I am 65 years young as of May 13th and I spent the day introspecting what personal growth and development I had experienced in those many years of my life. I was not going to list the regrets as I consider them water down the bridge. I have purposefully decided to focus my attention to the positives so that the time left could be better utilized going forward. Acceptance: The pains I had experienced in my life have made me a better person. My patience and perseverance to focus on leading a quality life made me face those stormy days with the mindset, “these would also pass” like any other passing clouds. Clouds can hide the bright side of me for a while but not forever. I understood by controlling my reactions and the time I spend reacting to the happenings around me could substantially change the world around me. Instead of having a shield to protect me from such pains, I made my mind stronger to receive and dispatch them instead of dwelling on them for a long period of time. I learned to disconnect the experiences so that there is no legacy of anything left in the mind as it formatted and reformatted itself from time to time. Attitude: My experiences taught me to accept people as they are. I am not here to change anyone but change myself. I spent most of the time understanding my own strengths and weaknesses and worked on them. In some cases, I had learned to accept my limitations as well. Finding those strengths gave me the courage to attempt things I would have never ventured to do while finding those weaknesses helped me to watch the fellow beings carefully how they overcome those weaknesses. I had established a firm belief that people come into my life with a reason whether they are young or younger to teach me something and watching them address some of the issues they encountered were scintillating experiences. Courage: For some strange reason, being the youngest child in the family, my parents and brother always asked me to be careful and given a chance, they did the job for me instead of letting me venture into anything. This experience built a fear almost for anything and everything in life be it traveling alone, attempting something new, writing an exam after thorough preparation, playing a sport without fear of getting hurt and many more. I realized quickly that I need to change that forever and I decided to venture into so many things on my own with courage and conviction whether they are good or bad. In the process, I made a lot of mistakes but slowly built a courage to do things on my own and face the consequences of my bad actions. Spirituality: Had I known spirituality was not something separate from our real life earlier, I would have done many things differently. After 40 years, I started paying attention to learning spiritual practices that resulted in mid-course correction in my life. I realized that there is something inside me more powerful than the total of my experiences registered in my mind projecting the logical decisions. I could invoke that power if I change my life into right living including how I treat people around me, how I communicate with them and how I help them succeed in life. It is like what we sow is what we harvest. I found that happiness can be derived from peace, peace can be achieved only through a simple mind, and mind can become simple only by overwhelming it with right thoughts and desire to do right actions. I am still work-in-progress and many more miles to go where I need to be. I am enjoying the processes I have put into practice in life than looking at the results of every one of my actions. I like the road I have taken already. I am listening carefully to everything that people around me say to make my life better. It doesn’t matter who they are and what matters the most is what change it brings into my life. I have learned that the entire life runs like a movie when a person goes through a transition period and I am not sure how I would feel when that movie runs at the end of my life. I am only hoping that movie needs to be good to watch as it is the last opportunity for me to entertain myself in my life.