Stop wasting your time complaining!

We have heard of this saying plenty of times, but we hardly implement it in our lives. So, I thought of writing a beautiful story to justify this saying, ‘Stop wasting your time complaining.’ Manav, a civil engineer, was a modern guy who worked hard to earn a living. He had been living in Delhi for all his life. He was a mid-aged guy who weighed 110 kgs. He was well-dressed up always but had a problem with his attitude. The complexities of life had turned him into a complaint box who would nag about every other thing that happened to him. Manav was due for promotion, but to let that happen, he was required to serve on a civil project going on in a village in Chhattisgarh for a few years. Manav had a good standard of living. He owned a well-furnished flat in one of the posh colonies of Delhi, which had been gifted by his grandfather. He loved to hang out at pubs or late dinner parties with friends over a weekend. One day Manav, as usual, reported to work. His desk was filled with files that need to be cleared. He somehow managed to take a break in between for lunch. After a short break of 10 minutes, he was back to work. Soon after, he started feeling some pain in the chest. He ignored it initially but the pain grew to raise his concern on the same. He immediately showed up to his physician, who after examining him, told that his heart needs attention. There were 40% blockages in his arteries which called for immediate change in his lifestyle and eating habits. Moreover, he needed to address his weight issues to reduce the load on his heart. Manav was not much of a smoker or drinker, but he wouldn’t mind doing either in the company of his friends. Manav was still not able to settle down with such bad news from the doctor, and there is another news from his boss. Manav had been transferred to the project going in one of the villages of Chhattisgarh. He was distraught with this transfer of job. He cribbed badly on his boss and his career. But, as fate would have it, he packed his bag to leave the very next week. His posting was at Nardaha village which was a small village with just the necessary facilities. There were no shopping outlets, movie theaters, eat-outs, etc. for entertainment. Manav was made to stay in a guest-house with one room. There was no refrigerator in his room, but it had an earthen pot to serve cold water. Manav was disappointed to see this new place of stay. Thankfully, he thought there is a car with a driver to travel to his place of work. He immediately left to check the civil project going on 5 km away from his stay. The car driver stopped the car after driving for 2 km. He told Manav that there is a bridge ahead, which needs to be walked over to cross. Manav looked at the bridge and noticed it was a bamboo bridge, which meant he had to walk back and forth each day. With a grin on his face, he got down the car and started walking. The driver told him that he would find his office staff at the end of the bridge who would take him to the site, which is 2 km inside the forest and has to be walked down. He was further frustrated by hearing this and left without acknowledging the driver. The office staff had come to receive Manav and carried some water bottles for him. Manav hated this new lifestyle and hated the village and its ambience completely. On returning home the same evening, Manav had walked around 6 km which was extremely tiring for him. He was looking forward to having an excellent non-veg meal at the guest house. The cook laid the table for dinner and invited him to eat. Manav. The food menu contained dal, sabzi, roti, rice and salad. Manav hated this food as he had a preference for non-vegetarian food. He somehow gulped down the food. As he rose from his chair, the cook asked him if he liked the food. To this, he angrily replied, ‘i hated it completely, get me some nice non-veg food from tomorrow.’ The cook told Manav that there is no meat supply in the village and moreover he is a Brahman which means he will not cook meat ever. Manav murmured something in anger and left. His bed was not as comfortable as expected, but since he was so tired, he easily fell off to sleep. The next morning the same routine followed and continued for days together. Manav was feeling home-sick and hated this new job role. He would especially miss those nice dinner outings with a few drinks with his friends. Here, in this village, he would go trekking on the jungle trail or would sit beside the river to check out the natural view. Manav had a complete 360-degree change in his lifestyle, which he did not like, but, in view of his promotion, he was forced to undergo all this. Anyways, Manav had spent about a year here and now was the time to move back. One fine day he got a call from his boss stating that he is called back to Delhi office. For the first time in past year, Manav felt immense joy in his heart. He immediately rushed back to pack his stuff and traveled back to Delhi. He reported to his office the very next day. his colleagues were totally mesmerized by the change in his looks and appearance. They asked him what had he been doing as he looks so fit, fine and young. The fine lines on his face had reduced. He seemed to have lost much weight. His skin shined and he appeared to be 10 years younger than his age. Manav couldn’t believe his ears and was happy to hear such positive comments. But, he wouldn’t have the assurance of his improved health without seeing his doctor. so, he immediately booked an appointment and went to see his regular physician. The doctor was delighted to see the very first sight of Manav. He examined him followed by a couple of tests. To his great surprise, the arterial blockage had come down to just 15% and Manav had shed 15 kgs in one year. The doctor was extremely happy to see this positive change and asked Manav what has he done in the past one year. Manav, who was totally thrilled on seeing positive health changes, said he just ate simple vegetarian home-cooked freshly prepared food, walked 6 km every day, abstained from smoking and drinking, and spent a lot of time in the lap of Mother Nature. While telling all this to the doctor, Manav realized that it is all these changes that he disliked so much, which has gifted good health to him. He was feeling very sorry and resentful for his misbehavior to his office staff, driver, and cook. He also understood that life conspired to force him to lead a lifestyle that can reverse aging and his medical conditions. He was now so very grateful to his boss and his job. Often, in life, we are faced with situations that make us feel helpless and upset. We miss out on seeing the bigger picture that life is showing us. Life is our dearest friend who is mistaken as a threat or an enemy. The only purpose of writing this story was to tell you to embrace life with open arms and it will reciprocate with goodies that you never imagined coming your way.

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