Blind are those who have eyes that cannot see. Her favorite lines from ‘Eyes Have It’ by Ruskin Bond. She never knew this one statement will sum up her life in years to come.
She felt strange when she resigned from her dream job. She knew that something did not fit in. The stories Ms.A shared appeared far from truth – people would not say such things about her. A few colleagues told her so, but she chose to believe Ms. A – a ‘close friend’. As years rolled by, Ms. A started taking a lot of liberty with her – mocked at her, took her for granted, kept telling her so was no good, let er down on various occasions. But she did not say anything. Ms. A had stood by her on two occasions a few years back. She also had a soft corner for Ms A – a bad childhood, her struggles and fights to be a ‘woman of substance’. She understood the emotional journey of Ms. A and could empathize with her.
She had shared her story with Ms A who in turn shared it with others – with a twist in the tale. One day, a close common friend shared Ms. A’s role in her resignation. He also shared what actually happened and how it was manipulated by Ms A. She fought with the close friend. She accused him of being envious successful women and he was feeling insecure. After a few tries, he stopped telling her the ‘reality’ of Ms. A. She lost a good mentor and friend in the bargain. She still was blind.
A lot of her well-wishers saw what she could not see and warned her again and again. But she did not believe them. She did not want to believe them. She strongly believed that people are good souls only circumstances make them do things that are not good. Hence, she tried her best to make things work for Ms A. She tried her best to project the good qualities of Ms. A to others. Stood by Ms. A through thick and thin. But Ms. A played with her weakness – her goodness.
While she was blind, a couple of good friends drifted away. A few stood by her because they took upon themselves to ensure that her blindness is cured. Finally, they were successful in curing her. Her blindness was cured she could see. The cost of the blind faith in Ms. A was losing not only her dream job but her mentor/best friend and few good friends, fights with family members, mental and emotional turmoil…
If only she could see, she would have had her most cherished relationships with her today.