“We slept and dreamt that life was joy. We woke and saw that life was service. We acted and behold, service was joy.”

-rabindranath tagor

“if what you’re looking for is love…untainted love, then you need not to look elsewhere but here, you will not find this kind of love anywhere but here, only our children here can give that..” shewa was giving us( A rotaract club family members under the RC wodiya mado) a briefing on ENAID and the children before we start our program. Now that might sound a little bit exaggerated at first till one stayed till the last moment to see if that was what the place was all about.

ENAID is a center formed by 89 parents of children 21 years ago, parents who had to protect not only the children themselves but also their dreams and hopes into becoming a grown better self just like anybody running to greatness. Within in a limited resource those parents were able to set a firm ground to the association so strong that it’s now passed on to many in need of the support the center provides.

We all went there to teach them of what we have come to learn from the world, to bring life to their day, to put a smile on their faces, to mend the broken pieces they carry around as most say, to share the encumber the world may have put on their shoulders, burden such us misunderstandings, being called names and being considered as a misfit. We all thought we could put our Saturday to a better use by being in service of visiting these children. Little did we know?

The principles people set in which one should be living life has set a thick line that not everyone would dare to do it differently.  That is what we have learned…yes they are different and so are we. They live life in their own way, in a way where there is no logic one twists around to wrong another one, where there’s no worldly teaching that has set it’s thrown in people’s heart this days. Where there’s no “what’s in it for me” question asked…but where there is only one thing in full presence. Love undressed.

We went there to put what we had to the table, to fill their plates. But after moments passed by… the table turned, and instead our plates we thought we had plenty on were washed so that we could have another set of dish, our cups emptied and our tables complete. They served us love, not the effortless kind of love the world belittles on  but the unreserved, not sugar coated and not the one dressed in qualm, state of affairs, formality, standards and waywardness, But wholesome naked love. The love that breaks through our programmed mind set upgrading the whole coordinate to a whole other level. They know love, joy was not something that takes place outside on the grounds of their heart but it comes right from their soul. One can look into their eyes and see all the way through their original unguarded self for they have nothing to hide. We all went there to teach them of what we have come to learn from the world, to bring life to their day, to put a smile on their faces, to mend the broken pieces they carry around as most say, to share the burden the world may have put on their shoulders. But again…it was like a getaway for us… they thought us there’s still humanity that could light one’s soul through another; they brought life to our day that would last for days without the memory aging. They gave us their all and now we strive to give what we can ever have.  As Rabindranath Tagor has once said, “we slept and dreamt that life was joy. We woke and saw that life was service. We acted and behold, service was joy.”

ENAID a project we worked on, so we could craft more awareness of the association and bring more support so it could be a platform where people who are enthusiastic about serving in any way they consider they can convey something out of their service and also learn of the love that’s elite, in the center the children give away with no strings attached. Cuz when it’s all said and done and the day comes to the last grain of sand in the glass, an hourglass, when we run out of time we still have handful moments to look back to even when time is passing by…it all comes down to life’s most persistent and urgent question, what are you doing for others?.