I was also living my life with whatever it offered to me. I am specifically using the word 'living' because the zing and the zeal and the zest for life were missing. I was too much laden with the miseries that surrounded me. Couldn't destiny have made things better for me? Adding to my trouble, my servant who took care of my household activities had left. "Shit!" I again cursed life, "Why do these things happen to me?" My quest for searching a replacement began. All my friends and relatives were informed. One fine day, a young woman of around 30 years came up to me and said, "Madam, I am interested in the job." I stared at her from head to toe. Quite beautiful to look at, her face had a different enthusiasm and zest. I asked her, "Are you working elsewhere?" I was looking for references. She replied, "Madam, I have just started looking for work. But I can assure you that I will give you no reason to worry." I was apprehensive. I began questioning her, "Who all are there in your family?" She replied, "I have four children." What about your husband?" I questioned again. She replied, "He is a habitual drunkard. He hit me and the children till we were half-dead and threw us out of the house. I have taken a room on rent and have decided to start my life afresh. After all, we have only one life!" I looked at her again. Her face had a different sheen around it. Destiny had given her such eternal pains. But she still had a smile, zeal and a belief that things will be fine one day! She has been carrying out the work flawlessly since then. Whenever I see her, a miracle starts churning within me. Yeah, a few things are not as they should have been. But, I am much better than the millions for whom things are worse. I have learnt to free myself. And I have learnt to give. Whenever I do any good deed, I too smile and the zeal strikes back with renewed vigour.
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