When I got a second chance… Our Garden of Gratitude #4


So many more weeks gone by..

It is hard…But don’t know what it is..

Anyway.. Time to stop cribbing and start appreciating!

Let’s appreciate little things in our lives to make Our Garden of Gratitude bloom.

Photo by Saumya Agrawal

Seed of the week

What memory are you grateful for?

When I was in school, I had this fear of standing up in front of a crowd and speaking up. Stage fear. Yes. I remember practicing for one of my assignments so well.  I was confident about what I had to speak. I was trying to stay calm as the time to speak up my mind came nearer.

All was very good till the moment I to the front of the class. But just when I had to open my mouth to begin my presentation, I went blank. I felt so scared that I began to cry. The tears falling down my eyes made me more embarrassed.

My teacher, Ms R, tried to encourage me to begin but I could not. She asked me to go outside the class and take some more time to prepare. I did.

After about 10 minutes, I asked if I could come in and give my presentation. Before I started, Ms R told me to not look at my classmates but at the display board at the end of the classroom. I followed her advice. It worked!

Once I was done, she told me that I was great. She taught me that it was okay to have stage fear but it was not at all okay to not try and cry. She suggested to practice speaking in front of the mirror.

This happened 9 years ago… And I have followed Ms R’s advice till date. I still fear facing a crowd of people but I do give it a try. I may be shivering out of nervousness but you won’t hear it in my voice.

Thankyou, Ms R!

You gave that little girl a second chance.

You taught her to try.

You made her believe that she can do it.

It’s your turn now… Share a memory that you are grateful for..

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Check out previous installments of the series here.

6 thoughts on “When I got a second chance… Our Garden of Gratitude #4

  1. She sounds like a great educator. I’m glad you gave it a go. Many people have stage fright. For me, performing/giving presentations always felt natural. However, there’s always some kind of nervousness going on. What if someone asks a question you won’t be able to answer? But you have to try. Well said.

    A memory I am grateful for… When my mom was sick, I did whatever I could to go to work and come to the hospital afterward and be involved in her care. Even though I was doing whatever I could, I felt as if I could do more. This one particular doctor was a total star. He was an expert in his field. He was very hopeful about my mom’s recovery. He was very approachable. He told me I was doing more than enough. He told me to be sure to take care of myself because they were taking care of my mom. She would need me once she got out of the hospital. He basically reassured me that I was not the worst child ever and gave me permission to eat and sleep. It sounds silly, but it was definitely something I needed. I will never forget what he did for me and her.

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    1. The thought of not being able to answer used to scare me too. But I’ve realised that it’s better to find a answer on the spot or tell them you don’t know, thank them for asking it to arouse curiosity in you to learn more and then tell them that you’ll look for the answer. And get back to them (obviously if are going to meet them again).

      That doctor was such an angel. I mean I have not met doctors here in india who’d say that we are taking care of the patient, you are allowed to sleep and have rest. It is not silly. It’s comforting to know that your loved ones are in safe hands. Being children, we always feel we’ve not done enough for parents. If someone from outside the family reaasures us that we’re doing out best, it’s appreciable of them.

      On the other hand, I’ve met doctors who’d overexaggerate on things and without even seeing the reports tell you that your closed ones don’t have much time left ( I blv after confusing between patients). Thankfully, I’ve some doctors in my extendes family who I believe I can trust. Because of most these people out there are just wanting to make money. Would make you get loads of scans just for a simple strain in your foot.

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  2. When I originally left a comment I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I recieve 4 emails with the exact same comment. Is there a means you can remove me from that service? Kudos.


    1. Hi. Did you try scrolling down at the end of the mail to find an unsubscribe option? If it’s not at the bottom, it should be somewhere there in the mail only.


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