Life

Footprints in Sand

Sometime back I read the below poem somewhere and liked it but few months back I had experiences which when I look back now I feel the same

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

About a year back for first time I traveled alone without my family that too very very far away for my job, even though this was my dream coming true but did not know that couple of experiences which would test my strength were waiting for me.

Firstly it started with somebody criticizing all the work I do and without providing proper explanation of what I am doing wrong. I was already feeling lonely and lost being away from home for first time and this person took advantage of this situation and tried to break my confidence by constantly telling me I do each and every task assigned to me wrong and pushing so many tasks on me that one person cannot complete so as to prove me incapable. Initially for few days I lost my confidence I used to feel scared if I somehow missed my bus back home and it grew dark, tears rolled down from my eyes I felt as if I don’t want anything I want to go back home.Slowly I got used to living independently and regained my confidence to some extent. But this was not end of my issues,lease of the house I was staying was about to get over only few days left and I had not found new place for myself. Suddenly one morning two days before I got a call and I came to know that I am victim of big financial fraud. I was shattered someone whom I considered a good friend and trusted very much had done this to me but I had no evidence against that person also.I could not find a home in remaining days and finally decided to temporary stay in the Hotel for few days…

On the last day when I went to book the hotel I was told that I will get a room one day later no room available today.I turned to my colleague for help and asked him to allow me in his house for one day but got a reply that “I have my family and only one bedroom and its not appropriate for a girl to stay in hall“. I was about to become homeless with no one to help. My dream of onsite had turned into nightmare …

I was constantly blamed and humiliated in office without giving any justification of where I was wrong , I was cheated financially by someone whom I trusted and considered a good friend, I was about to become homeless, all alone in foreign country with no one to help.

Suddenly the man who had rented me the home who was more of stranger to me, with whom I had argued also about cleanliness upon my request allowed me to stay in the same house for one more day. Eventhough I became victim of financial fraud I did not lose any of my hard earned money . Next day I moved to the hotel and after a few days got a new home.

I met few bad people in life who taught me a lesson of life time but I also met few good people who were nice to me. With time I gained back my confidence and not only manage my work with confidence but also could travel anywhere. Person who used to be scared to travel even half a mile distance alone arranged for a complete family trip all over USA.This would not have been possible without my faith in God who was always with me in all my difficulties.

All the above incidents and many more which occurred later reminded me of the above poem and whenever I came out of these issues I felt as if without my faith and without his support this would not have been possible………….

 

 

Life

I will win

Few months ago I read a mail about some session on positive thinking in my office. On reading it my first thought were that some person will come and say things like think positive,problem are not solved by stressing over them or with negativity and many more such things which are easier said than done. I always had an opinion about such people that it is easier to tell others such things but do they really practice the same themselves.

As such I was not much interested in attcobfidenceending the same, however that day I had a little free time and my other colleagues were also going so I went there. As the session started I was in for a big shock the speaker was himself completely paralytic below neck but still delivering the session with confidence and smile on face.

About 16 years back he had an accident which made him paralytic, doctors had told him that he will not survive more than few weeks but much to their surprise he had not only survived but lived life to the fullest.

This person was not just teaching others to think positively or just motivating with words he was doing it with his own example.Salute to such a person…

Over past few days I had few negative experiences and felt like my entire career is over, I am defeated there is nothing left in life I had almost given up but then I suddenly remembered about this person if he does not give up inspite of all these things why should I ?

12 years ago I had started my career as fresher with not much knowledge and meagre salary and from thereon built my career and established my self as ERP consultant. I will again make new start with knowledge acquired over years reestablish myself in my career…….

Defeat or failure is state of mind as long as I don’t consider myself defeated I am not defeated👍

 

 

Life

Rising Up

In last few days I had to go through a bad experience, some of the decisions I had taken before proved to be wrong, my first reaction to this was like I felt everything is over, I have lost everything and my confidence in my abilities was shaken but then while browsing on internet I read many stories which inspired me not to give up.

Some of the most successful people have experienced big failures in their life but did not give up. Some of these I am listing below

Bill Gates

Bill Gates is one of the most recognizable figures in the tech industry, responsible for creating Microsoft and currently standing as one of the wealthiest people on the planet. Many people attribute his success to a kind of luck or sudden twist of fortune; he had a great idea at just the right time during the technology boom, and got rich developing it to perfection. But the reality is, Bill Gates experienced a crushing failure before he had anything to do with Microsoft. Originally, Gates created a product called Traf-O-Data, which analyzed data from traffic tapes. The product didn’t work properly, and the company never took off, so Gates decided to try something else.

The Lesson:

Traf-O-Data never had any hope of being successful, but that was no reflection on Gates’s potential. if your idea, even though it seems great, doesn’t pan out the way you thought it would, remember that you still have plenty of ideas and opportunities ahead of you.

Stephen King

One of the most recognizable novelists of the modern era, Stephen King is widely regarded as a master of horror writing. Despite now having dozens of financially, critically, and popularly successful titles in circulation, King’s first novel, Carrie, was almost a failure. The novel was rejected 30 times before it was finally accepted and published, leading to King’s breakout career. King considered quitting, and many people would have quit, but his perseverance led to greatness.

The Lesson:

Simple adjustments can turn a failure into a success. Revising your idea, targeting a different audience, or redefining your brand identity could all easily take a failed concept and turn it into something more successful.

Steve Jobs

A mastermind of technological innovation and corporate vision, Steve Jobs is responsible for making Apple the company it is today. However, his past is littered with failures, setbacks, and crushing defeats. Jobs started Apple in 1976 and the company began to take off, but after an unsuccessful product launch in 1985, Jobs was kicked out of his own company. Most ordinary people would have given up at that point, but instead, Jobs founded a new company called NeXT. NeXT was considered unsuccessful as well, at least for a time, until it caught the eye of a struggling Apple in 1997. Apple purchased the company and brought Jobs back into a leadership position, which he used to develop and launch Apple’s breakthrough products, including the iPod, iPhone, and iPad.

The Lesson:

Perseverance is everything. Because he committed himself to doing great things, Jobs was able to work past his personal and professional failures, and eventually leave behind a monumental and unprecedented legacy.

These and many more stories inspired me to find new ways to reach my goals.In the end I would just like to say one thing

“I will win not immediately but definetly……”