August 21, 2009
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Daxedevi Thaker died on 11th June, 1993. She was not a celebrity or a world famous personality, nor had she invented any technology or psychology or any business organisation. And yet, she lived with magnificent mission. The mission was so important was lived by those more famous- raising healthy or wealthy. Her mission was “HAPPY AND LOVING FAMILY.”

As a wife she was a great wife of Kanaiyalal Thaker. As a mother she was a great mother to all of her five children. As a daughter she had taken care of her mother for fifty years. As a sister, she had taken enough pain for her three sisters (she had no brother and she had lost her father at the age of 12 years). As a teacher, she had helped small children in growing and learning primary knowledge of life. She also offered private tuitions to poor children. She was a great light to the family.

Yet, Daxedevi was not limited to her children as she had adapted grand children’s and other relatives who she encountered. She constantly radiated love feelings. Her feelings and care taking attitude attracted people towards her like a magnet. She also went regularly for morning walk of 4 -5 kilometres. She had never step backwards to do meditation and prayers to God. Her sons and daughter describe her as a mentor and a great source of inspiration.

She hardly uttered a word of what she is doing. ‘Actions without words’ were her leadership.

I would like to write here the poem written by Jim Conlow “THE MAKER”. A section of it describes her this way:

“A Maker is the greatest of Sorcerers or Saints

Life of love magic and connection

Making baked bread and gardens

Making children and children’s children

Weaving the tapestry of compassion”

Early in her life she followed all the steps of the mission-discovery process. She knew her primary passions-connecting emotionally with people. She discovered her deep values-love and compassion. She merged these passions and values in grand children directing them to live life to serve others. And, she picked rich details, specific direction and cause for her life. She had aligned herself with mission. She had sacrificed all her monetary happiness and demonstrated commitment to the family members without a single expectation.

As a small operation ended her life at the age of 58 years, up to that she had showered love and feelings on all those who all have graced her presence in the life. She had died totally unexpected in the hospital, but she had completed everything of her roles and goals. To be very frank to it, people around her were proved too small to understand her sacrifice and missionary work. I think she had done her things and she was more loyal to the God. She had completed the promises which she had made to the God. Till today, all children and Grand children loves her and says promptly, “Whatever we are today is because of her.”

People around us always know whether we are living with mission.

How do we all are going to be remembered by our people that we are living with?

About author

Dr Shailesh Thaker

Dr. Shailesh Thaker is a world-renowned management thinker and trainer on organizational behavior and development. He is the CLO of Knowledge Plus Inc., a highly reputed training firm based in Ahmedabad, India, helping organizations to achieve international benchmarks in management practices.

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