Thursday, April 6, 2017

Extra can make you Extraordinary.




Dear Daughter,

Have you ever noticed how the word Extra or Free on anything just brings a smile on to our face? When you get three chocolates at the price of two or 20% chips or buy one get one free promos, you feel as if your trip to the supermarket was just worth it.

Now think, what wonders an “Extra” can do in your life? An extra mile in your walk, an extra step towards your dreams, an extra ear for those who want to talk, an extra hug for those in despair, some extra time for those in need… you can be extraordinary because the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

There will many times when you would have done everything to excel in a job or studies or reaching your goal and yet failed to see the result and thinking of quitting the whole thing. But before you do that, just put one last extra step towards your goal. I am sure you’ll see amazing results. Because most of the times we give up before few miles to our destination. Never do that.

More than all this, I want you to go an extra mile in your relations with others. There are so many people in this world who’s suffering alone. You don’t have to travel around the world looking for them. Mostly they will be people around you, your near ones, acquaintances, colleagues, that stranger sitting next to you in metro or subway. It can be anyone.

Some years ago, I and my friends organized a summer camp for teenagers. And on its one year anniversary we were planning a reunion but it didn’t happen, because we couldn’t find time in our schedule. A week after that, heard a boy in that gang committed suicide because he didn’t clear some papers in his first year Engineering semester exam. And till date I feel guilty about it. I keep thinking, if we took that extra effort to do that reunion, or just called and talked to everyone or kept had personal contact he would have been still alive. If someone anyone had some extra time to console him or give him support or talk to him and make him understand that life is not all about the mere things we encounter daily but it's all about the people that are around us, the people that love us for who we are. Sometimes all a person wants is an empathetic ear, all he or she needs is to talk it out. Just offering a listening ear and an understanding heart for his or her suffering can be a big comfort.

So my child understand that,

Words are strong. Hugs are assuring. Listening is comforting. Been just there for someone can be life changing. Because all these can overwhelm what we fear when fear seems more awful than life is good.

Yours,

Me. 

I'm Participating in the #AtoZAprilChallenge with the theme .... 
“Letters to Dear Daughter… “




24 comments :

  1. This is so beautiful and inspiring, SSJ. :-) yes, the extra step does make a difference at times. I should definitely walk a mile more.

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  2. Wonderful words that remind one to be mindful of others and actually empathize ....Kind words do avoid unpleasant situations

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  3. Oh, this is so beautiful and heartwarming, Sheethal. I couldn't guess from the title, what you wanted to say. This is indeed inspiring.
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  4. We hear so many cases of kids committing suicide cos of bad marks. Your words are really important and relevant. Just reaching out, taking a minute out of your time really goes a long way.

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  5. I love this letter. Such a small thing, but it can make such a big difference in our lives :)

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  6. I love this letter. Such a small thing but it can make such a big difference in our lives...

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  7. So beautiful Sheethal. Sure, that extra step always help us in life. We will never lose anything by reaching out to help someone. Lovely letter as always :)

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  8. This is a incredible piece dear Sheethal and I loved it to the extent that I will make my little sonny read it this afternoon when back from school.

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  9. This post has an extra dose of stuff that makes for an interesting read! The suicide incident was unfortunate. Sometimes we wish to do a little more than usual but realise that we're late in doing it after the time passes away.

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  10. Was reading your series :) & have to tell you..
    its beautiful indeed !!

    & this post especially :)

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  11. Beautiful post Sheethal...sometimes, going that extra mile for someone else can be great!

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  12. This is a lovely letter with a great message. Doing a little more or going the extra mile can make a BIG difference!

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  13. Beautiful words! Being approachable and empathetic can be life changing

    Ecstatic

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  14. Wise words, Sheethal. An empathetic ear, and going that extra mile cost nothing. Hugs!

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  15. So beautiful Sheethal! An extra ear or an extra hand can does so much of wonder to one's soul!

    Cheers
    BoisterousBee

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  16. Woah! There lies a very important lesson we all forget lo lend an extra helping hand to those in need.

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  17. So smoothly,you have explained the concept between ordinary and extra ordinary and how an extra can make huge difference in our living. Good post to share. best wishes, Sheetal.
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  18. Indeed an extra effort can do wonders
    Great lesson for kids
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  19. really nice theme and beautiful post..

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  20. Beautiful post. Sometimes, it takes just a wee bit more effort to accomplish - going (as we say in the United States) "that extra mile".

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  21. This is beautiful Sheethal :) Everyone can learn from this, not just your daughter :)

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  22. A powerful thought that all of us can imbibe.

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