Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Life's Jigsaw - Ask and it is given

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle. Each little piece is an aspect of our journey through it. And when at last we find that last piece and fit it into place, we eventually see the meaning of this life.



UBC Day 1
The A piece  - Ask and it is given  

Really? Oh yes, really.

When I was young I asked and asked and asked.

I asked for that boy, that house, that car, that job, that winning lotto ticket, that perfect body and so on.

I was on the right track wasn't I?  Nearly every spiritual or new age or religious book I read confirmed those words. In fact some of them even went as far as saying visualise, describe in detail, feel it, live it etc etc.

So why wasn't anything given?

And then as the years went on and I grew older and hopefully wiser and as all of those "thats" sailed slowly by  the meaning of ask and it is given started to take shape. The trigger for that was a youtube video - I forget which one - where one line stood out for me and started to take shape in my mind - "It's the way in which you are asking".

It's not that the Universe doesn't want to give, it's in the way we're asking.

It's not that the Universe doesn't give, it's just given in a way we don't expect and hence don't appreciate what we're given until hindsight kicks in and we eventually realise that what we've been given is even greater and more beautiful than what we were asking for.

And so I've learned to ask in a different kind of way ...

Oh Lord, give me wisdom
to know peace,
to know contentment,
to know joy,
to know love,
to gain knowledge,
to share my abundance,
to give and to receive,
to follow where You lead,
to have faith,
to be patient.

Ask and it is given.

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Written for:  AtoZ Challenge  and  The Ulimate Blogging Challenge


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88 comments:

  1. That's absolutely brilliant...you said it as it must be in these lines :
    "It's not that the Universe doesn't give, it's just given in a way we don't expect and hence don't appreciate what we're given until hindsight kicks in and we eventually realise that what we've been given is even greater and more beautiful than what we were asking for."

    Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Kajal. Glad you liked it.

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  2. So true...I actually read somewhere that when we don't get something it's not because God turned a deaf ear to us but because we deserve something better... Nice post Suzy...

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    1. I truly believe that. Thanks Naba.

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  3. An uplifting post, Suzy! We get all that we need for our progress in life - inner and outer. And yet we can't see it at the time.

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    1. Thanks Beloo - it's because we always seem to be looking in a different direction.

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  4. Loved this one Suzy.I do believe that you only need to ask to receive what you want.
    Have a fun filled AtoZChallenge

    Ishithaa
    #AtoZChallenge

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    1. Thanks Bhavya. I'm sure we're all going to have fun or groan when the ideas dry up - oh Lord, let my thoughts flow and my fingers fly on the keyboard. .

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  5. :-) Most times, it depends on how open we are to recognize what we get. Asking is only the first step, a trigger

    Vidya Sury
    Affirmations

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    1. Exactly Vidya - we are so hell bent on wanting to see what we want that we forget to see what we get.

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  6. Life's best gifts sometimes are unanswered prayers. Wonderful way to begin the challenge Suzy. Looking forward to more.

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    1. Thanks Vinita. But unfortunately we only know that in hindsight. I'm glad to have you here.

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  7. Yes, most of the times we don't realise we've recd the gift from the Universe !! So true, Suzy. The first piece of the Jigsaw is at the right place !!

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    1. Thanks Sreeja, Glad you liked my first piece.

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  8. Lovely lovely piece. So true in every aspect of life. The way of asking matters, every time. Cheers.

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    1. Thanks Deepa. Glad you liked it. Thanks for visiting.

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  9. Lovely Suzy.. The universe gives in a way 'we don't expect'.. that so true and that's why we often don't recognise our blessings at all.

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  10. As we grow, perceptions change, and things become clearer in their true meaning. Nice post.

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    1. Thanks Shail. Oh yes, mine have changed significantly over the years.

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  11. A very nice post I feel a positive energy all over me after reading this :)

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    1. Thanks Stri. Glad this gave you a positive feeling. That makes me feel good.

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  12. This I believe too. I believe that one must ask, ask with faith, and give thanks long before our simplest prayers are answered. Suzy, the very first piece of the jigsaw puzzle is perfect. I can see the others falling into place.

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    1. Thanks Cynthia. I so agree, that the key to asking is the faith. And thank you for having faith in my pieces. :)

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  13. The universe asks us to wait. And you have put that up beautifully into words!

    All the best!

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    1. Thanks Rinzu - yep, patience is a lesson the Universe teaches very well.

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  14. What a wonderful perspective!

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  15. Absolutely true Suzy. The universe gives us what we ask, only we need to recognize it!

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    1. Thanks Aditi. So often we fail to see that what we've asked for we have truly been given.

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  16. I love the whole concept of universe giving because it makes me feel secure :) I think as we grow older, we start understanding the fact that our lives are actually under our control. And it's our action that we need to take care, only then things would start falling in place. Beautiful post.

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    1. Thanks Rajlakshmi. The Universe loves to give if only we are open to receive.

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  17. I'm still asking to win that lotto! ;)

    On a serious note, it's basically god helps those who help themselves isn't it? We demand a lot but assume by sitting on our backsides, it will come to us. But we need to know how to ask for it ...and that involves work as well...

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    1. Me too Psych! I truly believe that when we are in the flow, things come to us easily. Of course we do need to work. It's like the person who moans they never win the lotto, but they never buy a ticked either!

