Walking Tall Or Walking Small

Standing amid a crowd of people, I turn around. Feeling of fear and horror seeps deep inside me. Is this a crowd of walking tall or walking small?

Many seem to be mindful of what is before them. Few people speak. Few people look around. Few people smile. Few people look up and greet one another. Everyone seems to mind their own business and oblivious of all others.

Some speak on the handphone. Some have their meals and drinks. Some read newspapers and magazines. Some discuss on their lottery numbers. Some loners are puffing cigarettes. Some just sit on the staircase musing and looking around.

Standing beside me is a group of young people enjoying the music video of the late Michael Jackson. Many seem to have missed him after his demise. And the music video is so entertaining that many are moved to tears.

I lean against a pillar waiting for the numbness of my legs to subside. I have a long walk, accompanying my wife in choosing some clothing for our son.

[Sigh] The present economic crisis has robbed many of their laughter and smile. The price hike has caused many to look into their pockets and wallets. Many deliberations and discussions before going shopping and outing. Many arguments and tears before making ends meet.

Many do not look that confident anymore. Many become more reserved in their speech. Many dare not boast at all.

No more big gatherings and parties. No more big scale celebrations or festivals. No more late night entertainments and weekend sprees.

Yah, everything goes small again. Many become dispirited and bitter. Is this a crowd of walking small?

When will we step out of our despair and hopelessness? Where are the walking tall?

How long will we bow down to our present crisis?

Are we the walking small or the walking tall?

Let us not all float down the River of Despair, drifting towards death.

Let us start anew by having some confidence in ourselves to mend our lives.



July 12, 2009 at 10:52 PM

Wow !... The picture sat me back in awe. Thank you for the wonderful post. So to speak, the questioning of oneself either I was walking tall or small was the healing out of itself to me. That awake the consciousness- reminded about the spirituality

Your photo is just fantastic. Wow! Your picture talks much better/more convincingly than my tongue.

I want to exchange the links with you. Is that possible?


July 13, 2009 at 8:23 AM

It's interesting to me, seeing so many people leading separate lives but really having the same goals in mind and needing the same positivity to achieve it.


July 16, 2009 at 5:50 PM

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July 17, 2009 at 3:24 PM


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Arun Sharma