Thursday, 9 January 2014

EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST TEACHER-----Be cheerful. Adore whatever you have in life. You may try for whatever you don't have ,but never feel sad about it.








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  • I am sharing this wonderful experience 

  • I recently receive from my friend who is in Singapore.

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  • I was invited to one Friday evening event by one of MNC Vendor organization

  • who had organized the event to raise funds for the visually 

  • handicapped people in a center for blind people.

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  • As usual, since it was a Friday evening, I first thought to skip the 

  • event considering it could be a bit boring and rather spend 

  • the evening relaxing by some other means.

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  • But being alone and sometimes finding it difficult to kill time, 

  • I thought to accept the invitation and registered on line for booking.

  •  Moreover it was free :) which was another motivation to go to the event. 

  • I was looking at the event to pass some time, 

  • meet few people and nothing else.

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  • When I went there, there were approx 40 people from various 

  • industries invited for that event. I found some Indians and naturally 

  • talked to them about how life is in Singapore etc etc. Initially we were 

  • shown a video about the visually handicapped center. What are their activities, 

  • how are they helping blind people in Singapore to lead a more

  •  fulfilling life, etc . It was a short 15 minute video and quite inspiring 

  • that how people from different walks of life spend time in helping

  •  these blind people without expecting anything in return. 

  • They shared the satisfaction and fulfilment they get by helping them.

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  • After the video, we all were gathered in a hall and were briefed

  •  about next event. The theme of the next event was "Dining in the Dark".

  •  And this is the event which turned out to be inspiring and worth sharing.

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  • What is meant was that we all 40+ people were going to have 

  • Dinner in a pitch Dark room !!!! The next 2 hours were completely planned, 

  • organized , directed and executed by three blind youths. 

  • One was a girl ( Leader ) and other two boys were assistant to

  •  her forming a team of three blind volunteers.

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  • The blind leader first gave us tips for dining 

  • ( These were ACTUAL STANDARDS THE BLIND PEOPLE 

  • FOLLOW IN ORDER TO MAKE

  • THERE LIFE EASIER )

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  •  1, When you sit at your table the things will be placed as follows :

  •    at 3 o clock of your dish : You will find a spoon.

  •    at 9 o clock : Fork;     12 o clock : spoon.      2 o clock : Empty Glass

  •    Dish at the center with Paper napkin tucked at 6 o clock.

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  • 2. There will be two large Jugs circulated to you. 

  • The Jug with plain walls will have water and the Jug with 

  • curved wall will have orange juice.

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  • 3. When you get your Jug based on your choice you have to 

  • pour it in your glass. You have to dip your forefinger in the glass so

  •  that when you fill it and the liquid touches your finger , 

  • you have to stop pouring.

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  • She asked whether everyone has understood . 

  • All said yes but everyone was confused and trying to remember 

  • what she said and confirming with each other. Next 1 1/2 hours

  •  we spent were full of fun and learning. In completely pitch dark room 

  • where we could not see ANYTHING we were enjoying various

  •  delicious food without seeing it.

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  • We all 40 people were taken in groups in the dark hall . 

  • Each one was directed by blind person till he/she sits on a chair 

  • ( We were finding it awkward because actually we are supposed to

  •  guide blind people to their destination and help them )

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  • We were Served full five course dinner by this team of three blind people- 

  • Welcome drinks, appetizers, starters , main course and desserts. 

  • The amazing thing was that the team of three blind people were serving

  •  exactly vegetarian dishes to vegetarian people who were

  •  sitting randomly in the room !!!

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  • While registering on line we were asked question to choose from 

  • "Vegetarian" or "Non vegetarian". I obviously chose Vegetarian , 

  • being one. We were so nicely hosted that we did not have to wait in 

  • between serves . As we were ending finishing one dish , 

  • we were served with next without any delays.

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  • After approx 1 and half hours of Dining in the dark , the leader asked

  •  whether everyone has finished eating. After confirmation she switched

  •  on the lights of the dining room. 

  • We left the Dining room with tears in our eyes.

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  • We realized how lucky we are and how we have been gifted with

  •  beautiful eyes to see the beautiful world. We realized how difficult 

  • lives of blind people are ( and other handicapped) without being able to see.

  •  We realized how uncomfortable we were for just two hours without

  •  being able to see anything and how they must be living their lives. 

  • We realized how unfortunate we are , that we do not value such 

  • simple things in life we have and cry 

  • ( sometime louder, sometime within ourselves) 

  • and run after what we don't have .................

  • for whole of our lives without having time to adore for the things we have.

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  • Be cheerful. 

  • Adore whatever you have in life.

  •  You may try for whatever you don't have 

  • but never feel sad about it.

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  • You need to experience it , 

  • something like I had experienced , 

  • to believe this philosophy of life.

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