Quote Challenge Day 3 - If you light a lamp for someone else...

Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan
We all carry our own demons. Hidden behind the facade of a smile that falters when nobody is watching or a mind that seeks to be occupied in work to hide from itself, we exist. We need to hide these demons from everyone else. We need to keep the appearance of being perfect even as we are crumbling within. I know I have carried my fair share. And there have been moments when the thought of me getting the better of them seemed near impossible. But I did. And my secret was something that in the end was surprisingly simple.

I knew how tough a struggle I was going through and I knew exactly what I wish I could have received during my worst moments - a shoulder I could lean on, a heart I could trust, a voice of empathy. And I knew that just as I missed having those around me, there were surely others too out there battling their own inner demons.

My last quote in the 3 day Challenge is:

"If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path."

Over the last three years, I set a goal to help those who I felt needed the same. Each year the goal reflected in the blog's mission revealed during the blog-o-versary:

It helped me stop focusing on my own pain as I was too focused on making them smile or just being there for them to voice their pain without judgement. I needed them to trust once more. I needed them to believe in themselves again. And slowly, in helping them, I found myself turning the corner as well. In making them laugh, I was laughing too. In consoling one, I found that I was consoling myself too. In helping them accept their scars and move on, I had slowly done the same for myself, I found.

In the end, moving on from our personal falls in life was a lot easier once we realized we did not have to be alone when we got up again. That there would always be someone who would be there when we needed them... and who would raise our spirits in return by showing us we were needed.

Not everyone needs money or favours. Most of the souls you come across in your life just need you to show them you care. That they are worthy of friendship; of love.
Remember that.

Author's note:
Aseem tagged me for the 3 day quote challenge. The rules are as follows - 
  1. Post one of your favorite quotes (different quote on each day) on three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author, or your own.
  2. Nominate 3 bloggers to challenge them.
  3. Thank the blogger, who nominated you.
Each quote I have chosen represents a part of my life. Somewhere in the course of these ten years in the blogosphere, they have appeared in the blog at defining moments. 

My first quote was an altered take on  "The light at the end of the tunnel..."
My second quote was Mark Twain's classic "Sail away from the safe harbour..."

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  1. AnonymousJuly 27, 2015

    Roshan you signed up for the Cherished blogfest, but I see no post-- would you still be participating? If not, please let me know on atozstories at gmail dot com, and we can remove your blog from the list.

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