I'm a Goan woman, working in Mumbai as the founder of a studio called Totem Creative. I try to make the world happier, safer and more meaningful. I believe education, knowledge and awareness, art, writing and creating Social Impact are my means to achieve that end.

Friday, March 16, 2007

(J) Old Mrs. Watkins // extra view

I don't know if you've come across this joke. If yes, read it once more thinking that it's a true event.

Old Mrs. Watkins awoke one spring morning to find that the river had flooded the entire first floor of her house. Looking out of her window, she saw that the water was still rising. Two men passing by in a rowboat shouted up an invitation to row to safety with them. "No, thank you," Mrs. Watkins replied. "The Lord will provide."

The men shrugged and rowed on. By evening, the water level forced Mrs. Watkins to climb on top of the roof for safety. She was spotted by a man in a motorboat, who offered to pick her up. "Don't trouble yourself," she told him. "The Lord will provide."

Pretty soon, Mrs. Watkins had to seek refuge atop the chimney. When a Red Cross cutter came by on patrol, she waved it on, shouting, "The Lord will provide." So the boat left, the water rose, and the old woman drowned.

Dripping wet and thoroughly annoyed, she came through the pearly gates and demanded to speak to God. "What happened?" she cried.

"For cryin' out loud, lady," God said, "I sent three boats."


I don't believe in God, myself. But I can atleast say this: if there is a God, you don't need to look for him. Every single little thing you experience does not go without his notice, then. So why do some people need to shout out things like "Trust in God" , "God is with you always" , "Thank Him every hour that you are alive" etc? You do not need to put too much faith in God, because faith or no faith he tries to help. If you ignore anything, you you ignore God. So grab the first opportunity that comes across your path. And stop thinking about Him so much, He already knows what you are going through -- and much of it are designed to suit you and your atmosphere. That said, that I'm an atheist is the will of God. He knows I have a character to be happy without the concept of an almighty overseer, so he builds me in such a way that would deny His very existence.

Don't depend on God so much. Just be happy with what you are and do what that logically suits best, because, remember, whether you want it or not, God always listens whatever you say.

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