Anyone who lives life for some time—30, 40, 50 years—will realise that, not only their own lives, but other people’s lives, are not like this. They will realize that the job rarely goes smoothly. The relationship is often not sweet and harmonious. And we have all experienced sickness at some time in our lives, and seen sickness in the lives of our loved ones.
So life itself is not like the prayer that I mentioned earlier. In life we have to face challenges.
To hope that life treats you smoothly, to hope that things go according to your plan, is like a cricket player who goes in to bat during a test match, the highest level in cricket, and hopes that the opposition doesn’t bowl too fast and doesn’t bowl too well. That’s not going to happen because the opposition will give you the fastest ball, the biggest bouncers, and the best delivery to get you out.
In some ways, life is like that. Life will get you out, life will challenge you.