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Old August 18th, 2000, 07:09 AM
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I wonder if any of you ever have the feeling that life is bad, real bad, and
you wish you were in another situation. I admit I did pretty often. I find
life make things difficult for me, I hate work, life is a drag, everything
seems to go wrong...it was not until yesterday that I totally changed my
views about life.

After a conversation with one of my friends, he told me despite taking 2
jobs, he brings back barely above 1K per month, he is happy as he is. I
wonder how he can be as happy as he is considering he has to skimp his life
with the low pay to support a pair of older parents, in-laws, a wife, 2
daughters and the many bills of a household.

He explained that it was through one incident that he saw in India...that
happened a few years ago when he was really feeling low and touring India
after a major setback. He said that right in front of his very eyes, he saw
an Indian mother chop off her child's right hand with a chopper. The
helplessness in the mother's eyes, the scream of pain! from the innocent 4
year old child haunted him until today.

You may ask why did the mother do so, has the child been naughty, has the
child's hand been infected?? No, it was done for two simple words - - - TO
BEG! The desperate mother deliberately caused the child to be handicapped so
that the child can go out to the streets to beg. I cannot accept how this
could happen, but it really did, just in another part of the world which I
don't see.

Taken aback by the scene, he dropped a piece of bread he was eating half-way.
And almost instantly, a flock of 5 or 6 children swamped towards this small
piece of bread which was covered with sand, robbing bits from one another.
The natural reaction of hunger. Stricken by the happenings, he instructed his
guide to drive him to the nearest bakery!

He arrived at two bakeries and bought every single loaf of bread he found in
the bakeries. The owner was dumbfounded but willingly sold everything. He
spent less than $100 to obtain about 400 loaves of bread (this is less than
$0.25 per loaf) and spent another $100 to get daily necessities.

Off he went in the truck full of bread into the streets. As he distributed
the bread and necessities to the children (mostly handicapped) and a few
adults, he received cheers and bows from these unfortunate. For the first
time in his life he wondered how people can give up their dignity for a loaf
of bread which cost less than $0.25.

He began to ask himself how fortunate he is. How fortunate he is to be able
to have a complete body, have a job, have a family, have the chance to
complain what food is nice and what isn't, have the chance to be clothed,
have the many things that these people in front of him are deprived of... Now
I begin to think and feel it, too! Was my life really that bad?

Perhaps...no I should not feel bad at all...What about you? Maybe the next
time you think you are, think about the child who lost one hand to beg on the
streets.
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Old August 18th, 2000, 10:32 PM
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wdsouza,

You have spoken the ultimate truth. I know people cribbing about being unlucky. They feel that they do not have enough. They never really bother to look what all they already have, and for free. In the hospital, they charge us for canned air.. but god gives us unlimited supply of air for our lifetime and more ... for free. We pay bills to light your house during night hours... and God gives us sunlight during the day totally free. ... There are trees which bear fruit... God does not charge us for that... ppl do. It's God who gave us this body, an opportunity to live on earth and prove our worth... all this and much more absolutely free.

We should thank God for all that he has given us without even asking for them. Instead many of us (I too) accuse him of being partial and providing others greater comfort than we have. We must learn that what happens is not without reason. Try to understand the reason and thank god from deepest of our hearts for what he has already given us totally free.
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