This past weekend, I had the pleasure of spending some time just outside Dayton, Ohio. The lifestyle out there was so different to the big cities I’ve been frequenting. Instead of skyscrapers, there were corn fields. Instead of spending time on a metro, I went for a hike. I was in suburbia, small-town style. There is an ease to the “midwest.” Less chaos, less rushing. More time to drive, to enjoy time with family, to live simply.
In Ohio, I learned something valuable. Something that seems obvious, but was clearly articulated through a couple of the individuals I interviewed. You really never know what life is going to throw at you. You never know what decisions you’re going to have to make. You never know what beliefs you might even have to compromise upon. 1984 challenged Sikhs. Moving to America challenges Sikhs. Being bullied challenges Sikhs. Each person responds differently depending on circumstances, on family, on location. The list goes on.
Life challenges us to recognize our non-negotiables – what we are unwilling to give up on – faith, family, job, happiness. Sometimes these things can conflict. Think about what your non-negotiables are.