The Garland..


Raj had moved into a new apartment in 1979. The complex was new and they were one of the early occupants. The township was being developed. It was a practice then for a flower vendor to place a garland every morning at every door. As Raj opened his door a leafed parcel would be there, and in it was a small garland. Besides this he would find a copy of the morning Times. He wondered who these generous souls were. At the end of the first month the smart operators showed up. First came the newspaper vendor who produced a bill for the month. Raj liked reading the Daily News and asked for the Newspaper to continue. Next came the ‘Haar-Wala’ as they called him. He asked if they liked receiving a garland every morning. Raj was happy to collect a garland at his door step. He happily paid the cost and asked to continue. What followed next was strange. petals
Every morning before Raj set out to work he would collect the garland and hang it on the neck of the Crucified Lord. When the delivery was late, Raj would stay on until he had placed the garland on the lord’s neck. His wife asked him one day, ‘Why risk your job by waiting for the garland to arrive’, Raj said “Oh, that’s my Problem Solver.”  “I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing is for sure, troubles don’t belong in the house with you my wife and children. So I just hang them up on his neck every dawn when I set off from home. When I get back at dusk, they are no more the problems I thought they were.” While hanging the garland he would tell the lord, “Here is a garland on your neck. The flowers and leaves are the problems I would have to encounter today. Resolve them for me. No more do I ask of thee than keep me ‘Happy for the day’.” Having said this Raj would set off to work. Strangely he noticed, while the problems did not diminish, there were always solutions proposed by friends & colleagues, and the day ended happily.His faith in the garland increased as the ‘Haar-Wala’ kept adding flowers to increase the value of his product. Raj knew it was added problems he was stringing. However he had no fear, as he also knew within him that once the garland was on the lord’s neck, it was the Lord who resolved it all for him. He would go about his daily chores as if nothing mattered other than doing his best. All he asked of the lord was to resolve this today of problems. While he was sure many others asked and received much more, for him it was enough to have his problems resolved and he stay ‘Happy for the day’. This simple technique of asking for happiness ‘One Day at a Time’ has seen him through many Summers. Today as he sits on an easy chair retired from active life and looks back at the Happy life he led, he also looks at the Crucified lord and the garland that hangs on his neck and wonder,       “What if it was not for him to carry my cross.”

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About rproy

Writing has been my Passion like Painting,Photography and the other Fine Arts.Engineering has been a necessity and Medicine a fulfillment.
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