I have explained why I wrote the poem below. Please read the poem first. 🙂

Life is funny isn’t it?
We have so much and don’t realise until it’s too late.
What do we forget about?
Well….everything from people that cherish us to those who have the full use of their limbs.

What is worse?
To be lonely or dependent?
To be rejected, jilted or let down?
What is worse?
To go beyond our limits and be in pain or ask for help and not receive it?
To have to beg for help?

What is right and what is wrong?

One day, I was my usual hyper self. There was no stopping me. Then I had an accident which put a stop to it all. Since then, I have learnt to limit my actions, to think about every move I make, to plan when to do things so that I have support and explain and justify myself to those who need it.

Miss stuff while you have it so you don’t take anything for granted!

I wrote the bit above, a few years ago. Time has passed and I have changed. I do not see myself as so limited any more. After all there are people who have more physical limitations yet they manage so much! I try not to think about every move I make, rather I keep testing what I am able to do and I try to increase that where possible. So it is possible, for what may seem ‘so bad’ to seem less bad, tolerable and then perhaps even ‘normal’.

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Suraj Shah · June 25, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Dear Heena,

It is encouraging to read that you keep testing what you are able to do and try to increase that where possible. One of my most favourite quotes – listed at http://daily.livingjain.com/2007/09/12/inspiration-for-freedom-12-sept-2007/ – is by Winston Churchill who says “This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.”

So Heena, I insist that you do continue to keep testing, daring, and enduring. From that you will gain immense strength, and will attract support from those who truly care about you.

With love,

Heena Modi · June 25, 2008 at 10:20 pm

Thanks Suraj.

I guess we have to. We change and often don’t realise it. We must give ourselves what we deserve and we cannot do that by remaining stationary right?


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