Monday, March 30, 2009
Count your blessings....
Today was another day which once again made me realize how fortunate I am. In life we always crave for things that we don't have, but fail to see how blessed we all are & how people from our everyday lives- our family & friends, add so much meaning to our routine lives. But society today is busier than ever & many a times, just spending time with friends and family takes a backseat to our schedule. Add to that the distractions of cell phones, blackberries, computers, junk mail, television and God knows what else, and before you know it- we aren't even connecting with the family in our own house. Family members become distanced and almost unfamily like.We all are so lost in the fancy world that we have shut our eyes to the beauty that surrounds our every day lives.
After a weary day today, I decided to visit this orphanage in town called “Jyoti Niwas” which is run by the Missionaries of Charity and the smiling faces of these kids made me so blissful that the day’s fatigue somehow just vanished. It was a chaos of happiness. Seeing this was just one of those moments that I cannot describe in words. It was one of those moments that reminds you of the power of the human spirit, and the hope that these children must live with everyday.
Visting an orphanage and spending some time with these kids is so much satisfying to oneself and as always, it makes me realize how truly blessed I am to have people who are there to care & provide for me and form such an integral part of my life. Watch their eyes before you give them just a chocolate and you can see that priceless smile & this is one of those things which money can’t buy. It’s so much gratifying when you actually put your heart into whatever little you do for them.
Such orphanages do provide them with a shelter and necessary living conditions but I believe, sleeping alone at midnight, an orphan has no other way than shedding few drops of tears when a monster comes in the nightmares, or comprise the agony in an unheard sigh, when stretching his/her hand to hug an unseen mother. They are spending their lives in prison-like orphanages, waiting for a dad and mum who, they know may never come to lock them in embrace and yet they seem to be happy with whatever little they have and we inspite of all our luxuries, have incessant desires!
But how many times do we acknowledge how lucky we all are to have what these little kids don’t? They don't have the opportunity to experience the comfort, love & security that a home provides us with.
The affectionate touch of a mother is more essential than anything else to a child and the presence of parents, of course is needed more than any other comfort on earth. What if such an infant is left alone in this world with no mother to feed when feeling hungry, with no mother to lift up when fallen down, with no mother to console with a soft kiss when tears roll down on the cheeks and with no mother to sing a lullaby when sleep closes the eyes?
So many children need to dream, to dance, to know a time at least once in their lives, where fear doesn’t exist. It breaks your heart to see that there are so many unloved children in this world who want nothing more than little attention and love from even a stranger. It is not a charity to build cloud-reaching huge mansions for left alone children to live, for the essence of real charity abides in our genuine desires to give them whatever little we can, in whatever ways we can, and doing just a small bit on our part doesn’t hurt- it only helps to improve as an individual.
At the end of the day, it reminds me of that hymn – “Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done....”. We all are gifted with packages, most of which we never bother to open.
Nothing in life is more important than your family and I am certain, the roots of peace lie neither in combat, nor in money, nor in any material wealth nor property, but in Family. Atleast mine does...
Posted by Anubha at 7:09 AM