Sunday, November 11, 2007

a simple wish



Last night I couldn't sleep. Although my body was screaming for it, my mind was unfortunately wide awake. Everyone was sleeping except me. I turned on the television and did not have any luck with any good movies. I was absentmindedly flicking through the channels when I accidentally ran into a local program featuring a young girl aged 12 with cancer.

Her family was poor, they cannot afford to bring her to the hospital for treatment. They barely had money for food. Her five other siblings, all under the age of 15 were all working together with their parents just to get by each day. Everyday she was left alone at the house, thinking crazy thoughts, feeling pity for herself. She was thin but her stomach was bulging with this strange cancer. All she wanted was to go to school and finish her studies. All she wanted was something to do besides waiting...waiting for death to claim her. I did not realize that tears were streaming down my eyes.

The other day my husband was telling me about a little girl, aged 8 who committed suicide. I was shocked at how young the girl was and wondered what compelled such an innocent child to want to die rather than live? A diary was found by the family and it was a sort of a "goodbye" note from her. She wrote there that if she died her parents would have one less mouth to feed, they won't work so hard anymore.

I thought about my little girls aged 8 and 4. They are so innocent about the harshness of life. They were never exposed to it. They never knew what it felt like not to eat three times a day. They never knew what it feels like not having a roof under their heads each night. My husband and I made sure that their future is secured. But nonetheless, I could not stop thinking about those girls, those innocent little children who should be playing with dollies and robots. They have sacrificed so much, even their lives for their family. I am appalled that they have to carry such burdens at such a young age.

It was a simple enough wish. To have something to live for. To have a decent life. To have some food to eat. To have a bed to sleep in comfortably each night. But sadly, an elusive dream.

I guess, in that brief moment God was teaching to me to be always thankful for all that I have. Our house is undergoing some renovations, I've had the chance to find old clothes and a some good toys that my kids are not playing with anymore. I talked to them about giving it to some street kids. At first there was resistance but as I told them the story of those two little girls they were silent and agreed to give their old clothes and toys. They also wanted to take part in the giving. I wanted my kids also to know that there is joy in giving as well as receiving.

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
~ Elie Wiesel

10 thoughts:

preetilata said...

a very touchy n tru post indeed. life is very strnge. in each n evry sphere of earth ppl r suffrng. they dont evn hv enough 2 eat even 4 once a day. n those who hv enough just waste them lik anything. thnx u though abt them n donated them some clothes n toys. the whole humanity will b thnkful 4 u. few days back i also made a post on the similar lines.

tk cr dear fren. kp ur spirit alwys glowing
:) :) :)

Sameera said...

The plight of those two little girls really tugs at the heartstrings.May they be at peace now in God's hands.

That's really noble of you to put this up and even more to "give".God Bless your good heart and lovely soul.Have a great week ahead dear.Hugsss

FOOTPRINTS said...

This post does directly talk to the hearts.

You just reminded to a very heart-breaking story of what happened in my birthland - Indonesia.

The economic burdens have gotten to be unbearable for some families. And there was a particular poor family who had to do a short cut from the 'extremity. '

A mother and her 2 (or 3) children committed suicide altogether. You could guess her reason was.

Many condemned and judged her action. Many regretted why nobody even reached out - and over a solution.

To those who quick in judgment to people like her, let me say this: "To be indifferent is to deny ourselves."

At this moment, I don't even sure if I'm just plainly sad ...

Blessings for you my dear friend :=)
~ Annita

Shinade said...

So very true..God does talk to us in very strange ways. Excellent post and very touching. It helps all of us to remember to count our blessings.

BTW Sophiagurl I have another little something for you and your fantastic blog.

http://shinade.blogspot.com/2007/11/winning-attitude-award.html

Hugs,
Jackie

Colin said...

Hi Lisa,

Sadly this is something which id becoming more commonplace, and in todays society it really shouldn't happen.
There is more than enough to go around everyone, yet many simply do not have anything, no clothes, no homes, no food. Yet the powers that be are too greedy to allow this to change, so we as individuals do whatever we can, no matter how little, to make a difference to those that have nothing.

There is a Winning Attitude Award waiting for you at: http://grottynosh.wordpress.com/2007/11/12/another-three-awardswow/

God Bless and have a great week my friend :)

louann said...

Yes, how sad isn't it? And then even the littlest things in your life become important and appreciated.

Sophiagurl said...

@@@Preetilata - I guess being a mom children have always had a special place in my heart and I find it particularly painful that other people don't take good care of their children.

Thank you my dear for caring. God bless you!

@@@Sameera - The poor and suffering people always had a special part in my life. When I was in elementary school our school being an all-girls catholic school we would visit orphanages and home for the aged, and they have touched my heart from then on. I am okay now, no more flu. thank you for caring my friend. Take Care too!

@@@Annita - It seems our countries have something in common and it's sad that they thought dying was the solution. Indifference is really a sad thing and a lot of people don't want to get involved. I hope in my small way I made a bit of difference and I admire people who do more.

God bless you dear.

@@@Shinade - thank you my dear for always keeping me in mind. You have such a winning attitude yourself and I also want to congratulate you too for receiving one, you are truly deserving of it.

I hope you won't be gone for too long. God bless you dear and take care!

@@@Colin - I guess big leaps starts with a small step and I hope something I could do something really important for these people, for now I'd settle for my small tokens.

@@Louann - Yes it does magnify the blessings in our life. Thank you dear and I hope you and the boys are doing okay. Take Care!

Take you Colin for always thinking of me and I am trully honored to receive this award. Congratulations too! you sure have a winner attitude too. God bless!

Sam said...

Hey, its so beautiful and I admire you for the way you are bringing up your children..I wish I turn out to be half as good a mother as you when the time comes.. :)

Sophiagurl said...

@@@Sam - haha, i'm not a perfect mom, i also have my moments but I try my best to be a good example to my girls. i guess i have my parents to thank for that. =) thanks for visiting.

maline said...

nice site and you write so well! i agree with you we have to be thankful for what we have because everything is a blessing from God.

I invite you,too, to pls. visit my site, www.beautifulandhappy.com and hope we can exchange links. thanks!