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A wonderful compassionate act of kindness, which gave me hope! Thanks to my fellow blogger – Anubrat Singh Dadhwal!Read on…

A Small Act Of Kindness Can Bring Smile On Million Faces

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A great learning and touching story…………….

One day a man saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her.
Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn’t look safe; he looked poor and hungry. He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was those chills which only fear can put in you. He said, “I’m here to help you, ma’am. Why don’t you wait in the car where it’s warm? By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson.”
Well, all…

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Saving LIFE

Today is another day for narrating a true story.In a world of today where less compassion is spared for humans, least can be expected for plants and animals.By no means I tend to emphasis more on the needs of humans, when I state it.But it is a dilemma. When a human who can speak up for his rights and needs is declined, it is considered less likely for cold hearted humanity to take up responsibility of the requirements of other forms of life.
God has been kind to us.He created nature and animals to adorn our world with beauty, love and faithfulness.They brighten up our lives, and when the world turns cruel, they are always by our side.
Once a girl I know was coming back from work with her elder brother in a car. As expected, there were outbursts of traffic, because of rush hours.the car stood at a signal. Everywhere around, people in the cars were tired, drained off and irritated by the slow creeping lanes.Some had kids in the cars crying, desperate to reach home and enjoy television or meals.A few drivers were even
holding their throbbing, aching foreheads.
Traffic started creeping slowly as the signal went green.Suddenly, a young driver switched lane and by-passed all the cars at a high pace.The car stereo was switched on and anyone could hear the music from outside the closed car windows. He gained speed and suddenly the wheels of the car screeched. She became impatient and worried that there might have been an accident, but the long queue of cars in front blocked the view.Suddenly, her eyes caught a glimpse of a tiny puppy limping alongside the road and hiding in the bushes right beside the road.He was whining, terrified and in great pain.

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As her car creeped up, to her horror she saw that the driver had fled from the scene in his car.The traffic was going on at a normal flow, there seemed no one who wanted to pull over and see what happened to the poor tiny soul hiding in the bushes.People were too busy and tired to care for a stray puppy, considering him least important at that moment in time.Humanity is growing cruel and ignorant, and we usually do nothing to change this bitter fact.Our priorities have changed a lot, and we have forced all other living things to wither, or wander astray. Life matters to us, but ONLY our own!
She couldn’t bear moving on.She thought that she can never forgive herself if she moved on and let life slumber into a miserable painful death.Her brother also wanted to take a look at the puppy and take him to a vet-nary hospital.They pulled over, got out of the car.The poor thing was hiding out of fear amongst the bushes, and was whining terribly.They got an empty fruit basket from a shop right opposite to the bushes and placed him in it.He was looking with cautious, painful, strange eyes.They took off for the nearest vet in town.Even at the slowest speed they were going, the faintest slightest movement of the car made them hear his shrieks.It was evident there was a fracture.
As they approached the vet, it started raining terribly.The doctor examined him and declared the puppy had four fractures on his left hind leg.It was a sad news, poor thing!All the while during examination, he whined out of pain.It was too much for him, he missed family, felt pain, and strange amongst strangers.
They said that they couldn’t conduct surgery as their surgeon was on leave, so they referred them to another vet.It was a bit far, so they decided to keep him for the night and then take him early morning. The vet prescribed pain killer to go through the night.
When they reached home, their family felt sorry for the pup.They wanted to console him, but it was no use.They fed him, and a quite peaceful corner of a room was declared as his sole property.
Next day, they took him to the hospital.Surgery was conducted, and the leg was cut off as it was in terrible shape.The doctors said a missing hind leg could do, he couldn’t have survived if it was a fore leg, cause he couldn’t get up without a missing fore leg.It really was disturbing and unfortunate for the cute pup.
He stayed at the facility for two days.He was given a good shower, turned bright new, infact he appeared quite dashing.He was a strong breed, tall.When they went to bring him home, he seemed to have missed them.He had developed a loving bond of compassion with his masters, a bond forever, a bond tested and trailed, and a faithful one!
He spent two years with them until he was shifted to a farm because he was a hound breed and keeping him in their neighbourhood wasn’t convenient enough.They still visit him and he runs fast as lightning on his three strong legs to remember the love and compassion they had showered upon him, and to gaze them with his puppy eyes and to love them fondly.
He is a living miracle of life, that God has given us all, to believe in miracles, to consider life the most precious and remarkable gift of God, to become a part of nature’s compassion, and to develop a soft corner for all the speechless lives around there which consider us superior and expect us to promote and nurture life itself, not to end it!All the creatures big or small need us, not to hamper nature’s flow of life, but to help it flow freely till the end of time…
These stray lives need a foster home, a foster care, which is much more than the stray lives they lead.Above all, they need life!

