Mar 4, 2014

What if you gave me a chance to be you?

What if you gave me a chance to be you?

What if there were no shades of grey in us - just white and more pristine white?
What if there were no bad news?
What if the worst evil we were capable of was saying no to third helpings of dessert?
What if leaders fought wars over chess sets and allowed human beings and innocent children to live? What if we could actually strive for world peace and attain it instead of preaching about it behind firearms?
What if love were a disease we all contracted and cancer merely an emotion that we could control?
What if good deeds made you prosperous and gold and cash were just worthless baubles and papers?
What if we took a step back from the caste, creeds and religions and saw the world as one shared foster home inhabited by over a billion children in love?

Meghan Vogel
What is her name? 

What if you knew your soulmate from the moment you began to exist rather than suffer the pangs of loneliness and fear?


What if you didn't know your hands could be used as weapons?
What if rapes and molestations could not occur because like the penguins yonder, such a  thought did not even exist? Would our women be able to walk free then and share a smile of kindness without fear?
What if we all had the choice to lead a joyous life, without harming everyone we come in contact with and got the chance to die with a smile on our faces?

What if it were all possible at the snap of a finger and you just forgot you could do it, God?
What if you trusted me and gave me a chance just for this infinitesimal moment in time to be you?
What if you allowed me to be God, my Lord...


Author's note: This is my take for the prompt 'Free Write' (explained here) in Write Tribe's Festival of Words 3. This was what came to mind in ten minutes of free writing for me. No prizes for guessing that I'm pretty disillusioned by what I see in the newspapers everyday. But I also wanted to showcase the girl in the picture.

I bet you don't know her name, right? 
It's Meghan Vogel (remember it from now on), a high school runner, who could easily have run past her injured competitor but instead chose to stop and help her cross the finishing line, even making sure she finished ahead of Vogel herself. (Video here, Story here.) A young high school girl is capable of such acts of selflessness. When was the last time we had an act like that happen/be feted in our own national newspapers?

There is still good left in the world... we just need to focus on it more instead of letting the constant suffering and evil get to us.

I'm taking part in the Write Tribe Festival of Words -3


Author's note: 6th March 2013. Pretty self-explanatory.

70 comments:

  1. Kaash.... ye sab hota..... to kaisa hota....!!!

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  2. There is s-o-m-e goodness still left in this world and these incidents (on the track) are a testimony to it. What if .................... is a million dollar question.

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    1. Yes... its the 'what ifs' that make us dreamers go mad, I think :)

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  3. 'What if love were a disease we all contracted and cancer merely an emotion that we could control?' - Such an amazing line..Ofcourse along with other beautiful ones.. Seriously, What If ????

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    1. Imagine how simple it could have been... if only the emotion and the disease were reversed

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  4. hats off to the mind behind this thought process! "What if love were a disease we all contracted and cancer merely an emotion that we could control?" This was my personal favorite! Great post!

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    1. Thanks... as I mentioned above, if only the two were reversed, life would be so much more heavenly.

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  5. Maybe I'm in a sentimental mood today but that photo and the attached story brought tears to my eyes. What if we were all selfless? Wouldn't it make the world a much better place?? :) I loved your free write Roshan...so many what ifs...so much promise. One that currently resonates with me: "What if you knew your soulmate from the moment you began to exist rather than suffer the pangs of loneliness and fear?"

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    1. I guess I was in a melancholic place after some of the online news I read just before starting the free write. That definitely influenced it... I just wish there was more happy news to be shared instead of just this hatred and violence we see.

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  6. I love your "What if" questions and I love the high school athlete story. I could not have shared her name, but I did know the story. I love acts of selflessness. Such love. Such humility. If only we would all choose to live like that daily.

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    1. Glad to see someone knew the story, Carrie :)
      I wish we showcased more stories of selflessness rather than what we see in our media today...

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  7. I remember writing something similar in my blog post...here the link if you like to check it out. http://jini-fernandez.blogspot.in/2013/05/when-winning-does-not-count.html.No doubt i had written abt being selflessness and everything, but being selfless,humble and gentle is no easy job. it takes a lot out of you to being just humble.

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    1. I know. In todays world, even being humble and selfless is considered a crime... people view your actions from their scheming points of view and find faults and reasons for your acts. Its a really sad state to be in...

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  8. Loved ur Free Write !

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  9. Such a soulful poem. Loved all your, what ifs and particularly "What if love were a disease we all contracted and cancer merely an emotion that we could control?" -

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    1. sigh... if only it were true..

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  10. dreams of a better life.. what else could appear in a human being's mind when you don't think of anything else... right?

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    1. true. We all do want a better life for ourselves but would it really hurt to do a selfless act for someone else once in awhile? Thats where I feel sad seeing the lack of examples to cite.

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  11. I wish all of that came true ...the world would be a more beautiful place ....just amazingly written :)

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    1. Thanks Sushree.. glad you liked it...

