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As I sat down with a cup of coffee in the early morning, my phone buzzed with a message from my mother. It was evening in India, and she sent me a picture of our home lit up for Diwali. She made sure that the lights were put up on time before the great day! More than the decorations that caught my eye, what melted my heart was the enthusiasm and optimism that she is nurturing at her age. It’s true that age is just a number!
There are festivals and special occasions on which all of us cannot be home at the same time. Ma feels sad and misses those of us who are absent, yet she does not let her emotions come in the way of observing rituals that have been followed for so many years. With utmost care, she has preserved the warmth and liveliness of a home where we have woven some of the best moments in our lives. If this is not an example of positivity, I don’t know what else is!
It is truly the season to be immersed in joy and to wash our worries away. Happiness is infectious. So let each of us take it upon ourselves to spread the smiles around us. As we indulge in the festivities, may we also be grateful for the tiniest of blessings bestowed upon us.
Here’s to wishing that the light of reason dispels the darkness and ignorance and illuminates our minds. May love triumph over hate, and may kindness and compassion bind humanity in a warm embrace.
A very Happy Diwali to you all!
Rashmi Bora Das is a freelance writer settled in the suburbs of Atlanta. She has a master’s degree in English from India, and a second master’s in Public Administration from the University of read more...
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