It is never too late to learn!!!

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“I haven’t done anything other than what everybody else does, you know. But for some reason I’ve lived a little longer.” –  Nola Ochs

This is an inspiring real life story that needs a place on my blog for sure.Nola Ochs was born in 1911 in Illinois.Daughter of a mother who was herself a  teacher, the encouragement for acquiring education was always there.She completed grade school, moving on to high school which she graduated from in 1929.She passed a teacher’s certification exam and started teaching in country schools.Due to this reason, she joined a college correspondence program in Fort Hays State University in Kansas.After 4 years she married Vermon Ochs, who was a farmer.Country life became so hectic and busy that she didin’t had enough time to plan further studies while raising four boys and a farm.

In 1972 she had a turning point in her life.Her husband dies, and as she had already raised her family,she wanted to do something with her time and efforts.Somewhere deep inside was a craving for knowledge, and she wanted to spend her time effectively and productively. Giving it a thought, at the age of 67, she decided to take classes from Dodge City Community College.

“Probably my advice would be to keep active, always. You know, people retire. That doesn’t mean to sit down and stay there, or watch television. Retirement ought to give us time to go out and just do what we want to do. So my advice is to satisfy some desire that we have within ourselves to get out to go see people, travel a little, anything that they’d like to do rather than just be idle.”    –   Nola Ochs

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She seemed like a grandmother to all her classmates.But they treated her equal, because of her ability to fit in, entertaining them with her good sense of humor, and connecting easily with then through her life-long experienceFor ten years she continuously took classeswhich were of interest to her and appealed her, like  history, composition, agri-business marketing and tennis.One day, a professor told her that if she took college algebra classes, she would have enough credit hours to receive a graduation degree from the Dodge City Community College.She followed his advice and in 1988 she graduated from Dodge City College.

After graduation, she realized she always wanted to go back to dodge college, because acquiring knowledge gave her a good use of her time, and she managed time effectively, while enjoying and gaining.Next, she decided to get her graduation degree from a college which offered a four years bachelor program.So she contacted Fort Hays State University, where she had abandoned her college correspondence.She mailed and informed that she had been a previous student at the institution.After some looking up, college administration was sure that she had been a student at their institute in 1930, and were surprised to know that at her age, she had the enthusiasm alive to learn again.

She initially pursued her degree through long-distance correspondence, but later when it became difficult, she joined the on campus apartment of the Fort Hays University, Kansas.There she finally accomplished with the final 30 credit hours of her bachelors degree.All this while she became a favorites of both students and teachers alike.During history classes they were eager to know her personal experiences and her viewpoint.

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On May 14, 2007 she made a Guinness World Record as the world’s oldest college graduate when she received her diploma at Fort Hay’s State University, Kansas.She graduating at 95 years of age with a 3.7 GPA.She completed her general studies degree with an emphasis on history.Her grand daughter Alexandra Ochs also graduated along with her from the same college, who was 21 years old at the time.

