Ordiarily Extra-Ordinary !

When the yoke of the world seems to weigh on a slouched shoulder, messages come from strange places. Showing how at other times, similar yokes have not only been carried well, but used to break walls that seemed insurmountable just a few moments ago.

Picture from New York Times
News about Rosa Parks’ death took a long meandering road into history. But this was quite profound ! I cant fathom an ordinary lady taking on an establishment and its established set of rules at that time. Read the story here

Nor will i ever be able to understand what it takes to stand as one man, in front of a looming tank. Not one, but a series of them. To take on a notorious regime and its large army, for whom subjugation was as mainstream as growing paddy by the river side. I will never be able to completely understand what went on in the mind of that gent, as stood, eyeball staring into a tank’s barrel !

I would like to imagine that such acts of courage are common place. Although, lost in the melee for survival. Perhaps lost in the whorls of a media and society interested more in the rabid rants of demented minds that go by the common name of ‘politician’.

But it is these nameless faceless people amidst us, who keep the world spinning. Who give us hope. That we will ultimately survive. And keep our heads above water. And perhaps someday, wade out of the swamp we are in.

One ordinary man inspired a divided nation to take on an established empire. One ordinary woman inspired a community to rise up against the injustice meted out to them. One ordinary man brought up children who went on to impact society, despite having humble beginnings as a lowly worker ! One ordinary woman touched lepers when they were regarded as completely untouchable.

And somewhere in that ‘ordinary’ness was an extra-ordinary spirit. A spirit that did not accept status quo for what it was worth. A spirit that just took on. And took off. And a spirit which stayed simple and ordinary.

The next time you see an ordinary man, guiding traffic when the errant traffic cop is invisible, or when a ordinary woman stand up to a lewd gesturing boss or when a conscious citizen takes on a demented divisive politician, look no further. At that moment there is a tale in courage and hope unraveling.

It is these moments and such people, that provide renewal to life and living. A bright torch shines into in a looming blanket of darkness.

A feeling that all is not lost yet pervades. I would like to believe so. After all, we are all ordinary, in our own ways.

5 thoughts on “Ordiarily Extra-Ordinary !

  1. Aleta says:

    A hero is just an ordinary person doing what we all hope we would do at the right time and in the right place.

    We all have the spirit of life and love ~ it is is nurtured, then in the time of need ~ may we rise to that calling.

    This is a beautiful post.

  2. superb read sir. u weave words that give life to the people u right, even if their passing are forgotten by the careless youths of today, we shall remember them forever 🙂

  3. Kavi, What a wonderful read. Something to make everyone think, about how we make a fuss about little things, while these simple folk with great dedication, manage to move mountains.

    I think you forgot someone …..

  4. Jeevan says:

    What said is wonderful buddy! Every ordinary person has a great thing, are in way they express and truth deserves these people. Great knowing about Rosa!

  5. Kavi says:

    Aleta : Thank you ! Yes. A hero is just another ordinary person. How much more simple can it get ?!?

    GP : Thank You !! And well said !

    Ugich Konitari : Baba Amte was a man who i admired no end ! Indeed missed him. And tehre are a whole lot of others too. Infact there is no dearth of these extra ordinarily simple souls. Only if we care to look !

    Thanks !!

    Jeevan : Thanks Mate !

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