Early hours of the day is a blissful time. If you’ve ever been awake before 5 in the morning (for reasons other than catching a train or flight), you will know the truth in this statement. Not only for the health part of it but also for the impact that the dawn hours has on our minds. As reiterated by several learned men, the Brahmamuhurtha (4.30 am to 6.00am) is an ideal time for spiritual practices which I’ve been rejoicing since long. But I know how uninteresting it is to pull yourself from the bed when your heart lingers for a little time more in slumber. I’ve been a victim too to this heart craving once upon a time. And if you hear what brought about the change in me, you will be surprised. It was neither a celebrity nor a best-selling book! It was an ordinary boy who struggled between work and study shouldering a serious responsibility ahead in his life.
Years before, when my daughter was a child, she asked me a question while having her morning milk.
“Where do we get milk from?”
“From cow,” I answered.
“But who keeps it in our milk bag?”
“The milk boy,” I said.
“But how is it always there before we all wake up?” she asked.
“The milk boy comes early, earlier than we wake up,” I replied.
She thought for a while and then gave a loud exclamation, “Ghosh! At what time does he wake up then?!!!”
This little conversation with the little girl made me contemplate on her question too. The next time the milk boy came home to collect money, I had a casual conversation with him. I asked him what my daughter asked me.
“3 in the morning, aunty,” he said plainly without making it sensational as though the whole world does the same.
A little deeper conversation that followed, revealed some simple facts about him which greatly inspired me, the impact of which has almost merged with my lifestyle. He was eighteen years old then. Hailing from a below middle class family, his parents couldn’t afford his college education. However, he made a small living by delivering milk packets which demanded him to be awake by at 3 in the morning. He would get ready to leave home by 3.30 and reach the milk packets collection center by 4.00. By 4.30, he would start cycling for the delivery which covered residents of a 5 km stretch after which he would go directly to his college. This routine continues everyday, even on Sundays and national holidays.
Well, several people do this throughout the country. Newspaper delivery boys, fruits and vegetable vendors, flower vendors and there are several other professions that demand waking up at early hours. Sometimes, we all need an inspiration to realize a simple truth that has always been in front of our eyes, yet that we miss to notice. This young lad’s story was the one which inspired me to see the difficulty in such people’s lives. At those hours of the day, when the world around them sleeps peacefully, these people drag themselves up, forsaking their precious sleep time. Of course, that is what gives them all a living but on the other side that is also what gives us the basic necessities for living.
Since the day of that conversation, I’ve never found it difficult to wake myself up by 4.30 am. Not that I intend to share his difficulty (that’s something I can’t do) but I recognized the willpower in me which is capable of pushing that extra mile.
For once, let’s be thankful to all these people and not bargain too much for Re.1 or Rs.2 because for the sleep that they are ready to give up, shouldn’t we be willing to give them a little token of love?! Perhaps, they are #madeofgreat!
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