Feb 24, 2009

293.He opened my eyes

Inspired from an e-mail...

I spend my evenings in a park. I always manage to find an empty bench and I would end up reading some book. Last evening I was reading a novel sitting on that park bench.There were a few people in the park. The usual calmness was missing.But as I liked that place, I continued to read.And if that weren't enough to ruin my day, a young boy out of breath approached me, all tired from play.

He stood right before me with his head tilted down and said with great excitement, "Look what I found".In his hand was a flower, and what a pitiful sight,with its petals all worn - not enough rain, or too little light.I do not like anyone disturbing me when I read a book.I faked a small smile at him and turned away.

But instead of retreating he sat next to my side and placed the flower to his nose and declared with overacted surprise"It sure smells pretty and it's beautiful, too. That's why I picked it; here, it's for you"The weed before me was dying or dead.Not vibrant of colors: orange, yellow or red.But I knew I must take it, or he might never leave.So I reached for the flower, and replied, "Just what I need".But instead of him placing the flower in my hand,he held it mid-air without reason or plan.It was then that I noticed for the very first time that the boy could not see. He was blind.I heard my voice quiver; tears shone in the sun.As I thanked him for picking the very best one"You're welcome" ,he smiled, and then ran off to play unaware of the impact he'd had on my day.

I sat there and wondered how he managed to open my eyes.Perhaps from his heart, he'd been blessed with true sight.Through the eyes of a blind child, at last I could see.The problem was not with the world; the problem was me.And for all of those times I myself had been blind.I vowed to see the beauty in life and appreciate every second that's mine

I held that wilted flower up to my nose and breathed in the fragrance of a beautiful rose and smiled as I watched that young boy with another weed in his hand about to change the life of an unsuspecting old man.

-Chronicwriter

70 comments:

  1. God touches us in unexpected ways, like he did once thro a power cut in my school days.

    we(my sis and i never have the habit of eating in the table)in my house we only sit in front of the TV. Then we had power cut. We were forced to eat at the table as a family as there was only one candle available.

    We had a wonderful fellowship meal that day.

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  2. Hey i've started a new blog http://anthonydemellosj.blogspot.com/ the content of the blog is from books written by anthony de mello, im uploading them one by one as they are really good and are not available anymore in book shops and people scarcely read these kind of books so it is my attempt to make bring to light anthony's work to the blogshere.

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  3. :-) reminds me of a Chesterton essay.. blind are those who close their eyes to wats happening around them :-)

    Good one Chriz..

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  4. Chris Absolute Work !! Kudos ou rock man .. Nothin More 2 Sa

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  5. :)...lovely...im just speechless:)...so so speechless:)

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  6. its beautiful, little things which we forget to appreciate, has a huge impact later on.... nice post :)

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  7. chriz!!! brilliant post!! yes..life is indeed beautiful.. cheers to life! :)))

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  8. amzing post. After long time i read something nice and heart touching..
    M so touched chriz.
    seriously i too feel that. sometime we dnt notice thing. we make fun of other and we realise we are wrong. they are different.
    happened with me too.

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  9. Hopped here randomly.Loved your Blog!

    Amazing post.Sometimes, the smallest of things are powerful enough to change everything around us!

    Great going!

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  10. Came here for a laugh...Instead i found this post.
    Very Touching ,chris....

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  11. what appened to the humour Mr.Inspirational Speaker.........Amazing story.......and really like it how you ended it........touching another's life..:)

    Bio was easy to day:)


    BTW..check out my blog there's a new message box there......


    Cheers,
    Poshin

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  12. It isnt for nothing that they say beauty is in the eye of beholder..

    So touching :)

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  13. It just takes a moment, isnt it??? Such moments make life special bro... :)

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  14. people come to your way for some reason...n dear sometimes they help us realize wat we are ..!!!

    talking about visually challenged children....i have met many of them as a part of my service project....and i can tell you...they are the most happiest people one can find...!!! they are always smiling and always happy...most importantly they never complain...!!!

    nyways...it was a great post dear..!!!

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  15. really good post buddy.. quite a surprise coming from a person who outdoes himself with humour actually... is this a true incident?

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  16. Like they say 'Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder', everything is beautiful if we make that effort. Beautiful. :)

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  17. awwww :)


    guess what?this pic of urs-mr x reminds me for the sri
    lankan cricketer murlidharan.. but you are more handsome... i think you already knew that...right?

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  18. awwww :)


    guess what?this pic of urs-mr x reminds me for the sri
    lankan cricketer murlidharan.. but you are more handsome... i think you already knew that...right?

