STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT IN OUR LIFE
There are eight stages of our life. In each stage there is systematical development and evolution of physical/mental/emotional besides spiritual development. But in actual practice do we aim for continual spiritual – transcendental development from early stages till the last stage or fritter away the chances bestowed to us by the Mother Nature.
Unfortunately we remain procrastinating the spiritual development from one stage to another till we reach oldage when it is really too late. There should be a continuous effort by an individual to progress for Eternal Enlightenment from beginning itself over and above the natural tendencies of development in different stages of our life.
We are living in the world of our own making thinking that spiritual development is only left for Middle Adulthood to Oldage only without thinking that next moment may or may not come for us because of non-expectancy of our life!
OUR DEVELOPMENT & ITS STAGES
God is so kind to us all
In giving this body of ours
A temple with innate faculties and potentialities
And with it will to change our negativity into positivity
Thus transform situation from hell to heaven
Or make hell out of heaven
Freewill is solely ours!
In the mother’s cozy womb
Though very warm
The toddler has its world confined
Coming out of that world
Tiny tot observes the human faces
With wide open eyes!
Looks in askance
Thence mother hand caressing
The child’s tender self so charming
Putting her ineffaceable stamp
Of love – creating sense of trust
With every touch.
When early childhood dawns
Dear ones in the household just come to fore
Provide the child a sense of personal control
Over physical skills and liberty from outer control
In natural calls
Here success leads to independence
Letdown a feeling of shame and further doubts.
In preschool stage the child begins taking control
Over the environs
Through its inquisitiveness
Infusing sense of purpose if successful
A feeling of guilt
If failure knocks the doorstep.
Then approaches the period when child is admitted in school
With too many of demands on tiny tot
Success leads to vigor
And initiatives galore
Here not meeting demands leads
To lowliness in behavior patterns.
Next is the period of adolescence
It is the age with a bag filled with sensitivities
A stage of life when teens
Are confused lots
What to seize and what to leave?
Here establishment of personal identity
And sense of self comes to the fore
Success leads to more success & more confidence
But failure leads to mess and more confusion
And loss of face as a conclusion.
Most impressionable period of life is adulthood
When one cultivates good relations
With the peer group and others
Here maturity is the name of the game
Success leads to establishing identity
While failure leads to rank perplexity
And further isolation and anxiety.
Middle adulthood is important period
When we partly serve for eking bread for ourselves
And the family we have created
It is age in which we engender positive change
Benefiting ourselves and our dear ones
Here success leads to feeling full of satisfaction
But when faced with dilemma of failure leads to stagnation.
Thence there is a period of older adulthood
It is a period when we introspect and look back
What we accomplished in the life so lived
Success leads us to a feeling so sagacious
However failure puts us into the deep well of despair
And further pushes us to a bed full of thorns
It is a stage when we should devote in totality to our Lord
And thank Him for His mercies
Despite our miseries
Which we’ve earned because of our own follies.