Ups, downs & Uncertainty

“Nanak dukhiya sab sansar” — Sikh Kirtan

The translation from Gurbani (language of the Sikh gurus) to english translates to this.

O nanak, every person in the world has pain and sorrow.

Think about all the people you meet in your life. When you engage them in a conversation more so than not the conversation will turn to the struggles of life vs how amazing our lives our. Most of us (putting myself in this boat) see the glass half empty. We see our phone screen breaking as bad luck, rather than an opportunity to learn how to fix it. We see getting fired as being worthless rather than an opportunity to try something completely new.

The last few months of my life have been a great roller coaster filled with ups, downs, and uncertainty . I look back at the beginnings of these uncertain times and remember thinking “I can’t wait for all of this to be over”. It’s still so vivid that feeling deep in my stomach which pointed to troubled waters ahead.

The sentences below are from the following wiki page

It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: “And this, too, shall pass away.” How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction

“This too shall pass”

I have heard my mind saying this a lot lately. My wife and I try to remind each other this sentence regularly. When things are good the sentence above reminds me to enjoy the moment because “this too shall pass”. When things are bad, the sentence above reminds to stick it out because “this too shall pass.”

My current startup, Mountary, was recently invited to join 500 startups incubator. This is an amazing accomplishment for Neil (my co-founder) and I. It’s validation of our hard work over the last few months. Yet as I am jumping up and down, I am reminded “This too shall pass”. I quickly immerse myself in the experience of enjoying this moment and taking the most from what’s been given to us.

This just happened

I hit my foot by accident on a backup hard drive which houses all my photos and the drive is no longer connected to my laptop. Why I put the hard drive right next to my foot is mystery to me, but i’m worried that my hard drive might be gone.

This too shall pass…….

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