The Patronus

The first thought which the title of this post might bring to your mind would be 'Harry Potter'. But this concept isn't merely for HP fans. It's a very profound idea given to us by J.K. Rowling. Within the pages of the third book of her first fantasy fictional series, the author has explained to us how to combat 'dementors'.

Now, before you call me crazy for saying that dementors are real, let me explain to you what I mean by them. In the fiction, a 'dementor' is a dark and shady creature (by nature and not just appearance) who feeds on one's happiness, will power, energy and vitality. Sounds familiar? Yes, there are dementors in our world. These dementors may be people, events, memories, thoughts or even places.

Some time we feel sad whenever we someone, due to whatever reason. They may or may not enjoy making us feel so. Some events may make us feel miserable. Some places could be very morbid and hence draining. We often brood over memories of such people, events or places which may have hurt us only once but now we hurt ourselves over and over again. And thoughts... most of our worries are either about things which may not be so, needn't be worried about, cannot be fixed or could simply be fixed.

Thoughts have the power of  making 'could be's into 'would be's.    

And what better way to fight a dementor than a 'patronus'? Now, I'm not asking you to take out a 'magic wand' and shout 'EXPECTO PATRONOM!!!' every time you see your ex, your dream-girl's boyfriend, a very rude professor or other jerks, or whenever you enter your own personal hell of the mind. Actually, doing this might lighten up your mood, but it also makes people consider throwing you into an asylum.

A 'patronus', as per the fiction, is a great source of power, generated by the happiest thoughts or the most pleasant memories, which could repel the 'dementor'. It is ironic that the beings who feed on your happiness could be repelled by a patronus. But I think it's because when you're so happy, not even a dementor could digest that much of happiness.

Every minute you waste on thinking about someone or something you dislike or unpleasant, you take away 60 seconds of your life which could be dedicated to someone who loves you and wants to see you happy.   

The only way to be happy, is to be happy. The choice is ours. Don't brood over dementors. Hang around with people who radiate positive energy, with friends who care about you or with family members who love you like no other. Don't spend too much time with pessimists, fatalists, nihilists and other dementors in general.

Start a weekened club, a whatsapp/facebook group, or a mailing list, if necessary, which could help you share patronuses with each other. I personally have a whatsapp group called 'Hakuna Matata' (in swahili, this translates to 'no worries'). The members of this group share positive throughts, happy thoughts, pleasant jokes or just images which could help each other smile and ultimately produce a patronus whenever necessary.rules of this group have been simple: (1) you only speak about nice/pleasant things (2) no politics, religion, sexism, vulgarity, profanity, communalism or hate (3) no brooding over the past or bad situations.

'Hakuna Matata' is yet another concept, but from The Lion King. This beautiful animation for kids, released 20 years ago, teaches a very profound fact:

Yes, the past hurts. But we can either keep running away from it or simply learn from it.
Also remember what the story of 'Peter Pan' and the anime 'Dragonball Z' tells us: The only way to truly be able to fly is by thinking happy thoughts. Perhaps this is because when we do so, we become lighter and hence become free of all the worries which hold us to the ground.