Everytime I failed to clear an Exam, I thought I hit rock bottom. Then the next failure came, Cat dandelion shirt and then the next, and then I realized that there is no such thing called rock-bottom. There is no point in getting frustrated for things that are not in my hands. There is no point in being sad about your fate. I learned that I should be happy for what I already have, and that has been a huge relief for me. I have been so much better since this realization, and have been much more productive. The difference in the standard of living between Australia and a developing country like India is astonishing. Hygiene, cleanliness, health and infrastructure are given utmost importance.
Part of my writing discipline is to sit for at least an hour in my Cat dandelion shirt, which looks out on that yard and watch the natural world flicker before my eyes. I can see vegetables in my garden that sprouted overnight. Birds, butterflies, and bees go about their daily routine either accepting of or oblivious to my presence. Wonder is one of the most poignant, profound and life-affirming emotions we can experience and one that unfortunately so many turn a blind eye to. Wherever you live, or where ever you go, even in the midst of the most deplorable conditions, sources of wonder and amazement still abound. You just have a look.