To new beginnings
Hi everyone, I’d really like to share my story because I feel this will help me be more thankful for the great life God has given me and the new me that has been magically created.
I am an engineering graduate and like most Indian engineers, I wanted to pursue a master’s degree in engineering from a foreign University, mostly to get a better exposure of technical advancements. After college, I applied to many Universities in USA and Germany and I got an offer from University of Bremen, Germany. Interestingly my boyfriend, whom I am dating since college, was applying for universities too and I very badly wanted us to be in the same University. I must have unknowingly used the magical power to attract this, he got an offer letter from University of Bremen too. My joy knew no bounds.
We started our journey from Mumbai, India to Bremen, Germany and were very happy. After coming here we rented an apartment together but this was only a temporary accommodation since we had to move to the student apartments provided by the University. Generally its difficult to get apartments there because there is a huge rush during the start of the semester. I was happy to be living with my boyfriend for the first time and didn’t really care about getting a room in the student halls. But he knew that living together might take a toll on our studies. He tried to explain this to me but I felt he didn’t love me and that is why he is making up such excuses. Things began to fall apart and our perfect relationship became a mess. We quarrelled for every little thing and abused each other even physically. Just then he got a contract from the University for an apartment and he said he would leave this house soon. I felt dejected. He did not want to put me in trouble so he asked me to go to their Office and see if a room comes available. I did that and surprisingly they offered me a room in the same building as his but it was available only after two months. I signed their contract but instead of being happy, I was frustrated for having to wait for another two months. I found another room for the time being but it wasn’t very good. I also felt jealous that my boyfriend got the good apartment and we had almost broken up. Nevertheless, I thought my woes would end as soon as I got that studio apartment from the University and I started counting the days for those two months to end.
I was so ungrateful and so negative during that time that I attracted negativity in every aspect of life be it money, relationships or studies. If this wasn’t enough, I fractured my ankle just a week before moving in. Everything that could go wrong went wrong. I had to be operated and my parents came all the way from India to take care of me. I was in my worst health, I was struggling with money, my studies got hampered and my relationship was troubled. My parents stayed with me for a month and during this time my dad saw how ungrateful and negative I had become.
So before leaving, he gave me this amazing book called ‘The Magic’ which he had bought on his way from India to Germany and asked me to read it when I was free. I thought it wonât hurt to do something like this and so I started doing the 28 magical tasks. Surprisingly, I began to feel happy despite all the challenges. I started feeling grateful to all the nurses and doctors in the hospital who took such good care of me, I felt grateful to my friends who visited me every day at the hospital and brought me flowers and chocolates. I was grateful to my parents for leaving their job and country to come and live with me in my single room apartment and to my boyfriend for being there with me constantly, for taking care of me before my parents arrived, for packing my stuff and moving them to the new apartment, for receiving my parents at the airport and helping them at such a crucial stage. I was grateful for every big or small thing and I was surprised to see the magic happen. My doctor was happy with my X-ray reports; my physiotherapist said my recovery was much better than other patients. I did not feel much pain and could walk better with every passing week. I thanked my physiotherapist wholeheartedly after every session and I cannot explain the energy that gave me. Meanwhile my love life improved. We spent quality time with each other and went on many romantic dates and trust me, I walked with the help of walking sticks but those dates were some of the best dates we ever had. To top it all, I got a one year scholarship from the University to cover my living expenses here.
My life has turned into a magical song. I have been healed both physically and mentally. I am extremely grateful to my dad for making me read this magic, to Rhonda for writing this book and changing my life and to God for being so kind to me. Thank you thank you thank you! I have realized that I am blessed and I am more than happy to be living and studying in such a great country. I never feel homesick and every day I feel happier to be here, to be alive, to study and to love. I don’t speak much German but people are so generous, they speak to me in English and help me in every possible way.
This is amazing and I am sure I will have many more things to be unconditionally grateful for in the days to come. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!