“I like to tell stories, you know. And when people ask me that, I tell them I’m going to seek employment on a cruise ship as a storyteller. The Princess Cruise Ship contacted me a year ago and I’ve already been on one tour as a storyteller.”    –    Nola Ochs

She loved telling stories, and had a taste for humor and wit.Therefore, she expressed her desires in front of a few press reporters.As a result she was contacted by The princess cruise ship, where she took a journey on the cruise as a storyteller, joined by her grand daughter Alexandra.

She took some time off, to help her family with wheat harvest season.Ochs started pursuing her Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Fort Hays State University in August 2007.

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Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, left, presents Nola Ochs, center, with a specially modified Guinness Book of World Records as Nola’s grandaughter and fellow graduate Alexandra Ochs looks during a news conference after Fort Hays State University’s commencement ceremonies, Saturday, May 12, 2007, at Gross Memorial Coliseum in Hays, Kan. The commencement ceremonies marked 95-year-old Nola Ochs as the world’s oldest college graduate. (AP Photo/Hays Daily News, Fred Hunt)/2007-05-14 11:25:30/

She received her master’s on May 15, 2010, making her the oldest recipient of a master’s degree at age 98.                                                                                                         “I’ve led a long, interesting life. We went through dust storms. We had some difficult times in marriage, financially. But it’s been the Lord’s will that I’ve lived this long life, and I thank Him kindly for it.”   –   Nols Ochs

Brooks Dame – His story of overcoming of fears and sacrifice!

‘We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.’     –     Eleanor Roosevelt

How many of us are strong enough to combat our fears?Fears are deep-rooted and don’t let go easily, except when faced with courage and compassion.Our phobia’s and creeps crawl around like twining vines and surround us.Counting on courage we gradually overcome it. But, it is not that easy as it seems.

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.’   –    Ralph Waldo Emerson

Brooks Dame was a student in high school,when a friend named Jessica was diagnosed with Lupus.Doctors helped her in coming back to life, which struck Brooks.He thought that maybe he could be of some help to similar people in need in one form or the other.It took time, to overcome Trypanophobia – his fear for needles.With some thinking and courage, finally he registered himself in bone marrow donation.

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‘We must build dikes of courage to hold the flood of fear.’     –     Martin Luther King Jr.

After one year of waiting, he finally was informed that his bone marrow matched to a man in his 30’s, with wife and children, battling everyday with Leukemia.He felt compassion towards a man holding onto what seemed like a chance of survival….hope!He heard his desperate cry for help, his urge to live and desperate attempt to fight death gave him the sunshine which took him away from his fears into a bright world of fearlessness.

‘Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.’     –   Mark Twain

He took a few tests, and then in a hospital in Denver, he donated his bone marrow to save life!We can inculcate bravery by being strong and fearless.His phobia was the first hurdle, the complicated donation procedures and the immense pain another….but in the end – he emerged victorious!

‘Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.’    –   Mark Twain

Life is never easy on us, not because it loves to ache us, but because behind every good or bad in life, there is a purpose.Sometimes we can see it, sometimes we don’t, but sooner or later we get to know all the answers to ‘WHY’?.At times bearing pain makes us fearless of pain, sometimes bearing pain for others gives us the endurance for pain.Immense pain makes us painless, infact fearless.

‘Fear is an acronym in the English language for “False Evidence Appearing Real”.’   –   Neale Donald Walsch

We need to learn from life, instead of cursing it.Everything in life teaches us, improvises us, and strengthens us.We only need a realization, a sensitive heart and the strength to overcome fears.Most of the things in our lives remain unaccomplished because of these unneeded unnecessary fears.

