Your habits, your destiny

"Sow a thought, and you reap an act;

Sow an act, and you reap a habit;

Sow a habit, and you reap a character;

Sow a character, and you reap a destiny." ― Samuel Smiles

In above said quotation writer has graphed the stages of our life. Habit is the most dangerous stages as going back from here is not an easy task. Spirituality says that most of our suffering is because of our habits irrespective of good or bad, though bad shares more. According to spirituality, habit occurs because of ignorance and lack of knowledge. We all have become so habitual of our worst way of living that we don’t feel it bad at all. Time to time people has come to awake us from this deep sleep but we unconsciously have denied their truth. A story from the pen of Daniel Frankel better depicts the difference between an awakened, enlightened person and common, habitual person. Story says that,

Once upon a time, there were three babies and an ogre. The ogre kept them chained inside a cave facing the wall and with their backs against the entrance of the cave so they could never see what was happening outside of the cave. They were not allowed to go outside and experience the world.

Since they grew up in the dark, their eyes adapted to the darkness and the only thing they could see were shadows on the wall in front of them coming from objects reflected by the light outside of the cave. Since this is all they had seen all their life, shadows on a wall, life seemed normal to them; they believed that this is the way in which all people lived.

Out of boredom, they started giving names to the shadows on the wall and guessing what the shadows could be. Identifying the shadows became a fun activity for them.

One of them was the smartest, and he never missed identifying the right shapes of the shadows. The second guy was correct most of the times and the last one was almost always wrong with his guesses. Because of this, the two later guys always looked up to the first one; they thought he was super smart as he was always correct.

Many years later after the boys had grown up, the ogre went for a walk one day. At the same time, a man from the outside world was walking by and heard the three guys talking. The man walked into the cave and was stunned to see these young men chained inside the cave. Still in shock at what he had found, he asked "What are you guys doing here? Who is keeping you here? This is so wrong, who would do such a thing to you?

As he asked, he reached into his backpack and pulled his tools to cut the chains of the smart guy who immediately screams at him. "What are you doing? Leave me here, this is my home! Why are you taking away my chains?"

The stranger kept on releasing him while saying, “No, you don't understand. It is not normal to live life like this. You shouldn't be here. There is a whole world out there waiting for you. You shouldn't be here"

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