This time the meeting started bit late at 10.30 AM as we were expecting some more participants, strength was less as 5 of them were attending communication workshop in Chennai. Also we were expecting 2 more new joinees but they were not able to make it.
We started off with slow reading practice and general introduction about our family.
Later there was a prepared speech by Sairam, who told us a very inspiring story about American actor Christopher Reeve who played the Superman character in Superman series films in 1970’s. Reeve felled from horse while jumping over fence and sustained a cervical spinal injury that paralyzed him from the neck down. After considering his situation, believing that not only would he never walk again, but that he might never move a body part again, Reeve considered suicide. Great support from his wife made him to reconsider the decision and develop a positive approach towards life. Reeve was elected Chairman of the American Paralysis Association and Vice Chairman of the National Organization on Disability. He co-founded the Reeve-Irvine Research Center, which is now one of the leading spinal cord research centers in the world. He created the Christopher Reeve Foundation (currently known as the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation) to speed up research through funding, and to use grants to improve the quality of the lives of people with disabilities. The Foundation to date has given more than $65 million for research, and more than $8.5 million in quality-of-life grants.
Then we had a group discussion on “ Is caste based reservation is necessary in Education system”. We shared our views, exchanged our thoughts and discussed about its drawbacks for around 30 Min.
We concluded the session by getting determined to practice slow reading /slow speaking for at least 30 Min everyday and to get involved in any hobbies so that our mental stress gets reduced.
Also there was a suggestion from Jittu that we can practice yoga/breathing exercise for 10 mins in every meeting. This suggestion will be taken up in the next meeting.
Attendees : Sairam, Chandrashekar & Jittu.
Written by : Chandra kumar.