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Life Is Blessing - a Short Story

Nikki Khan is mum of three cute kids, writing is not her profession but it's her passion to write. Nikki enjoys writing stories and poetry.

Shading little chicks is so much fun

Shading little chicks is so much fun


Let all the burden off your shoulders. Relax your nerves, don't try'n overload yourself and others around you. Life is an experience of large span, get ready to topple over and over. Never underestimate your human power to change the world. Smile at each fall, get ready again to turn the luck around. Catch the balloons of love, hold them very strong. You are a conqueror if you know to love and being loved.

That's what this story is all about. Explore this wonderful universe. Run after the butterflies, dive in a deep ocean or hike on high mountains. Learn to love this life. Thank your God for all you have as Rumi did. He knew, he is losing it out with each breath. Sand was slipping out of his palm every second. But he was busy in or kept himself occupied to enumerate all the gifts he had.

This piece is also a response to Eric’s Sunday Sermon on ‘life is so tough’. You'd find this handy Eric to perceive the charm of life.

Life Is Blessing - a Short Story

“Are you feeling better my friend?” the sound reiterated in Rumi’s ears.
Rumi flickered his eyelids, a smile filled his lips. Still alive. Can’t believe this. My darling death has spared me again. He felt so much pain in an instant, like needles were piercing in each stem of his body. He couldn’t move much but he was a blithesome guy. Never complained in his whole life. Wouldn’t do now either on his final bed.

‘I have got another day to joy Rumi,’ he thought. ”How lucky I am. God is so kind to me. I am the happiest person on earth today. Have got another chance of life.”
There was a knock on the door. Doctor came in following a nurse. Rumi opened his eyes with full force to look at his visitors. His health wasn’t in much luck. Doctor was checking on his heart beat and oxygen level on machine. He guided the nurse to take special care of his blood pressure which was dropped to 80 now. Not a quite good sign. Could be very dangerous if fell more.
“Can you hear me Mr Rumi? My name is Aneil Malhotra. I am one of the specialist neurologist surgeons. You are lucky to get me on board. Normally, I am out of country mostly but I am working in St. Georges Hospital these days. I would be looking after you from now on. Your blood pressure is giving us so much pain Mr Rumi, I am afraid. We are trying our best to sort it out. But this is expected at the last stage of cancer. We can’t do much to get it back to normal. Pray to God. We can make your last days easier but we can’t increase them, my friend. You are really doing marvellous. We Didn’t expect you to live this longer. This is a miracle in history of cancer patients. You are exceptional, I would say. I have first case of your, for the very first time. It is very rare, may be one in thousands. I won’t take your much time now. I wanted to ask for permission to take some of your pictures. We would use them as a case study which can help many brain cancer patients to survive longer.”

“Yes, why not.” Rumi cleared his throat.

"We would be taking some more blood tests to check sugar level in your blood. We'll have to put you on ventilator from now on to improve quality of oxygen to your lungs, Mr Rumi. In case, your oxygen drops more, it's gonna be very critical condition. Please don't give me any heart attack by falling more." Dr. Aneil smiled.

"Can I ask for a favor please?"

"Of course, anything. Oh! I forgot to ask. You have some family, you want to be with you here?"

"I don't have any. My mother lives with her another husband. My father is with his new wife. I have no siblings. But that could be more pain if I had any. I am good to be alone Doctor. And I am still breathing, isn't it a blessing."

"Yes, you are right. Breathing is such a gift, you stop; you die. I was in another ward yesterday. There were all coma patients. Many didn't open their eyes for decades. You are still blessed to be in senses. You are talking. You are watching. Isn't it amazing."

"Yes, there are many I can add on Dr. Aneil."

Have you ever tried paper boats in a stream - if not - missed the fun

Have you ever tried paper boats in a stream - if not - missed the fun

"I was asking to go out in Hospital's garden if possible? Wanna touch the flowers, smell them. I want to make my connection stronger with nature before I pass out."

