finding happiness

Finding happiness within yourself

The stranger smiled and said, “I am Divya. Do you mind if I sit next to you? My legs are killing me."

It was a typical Sunday afternoon. The Richmond Park was flocking with people, running, and walking their dogs. Some were chatting, while others were sitting alone basking in the sunlight.

With her dampened eyes, Madhu looked around and watched people enjoying themselves to the fullest. Yet none of that gave her any joy. She was playing her conversation with Pramod over and over again. It’s over, Madhu. We can’t be together. I don’t love you anymore.

Just like that, their relationship was over. No explanation, no apology.

Suffering from a terrible heartbreak, she sat alone, hiding her sobbing face behind her palms. The next moment, she heard a friendly voice. “Is everything alright?” a bespectacled middle-aged woman walked up to her. “Yeah… I am… I am okay,” Madhu avoided the question as she wiped the tears from her face.

The stranger smiled and said, “I am Divya. Do you mind if I sit next to you? My legs are killing me.”

“Please,” Madhu replied as she shifted to make space.

“So, is everything really okay?” Divya asked again in a soft voice.

There was something in Divya’s voice that comforted Madhu. “I am just having the worst day of my life. My partner broke up with me. Eight years… we were together and he didn’t even give me eight words of explanation,” a reluctant smile flashed on her face.

“I know it’s hard. But you’ll be okay,” said Divya. “Life is too short to cry over something that wasn’t meant to be.”

“But for me, it meant a lot. Eight years of my life I gave to this relationship,” Madhu replied.

“My husband walked away after 14 years of marriage. Still, I am here, strong and happy,” Divya was smiling. “You don’t have to be in a relationship to be happy. If happiness is what you seek, be in a relationship with yourself.”

“Thanks. Your words have given me some strength. I wish we could talk more. But I have an important errand to run,” said Madhu.

“Of course. You can take this book with you. I want you to have it. I’m sure it will help you,” Divya pulled a book from her tote bag and gave it to her. Madhu happily took it and bid her goodbye.

She was feeling better after that conversation. I should have stayed back. I didn’t even take her number, she thought while walking towards her cab. She looked at the cover of the book and read the title – Finding happiness within yourself.

And just below that, she found the author’s name in bold: Divya Prakash.


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