Friday, June 02, 2006

Count your blessings

Let me start with a small incident.

I was on my way, rushing to the bus stop. I had woken up late. Consequentially, I had to gather my wits and all the things I needed for the day (my bag with books; not to forget my lunch box!).
Was hurrying so that I wouldn't miss my bus.

As I was racing to reach the bus stop, I saw a small boy (walking with his grandpa). He had prosthetic legs. But the child somehow didn't seem to 'feel' crippled for life. He was very cheerful, oblivious to the fact that he was disabled in any way.

Suddenly, it hit me. There I was 'running' away to glory to catch the bus. But that child, he will never run. He will never leap with joy; he'll never enjoy outdoor sports. Then I thanked God ; for I did have two fine legs.

There are umpteen things one takes for granted in life. The house we live in, our family, friends... even our 'sanity' ! In this mad-rush called 'life', we do not (want to) think of things we have; instead we harp on things we don't have . We all lead safe and sound lives. Nestled away in the comforts of our homes, we eat three meals a day, we have fine clothes to wear, we have money to spend. But there are many for whom life means making ends meet. They don't have basic amenities like food, clothing, shelter, clean drinking water.We see beggars roaming on the roads, unkempt and unclean. Pause then and thank are not one of them.

It seems to me that we are not "grateful" enough. All we do is whine about things we don't have; things which we 'think' will make us happier. Instead, why not pause and think of how fortunate we are to have what we have?

I read a forward on the net, and it BEAUTIFULLY conveys that we have to be thankful for what we have. It has been one of my all-time favourites.

"Today, upon a bus, I saw a girl with golden hair
I looked at her and sighed and wished I was as fair.
When suddenly she rose to leave,
I saw her hobble down the aisle.
She had one leg and used a crutch
But as she passed, she passed a smile.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine
I have 2 legs, the world is mine.

I stopped to buy some candy
The lad who sold it had such charm
I talked with him a while, he seemed so very glad
If I were late, it'd do no harm.
And as I left, he said to me,
"I thank you, you've been so kind.
It's nice to talk with folks like you.
You see," he said, "I'm blind."
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I have 2 eyes, the world is mine.

Later while walking down the street,
I saw a child with eyes of blue
He stood and watched the others play
He did not know what to do.
I stopped a moment and then I said,
"Why don't you join the others, dear?"
He looked ahead without a word.
And then I knew, he couldn't hear.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I have 2 ears, the world is mine.

With feet to take me where I'd go.
With eyes to see the sunset's glow.
With ears to hear what I would know.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I've been blessed indeed, The world is mine."
So everyday, think of one thing you are grateful for. You will be much happier !

Thought for the say: "Quitters never win; winners never quit"

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