From sowing a character to reaping a destiny.

In a society where each of us is grown to be independent in spirit and thoughts, there’s always some ambiguity and insanity in a way, that bogs us down in that analysis. We see that the world is our playground, it’s a game but sometimes we play the game too well, that we forget to take care of one’s mental, physical, and spiritual health. This, in turn, seems like luggage, a restless backpack ready to disperse in a bang.

Our most intrinsic nature is caring. It’s one of the most important things that I had to learn and also unlearn. Unlearn in a way, that it’s regulated. Not forced on one another, most importantly, perceived with discipline for one’s own self. I arrived at the footsteps of the Manam Foundation, with depression coupled with anxiety. The atmosphere of such a place can only be described by the sheer volume of nostalgia that I carry with me, but not in mere words- that would seem too extravagant and unnecessary.

Dr. Somya Mohapatra was my guide and also my Guru. She taught me the things that I could love more, and even more than so, accept it. Good or bad, it doesn’t matter: we can’t expect everyone to be the way that we want them to be and that’s the beauty of it. I’m more or less paraphrasing some of the words that she spoke to me, maybe there could be a book, volumes. But the most important part of therapy was, growth, not the ones that give us instant gratification but the ones that have till now, stuck with me, that is like a plant, that I water, every now and then. I don’t really mind about the fruits that I might reap from it because my guru, my ma’am taught me, you really don’t have to worry about the consequences of your actions, as long as you are doing it right with respect to the laws of nature, with courage and love.

Someone once said, “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” It’s true. It’s necessary for survival and growth, that’s what I learned from Manam. That’s what makes Manam so special and endearing in its pursuit to make anyone be the best possible version of themselves. Join Manam and realize that you are not alone, you are not the only one but most importantly you are the only one that can make a difference with yourself.

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