Compromise or strike a balance! This is one of the regular advices, we receive. I always thought, the latter literally means, “finding the average” or something similar! The world is neither good nor bad. At best it is neutral. When we are afraid, we find things to fear, all around us. When we are hurt, we see suffering and feel hopeless often. When we are angry, we discern plots and enemies, lurking everywhere! When we feel guilty, we seek out disappointment and take it as a punishement we deserve and we lose our will to grow. But , We must remember, while all this negativity is going on, something good is also taking place. We have taken bold decisions in life, very often, taking a risk and have succeeded fairly well. When you think of this, your fear should vanish. We cannot deny that never have we hurt anybody in our life. Well, we might have done it unknowingly many times, but we can’t deny that at least on a few occasions, we have done it knowingly. We cannot rule out that we have always been pleasant in our interactions with others. We have given them a small piece of our mind, knowing that they will definitely get angry on hearing us or thinking, they deserve it! In spite of humanity all around us, let us extend our thinking a little bit. There are many things in nature, which make us happy, for which we cannot be grateful enough. Unless we learn to strike a balance, we will find that there are more reasons to be unhappy than happy in life! By a small compromise, we, very often gain a lot in life. We do compromise with our spouse on so many issues. Finally what we gain is our own happy married life. Understanding how to compromise is at the root of any solid relationship. Learning how to integrate compromise in our life can do wonders in our relationship with friends. It takes just a little effort to compromise, to make our life better. Even though you may not fully like your job, compromise a little and get the courage to work a little harder. Success is yours! The compromise is all worth it! We don’t have to solve all our problems. We just have to compromise that everything may not work the way, we want them to. But, as we flow with the tide, we very often realise that our initial apprehensions were uncalled for. Compromise willingly on things which cannot be changed; you will have no regrets. But never ever compromise on quality! Where you cannot compromise, strike a balance to the extent possible – sadly choice is limited in life, very often! I love this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: For everything you have missed, you have gained something else; And for everything you gain, you lose something else. Love, Chithra.