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Salesh Dipak Fernando




A pause and a greeting which constituted just two words “ Hi Salesh”. I have been trying to understand the essence of those words ever since that splendid open mic session. Of course almost everyone greets with a customary hi but I have never seen a host pause in the middle of a speech just to greet a member of the audience.  We often mourn the lack of empathy but small meaningful gestures like this do remind us that empathy does exist if we look for it in the right places.

The pause itself has a deeper meaning.  Sometimes a small meaningful pause can make a whole lot of difference.  All of us are in a rush. Perhaps society has deceived us so much with it’s stringent set of norms. We are forced to be a part of the herd without even understanding what we want. There’s something called self analysis and reflection which never happens for most of us until it is too late.

And then there’s another section of the crowd who are so full of themselves.  Ok you are so far ahead than the rest of us but why not pause for a moment and lend a hand to someone who needs it.  Of course there’s a need to be individualistic and selfish but a small diversion to lift someone up can make a lasting impression. And being benevolent doesn’t mean you are naive it just implies that you love to give.

I have been addressed in so many ways “Inspiration, A fighter, A giver but I consider myself a garbage with no clear cut goal or plans. I have come thus far only because people were benevolent enough to pick me up and mould me into what I could be. They embraced me with open arms and paused for me when I needed a hand

 A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders to let him know that the world hadn’t ended.

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2015 has turned out more like a horror movie thus far. A year filled with sickness, self doubt and isolation. The frequencies of my rants have increased. 2015 was supposed to be my light at the end of the tunnel but it seems like a never ending messy ride.

Should I quit? There were too many questions with hardly any answers. It was then that I decided to rewind the clock and have a glimpse of the lives that made a difference, lives that changed the pattern of existence of this big bad world. It seemed the only plausible solution to my supposed chaos.

They all had one common trait. Neither of them gained acceptance and recognition when they started their journey.  They were ridiculed, isolated and posed a threat to the existing norms of the society. But still they never gave up. It was always about the purpose and not about the people. It was relentless pursuit of excellence.

The human race has always been conditioned to accept pre-defined set of norms. Those who yearn to break the norm will always find it difficult. But it is only when the norms are challenged a new ideology is born.

It’s time to begin again with renewed hope. It’s time to do what I do best – touch lives through my words. Next time you feel like giving up just because of lack of acceptance. Remember these lovely words ” Sometimes it is the people who no imagines anything of are the ones who do the things no one can imagine“.

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