Thursday, January 23, 2014

Down in the dumps

For the whole of the last 15 days health issues have been plaguing me and my family . It seemed like it was an unending roller coaster of problems and I would never get out of it! It made me think that there could not have been a worse start to the new year! 

My sister even teased,"Are you planning to finish you entire quota of health issues in January itself?" Didn't seem like a bad idea though! How convenient, isn't that? I thought! 

A couple of friends suggested seeing a "good astrologer", maybe he could tell me what inter-planetary issues were creating this havoc!


My rational mind wouldn't traverse that path. Having never entrusted myself to a person who could read my "fate", now to expect him to cure me with hocus-pocus,was unthinkable!

It is in times like these that I turn to mom. I pitied myself even as I sobbed telling her how I was going through a tough time nursing a broken ankle and managing kids who seemed to have one sickness after another. She listened to me till I finished my sob story and then asked me to watch 2 programs on TV. ."I'll call you at night" she promised.

That's all mom had to say to me ? I wondered. 

Anyway, just to know what the hype was about I switched on the TV. The first was a couples dance show where one participant couple stood out. The male partner had no legs and yet he danced like it was the easiest thing to do. His wife supporting him throughout the performance, they danced like both were unaware that he did not have both legs! 

To say I was moved, will be an under statement. 

That over, I flipped to the next program my mom wanted me to see. A talent hunt was on and shortly a beautiful lady came up on stage. She walked with the help of crutches and I saw that she stood on one leg. But what she did next blew me away! She handed over her support and danced on one foot for a full three minutes! 

I clapped as if I was seated in the audience. 

Then mom called. "So,how are you feeling now?"

 I wanted to say I am ashamed of myself for letting such a minor injury dampen my spirits

Instead I said, "Good. Better than I was in the morning.

 "Be happy that it was a simple injury that will heal with time," she said.  "And thank god for the number of helpers he sent you. As for kids, remember that kids and illnesses go hand in hand. It may have all happened together so it caused you so much stress. But it also showed you how strong you are,didn't it? No one except your own will power can help you. So learn to keep your faith in god and god alone.This time will also pass." Every word she was true!

She was so right! I cannot even count the number of people who came forward to take care of me. 

Thank god for all his favors. Thank god for mom! 

Yeah, this time will also pass!


  1. Phew ! So, that explains your long absence from the blogosphere....something that hasn't happened off late......
    It must have been a really trying time for you, with your own illness and the family's, to take care of. Hats off to you for having crossed the testing waters. All prayers for you, too!
    Respects to your mom for the wonderful way she guided you :) I happened to see a similar program on one of the South Indian Channels, and the participant was blessed with only one leg, with which she did Karakaattam( the folk dance of Tamil Nadu where a small pot is balanced on the head, something similar to Kuchupudi). They really teach us how blessed we are !! :)

    1. Thanks a ton for the love! I'm much better now and so are the kids . My computer has also crashed but I'm using my mobile to write and read! Nothing will bog me down now! Thanks for the support.

  2. I meant, Something that hasn't happened often.... :) Outlook window playing with me when I compose the comments, so didn't notice the replacement :)

  3. Oh! Take care Titli! We missed you here :)

    1. Thank u so much sowmya! I missed all you lovely writings too!

  4. Yay for the positivity! We tend to think that when we undergo pain it's unbearable, but when we really take a look around, we aren't in such a bad situation at all. The first performance you were referring to, the Nach Baliye one, touched me too...all of their performances have been great! Plus, Vinod's smile is just elating :)

    Anyhow, we missed you! Hope you're feeling better!

    1. Yeah that's the program! Isn't he sensational? What you said is totally true! And when i realised it it made me feel rather small!
      Thanks for the lovely words, i missed you guys too!

  5. oh .. get well soon .. best wishes !

  6. Same too hving a really bad month.... Get well soon

  7. Wow! Kudos to your mom for teaching such a fab lesson. Sometimes we focus so much on what we don’t have that we fail to see, appreciate, and use what we do have! And we must never forget to count our blessings! :)
    Take care and get well soon and have faith :)

    1. Well said shilpa! We must really count our blessings! I read your post on handling problems and i think it was tailor made for me!

  8. Oh! Wow! Well - I have had my share of mishaps, broken right hand and all last year and managed to maintain good cheer BUT then I had no kids to take care of. Hope the ankle is good now.

    And, yes, the people who helped!! THAT was a joy to exceed any minor problems dealing with life left-handed for a month and a half.


At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person..deep gratitude for those who have lighted the flame within me!! your comments will be appreciated..

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