Count your blessings! We are all familiar with that saying. And when we take a count of our blessings, we thank God for our families, homes, education,jobs etc. Have you ever praised god for sanity? I was posted in the rural training center at Santhigiri today. Me and my senior friend were really excited to visit this place because of the reports of its photographic beauty. We settled into our clinic room and soon there was a man who peeped in. Aged around 60, he looked like a man of class and stature. We made him sit down and soon he began rambling. Initially we ignored it and continued with the examination. Soon the chart was in and we were shocked by his story. A retired sales tax officer. On psychiatric help since 20 years. This grandpa spent nearly 45 minutes in the opd. By the end of 15 minutes, I started losing my patience. He was talking absolutely irrelevant things-an amalgam of things of the past and present. It’s inhuman to throw him out and hence we struggled to listen. And as he went on with his tale, I realised one thing- human mind is a very fragile thing. You never know when it will shatter. Also, there is a thin line between sanity and mental illness. A very thin line. And again, like a good friend reminded me, how can you define” being normal”? Hmm…it was truly an eye opener. It reminded me of another blessing to be thankful for. But again, who am I to decide I’m normal? Maybe it’s just that the insanity in me is well shaded by the tree of grace.
Author: anila varghese
Nothing but a recipient of Christ's grace. I am a young doctor and I use this space to find meaning in the bedlam of my thoughts. My blog might resonate with the screams of a young adult finding her place in life, the stench of hospital corridors, images of the many people who intrigue me and the lessons my Saviour Jesus teaches me. View All Posts