So brimming with excitement, am I, that I falter from burning that match, I so quietly picked up on my way here.
The joy of lighting the fuse, the transient but eternal wait to see it burst into little sparks of happiness. I am anticipating it so much, I again falter from burning that match.
I suppress my overflowing anticipation and finally, I light it. Phew!
The crackling of the fireworks resounds in my brain as if the countdown to the most beautiful light show I’ll see.
The resounding bang with a resplendent blast. I am waiting for it. I yearn to see it so bad like the snow for the sun after a long winter.
I wait for that ephemeral moment of bright brilliant happiness.
It finally happens, BANG!
I am living manifestation of happiness itself now, all smiles.
Fireworks started out in China (they were said to drive evil spirits away), and today, they are part and parcel of any celebration we can think of.
Be it Olympics, New Year celebrations, Diwali, 4th of July, marriages (big Indian weddings), we are always itching to paint the sky into our colours of merriment and joy.
The bright emerald green, the blood-red, the godly golden, the soothing white and many others are the colours in our palette. We leave no stone unturned in boisterously showing the world how happy we are.
With every brilliant spark, fireworks leave us a lesson.
Are you listening to it?
Before you light the fuse, you anticipate the beauty of the moment when you will see the firework burst into splendorous beauty.
Before we do anything in life, we anticipate the outcome. In the case of fireworks, it is the joy-inducing display they will put.
In life, it is the best possible outcome we hope for. Even before lifting a finger, we hope to get the finest 24-carat golden result.
Without going through the crucible of heat, even gold doesn’t show its glorious glow. But, no, we anticipate it still.
We do anything tied to the outcomes, which then, militates our present actions. We become more controlling of the actions of the present.
Yes, we focus more on the constant progress towards the result and if God forbid, something happens, it is like the second coming of the Four Horsemen.
Hope for the best and prepare for the worst
The first part is followed by every single being on this beautiful Earth. The second part seems to vanish as soon as you read ‘best’.
Being in the moment, enjoying anything you do, without getting tied to outcomes or the gratification you will have on the completion, these all are hindrances to the joy, you can just have by focusing on the present moment.
The act of doing that brings tremendous joy and negligible stress.
Still, we choose to sit in sadness rather than jog in joy.
Derive the joy in your life by diving into the pleasant present.
The Eternal Wait
You have lit the fuse. Now, you wait for this crackling to end and get your resplendent reward.
It is merely a second that you have to wait.
Yet, it feels eternal.
We, humans, can dilate time of a mere 10 seconds into 10 years.
Yes, you have felt it when you really, really want something.
Then, the wait for a second can feel like centuries.
In life, you really, really want anything you do to get the best result.
You really, really want that.
You make the wait eternal yourself.
When you focus on the result, the process seems tedious and time-taking.
Time is a tricky treasure.
In that moment when you light the firework, if you look at yourself instead of it, the moment will pass without the eternal wait. In that moment, you are the process, the result is the blast. Focus on the process, on yourself. The wait will become weightless and transform into a wonderful bliss. You will still catch the beauty of it, believe me. That moment you shall not miss.
Peer into the process and you shall rescue yourself from the ruckus of results.
You hear the bang, the drumroll to the lovely light you were longing for.
You want it to go higher.
Higher, higher, higher.
You want it to go as high as you can.
When it attains the acme of its own ascent, you are still saying, “Wish it would have gone higher.”
This is your hope, hope for the highest heights in the world.
In your heart, mind and soul, you know, it won’t go any higher, you still hope.
But, that hope is deviating you from enjoying the beautiful path it is following to its own elegant end.
Hanging onto hope while doing nothing will result in NOTHING.
While trying to do something, hoping to get the best but not exerting the effort is going to result in nought.
Highest results are hard-earned, not hard-hoped.
The height of your hopes should match the effort you exert.
That effort is again the part of the present moment, one has to realize that.
Focus on the effort you are exerting
The Dramatic Display
And, finally, came the BOOM!
This is your result.
All the effort culminated into this single moment you were waiting for.
The trickiest thing to try to get the tiring tasks to their end, is to not focus on the triumphant end.
Eye on the prize, everybody says.
But, the real deal is:
Eye on the present moment if you ever wish to get the prize.
Focusing on the present is the hardest thing a person has to do. But, giving your best effort is the only real factor that matters.
The Anticipation and The Wait are the part of your effort towards the task.
The Ascent is the height of the hope and the effect of your effort.
The Dramatic Display is the final result, which is immutable and you have to ACCEPT.
But, there are numerous fireworks as there are things to do in life.
What if you didn’t get the result you wanted, FIRE your PASSION again and let it BLAST into the best RESULTS.
Sunset is like a firework; when the firework dies, it creates dozens of other beauties: When the sun dies, it creates shining stars, mysterious moonlight, and gleamy lighthouses!
If nothing else, the fireworks of your efforts will bloom into experience, which is the most valuable commodity for us all.
Keep on going because that is the only way FORWARD.
Abhishek Verma is a researcher in the field of deep learning and artificial intelligence. He likes to write about the logical way of self-improvement. Spurred by emotions, he also likes to write poetry. Stay in touch by joining his newsletter. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Mix.