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Friday, January 06, 2006

watchman

Every night, under the neem tree, sits my watchman on an old chair chatting with a friend.

They laugh and crack jokes, they share their day and discuss politics and money matters.

Then the watchman closes my building gate, locks the entrance grill and sleeps inside the second entrance on a donated cot with just one bedsheet

Every morning he washes cars,guards my building and does errand jobs.

I always wonder
how does he find passion in his life?
where is the excitement for him?
what about his sense of adventure?
his earthly materialistic goals?
has he ever fallen in love?

his simplicity
his modesty
his humility
is so inspiring

He seems so content and at ease with himself.
He lives his life with an effortless ease.
He seems to have made peace with his life.

11 Comments:

Blogger NYC TAXI SHOTS said...

beautiful

11:53 PM, January 06, 2006  
Blogger anu said...

J :) warm huuuuugs to you

12:15 AM, January 07, 2006  
Blogger MikeDoe said...

Beautiful

"I always wonder
how does he find passion in his life?
where is the excitement for him?
"


He has learnt how to enjoy and love what he has, rather than dream about what might be.

A relative of mine on NY Day (speaking about herself) said "I am a lot happier at the start of this year than last. I have made peace with myself".

As I left (after some thought) I told her that she was right.

When you are at peace with yourself and your life it is easy to be passionate about anything even something 'mundane' like washing cars.

Often, the only way to learn this lesson is to either live to be an old age or suffer a lot of hardship in life.

12:42 AM, January 07, 2006  
Blogger Nina said...

Hi Anu, this is nina. I hope you had a nice holiday, and I really enjoyed your post. I wish for you and all of us peace of mind. I finally put up my blog, come visit if you get a moment. http://ninasanctuary.blogspot.com/
Take care, and a very Happy New Year to you and yours.

nina

6:04 AM, January 07, 2006  
Blogger anu said...

John - If only i can have the watchman's spirit, i will learn to be happy with what i am, as i am. I wont be resentful at other people's victories and joys. I will learn to celebrate for them..with them.

Nina - Hello Nina :) Happy new year. Thank you for your kind words. Will be happy to visit your blog.

11:51 AM, January 07, 2006  
Blogger MikeDoe said...

anu: "If only i can have the watchman's spirit"

You have that same spirit within you. You express it but do not accept it.

I know these are just words but truly, the stuff you write expresses that same spirit. It is tinged with sadness but it is the same spirit.

[There is more that I want to say but cannot yet find the words and so will wait. Maybe forever...]

2:43 PM, January 07, 2006  
Blogger anu said...

So sweet your words sound to me John. I hope you find those words soon, i will love to hear them.

As for the sadness, it is there right now so i dont want to pretend that it is not.

And as i express it, its intensity reduces and it just becomes yet another feeling that teaches me something which i always wanted to know.

Sadness and pain John, are tough teachers, but the students they train go a long long way.

Their students respect more, love more and are ready for deeper plunges in the ocean of life and death..for it eventually begins to hurt less.

3:35 PM, January 07, 2006  
Blogger Shals said...

Hey Sweet Anu !!!
Nice post. So simple........and so real... Loved it!!


And BTW ....YOU ROCK !!


Take care
Hugz

5:56 PM, January 07, 2006  
Blogger anu said...

Shals :) or probably the watchman rocks ;-) Hugs n kisses to you

6:57 PM, January 07, 2006  
Blogger MikeDoe said...

anu:
Pain suffering and fear have taught me so much. But it is a harsh way to learn. My pain is not your pain and my suffering is not your suffering and it is this that stops me from saying more.

Through your suffering you are learning and being enriched but that does not make the suffering any less.

To be sad, to know that you are sad and to allow it is the most powerful thing you can ever do. Allowing is not wallowing. Allowing is not denying.

I learn from you. You learn from me. That is good.

10:23 PM, January 07, 2006  
Blogger anu said...

Yup John, so very well said :)"To be sad, to know that you are sad and to allow it is the most powerful thing you can ever do."

I am feeling more confident about my own feelings now after reading this.

Thanks John. Someday i would like to hear your about journey too, if and when you want to share.

12:30 AM, January 08, 2006  

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