Tuesday, October 22, 2013


             A little boy wanted a pet puppy. His father agreed to grant his wish. They visited a pet store to purchase a puppy. They were shown different varieties of pet puppies by the shop-manager. He was eloquent about the smartness, beauty and pedigree of each puppy in his collection. But the boy selected a weak, lame and limping puppy lying alone in a corner of the room. The manager explained that it was permanently handicapped, being born without a hip socket, and reminded that it was unable to run, jump and play with him unlike the other healthy and active animals in the store.
             The little boy bent down and rolled up his pants and showed his twisted and crippled legs which were supported by a specially fabricated orthopaedic brace to assist him while standing and walking. He looked up at the store owner and softly replied, “Well, I don’t walk so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands his weakness and disability!” The boy added, "That poor, little puppy needs me and I need him. We need each other."
             The manager was compassionate. He told the boy that he could take the puppy free of cost. But the boy did not agree. He strongly argued, “The lame puppy is not worthless. We will pay for it the same price which you charge for the healthy ones.”
             Like the lame puppy in the story, everybody deserves to be recognised, respected and loved. Every person has his own value and should never be judged by his outward appearance. Persons with disabilities need our special care, attention, consideration and encouragement. With our sincere support, they can achieve wonderful things in life and become an inspiration to all.
            Albert Schweitzer thought and wrote about the "fellowship of those who bear the mark of pain." Those outside this fellowship usually have great difficulty in understanding what lies behind the pain.

            Jesus Christ spent much time with the ‘lost’, the ‘last’ and the ‘least’ in society. He displayed great compassion for persons with disabilities or diseases. In the view of  Mother Teresa, “The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.” She said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. I see God in every human being… Is it not a beautiful experience?”

            We may give without loving; but we cannot love without giving. Love is giving all we can. Love is like a smile - neither has any value unless given away. Karl Menninger said, “Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.” “Mother Teresa said, "It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts.”


 © By: Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Darsana Academy, Kottayam-686001, Kerala, India ( Former Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India), Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally,  Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Ooriyakunnath, Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, Kerala, India.
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