By Suma Varughese When I shared with a friend that I would soon be celebrating my 20th year with Life Positive, her eyes grew round with astonishment. “My goodness,” she said, “that is longer than most marriages last!” True, indeed. In these days of job rotation, whoever stays on with the same job beyond two or three years, except if you happen to work in a government job and are biding time for that much-covetted pension? But then, I always have been the faithful sort. I cannot even bear to change my dhobi or grocer without feeling as if I had betrayed them! But there is more to my fidelity than just a reluctance to part ways. To make any relationship last calls for commitment. Whether it is a marriage, a job, or even a friendship, one can only survive the long haul by hanging in there and weathering all the challenges flung at you. I would attribute my longevity to one overriding principle. I had decided long ago that I would not take an emotional decision. I would only abide by my inner voice. This distinction between the tumultuous voice of feelings, and the quiet but sure voice of one’s Higher Self, has always helped me to withstand the temptations of the moment. I have been tempted many times to leave, as we all would in the course of 20 years, but always, I have ridden those feelings, and returned to the commitment. Perhaps what made this so easy was the genuine joy and love I feel at the privilege of editing India’s premier body-mind-spirit magazine. I honestly cannot find a gap between me and the magazine. We share the same values, the same worldview, the same mission. I know instantly what makes an LP story and what does not. LP is an extention of me and I am an extention of LP. And that kind of fit is incredibly rare. I have had many come up to me and tell me that being editor of Life Positive is their dream job. How fortunate then that it has been mine for the last 10 years! I honestly should ask for no other blessing. And yet, through the agency of Life Positive, a stream of blessings have flowed my way. Almost every friend I have today has been sourced in one way or other through my work at LP. Either they have been readers, writers, facilitators or people I have interviewed for an article. What a great privilege it has been to have such a flood of kindred spirits in my life. For the seeker, there could be no better job than working with LP. I have access to the spiritual greats of this country, to all the latest healing tools and techniques, to all the books and music, to all the emerging thinkers and sages. So many problems and issues have been soothed or healed simply by reading the sublime articles writers send us, or in researching an article. Every article I have written, came out of my own quest or insight, and never failed to move me to the next level. In the ultimate analysis, working with Life Positive for the last 20 years has been the biggest gift life has offered me. It has helped me to contribute and support fellow seekers on the path, and it has given me access to a treasure trove of colleagues with who I have build bonds that will last much longer than the job will. Life Positive has been my womb, my monastery, my guru, my sangha and my seva to the world. There is no way I can thank it for all that it has given me. All I can do is to hope that there will always be something I can give it too. Suma Varughese is a thinker, writer, and Editor-in-Chief of Life Positive, and also holds writer’s workshops. Write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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