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Six Happiness Lessons I learned from a Baby in a Boutique
Happiness is a strange thing, at least in my life. It is always the little things that bring a big smile to my face, not that I have any big things lined up in my life. But I must confess that happiness is not what I expected to feel when I popped into the neighborhood's busiest boutique!
Last evening, I had just dropped in to collect some materials that I had given for stitching at the boutique. Besides long traffic jams on the route, I was stressed out. I needed to complete some paperwork at the private bank and that had just got done at the last minute. I had to pick up groceries on the way and the list was pretty long. Then I had to reach my son before a certain time as per schedule.
So, when I spotted a baby in the boutique, I felt instantly happy. As our gazes locked, the three-month-old beauty began to smile, stretch her tiny palms to me and our eyes locked for several minutes. She began to push herself more towards me, making tiny sounds to get my attention and in those moments, all my tensions ebbed away and happiness embraced me without any effort. I was so wrapped up in her trusting, adoring eyes that I felt supreme peace - no wonder, the Himalayan Masters like Swami Rama say that one must be fearless on the path of spirituality and be open to the Universe, just like a baby. [READ: It's Ok to be Vulnerable]
Somewhere along the way, our inner child is lost and regaining it feels like Mission Impossible. Opening up is tough, because of life. As you grow along with it, your own experiences teach you to distrust people than to trust them. It's called life.