Helping Hands

By Julia Fernandes

June 21, 2011


God has not called usto see through each other, but to see each other through. -- Anonymous


Few days back while I was proceeding towards my platformwaiting to catch the train to take me home, a very heartwarming sight greetedme. Three guys and two girls -- all blind were cautiously walking in front ofme. Each of the guys placed their hands on one another’s shoulders while thetwo girls caught each other’s hand. All five of them were being guided by aguy who was leading them. They all stayed close to each other and walked in asingle file -- the guys on the left hand side of their leader and the girls onthe right hand side.


I slowed down my pace and maintained a safe distance behindthem watching their every move. The leader was gingerly walking past everycompartment and exactly at the compartment specially reserved for them, hestopped in his tracks. He kept looking around as if to be sure that this is theright compartment. Meanwhile, all the five friends waited patiently for him tomake the move. None of them entered the compartment.


After almost 25 to 30 seconds, after making some sort ofmental notes, he gestured to his friends to follow him. One by one they allclimbed in the compartment and after one or two minutes the train started. All fivewere blind, all of them entered the compartment and the one who led them all -- was blind too!


Despite their physical disability they were able to make it.They used such a simple rule -- of staying close to one another, holding eachother’s hands, to ensure that not only nobody gets lost but that they alsoreach their destination safely. In other words they helped one another to helpthemselves and God helped them collectively!


I realized how we are so caught up in our own little worldsthat we sometimes hesitate to help or lend a support to someone; we shrug awayfrom shouldering each other’s burdens. Either due to neglect or due to sheer indifferencewe shy away from rendering help to people who genuinely may be in need of it.


Look carefully around you. Maybe there is somebody whoreally needs your help, your expertise, or your knowledge. Share it. Reach outto that person in whatever little way you can. Your help and support can proveinvaluable to that person and who knows he or she will be in turn inspired tohelp others, thus triggering off a chain of helping hands!