It was one of the soul-humbling experience for me, yesterday. I had to try hard to suppress my tears.
We visited a home for destitute children and differently-abled children, yesterday evening, where my BIL had arranged for dinner to these children @ AMS IPD Orthopaedic Centre, Chennai.
OMG !!! The selfless service attitude people around that place, made me feel that I’ve wasted my life, thinking only about myself and my family.
The children staying there, also help the others, in feeding and serving. There are so many children who cannot eat on their own….all of them were fed by other children and volunteers. These children are given mixed food (sambar or dhal + veggies, mixed in the rice), because they cannot mix it on their own and secondly its easier to feed them like this. Not only this – a patient Nurse was going around giving medicines to the children….for some it’s before food and for some after food. The concern shown towards each and every child, is certainly a way towards the higher domains of life.
Here I am sulking about life and other silly things around me, whereas people with so many disabilities carry on life with such vigor, smile and happiness and the feeling of caring and sharing among them, really touches one’s heart totally.
We happened to meet a person whose hands and legs too, were disabled. He came towards us in a flat wooden board with wheels under it…but with a huge smile on his face, which was quite infectious. Even with such sorrow in my heart, I saw myself smiling at him. He wished us all and showed us some greeting cards from his bag. All these movements of opening the bag and taking the cards were done so deftly with his leg. While I was amazed at his use of legs, the cards surprised me even more. All the pictures in the cards are drawn by him, with his leg…WOW, what fantastic pictures he has done…an artist with amazing talent in his toes. And he was selling those cards for a price. I, then understood the confidence with which he wants to live life on his own earnings and not to expect money through charity…WOW, certainly a lesson to learn there.
We were there for an hour or so. And I would really like to appreciate the Warden, the care-takers, the helpers, the Nurses who take care of these children and the grown-ups, with such patience and love.
The whole experience yesterday, has humbled the soul-within and here I say a Thank you Prayer, for all the blessings to me, in life. And this is what I am telling my daughters, right at this juncture, to count the blessings in life. And also to lend a helping hand to others, in whatever way they can. 🙂