I was reading last month's Reader's Digest Joy when I came across an article titled 'Women we admire'. Mother Teresa was second on the list. I confess I was a little disappointed-she should have been first. The first was Princess Diana (not that SHE is not some one to admire but I still think Mother Teresa's contribution to the society was much more than any Princess who came into limelight just for being what she was. Mother's path was more obstacled and she never even became known before getting the Nobel Prize).
I was fortunate enough to come across this photo while surfing the net and was immediately captivated by the site of a young Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu( Mother's real name). Here is the photo and I want to share it with all of you.This photo has been taken at her Albanian parents home when she was just 13 years of age. Even at this age, the calmness and serenity of her pose charms the eye but still it is quite hard to believe that this is our very own Mother Teresa. Did she know at this stage what destiny had appropraited her to become? Did she realize her future among the downtrodden and suffering multitudes? Did she even have an inkling of what she was about to become for the world-a motherly figure recognised everywhere? Maybe not-but all this did come to pass and she rose to become a hope for millions of destitutes all around the world. It is not easy to sacrifice away your very being, your nation and your life for a totally selfless cause.Yet, that is exactly what this great woman did and this left an indelible imprint of her existence on this planet. I salute you Mother for what you did- it required more than just' a little bit of luck' to accomplish what you did in your lifetime.
This is the true essence of being a woman- spreading the fragrance of your presence everywhere you go and showing just a little bit of care without discrimination where ever it is needed. As for Mother, she resides even today in the heart of every Indian whether or not they were directly touched by her- because she gave her soul to this nation. Her efforts bear testimony to the fact that even in today's so called 'materialistic world', there are people who selflessly work towards betterment of all without giving a thought to their own trials and turbulations. I hope that all women take a cue out of the life that SHE lead and work at least for some part of their existence to 'gladden a frosty heart'! All the best in your venture!!!