Day #4: Children’s Day
In India, November 14 is celebrated as Children’s Day since it is the birthday of the late Pandit Jawarhalal Nehru who was the first Prime Minister of Independent India. Fondly called Chacha Nehru (Uncle Nehru), he emphasized the importance of giving love and affection to children, whom he saw as the bright future of India. He wanted to enhance the progress of Indian youth for which he established many education institutes.
Many of us are parents with young children, we are the custodians of their future and how we handle them, influences how they turn out to be. Some consider them a burden and they struggle to be good parents. Many consider them a treasure and live life through their kid’s experiences. A few are indifferent and their kids grow up on their own. We all should be grateful that we have been given the privilege to be their parents and given the responsibility of raising them to be happy, productive citizens of tomorrow. There are several others who would die for this opportunity but they have been denied for whatever reasons.
I’m grateful that I am the father of two boys who are going up to be young men soon. They will one day have a career of their own, have adventures on their own, raise kids of their own and contribute to the world in a manner that only they can do.
I’m privileged to share this journey with them and look forward to how life will pan out for both of them and hope that I’ve done a decent job of preparing them for life.
This is one of the best times to be alive. There is an abundance of everything in our life. We have a huge array of choices before us in any decision that we need to take. You want to buy a soap, there a hundred varieties in the local supermarket itself. You want to go on a holiday, you can zip across the world and see countries that the riches kings who lived 200 years or more ago couldn’t do, whatever money they were willing to pay. You have choice of careers, choice of hobbies & interests, choice of friends, choice of locations and choice of choices. What more can we ask.
Things are changing rapidly and the kids of today are adapting so rapidly that they know more about most things, than we can ever learn over a full life time.
The more we surround ourselves with kids and the more we interact with them, we learn to become more nimble and agile, our emotions get properly exercised and we feel much younger.
I’m grateful that I am alive today. And I’m even more grateful that I can see the world through their eyes and live their life vicariously.
Thank you Lord for this blessing!