1. Life doesn’t run the way you plan it: My calculation was that a grown up plant guarantees more flowers and that too quickly. But I was terribly wrong. In Life too, we might take decisions with some future calculations. However, things may not turn out like we dream always. Life is not fully in our control. As much as we may deny it, there is an unseen powerful driving force.
2. Patience. Patience. Patience: This is easier said than done. But is the reality. Some things take time. All we can really do is to be consistent in our efforts and wait. I had lost hope of seeing any flower yet kept it watering daily. The outcome is not in our hands. We can only impact it through our karmas but can’t control it.
3. Expectation reduces Joy : Not every effort will give instant result or gratification. If every act is done with an expectation in mind, happiness is curtailed. Yeh karke mujhe kya milega thinking will take away peace of mind. Till the time I was watering the plant with an expectation of a flower, I was disappointed when I did not see one even after weeks. But then I started watering it daily more as a responsibility. I even forgot about the flowers honestly. It became a daily morning practice for me. And seeing the flowers was an unexpected happiness!
Sometimes somethings are just to be done as a responsibility, without any return or reward in mind. And such things make life worth living because the reward of acts without expectation is much higher.