An Insightful Experience

Posted: March 27, 2013 by Ankur in Live Events, Writes...
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There was a great rush in the clinic that day because the doctor was running late and I was a little anxious that day with a great deal to be signed that day and it was very advanced technology but we were on some negative points  –  our major drawbacks – but we were sure to overcome them. I was impatient and was travelling from the waiting area to receptionist desk hoping that, that would make the doctor come fast because I had got this appointment after a lot of struggle. Tired of my impatient walking the receptionist asked me to sit in the waiting area and wait because the doctor would be late for another hour and a half. Following her advice and dragging my feet, I reached the waiting area and as she announced the further delay of the doctor’s arrival many of them left, throwing a dark look at me she went inside. Fuming, with anger and after telling my team that I might get late, I turned on the music on my iPod, put on the earphones and started listening to my favorite tracks.

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Half way through my playlist I felt like I do not have any more patience left and would get another week’s appointment. At the time I was sorting my internal dilemma I saw a lady entering with her two kids, out of which the elder one had a broken hand made imminent by the plaster on it. The little one was I guess there to support his brother because he was clutching the sweater’s hem of his brother. The scene took me to the time when my brother had got a fracture because of me in his one of the limbs and I was with him all the time, around the clock. The look on the mother’s face reminded me of my mother and I decided to stay. The mother went to the receptionist said her something and she smiled and while returning she ruffled her kids hairs gave them a kiss and left. As she went she gave a warm smile to me and left clinic.

The two kids both little frightened entered the waiting hall and sat at the very end watching me and the elderly couple that sat as they passed. I was about to look out of the gate and pay attention to beats when the kids caught my attention again. They both were staring at a globe placed beside them with an ice pack on its top. The sight of it astonished me and I was caught up in the thoughts of the way it appeared. I met the eager eyes of those kids and saw the elderly couple too look in their way – all of us were confused but above all fascinated. And we all, three of us left our seats and started moving towards the creativity that had caught our eye. As we reached there the little one asked loudly why was an ice pack placed on top of globe and did he have an appointment or not? All of us were about to answer him in a matter-of-fact tone, we heard a voice reach from back that it had taken an appointment from a very long time but could not be treated. That tone could never be mistaken by me – the confident yet convincing tone could not be of anybody else but the doctor’s. Unfastening the buttons of his coat and hanging it on the wall besides the door he came and took up that little boy in his lap and asked us to be seated. Then turning to the kid he said that when the doctor was his age  he lived in a time where weathers weren’t so unpredictable and he did not had to be afraid of UV rays and there was lots of greenery and he was a boy who ate very healthy food and enjoyed outdoors. The boy said then why isn’t that now and what does that globe with the ice pack on it means? The doctor said that as time passed, technology advanced and its use increased and that caused a rise in global temperature and some chemical reactions in air, caused many changes and led to global warming. I pulled out a few images of it to show it to the kid to help him understand what the doctor was saying.

When kid realized what he was told, bewildered he said to all of us that why weren’t we treating it then first. The doctor said that the damage has been done and restoring it to its normal self would take ages but we could surely prevent the further damage! Listening to this the boy relaxed a bit.

This reaction made me think of my actions that even this little boy realized of what he was told then why couldn’t we?

 He was still little to understand details but we are grown up enough to know what it means. And work towards the greater good and to see the change, bring the change from within us.

The display of concern the doctor showed towards that worry of that kid, gave me a hope, a hope that may be I would succeed in what I had planned.  That finally I would be able to get my ‘GO GREEN’ campaign running, a project which I had planned. My appointment passed in a blur and still lost in my recent insight of self-confidence. The receptionist saw me in a puzzled way as she wrote in my appointment diary something and I saw the mother walking away with her two kids who helped me a lot today.

The changes are within, it takes ages to for results but we should not give up. Just keep on going and bring the change and keep working for the greater good always‼


logoPranjali Mishra

Creative Writing event @ Panache 2013 by CampusWriting…

(First Place Winning Article)

  1. Anshu Mishra says:

    Well written Pranjali.
    Keep writing and do such great work always. 🙂

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