To Old Gods and New Beginnings

by Gurpreet Sihat

Change is inevitable. This we know. But over time I’ve learned that it’s so much easier to handle when you embrace it. When you make that conscious decision to go with the flow instead of fighting against it. 

For me, change has come in abundance this year. Some changes have been easy to open my arms to, others have taken some time to adjust to, and yes, there have also been some that have felt so wretched I wanted to shut myself away and pretend they didn’t exist. On numerous occasions, I’ve been forced to take a step back and look at the change being made. To force myself to see the good that will come of it, not just to me but to the people involved, too. It hasn’t always been easy, but I know that I’ve been better off for it. 

Revamping my website was a change I was eager to jump on board with. There was so much happening, so much I wanted to say that simply didn’t fit into the boxes I had created with my last site, that the decision to make the change was easy enough. The execution, not so much, but it is what it is. 

From the second I made the decision to revamp, I knew that the big relaunch had to be on September 2nd. The date has always been significant for me, for various reasons, but this year it falls on one of my favourite holidays: Ganesh Chaturthi, the birthday of Lord Ganesh. 

A lot of my favourite memories revolve around Sunday morning’s breakfast in bed with my parents and sisters. Once all the toast was eaten and the tea mostly drunk, we would all sit around and listen to Dad tell stories. I loved the ones about Buddha and Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Of Alexander the Great and the Mughal Emperors. But the stories of Ganesh were always my favourite.   

Lord Ganesh, revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and science, the deva of intellect and wisdom. 

Ganesh, the God of Beginnings. 

And what could be more apt than launching my website on the date of his birth?

So today, I welcome a new beginning while embracing the old ones. Today, I fold my hands, close my eyes and give thanks to the fact that I get one. Today, I welcome you to the new GKSihat.Com

Ganesh Chaturthi Ki Hardik Shubhkamnay!

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you all, and may your new beginning be bright and beautiful! 

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