People say that the globe has altered. They assert that it used to be a much better place to stay than it is nowadays. The ancestors, gossip speakers, tabloids and many more mediums of information assert my initial statement every day with information on global crimes, green house gases, increasing toxic waste, rising divide among the residents of the earth and so many disturbing news. Sometimes it looks like the world does not have anything positive to talk about. It can be psychologically draining to talk about so much negative news always. But I have always been told to look on the positive side by my elders and I believe in looking at the bright side of the life. I can confidently say that the world has not changed much around me. My inspiration is my childhood’s best friend “Spooky and her family”. Below is a glimpse of her world:
"Papa, I Am home", Spooky shouted as she dragged her heavy bag and bicycle inside her garage. She heard her mom yell "first change your outfit and get ready for lunch beta". She overlooked her mother and went straight to her dad seated on the couch watching news as usual.
The sun rises daily, giving us the chance to start our life afresh. I was not always positive like this. In fact I was the criticism box, who would have been overlooked from miles away. I was never appreciative for what I was given and I left no stone unturned to let everyone around me know how awful my life was. I drove people away and continued being disgruntled more from my life. But after I met spooky and spent time with her, things changed significantly in me.
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Spooky always saw her father move slowly on the floor helping her mother do the daily odd jobs. Spooky’s dad (Mr Malholtra) performance was a slap to people who claimed that disabled people can’t do anything. Uncle could do almost everything a normal a fully fit adult could do. Her mother was working and her siblings were studying. Mrs Malholtra sure had a challenging task since she was managing a big household.
Mr Malholtra made sure he provided the helping hand wherever he could do. He was a typical dad who used to wake up the kids, motivate them to hurry up to school on time and made sure the lunch boxes were packed on time.
He used to also ride the car and drop off the kids and their mother at their respective places. I have grown up seeing Mr Malholtra and Spooky since they are not only in our neighbor but my dad’s youngest brother. My dad never wanted to give his example to me. However it was during the normal discussions that Mr Malholtra understood my dad’s problem and he became my second mentor.
As I spent time with Mr Malholtra, I realized that he was a man who despite all hardships had dared to raise a happy family. Though he could not afford the best luxuries of life he made sure he gave his children the best education with the support of his wife. The story of Mrs Malholtra is also interesting and I will share it another blog post.
From Mr Malholtra, I learnt that how man can be filled with compassion and be less angry. Despite hurdles, I was always amazed at how he kept smiling and laughed at problems as if they were jokes. He made sure he carefully planned for the future, but still enjoyed every moment of his present.
And today if you ask me, I have tried to learn this art of being positive. I am still uncles humble student. I get a chance to be optimistic at different times such as– the look at the intensifying sun, beautiful vegetation in our backyard, the chance to sip tea in the evening when I am sitting on our home beach with a book or paint brush in my hand, the friendly fights with friends and many more. I have hopes of a gorgeous opportunity and I do see a somewhere in the bliss on this earth!
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