In a routine office life one works around 9 hours everyday and prepares for a better tomorrow in the office for the rest of the day.
Ramya was not any exception. Like everyday, Ramya finished her work in office and reached home with a so many task needs to be finished list banging her head like a hammer is banging a wall. Relaxing after office means brewing tea, folding clothes and deciding the menu for the dinner at the same time.
She took a long breath and approached her son’s room. She opened the door and found her son Rony, sitting comfortably in his favourite rocking chair and laughing loudly as he read a book and looked completely absorbed in it.
Ramya asked him about his day without entering the room. He just nodded cheerfully.
Ramya was about to leave the room when he looked up sharply with a thoughtful expression on his face and spoke, “Mom! you look really tired. Is everything ok?”
After divorce, Ramya saw drastic changes in her son. The most noticeable one was, that her eleven year old son suddenly became very caring. Somehow, he always knew when she was in a bad shape. Before her divorce it never happened.
Anyways, she smiled weakly,” It was long day in office. I have submitted my presentation but I am worried about tomorrow. If anything goes wrong I could loose my job” she rubbed her forehead and replied.
He nodded his head like a real mature person and spoke philosophically, “I understand completely. Last year during my football practice sessions I always felt very tensed. I always used to think what will happen tomorrow. What if I won’t be able to play well. And Mom you won’t believe… it didn’t matter how hard I tried I was never happy and confident. One day my coach Mr. Pal, he is super cool by the way, came to me. He asked me why I always look hassled. I told him about my problem. He explained few things to me and everything became brighter. Do you want to know what he said?”
Ramya nodded with an absent minded as she was still thinking about her presentation.
“He asked me one question, “Rony you are always fleeing about tomorrow but have you ever seen it?
Ramya looked lost but Rony went on anyway,”I jumped and said,Of course! Tomorrow is tomorrow.”
Then Mr. Pal asked again, “Yes.. but have you actually been in a tomorrow?”
I looked at him dumbfounded so Mr.Pal explained further,”See, its very simple. You can talk about tomorrow by saying that you will do this, it will happen tomorrow and this will not happen tomorrow..right? But does it really work like that? Does that tomorrow ever come?”
I was still completely blank.
“Today is 10th October and tomorrow is 11th October. Can you live in 11th October today?”
“I shook my head without even knowing that I was doing so.” Rony said.
“And tell me when you will get up in the morning on 11th October what day would it be for you?” Will it be 10th October or will it be 11th October?
I thought with a long pause and said,”Obviously it will be 11th October.”
“And what will be the day to you? On 10th October, 11th October is tomorrow, but when you wake up in the morning on 11th October, for you its today only. Right.”
“He gave me few seconds to comprehend the logic…” Ramya looked at Rony sharply on his use of nice vocabulary. Rony smiled,”Nowadays! I worry less and read more.”
“So back to the main topic, I understood after some time and relied to Mr. Pal, “Actually, you are right sir. It doesn’t matter what we think or do or do not do, there is no tomorrow for any of us. There is only today.”
“And…?” Mr. Pal asked promptly…When I didn’t answer he said as he got up..”and you are wasting the time of your life for something which is not even there. Aren’t you son?”
Before leaving Mr. Pal patted my head lovingly and said,”Doing hard work today and having fun in your life is the only doable thing. Try to follow my advice and see how everything takes a turn in your favour.”
As Rony finished his small but very effective talk to his coach he looked back at Ramya, “After that day I never thought about the result of my work. I just give my hundred percent in everything and leave it. Because of this new practice I have so much of free time now. I read, I spend time with my friends and I even sing. But thats for me only. So, the point is, if you have done your best in your presentation then leave it. Whatever will happen will happen. Don’t worry. You will see how much extra time you have at your disposal if you are not thinking about tomorrow. And Mom don’t waste any more time as you have to do everything today only as there is no tomorrow.”
Ramya just kept looking at her son as if she has lost all her senses. He was absolutely right. There was nothing she could about any of this except worrying. This was taking up all her time and nothing was going to change.
She stood up with a smile on her face and asked Rony, “Pizza for dinner?”
Rony Jumped from his chair and hugged his mother,” From today I am going to live my life like you. As we can clearly see that between the two of us, you are more sorted and joyful. Its better that I follow you and not the other way around.”
Ramya hugged him tightly, gave him a kiss and told him to come outside after 30 minutes as the pizza will arrive.
As she went to bed that night, the prayed to god,”Dear god! I want to thank you for such a wonderful life. Thank you.”
There were no demands and no questions in her prayers that night. God also slept little bit more cheerfully as his children did the same.