Why Not ?

Recently I was reading about the life of a person who had a dream. He was a visionary who was able to make his dream a reality. It is said he used to ask ‘why not’ when others asked ‘why’. He had full confidence in himself and his dreams. This made it possible for him to realise his dreams and his legacy continues to this day.

When I was reading about him I do not know why but the first thought that came to mind was the little bulbul birds. :)) Upstairs in our home there is a small rod to hang towels near the wash basin. There is a window opposite and one to the far right. These birds build their nest at least three times in a year. Every time they come and try to build their nest on that steel rod. The twigs and dry leaves keep falling and they keep trying. I then close one window, they come through the other window. Looking at all their wasted efforts I close both the windows for some days. Then they go elsewhere. I believe they think, ‘why not’ build their nest in what they feel is a good place.

These same words makes me think of my father-in-law. End of December he had fallen and sustained a hair-line fracture in his leg. He was with us for three weeks to take rest. By God’s grace and the rest he took healed the fracture. My father-in-law was back to his place by mid-January. He was very careful for some time and when he was confident he was back to do his work in his areca gardens. He is 91 and believes in the words ‘why not’. Till last year he was not using a walking stick but he does now. These words are so positive and bring such a change in our lives.

Then these words remind me of those few precious moments when he is with us. These days, most of the time he is in his own world. But we are sure he understands a lot but is not able to express himself. My mother sits with him, holds his hands, talks to him and reads out from the book his elder brother had written. One morning when we asked whether he remembers his grand-daughter and great-grandson, he said, ‘Why not’.  These words will always be a part of my life.

Maikuri 28thFeb (2)


By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.

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