‘Nothing in life is to be feared.It is only to be understood.’    –    Marie Curie

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Another important factor is sacrifice.Those who can sacrifice for others can eradicate fear through compassion, just like those who can  eradicate fear for themselves through strength.Compassion is something which can always be developed in oneself, it is not inherited.It usually develops only when we face pain ourselves, then we start to relate to all those who have faced similar pain in life.Just like Brooks Dame was able to relate to all those in pain when his friend Jessica experienced it.It woke the compassion within, and he sacrificed for a stranger in pain and need by going through pain itself.Sacrifice is an emotion which is not easy to develop, infact i believe it sometimes surpasses the value of the good deed a sacrifice is given for.But sacrifice makes us humane and strong, because we realize that we can lead our lives even without the thing we sacrificed for others.

‘Fear is a darkroom where negatives are developed.’    –    Unknown

Let’s overcome our fears to achieve strength and compassion, let’s sprinkle it around us too…Foremost, let’s get rid of this  bundle of fears interrupting our affairs and make life easy and enjoyable.Only then we can experience life in it’s truest sense and make it worthwhile for others as well!

‘There are four ways you can handle fear.You can go over it, or around it.But if you are ever to put fear behind you, you must walk straight through it.Once you put fear behind you, leave it there.’    –    Donna A. Favors

No one can Love Nature like JANE GOODALL!

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Jane Goodall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nature has a magic, once you are attracted towards it, it encloses you so that you can’t elude.The beauty it grasps is so innocent and mesmerizing, that it opens our eyes to it’s flamboyance and we are not only able to experience it’s charm, but we even share our vision with others so that they are able to acquaint with it.

Such is the life of Jane Goodall.If we translate her life, it is sheer love, passion and understanding of nature.She is British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist.As a child, she grew a connection with nature through her fascination with animal behavior.She said:

“I wanted to talk to the animals like Dr. Doolittle.”         Jane Goodall

Her love for animals especially chimpanzees began when at the age of 2, her  mother gave her a stuffed toy chimpanzee, which enthralled her.She developed a special bonding with animals, especially chimpanzees.She had a dream of living with the animals in Africa, her mother realized the truth in her heart and the devotion she possessed towards animals and encouraged her to live her dream.

In pursuit of her dream, after completely secondary education, she worked as a waitress,a secretary, as an assistant editor in a film studio, only to save money to travel to Africa.

As a small child in England, I had this dream of going to Africa. We didn’t have any money and I was a girl, so everyone except my mother laughed at it. When I left school, there was no money for me to go to university, so I went to secretarial college and got a job.”    –     Jane Goodall

Her dream turned to reality when she traveled to Africa at 23 years of age.There in Tanzania, she met her mentor and teacher  Louis Leakey, the curator of the Coryndon Museum in Nairobi.He had found which were believed to be the earliest remains of human species in the world in Africa, he wanted to know the behavior of human animal’s ancestors, and he chose Goodall to observe the behavior of species closely related to human, chimpanzees.

Young chimpanzees from Jane Goodall sanctuary ...

Young chimpanzees from Jane Goodall sanctuary of Tchimpounga (Congo Brazzaville)  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From there onwards, her life revolved around chimpanzees, their behavior and their habitats.She visited a group of chimpanzees around Gombe Natioanl Reserve daily to observe them.Initially they considered her a stranger and a danger.After almost two years of regular observations every day, she was able to develop acceptance in them towards her.They exhibited no fear being around her.She said regarding her interaction with them:

“Chimpanzees have given me so much. The long hours spent with them in the forest have enriched my life beyond measure. What I have learned from them has shaped my understanding of human behavior, of our place in nature.”   –    Jane Goodall

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This gave birth to “Banana Club”, it is what she calls her methodology, a feeding method which bonded her even closer to them, and her observations became more fruitful.She used to live with them in the trees, eat their food, imitated their behaviors and made them imitate her’s.Her findings concluded that they had a distinct language consisting of 20 different sounds which they used to communicate.She observed them eating meat, which was new to ethologists as they previously considered them as vegetarians.She saw them using tools to hunt, catch and trap insects. which was considered previously as a human trait.She declared that touch, hugs an embraces were used by chimpanzees too, to comfort or show affection towards each other.

