A long drawn meeting that stretched into the night. And this is what I heard again and again…
In the recent months, I have been pouring my heart out to dream. Away from the realities of life, and far from the daily struggle that we all go through! I dare…! That not a single child will die because of absence of basic health services in the state, where every single mother will receive the required attention both before and after delivery, and each one of them will lead and live a healthy life! A simple discussion few weeks ago has suddenly turned into a huge excitement and in no time, I see myself, every other day, sitting down and discussing details of costing, timelines, team members, human capacity and the launch of this great excitement! I have heard and seen that when there is a political will, such great “things” do happen but is it just the political will?! I witness how someone’s own human values have been nicely meshed and integrated with the larger political goal. I see, I visualize this is happening…!
It is difficult to change a legacy irrespective of whether the legacy is making any difference to the well being of the citizens. I witness how such legacies were either changed or stopped primarily on the premise that it is not delivering human good! And if it is not delivering human good, then it shouldn’t continue! So as I walk the corridors and meet these very interesting people, I listen to their interesting stories, their efforts, their joys, of making the unthinkable happen. I share one such legacy here, however simplistic it might sound to the readers. As a special religious activity, bag full of rice used to be given to all. Nobody actually knows who all received it and was paid by the state. The change happened in no time! It was discontinued, both the mode of payment and the distribution pattern but the principle of this religious endeavor remained. The efforts were redirected towards the feeding centres (where food is required the most!) and citizens were called to support this initiative!
As I continue to trot the path, a day or two ago I met someone who has recently come in to share and be part of this dream. The person is excited because it is about changing how a Government should and do work; that it is not waiting for another term to prove its worth, and it is about now and here! I could see the glitter in the eyes as the person spoke, and as I continued to listen: the experiences, the dream, the challenge ahead with complete awe, I faintly asked, how will this ever happen as it is not about one person thinking and doing?! The response was simple, it is about one person thinking and dreaming and sharing the spirit with others, joining hand with others! In another parlance this is what is called as “Many in Body One in Mind”!
As the euphoria continues, there are (anti) actions too that either undermines such movement or simply ignored! Can be frustrating, and at times painful! And at other times, anger sets in!! But this is what dreaming is all about, isn’t it?!! In one such recent development I witnessed how an action, or rather an inaction, at down the order was delayed only to promote that new ways of working may not be the best option. For some it didn’t matter whether and how such delayed action will impact millions of children in the state! If this pain doesn’t come how one will ever know the purity and the depth of one’s dream!!
Let me end this little exploration with an enriching experience. I received a phone call from one of the highest offices of the state. At one point I thought why should I get this call?! The call was about colleagues reaching late for a meeting and I was asked why so? As the person spoke, I closed my eyes and said to myself, the time has come: its a new era and there is no tomorrow, it is about now and here! Where pains don’t bother me anymore, where frustrations dont deter me, simply because I have dared to dream!!
I will continue to explore the joyous drama that we all enact in this huge canvas, called life: we rejoice, we cry, we dream, we trust, we touch lives, we connect. And more I explore, I express…