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  19. that was soooooooo touchin man...sigh!!!

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  20. aiyo.. wat happened to you?! I mean its a very beautiful post!!! but its so not "you"

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  21. :))
    life is weird.... and awesome! :))

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  22. nice post dude..for a change a serious one :)

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  23. Life is beautiful...good post bro! :)

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  24. Its these little instances tht make us realise the true worth of life!! Life is indeed beautiful and ur post said it all!! :)

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  25. That blog s amazing!made me to think!!:)i hav never commented for you!! this will tell you hw much i liked t! way to go!! :)

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  26. totally touching post chriz..
    I guess that child was god send, 4 sure!!!!

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  27. this post was really touching. Good One

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  28. Nice post Chriz! I like the old man bit very much!

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  29. @ chriz anna

    Saami en kannayum thoranthutingaa ayya...

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  30. Agree with the essence of the comments above Chriz! Lovely post indeed!

    I have been blind too... and to be honest have been far too long and my heart does not seem to provide the answer;). But I am sure, my revelation will come!

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  31. so from when is that "Humor Blogger.. Nutty Blogger.. Funny Blogger n Comedy Blogger startd writin these kida stuffs..? btw was touchy! keep goin!

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  32. beautiful post and so emotional,, surprised to find it here:) thought it was a fun blog:)

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  33. Moving!
    A touchy frm Chriz?? indeed surprising :)

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  34. i was looking for funny post..
    but got sumthing else..
    ..
    lovely chriz..
    touchy..:)

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  35. First timer here!!! Loved the post!!!

    Very touching bro!!!

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  36. thats so touchy touchy... very nice.

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  37. Lovely!!!!!
    we realize so many thngs in the journey of life! and life indeed becomes beautiful with these thngs happning..
    thnx for sharing it..

    Swetha

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  38. In our busy lives we forget to notice some wonderful things around us.Incidents like these are god's way of slowing us down and make us realize the beauty of life.

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  39. The blind boy came upto u and gave u a flower???and he ran away...Dun temme u wer dreamin now..

    btw,wer do ya stay sir?? :)

    Nikhil

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  40. Beautiful post.. at times we do need such eye openers...

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  42. *speechless* beaaautiful post.

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  43. wow chrizy!!

    thnx for opening our eyes too :)

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  44. Sometimes we just get too busy to Live !

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  45. why are so many people believing all that u say man :p

    i like it anyway :-E

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  46. Is this Chriz?

    Away from that count, very very touching. Cliche indeed , but no better word in my jargon:-)

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  47. Chriz, once in a while ah? pls do this more:)
    beauiful piece, n thanks for sharing it with us:)

    P.S: the pic of Mr.X is damn cute, forgot to mention before

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  48. Good one :-)

    U wanted to fall in love...na??
    i guess, tat child has made u do tat...

    www.enchantinganki.wordpress.com

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  49. It's really touching... sometimes when I feel down, I look at 'em and ask myself... am I not better blessed... then why do I fail to notice the goodness that they can...

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  50. It's amazing; when nature takes away something from you, it gives you something else in return which others can only dream of.
    Life is always fair for the person who can understand this.

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  51. chris ,,,U are funny and equally emotional..It touched me...With your permission i am going to translate this to Tamil...Hope you wouldnt mind...Superb write up...

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  52. Donno what to say except that it is yet another beautiful post from you...

    I got all emotional.

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  53. came to ur blog after hearing a lot of nice stuff abt u on other blogs.. wanted to ask - did u write this??

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  54. bcz judging by ur signature at the bottom, u say u did.

    i hav read the exact same thing, albeit in a form of a poem, in TOI whn i was 15. (6 years back) :|. By an european author. i even hav the newspaper cutting in my scrapbook. Its a poem from the Spiritual Tree collection.

    hav no words to say nethng else.

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  55. well... the sarcasm stays.. cz the poem was an original. it wanst an adaptation. it wudnt hav been so bad, if u wud havjus added a PS *surely heard of post scripts ryt?* tht said tht exact same explanation u gav me. its one of the poems which made a great impression on it, n it somehow doesnt feel right.... to read all these ppl above me, praising u for all the wonderful words... whn all u did was edit the first paragraph n mak it 1st person. :|

    u shud hav atleast clarifies it wid all ppl who thought it was ur work. it aint rt, is it?

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  56. @icemaiden

    Thanks for your remarks. Hope you read the first line of a post before proceeding further. God bless.

    Are you angry cos lot of people praised me for the adaptation work?
    I cant help you. Go drink some milk and go to sleep kid

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  57. touching post...
    really really loved it...

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