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  18. Surely every thing is in the way we talk or ask I guess :)
    good one

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  19. Liked the post Suzy. Ask and you shall receive! I guess we need to ask and work towards it. But finally, if it is right for us, we get it, else, we get something even better :)

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    1. Thanks Prathima. You are exactly right. When we aren't getting what we are asking for, it's usually the Universe lining up something better.

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  20. Beautiful first piece!
    Instead of continuing to ask, we must learn to appreciate, and make the best of, whatever we've received.

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    1. Thanks Pro. You summed it up very nicely.

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  21. Interesting! I'm aware of what can be a battle between the theories of going for goals against appreciating what the universe gives you. I think it can be both! Aiming for things and taking actions towards them, but appreciating what we have in the present, so as not to pin our contentment on some future outcome.
    Your post has given me food for a new article myself, and it's a great post to contemplate,
    cheers, Gordon

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    1. Thanks Gordon. Glad my post gave you some food for thought. The Universe has reminded me several times that it is the boss so I have learned to appreciate all that I'm given.

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  22. Love it! Sometimes, I think the mind-set of people all asking for selfish things is crazy. Why should the Universe give us each shinny bauble we covet? What we really need is to appreciate what we have. Like the four-leafed-clover found right at his own front door. Returning the visit from UBC. http://bit.ly/JBC6am

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    1. Thanks Francene. So true. I think it's because society defines success by the amount of wealth one has. So glad you dropped by.

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  23. Ask and it is given - but most often in ways we cannot comprehend at first! Looking forward to your series, Suzy.

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    1. Thanks Corinne. Isn't that always the way!

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  24. Beautiful! I have had to learn to focus on a different type of asking as well. Looking forward to enjoying your series.

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    1. Thanks A Joyful Chaos. Glad to have you here.

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  25. You make it sound so simple.. beautifully written ... I too believe it is in the art of asking..I generally dun ask for anything from the Lord in my prayers other than peace and strength to me to lead the path he has chosen for me

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    1. Thanks Shiva. Sounds simple but quite hard to do. Your prayers are perfect.

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  26. What a lovely thought, Suzy! Yes, I do believe in it too! Whatever you ask, you will receive, if you have faith!

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    1. Thanks Shilpa. Yes faith is one of the keys along with bhakti and patience.

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  27. You've said this so much more simply than I ever could! Yes, the universe gives us what we ask for....and sometimes, the things it doesn't give us turn out to be the biggest blessings!

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    1. Thanks Peddlerofdreams. You are so right. Glad you dropped by.

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  28. Loved the way you turned this.

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  29. I have read,that when you earnestly ask for something the UN verse gathers itself to procure that thing for you....
    Rightly said Suzy

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    1. Thanks Sitara. I believe that too. Glad you dropped by.

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  30. Yes, yes and yes :) I agree with this 100%. Ask and you shall receive. What a simple, yet profound lesson :)

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    1. Thanks Shailaja. Glad you thought so.

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  31. Adding to this I believe often while asking we can ask ourselves first what we really need. Not everything should go up to God. In a way that helps us introspect too..

    Richa

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    1. True Richa. Introspection is a good thing.

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  32. I have had some unanswered prayers in my life...and I dont regret them...I also have some amazing things in my life that I never asked for...especially certain people who I never knew I could find...but now imagining my life without them is diffficult.

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    1. Universe knows best. Glad you dropped by Jaibalarao.

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  33. i actually love what nabanita says , i find truth in that thanks fo sharing x

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  34. What a serene post Suzy! Trust you to write something soothing and solace giving.
    Ask and it is given!

    Dagmy

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    1. Thanks Dagny. Glad you found my post soothing and solace giving. It makes my writing all worthwhile.

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  35. Thankfully wisdom dawns on most of us as we traverse through life and we learn to enjoy whatever we are given. Loved the post and the way you've written it Suzy and the Meera's pic in the end too :)

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    1. Thanks Sunila. Glad you came by. I love the Meera pic too.

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  36. I have always believed the line "ask and you shall receive". It takes faith, hope, and trust and sometimes patience. It always amazes me how quickly at times the Lord and the Universe provides. ♥

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    1. Thanks Kathy. The Lord obviously tests my patience perhaps another learning for me!

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  37. so true the way we ask always matters, totally relative, beautifully written :)

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    1. Thanks Karan. Glad you liked it.

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  38. A beautiful perspective! The universe gives in a way we don't expect!

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    1. Thanks Rajrupa and welcome to my blog. Glad you liked my post.

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  39. Ask and it's given. How true..I realized it only late in life, but, thankful that I realized. Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Pooja. It's a great day when that realisation dawns.

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  40. Ask, in a different kind if way.. Sounds so simple, but extremely difficult to follow. Thanks for reminding this Suzy.

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    1. Thanks Arpita. You are so right. sounds easy not easy to follow as we fall back into our I want this and that.

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  41. I think, too, one must know WHOM to ask. Many times we seek outside of ourselves for answers, when we should instead look within. Usually we know what we need. Much like Dorothy's slippers, the power has been with us all along, had we but taken a moment to see it.

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    1. Thanks Andi-Roo. True, great strength lies within.

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  42. Ask, Believe and Receive!! Perfectly said!

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    1. And very well summed up by you Nibhz. Thanks for dropping by.

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