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In 1965, National Geographic collaborated with her and a documentary called “Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees, was broadcasted on television on December 22, 1965.It was a treat to watch for me later in my early teens.I became fascinated by her bonding with the chimpanzees.The way they loved and hugged her was amazing, but i didn’t knew that it took her so many years to develop that type of association.I came to know her research findings through the documentary, i thought whatever she was doing for nature and animal conservation and documenting their behavior was extra ordinary and that’s how i came to know about Jane Goodall.

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By 80’s the population of chimpanzees was going instinct.This effected her the most, because she shared a special relationship with them.She went around the world to raise awareness in humanity to preserve animals, their environment and habitats.How can one feel, when one gives up all life to nurture a life form man is so hell-bent to destroy??? She said:

” Only if we understand can we care. Only if we care will we help. Only if we help shall they be saved.”            –     Jane Goodall

She also said regarding Chimpanzees and animals:

“The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.”     –     Jane Goodall

She decided to create a Jane Goodall Institute, for conservation of chimpanzees in particular, nature and environment in general.Her purpose was to create a new generation of researchers, whom she can transfer her knowledge and responsibilities to.

“My mission is to create a world where we can live in harmony with nature. ”     –    Jane Goodall

I am truly impressed by her.She makes me realize that only those who dream, have the right to see it in reality as well.She is a proof that passion and a will for dedication sometimes surpasses lack of knowledge, infact it helps in gaining knowledge as well.There should be something in the lives of each of us, which makes us leaves our homes, leave the comfort of our houses, leave our dear ones, just to connect with it – our passion and dream.Such an enormous sheer sincerity is demand of each field in life.Nothing in the world is as important as nature itself, and we have no right to force nature to change it’s course, as it is as fatal for us as for nature.

“If you really want something, and really work hard, and take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way.”   –   Jane Goodall

She  accepted the fact that people who find nature conservation more important than humanity often face resentment:

“Anyone who tries to improve the lives of animals invariably comes in for criticism from those who believe such efforts are misplaced in a world of suffering humanity.”    –    Jane Goodall

According to Jane, we cannot consider conservation of animal life or plant life as less important than humanity.She thinks that humanity depends greatly on nature, and maybe some of our plights are created when we defy nature laws, and destroy it:

“In what terms should we think of these beings, nonhuman yet possessing so very many human-like characteristics? How should we treat them? Surely we should treat them with the same consideration and kindness as we show to other humans; and as we recognize human rights, so too should we recognize the rights of the great apes? Yes.”     –     Jane Goodall

Jane also thought our behavior towards nature and natural elements like animals as unethical:

“The more we learn of the true nature of non-human animals, especially those with complex brains and corresponding complex social behavior, the more ethical concerns are raised regarding their use in the service of man — whether this be in entertainment, as “pets,” for food, in research laboratories, or any of the other uses to which we subject them.”    –    Jane Goodall

David Greybeard the Chimpanzee was added to th...

David Greybeard the Chimpanzee was added to the tree of life after Jane Goodall visited the park and saw there were no chimpanzee’s on the tree. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I  have learnt from her life that animals need natural habitats.We can show our care for them and keep them in our houses as pets to protect them from harshness of material world that man has created, but it could be better if we place them in an environment they are more suitable in, an environment they are born for, especially wild animals.An aquarium can never replace a sea, no apartment can let a dog run about, or no leash walks can provide him the exercise he deserves.Caging birds for our happiness and companionship is ethically incorrect.

She symbolises peace.She herself also said:

“It is the peace of the forest i carry inside”   –    Jane Goodall

Finally, i have learnt about human negligence and heedlessness and insensitivity towards nature.Other forms of life in this world depend upon us for their survival.We need to realize that human decline is only because we have turned blind towards animals and plants, considering them least important.The circle of life is incomplete without them, infact, we depend on them in return for our survival as well.

“The greatest danger to our future is apathy.”    –    Jane Goodall