“Where did u keep the keys of the car? I am getting late.”
“I don’t remember!”
“What do you mean I don’t remember? You are seriously good for nothing.”
It was a bad start of the day for Ananya. It had been happening quite often lately. Sometimes she would simply feel like running away.
Ungrateful husband, spoiled children and a demanding job! Ananya felt like she was sinking deep into the muddy waters, coming out from where was becoming more and more difficult.
“Are you ready for the presentation?”
“Yes! Yes, I sure am!”
All eyes were on Ananya. She hit the click on right one. Alas! What started playing was not the Ad campaign she was supposed to present. It was her daughter’s sleep over party video!
She stopped it right there. Confused, embarrassed, struggling to get the right video, she finally surrendered to her fate. She apologized and avoiding the tears took a leave of the room.
Her daughter was reckless and stupid. But today Ananya was totally embarrassed because of her.
She left office. With tears in her eyes, she just wanted to jump off a high building.
“How am I going to face everyone in the office tomorrow! There is something seriously wrong with me. I am not a good wife. I am not a good mother. I am not even good at my work. For what reason am I still alive!”
Teary eyed, she was walking on the side of the road.
She was not looking around, not even taking her eyes off the ground. She was completely upset.
A lady with black sunglasses touched her from behind. She had a cane in her hand. It took a moment for Ananya to realize that she was blind. She requested Ananya to help her cross the road.
Ananya looked at her. Though she was blind, she had a smile on her face. Her face had so much charisma and glow. Her voice was so positive and vibrant. Without those black sunglasses on, nobody would perhaps ever be able to tell that she was blind. She looked so happy and cheerful. Ananya wondered if a blind person could ever look so much at peace, so positive!
Ananya held her hand and helped her cross the road.
“It’s such a beautiful day! You are lucky that you can see the beauty around. For me I can only feel it. Thank you and God bless you, dear!”
Hearing these words Ananya was almost mesmerized by her positivity. She did not crib about being blind, or not able to see things. Rather she said a very beautiful thing that inspite of not being able to see, she could still feel.
“How foolish am I! One bad day, one bad presentation, troubles with children or arguments with husband, these things are just so small when I look at my life at large! The day could still be beautiful inspite of all its troubles if I choose to feel that way!”
“I don’t think I am ever going to meet this lady again in life. But the few moments’ encounter with her is going to be a lifetime thing for me. This beautiful stranger has taught me a lot! God has given us a lot to be grateful for and yet we concentrate only on that part which is missing. Gratitude and optimism in every situation is the lesson I learnt from this stranger which I am not ever going to forget!”
Ananya forgot about the presentation, thanked God for whatever she had been gifted with and walked back cheerfully towards home.