The Road to HAPPINESS

One of my friends put up something on his status message recently…

“I hate the roads… I hate traffic… I hate the idiots who drive badly… ” He said a few more nasty things that may not look nice in print. So I will ignore those. Instead, let me share with you how I feel about the same roads…
I often hear … that Bangalore (the Silicon Valley of India)  has the worst roads… and that the bus and autorickshaw drivers make the roads a battle field. Interestingly… I also heard that bad drivers always blame the roads, and since I did not want to be considered a ‘bad driver’, I chose instead to focus on the good on the roads, and it has made me a happy driver.
I now choose to ignore the traffic… and instead… I look for the people and their expressions… and I wonder where they come from… and where they go. Interestingly, each of those people is heading along their own highways. Each has a family at home… who loves them and waits patiently for them. We may never know which of them is rushing because they have an ailing parent at home… or they may be rushing back because they do not want to disappoint their kids who are waiting to go for a movie… Amazingly… each of them is also travelling on the same road, but each one sees a different road.
I thank the universe that I have the ability to drive. I am happy that I enjoy driving, and the more testing the road, the more it tests my driving skills.
While I may not have the best, or the most expensive car on the road, I look around and feel good that I HAVE a car… and a road… and air conditioning and music… and my cellphone… and I am going places… along the road that I see – as a means to an end, and a small part of my long and happy journey called LIFE.
I could go on an on… about how:
  • The windows of my car give me a glimpse into people’s lives…
  • The way people drive is indicative of their state of mind… and I see many happy faces…
  • The cleanliness of the roads is a sign of the importance paid to hygiene and health, but instead… I will leave some things for you to you to figure out…

I leave you with the thought….

The roads we travel may be different, and yet they are, in some sense, the same.
They lift us up or they pull us down… depending on whether we focus on the up side of things… or the downside.
Happiness is a road that takes me where I want to go.
I love the roads… cause I love LIFE.
Ian Faria.

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