"Well, that's not possible as your blood pressure is already on edge Rumi. But later on, may be, if it gets a peak. We'd check in an hour again. Fingers crossed for your trip. I'd ask the nurse to bring a chair, so you can keep the ventilator with you. Then you can get a chance to sit in the garden. But not more than 15 mint."

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"That would be great. Much obliged Doctor."

Rumi's eyes sparkled with some bright light. He loved beauty of nature since he was child. There was a tire swing hanged by a maple tree in his Grandma's house. He used to love swinging on it all day long. That was the only thing, he loved the most at her house. He used to stay there for many days, and each day was fun, full of swings and chocolate ice cream before food. Nothing matched that fun.

Rumi was smiling with all those childhood memories in his mind. All seemed like it was happening now. Grandma was such a great lady, he loved her so much. Everything was so special about her. Though he had to watch that TV with her, was the only boring thing at grandma's. Other than that all was so wonderful. Especially, getting wet in the rain was his favorite one.

Mom was strict when Rumi was a kid, but still he loved her so much. He remembered the pain when mom got divorced. He was seven then. She was so alone and sad. Many days, she spent not getting out. Rumi always tried to make her happy and wiped her tears.

"Life is blessing mom, don't waste it crying," he would laugh.

"You are the best thing ever happened to me Rumi, I love you so much my baby."

Rumi opened his eyes and all memories vanished away. But he was happy as his mom was happy today. She got settled again. Rumi didn't want her to know about his disease, he stopped his doctor to ring her. She won't get over this grief, and he couldn't watch her crying. He was blessed to have a great mom, he thought.

"Can I come in to check your blood pressure sir?" Nurse entered his room.

"I can go out finally," he screamed with joy.

"I haven't said that yet," she looked straight in his eyes.

'But I heard it," he giggled.

She checked his blood pressure which increased to 100 now. She couldn't believe it.

"What did you do in half an hour Rumi?" She checked his pulse on right arm.

"Nothing special, just had some good dreams. And look, Grandma saved me again. So can I go in the garden now?"

"Yes! You can. But only 15 minutes. Remember. Let me arrange a chair for you. I'll go with you to take care."

"Okay, cool."

Take up your courage and be strong!

Rumi's dream was coming true as nurse was pushing him close to the nature. It took almost 10 minutes to get their. Rumi felt a strange scent in the garden as he entered in. He felt same smell of his Grandma's lawn where he used to swing whole day. He touched the petals of flowers with his hands, smelled the scent. He thanked God for all this beauty around him.

Soon, it started raining. He looked up in the sky and observed white clouds forming in the lap of bright blue sky.

"How charming is this," he cried with so much love around him.

He felt the rain drops coming on his face from the sky. Nothing was more precious than this feeling of getting soaked with God's tears, he imagined.

"Time to go Rumi, I cannot get you wet here. Your immune system isn't working well."

Rumi smiled at her, looked up in the sky, then touched those flowers for the last time and closed his eyes. His pulse dropped instantly, he had a strong cardiac arrest. Blood pressure went to 40 which means no more.

"Life is Beautiful," he murmured.

Life is amazing!

© 2019 Nikki Khan


Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 10, 2020:

A nice tale with sad end.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on January 29, 2020:

Thanks Emge, for coming along and for this reverence.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on January 29, 2020:

Gratitude William, for this consideration. These are some jewels of our lifespan which keep us going down the road to success.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on January 29, 2020:

Thanks Donna, for your visit.

Much Appreciated.

Blessings to you, dear.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on January 29, 2020:

Lawrence, life is filled with so many ups and downs. You never know what is down the road until you face it. Hope and courage are good weapons to use against the challenges. Brave are those who encounter all the difficulties of their lives with a smile on.

Thanks for sharing from your golden moments of past.

And sorry for replying late, was held up with a lot of things.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on January 28, 2020:

It's an awesome story, Nikki. Loved it.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on January 06, 2020:

Hi, Nilli.I'm not sure how I missed this one, but I'm glad I found it. You expressed many truths here and made good use of the backstory. Thank you, my friend!

