Be Thankful for Little Mercies………..


At one of the construction sites that I visited in the suburbs of Mumbai, a building construction work was going on at full speed. Lots of poor laborers were hired and were working there from morning to dusk. They could not afford to send their small children to school as they were very meagerly paid by the contract workers. They did not have the means of buying basic toys for them.

Their small children devised few games for themselves and played amicably with each other. This new game that they played was called ‘Train-Train’ where each child used to hold onto one another’s shirt and play this game which they loved. Some boy would become the engine and others would become bogies.  Every day these children used to take turns becoming the engine and bogies. They never asked for anything more from their parents as they were completely satisfied with what they had.

I observed that there was one small boy of about eight years old wearing only a half pant who used to hold one small green cloth in his hand and become the guard daily. He was not given to play the part of bogies at all. So I went to him and asked him: “Son, don’t you also wish to become an engine or a bogie some time? He very softly replied: “Didi, I don’t have a shirt to wear so how will the other children catch me to make the train?” I could see the slight wetness in his eyes and I felt so bad for him. But the next moment he very happily went to play with the other kids not bothered whether he got the chance to become an engine or a bogie.

Once I went home, this whole incident got me thinking. The boy could have cried his lungs out or thrown a tantrum as he did not have a shirt like the other kids or simply sat at home sulking and being angry and harassing his parents for not giving him a shirt to wear. He was happy in his shorts and knew that his parents could not afford to buy toys for him but instead he chose to be happy and found another way to play and enjoy himself with the rest of his friends.

In life we don’t get all things we desire and we keep complaining at all times. Our children have been given enough, yet with grumpy and angry faces they will say, I don’t have a bike, I don’t have a car, I don’t have great parents, this or that and many more and they are never ever satisfied with what they have got. Even we are like this and our needs and wants never seem to be fulfilled. We are never grateful for whatever we have got and then we tend to become miserable and blame life and their circumstances.

Life is like what we make of it. We need to make it more beautiful and having an attitude of gratitude is the most important thing in life. Be thankful for the little mercies that are showered on us daily and thank Him who has given us enough. The laborers and their children were so happy in whatever they had and were so satisfied with life.  A life of Love, Happiness and Contentment is always important than having a materialistic way of life.

Life is to enjoy with whatever you have with you, keep smiling……….!


76 thoughts on “Be Thankful for Little Mercies………..

  1. A beautiful story Kamal and I think one I needed to read even for myself right now. It can be easy to fall into the trap of feeling sorry for yourself. Thank you for this reminder. I know that I have so much to be grateful for. I suppose, we may have spoilt our children into entitlement.
    You also remind me of times when my life was simpler but happier. Money, possessions etc frequently bring lots of stress. Thank you for your message here my friend 😀

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    1. Thanks so much Chevvy and see just like that I told you to go and read the post. You have written so truly and yes we all fall into this trap. So many things have we got that we are never satisfied in life and are always wanting and then we suffer. The guys who do not have anything are so happy and always grateful. Really these type of stories are eye openers for all of us. All of us sailing in the same boat Chevvy. Thanks once again dear.

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  2. This is one moving post!! Having the attitude of gratitude is really what the world needs now. Not everyone can have everything and not everyone is privileged enough to have a shirt or shroud. We must be thankful to what is there with us and this remains the key to happiness. Thanks for sharing this post☺

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  3. A timely reminder I would say Kamal.So sad to note that we, having everything in excess without being contended or thankful still keep running in the never-ending race of life.
    Thank you for the thought provoking post!

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  4. Very true life isn’t only about expectations and ambitions, it is afar more than that.
    in the pursuit of more and more we tend to lose what we can have easily, happiness.
    People have hidden themselves behind fake sorrows, half of us creating our problems. We always want more and more, not being satisfies is one way of not being happy.
    Why waste this very short life with repentance and why not just enjoy it, live it to the fullest.
    A great post dear. Making a very huge point.

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    1. Absolutely marvellous and true words Moushmi and I totally agree with what u have said. Life is simply beautiful and we with our wants have spoilt our lives, look at that child so happy with whatever he had and they lived such a happy and cheerful life. We can play with whatever toys we can but today all these wants and needs have made us crazy.🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

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    1. Yes absolutely agree wholeheartedly with your words Prakash. We r all messengers here and in someway impact our lives and the lives of people all around us. Thanks so much Prakash and I am so happy to have found u as a blogger friend. It is so nice when people reading understand the importance of life which is so beautiful. He is in all of us and is so merciful and benevolent.

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  5. Kamal very thought provoking message. When my little son denied his food I used to tell him there is another a million kids who starve for one time food!! We should be thank full for the blessings we got in our life and try to share for the needy.

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    1. Thanks Sumith and completely agree with you. Our children have got everything in life and so do us but we need to be happy for what our Lord has given to us instead of crying. Those children were so happy in little things which were so meaningful for them. Happy day to you Sumith.

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  6. It’s really sad but is a fact. Those who have got all necessary things aren’t happy with what they have. The greed doesn’t ends while those who are not having proper food, shelter etc. Still are happy with their lives. Living a materialistic life is not worth living.
    I’m in love with your writing work.. 😊😇Ma’am

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    1. Thanks so much Ravi for your great and beautiful words. I agree with what you said cause the selfishness in people are driving few poor people to such drastic steps and they do not have basic food, clothing and shelter too. Life has become very tough. Feel so happy that you like the way I post. I too feel like posting such genuine and inspiring posts to our blogger friends. Happy day to you.

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  7. Thanks for this dose of reality, Kamal. And thanks top the Lord above for all that He’s given us. It’s a pity & a matter of concern that we come face to face with such poverty day in & day out here in our country, and we’re not able to provide the basics of roti, kapda, makaan, even 70 years after independence 😦

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  8. Beautiful story. Life is not perfect, no government is. That’s how life is eventhough it should not be the way it is. Thank you for this inspiring story to remind us that we should always appreciate our blessings. Life may not be perfect but it still a gift.

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  9. Each person whether known or a stranger and each incident gives us a lesson.Most of the times the acquaintances and circumstances in our life teach us to be grateful for whatever we have,however we choose to ignore.Thanks for again reminding us that we need to be grateful for everything in our lives.

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