An Amiable Letter
The key passage from Dr. Abdul Kalam's Speech:
‘Where there is righteousness in the heart,
There is beauty in the character.
When there is beauty in the character,
There is harmony in the home.
When there is harmony in the home,
There is order in the nation.
When there is order in the nation,
There is peace in the world.’
My Dear Friends, Brothers and Sisters,
It is 6:00am. Oh – I didn’t put an alarm. I just woke up. Perhaps a silent alarm rang.
What a view outside! Sun rises. Birds twitter. Traffic moves. Another day begins!
I am not writing this letter as an adult. I am writing this as a child. And, I welcome you with open arms.
But, before I begin my A-B-C-D, let me take the liberty to thank you for devoting your time to read this.
No. Don’t worry. No poetry today. There is no use of arduous vocabulary here; just a simple letter from a child.
I am taking a break from the school of HubPages for a brief period, as I have to prepare for my licensing examination by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Wait. Before I take this short break, I want to share a few words, perhaps a few stories. I love stories. Do you?
Well, sometimes I wonder who designed this Heart? Probably, the architect was sagacious or maybe went to a prestigious Architectural Engineering School. Who knows!
I know nothing, but this little pump is cute. It laughs, it smiles, it giggles, it cries… Oh dear, full of expressions and thousands of emotions. Let it flow. Let it be.
One of such emotions tenderly approached me as a ‘yawn’ in the morning. It signalled me something and I understood its burning desire.
There are times when there is a tug of war between our brain and Heart. Who wins? Who loses? It does not matter. What matters is how we actually handle the ‘rope’ to make our balance. Yes, Balance.
Balance is very essential. Look at those high-rise buildings – so many hands were touched; reached, abundant shirts were drenched; sweated, a lot of toil was carried by foots; success. It takes a few minutes for an earthquake to shatter all this.
Preserve your relationships, be it with your family members, friends, teachers or simply with anyone. Remember, balance.
I remember reading, “Wings of Fire” by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam during my childhood. He was a former Indian President and a scientist. He is honoured with a title ‘Missile man' by Indians. He is truly an epitome of success; a great role model and a prudent human being.
One day, I read his heart touching anecdote.
When he was a kid, his Mother cooked food for the family. One particular night, when she made dinner after a long hard day’s work, she placed a plate of cooked pulses and extremely burnt roti in front of her husband. Mr. Kalam, as a kid, was waiting to see if anyone had noticed the burnt roti. But the husband simply ate the roti and asked his son how his day was at school. Mr. Kalam didn’t remember what he told him that night, but he did remember his Mother apologizing to his Father for the burnt roti. Mr. Kalam never forgot what his Father said to her. He said, “Honey, I love burnt roti.” Later that night, Mr. Kalam went to give a good-night kiss to his Father and asked him if he really liked his burnt roti. His father wrapped him in his arms and said, “Dear, your mommy put in a long hard day at work today and she was really tired. And besides, a burnt roti never hurts anyone but ‘harsh’ words do!”
Beautiful! Isn’t it?
So let’s give it a pragmatic shape to our life too. Moreover, our presence on this Earth is for a limited time. Why build walls? Let’s love unconditionally and let’s celebrate each day with a new morning… a new sunrise!
Hear everyone. Have a patient Heart. People need Love; a Kind heart that listens, not a brilliant mind that speaks. We are all God’s children.
Let’s spread joy and of course, the radiance which the Golden sun brings. You will notice how lovely the life becomes.
Let’s keep the Garden of our heart pious, neat and clean.
Let’s learn this A-B-C-D of Life.
Till then we’ll meet again in the classroom.
~ Copyright © Surabhi Kaura 2015
A Speech by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam about Harmony and Peace
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