I stumbled upon an interview with Ruskin Bond the other day. It was short yet rich in insights, offering poignant glimpses into the simple mountain life the 87-year-old author leads in northern India.

While it was enchanting to hear him speak in his magnetic baritone voice speckled with self-deprecating humour, what had me falling in love with him all over again was his refined eloquence that stems from his perceptions of life and which embodies his stunning surroundings.

I truly believe that when you live in the midst of such natural splendour, you are bound to be enriched in thought and in deed. The majesty of the mountains help you find your equilibrium; the crisp air chips away your exaggerated veneer and the abundance of nature itself makes you a kind, generous person. You mirror its distilled beauty.

Ok, I may be stereotyping here. Everyone who lives in the mountains may not be like the person I describe.

The point I wish to make is that people like Ruskin Bond and Raymond Cloosterman, founder and CEO of Rituals (read his interview) guide you towards a path where success may not be a trophy but an attitude gained through a show of courage, fearlessness and resilience in the face of adversity – all that a mountain exemplifies.

What they and their way of life also do is make us understand the relevance and positive impact of slow life. They help you understand, respect and accept life’s natural rhythm.

After having gone through a mental and emotional churn, thanks to the pandemic, and as we observe Global Wellness Day next week, let's step outside of ourselves to reflect on what truly matters to us and to those we love. For happiness lies in finding our anchor, our mountain...

Let me know what you think...

Reach me at mshekar@gulfnews.com.

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