The Candle of Hope

So, it happened a few months ago, the maid who comes to help mom with the household work, brought her daughter along that day. She had come with a book and a copy in her hand. For all the time that her mother kept working, she sat in the corner reading the book and writing something in the copy. I was very curious to know what was she studying. She really looked involved in whatever she was up to.

So, I went to her and asked her what was she studying. She told me she was doing her Mathematics homework and was stuck at a problem she couldn’t solve. She had a helpless look on her face. It was like she had tried all the things she knew and even then couldn’t get the answer and that made her sad.

Housing envisions a world filled with positivism. As elusive as it may seem, optimism can be found all around – in the laughter of children, in the excitement on our pet’s face when you get back after a long day, and in the smile of our loved ones when we go back home after months of being away.

She was in 8th standard and her senior, I decided to help her out. She was stuck up with a common problem of “Real Numbers”,  so I walked her through the solution and made her understand what was she missing. She was good and sharp, she grasped well and gave a very natural smile after getting the final answer. That was the moment I realized it doesn’t matter what you have or don’t have, all that matters is how you look at life. She wasn’t leading as comfortable a life as me, she didn’t go to a private school like me, but what she had was the will to study no matter what. And it’s not something very unusual, or something you would be hearing the first time. But that day, that moment, it filled me with real optimism and hope. For me, myself; I should be thankful for having such a fortunate life and for her who no matter what, had a great vision for the future.

I asked her what she wanted to become, and she said she wanted to become a teacher and teach the kids in her locality who don’t get to go to school. She saw education as a means to get free from their unwanted present circumstance of poverty. There are a lot of not so fortunate kids like her, who are so much devoted and asking of education and yet don’t get it. It’s sad but then she made me realize nothing can stop them, if they are willing. She filled me with hope. And the candle of hope is all that’s needed to light up the rest of the candles. 🙂


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