Today I started my work early (6:30 AM) since I had to prepare for two important meetings scheduled for the afternoon. I had no clue what news was awaited for me then . I was in a very enthusiastic mood for some unknown reason. At 7:30 AM I got to know that at 2AM a fire broke out in my office due to an electric short circuit. For a moment I couldn’t believe it when my mother told me that everything in my office was destroyed. Nothing was left. For an entrepreneur it felt almost like someone killed your baby.
I drove to work alone to see the situation. All kind of thoughts were coming to my mind. I was trying hard to think positive, trying to understand why it happened. I was composed till I reached my work place. The moment I reached there I saw the blaze had destroyed EVERYTHING. I had never seen such a sight. Everything including laptops(All the laptops we have), desktop, printer, furniture, AC, fans, router, inverter, electric wiring, water dispenser, phone was destroyed. This fire had reduced everything other than my dreams to ashes. Glass walls had turned into pieces. I tried hard but couldn’t control my tears. It was heart aching to see my burnt office. That sight was horrifying . For a startup person, cost of smallest possible thing matters. There was a Criticat board with a Criticat logo on it. It was gifted to me on Rakhi by my brother as a surprise gift. That time also I had tears in my eyes seeing that surprise and today when it had turned into ashes I had tears in my eyes. I was wondering how things can change in just a moment. It was surprising but I could feel a strong force inside me that was telling me that it happened for good. You might find it surprising but there is small place in my office to worship GOD. This place was intact. I went there, looked at GOD and promised him that everything will be back up again. I could feel God smiling back at me and saying ” Its gonna be all fine. Everything happened for good.” . There was loss of data too but it seemed small at that moment. I wiped off my tears and started to think “How to set things Right”. Today was my real test. It was time to use my positive attitude, to apply everything I have learnt. I could feel that what I learnt at Vipassana really helped me today. Its easy to preach people about positive thinking but not that easy to apply it yourself. But today I could apply my learnings on myself. Today all the quotes I use started dancing in front of me ” Everything happens for a reason, and reason might not be in front of you” , “Everything is impermanent” , “There is nothing called a problem, its only a challenge or an opportunity to learn”, “Don’t give it up” ,”There are no accidents. Everything is a lesson. Everything has a PURPOSE, A PURPOSE, A PURPOSE”
I came home and the moment I entered and saw my bhabhi, I had tears again. I am extremely blessed to have such a wonderful family. My dad said ” Don’t worry at all. We should be thankful to GOD, it could have been much worse. Learn from this lesson and move on. I am sure you will make it BIG and cover up for this soon”. My brother said in a giggling tone ” There is no reason to be sad. We will set everything back in 2-3 days. You should be happy that you will get everything new ”. My mother said ” Such small things are part of life. I will start the construction work from today itself” . My bhabhi said ” Don’t worry at all. Life teaches you all the time. There must be something good in this. I will help you in setting up your temp office. You can give my laptop to one of your employees for the time being” . I felt with this love and faith no fire in this world can damage you. There is much more energy in love and faith than any casuality on the earth can take away.
I knew for sure that it happened for an awakening. It happened for my good. Firstly I could see and feel the love, faith and bonding in the family. Secondly I realized how sweet my employees are. They are more than willing to set it up back again asap. Thirdly after this incidence my energy increased many folds. I can feel the gush of energy inside me now.
After this incidence I went to attend the meetings and then to buy the laptops. I realized that no matter what one shouldn’t let his/her faith die. All the strength to face any damn problem is inside us, we just need to realize it. Probably the Vipassana course really helped me in realizing that. Its so true that when you really want something the whole universe conspires to help you achieve it. I have been getting help from people(known and unknown) like anything. No doubt one is tested time and again and this was my test but all one has to do is ‘HAVE FAITH’. Thats what I did today. I realized that thinking about the solution instead of problems really helps. It makes your mind more constructive. There was an invaluable learning in this experience. I feel extremely thankful for what happened today.
This fire rekindled the fire within me. Fire to to make things work.
Once again my belief became stronger in the quote “Its all in the mind – be it failure, victory, strength or happiness”