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Do you Celebrate Life ?


In our School days, we had a lesson called “Celebration of Being Alive” in our English text book by the great cardiologist Christian Barnard. I still remember how all of us in the class were really moved by this wonderful story. Thanks to my teacher Mrs.Hymavathi. She narrated this story in a wonderful manner.

We always whine about something or the other. We try to complain the things. Of course it is genuine on our part to complain the stuff when we cannot bear it anymore. However…whenever we take some sweet time and try to look around the things happening with people around us….we do find that each one has some or the other problem in their life. Sometimes it may happen that after keen observation of other people’s problems we find thar our lives are better than other people’s lives. We don’t need any special teacher to teach us the lesson called “Our own life”. We ourselves need to read it and learn from it. When living is inevitable better celebrate it 😉 .

Don’t you want to read this story ” Celebration of Being Alive” of Dr Christian Barnard!!!! I posted this for you. Do read it and think about it .

Story starts here :

I shall never forget the day I saw a ‘GRAND PRIX’ in a children’s ward. In the face of pain and mutilation it was an inspired piece of Joy in Living. It happened spontaneously when someone carelessly left a food trolley unattended in a corner of the ward. A moment’s inattention by the Ward Staff and the trolley was commandeered by an intrepid crew of two … a driver and a mechanic. The mechanic provided the motive power galloping along behind, head down, pushing on the rear rail, while the driver squatted down on the lower deck of the trolley, clinging on with one hand and steering by scraping one foot on the floor.

The choice of roles was easy: the mechanic was BLIND and the driver had only ONE ARM. They put on a ‘hell on wheels’ show that, judging by the yells of encouragement from the rest of the patients, had more spectator appeal than any other road or track race. It ended in a collision of scattered plates and outraged scolding from the ward sister, who brushed aside explanations of ‘Gee Sister, we were only practicing from the GRANPREE” and ordered the offenders back to bed. The mechanic was all of seven years old. A child from a slum dwelling, he had lost his sight in a sudden blaze that destroyed not only his firetrap home, but also most of his face. He was partway through a weary round of operations to release his jaw from the mess of scar tissue that had gripped it so solidly that he could only raise his head by opening his mouth. At the time of the ‘GRANPREE’ he was a walking horror but with numerous operations, if all went well, he would have good neck movement, and most of his terrible scars would be covered. But it would be a long and painful time of being wheeled in and out of operating rooms, of healing wounds and the discomfort of heavy bandages. WE WON” he told me, appearing from under the bed clothes minutes after ward discipline had been restored and sister’s awful threats were still hanging in the air. His sunken eye sockets focused on me in the uncanny way of the blind, and his head bobbed up and down. THE MECHANIC WAS LAUGHING! The driver was nine.

The full book of troubles had been thrown his way when he was seven … beginning with an illness-ridden infancy, an operation for the correction of a faulty heart valve, polio and the loss of leg action, broken bones and recently, an operation to remove his right arm and shoulder because of bone cancer. He explained that the “GRANPREE” crash was due to mechanical failure owing to the fact that his machine was ‘just an old clap trolley’ and the wheels too stiff to steer properly. As I left the ward he was trading insults with his mechanic. I had not gone 100 paces when it hit me like a hammer blow. Here were two of the most socially deprived people I’d ever met, and they had just given me a lesson in getting on with the business of living. Since then I’ve often thought of his story of that incident, and I am grateful to those two kids for the insight that the business of living is JOY, in the real sense of the word. Not simply pleasure, amusement, recreation… but more a CELEBRATION OF BEING ALIVE.

End of the story.



Prasanna Rayaprolu