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  12. Good one..
    What if the worst evil we were capable of was saying no to third helpings of dessert? ..How I wish to have this evilness :P

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    1. Me too... me too :) I should have added something about never gaining weight as well, na!

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  13. I wish all that becomes a reality soon, very soon!!

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    1. sigh... i dont know how but i wish so too

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  14. Proved to be a very heartening read. Each line was so meaningful. Kudos to you for these noble thoughts!

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  15. That was truly beautiful Roshan. Trying to choose my favourite 'what if' and failing. I guess I'd settle for this last one - What if it were all possible and God forgot to do it... what a huge what if that is.

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    1. true. What if it were just a matter of reminding him/her ?

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  16. If there was an election for letting someone be God for a day, I would vote for you doc. Your agenda is what we all want and dream as a future for our next generation. I hope they get to wake and read only good incidents in the papers. Life would indeed be a miracle then!

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    1. I accept.. :) Free food for all!
      And yes, i really do want a paper which only showcases good news.. not a supplement but an entire paper dedicated to good stuff everyday.

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  17. So many what-ifs, doc.... If we had answers to all those, we would be supreme beings !! (alla, nammalokke evide ethiyene !! :P ) Well written, doc :)

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    1. hahaha.. exactly... nammalum orru Superstar aaye ene!
      Thanks Sreeja :)

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  18. A beautiful post doc. Nothing like it if cancer becomes an emotion, but what if the emotion goes out of our control? Life somehow is a maze filled with what ifs and if onlys.

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    1. haha... Pandora's box there, ain't it? even in the good, there is the opportunity for losing control, isn't there..

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  19. loved that picture and its story! Very inspiring..

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  20. I do believe there is goodness in people which needs to be encouraged. That's a nice account of the incident there and that picture is so inspiring :)

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    1. newspapers in India barely have any time for showcasing all this. I wonder if perhaps we as blogger should take a bigger role in promoting good news when we see it.

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  21. I think the only goodness that is left in this world is Meghan.

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    1. There are many.. our social media should make the effort to promote it when they find it...

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  22. Roshan questions that I do believe we all think and not one act upon... such is life... and thanks a lot for sharing that girl's story with us, very touching..

    Richa

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    1. Glad you liked it Richa... we need to showcase more stories like this as and when we find it, I feel.

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  23. I love the 'feel-good' factor of this post, Roshan. All the what-ifs, turned into reality would make the world a better place. And that girl. Hats off to her and to the people who brought her up.

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    1. Amen to that last line of yours.. I literally know parents today who would criticise children if they did what she did. Thats how sad we've become as a society...

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  24. This was truly a lovely read! You have really been doing some thinking and managed to transform your thought into words. I had to read it a second time, and may pop up again... The "What ifs" can truly unleash the imagination. Super!!

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    1. Thanks Eli. Yes... when we think of "what ifs" in our life, we tend to focus on changing our past. But what if we could just wish for a better world like this... erasing any options for negativity instead of blinding saying "world peace" ?

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  25. There is always only one or two "Meghan". More than that make things surely unbalanced. But it's great read. :)

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    1. if only it were unbalanced in the other direction...

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  26. I really wish that this piem would spring to life and all said in it would become true !

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    1. That would have been the ultimate "what if"...

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  27. And to complete the list, what if you were to just take a little step back and give everything a chance?

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    1. touchwood... maybe thats all thats needed, Michelle?

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  28. I too feel sad and worried when I read some of the ghastly incidents in the newspaper. And finally the question that always revolves in our mind is "What if.....?" A soulful poem Roshan.

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    1. Yes.. its the "What ifs" that keep haunting us. Especially in our country today, I feel...

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  29. God bless you for bringing this story to us, Roshan. What can I say? Brought tears...and what a great example of keeping the faith!

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    1. thanks Vidya.. glad u liked it.

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  30. Have read about this.... And it was so good of you to bring it up again.... :)

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    1. our papers always bring up old topics of hate... figure we should do the reverse - bring up inspirational stories we read from the past over and over again

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  31. I know the incident Roshan.. Just forgot her name. I have the video with me too! Its very very inspiring. Sometimes all we need to do is look at the human side of the competitive world we are living in and we know there's something more important than winning a race.. Wonderful!

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    1. Exactly... the world will find a way to help u win eventually if u choose to be selfless... it may not be the win u aimed for at the beginning; but from personal experience I can say it can be something even better :)

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  32. vogel lost the race but won the hearts :)

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  33. yeah, what if... in this kalyug, the world is still running because of the few good men and women around!

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    1. so true.. hope is basically resting on these few moments of selflessness we are coming across...

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  34. You know I believe in all these what ifs. But people make me believe that I'm living in a bubble. It leaves me confused but I refuse to change...

    This was very touching.

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    1. I know what you mean.. I was that way too. I feel I've hardened up a bit over the years.. it was not something I desired... it was just necessary.

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