Donna Rayne from Sparks, NV on January 01, 2020:

What an amazing story with special meanings in giving of hope and strength, thank you for sharing it with us!


Donna Rayne

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on December 27, 2019:


A wonderful story.

I had a friend who was born with a spinal defect that meant the Doctors when he was born told his parents that he'd maybe live a week, Matt lived 42 years filled with love and laughter, we lost him about three years ago, but reading this story brought some of the memories back, like the time he came to visit and his wheelchair got a puncture, it was motorised and wasn't a light one.

We had to get him home on a Sunday with no means of repairing the puncture, it was a 'challenge' to say the least!

Thank you for the memory.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on November 10, 2019:

Yes John, life has so much to take in. Some moments just come like a reminder, to hang on for a second, and to reckon on the dark side of your life. Bring on some colours to it. Trust me, you’d love it.

Thanks for stopping along.

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on November 10, 2019:

A lovely story, Nikki, we need to be like Rumi in our final days and still appreciate life and our memories. (Oh, by the way, I have written your poems War and Earthquakes in Poems From the Porch 9.)

Nikki Khan (author) from London on November 06, 2019:

Rumi lived his past for some moments which filled his heart with light of love and joy. It gave him courage to leave this world. He entered in the eternal universe with smile on his face.

Thanks Peggy for leaving such a great comment.

Blessings my dear!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2019:

What a sweet story and message. Rumi received his final wish and died a happy and fulfilled man. The photos you used to illustrate this story are precious!

Nikki Khan (author) from London on November 03, 2019:

This story is about light of love which is fading in this mechanical world. Nothing is more valuable than power of love.

Many Blessings my brother Sean!

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on November 03, 2019:

This story is a masterpiece, my dear sister, a luminous and joyful prayer! I am grateful to know you! Thank you for the Light!

Love to your beautiful family!


Nikki Khan (author) from London on November 01, 2019:

I am glad you liked it, thanks Clive!

Clive Williams from Jamaica on November 01, 2019:

Live, Laugh, Love Life. Nice Story.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on November 01, 2019:

Sometimes, we just need a reminder to stop over, and think about our life. May be we can change it into rainbow colours but we need rain for it.

Thanks FlourishAnyway, bless you!

Nikki Khan (author) from London on November 01, 2019:

Thanks MG Singh, Susriakal!

Nikki Khan (author) from London on November 01, 2019:

Life is beautiful for those who learn to love and take a risk to enjoy it. Others just spend it as a misery and die miserable. It's your choice which path you want to follow on. Thanks for your insightful comment Ruby.

Blessings my dear!

Nikki Khan (author) from London on November 01, 2019:

Yes, Manatita ji, Rumi wanted to feel his past through natural objects. This was his final wish which was fulfilled. He remained the happiest man and died enjying his happy moments.

Thanks Bhaia ji!

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 31, 2019:

This was a heartfelt reminder to appreciate every moment.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on October 31, 2019:

Nikki, this is a nice sweet tale.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on October 31, 2019:

This was a beautiful story about a special man. I did not know he had cancer. I didn't know about him until I started reading Manatita's poetry. Your story is a reminder to enjoy every minute of life. Thank you.

manatita44 from london on October 31, 2019:

A cute story and a nice touch, for Eric, I supposed and Rumi had his last wish fulfilled. Cool!

Nikki Khan (author) from London on October 31, 2019:

I loved the line Eric, truly, being grateful is a blessing too. Every person doesn’t have this blessing either. Great thinking.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on October 31, 2019:

Thanks Bill, my friend.

Bless you!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 31, 2019:

I had a friend who asked me "what are you grateful for?" Right on. I could only reply that it was my blessing to be grateful.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 31, 2019:

Loved the message....loved the is blessing indeed, my friend. Thank you for the "feel good" start to my day.

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