers from the book: “GLOOM BEHIND THE SMILE” now catalogued in many libraries of the US including Harvard and Library of Congress. It is also catalogued in libraries of Canada and even India.
By Kamlesh Tripathi
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