Finding magic in the mundane

I was out for my morning walk. I was filled with sadness. An hour later I felt a little bit better. Stopped. Took out my phone and checked my messages.

The first one was a WhatsApp on our family group. My dad has posted this picture of a serene sunrise (back in Wayanad). The sun, finding its way through the morning mist was shimmering over the lake that our home overlooks.

I stood still and looked for the sun. I could not find it. How did the same sun look so serene and wonderful there? Was it because I had my head down, lost in contemplative thought? Could I be the reason that I was not able to bask in its glory here in hazy Gurgaon? 

It took only a second to look up. To change the lens. To search for the beauty and I found it. It was hiding behind a building. Waiting to be found. 

I reminded myself, it was the same sun that I was gazing upon.

The day is beautiful. The sunrise perfect. And I am reminded to be grateful and grasp life with both hands.

I am also reminded of how important it is to have someone to share their view of the world with me. It helps me to shape mine. Thank you dad.

Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing mundane about a sunrise. It is glorious. Warming. Uplifting. Energising. It was always there for me to find. I was lost in the mundane. I just could not see it because I had my head down and I was mired in the haze of my ‘to-do’ lists and my little problems looming large. 

Thanks to dad and technology, my day transformed. I will go out there today and do my very best to help more people see the sunrise. To find the magic in the mundane. In this concrete jungle too there is serenity and beauty. If only I stop to look.  I am grateful to have people who remind me to truly see – what’s out there is actually a reflection of what’s going on in here, with me.

Like magic, in a few seconds my day transformed. Yours can too. Choose to change the lens. Stay healthy. Stay happy. Write yourself a #mentalcheque. Invest time and give attention to your mental health and wellness. Search for the sunshine. Better still, help someone look up and see the sun.


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Nikhil Dey
Nikhil Dey is Vice Chair of Weber Shandwick India. Nurturing talent and helping clients achieve their goals is what makes him happy. He loves learning from students of communication, teaching courses and guest lecturing at various educational institutions. When he is not working you will find him on the tennis court or out for long walks with his family and four legged friends.
Nikhil is a certified life and leadership coach (International Coach Federation - ICF).
He can be reached on twitter @deydreaming

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