Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Having, Giving, Sharing and Receiving!

I was at at a local pizza place yesterday for dinner with a friend. After we had dinner there were two slices of pizza left and i asked the store guy to pack it for me. When we came out of the restaurant, there was a young lad who looked like a beggar and was asking us for money. My friend handed over the packed pizza to him and his face just lightened up. He sat on the platform and starting opening the box very eagerly.

Thats when we realized, giving feels really good. Whether its a material or whatever it may be, giving feels really good. No wonder teaching is the noblest job ever. I have been reading a lot of novels and philosophy books off late. In many of those, people are really thankful for even for the silliest of things, for example, one of the characters i read was thankful just to be born an American during world war 2. Why can't we be thankful for the fact that we don't struggle to get a meal thrice a day without giving a damn? Thankfulness and Gratitude are something thats highly underrated these days. In the modern era, how many of us even bother to thank fellow human beings for the smaller helps that they do to us?

Lets have a look at the major festivals that we celebrate every year. Tamil new year, Pongal, Birthday, Wedding Anniversary, Diwali, Christmas, Ramzan, and much more. Out of these we buy new clothes atleast for two or three of them. Just think of choosing one of these festivals every year, and instead of buying new clothes, donate it to people who can get more basic needs out of that money. Trust me, it feels damn good. When a kid sells drawing books in street, buy them. It will hardly cost 5 or 10 rupees. But the impact that it will make on the kid is significant.

I am no expert in moral values, but i think smallest of gestures can make us feel good and proud. Let us take a stand, feel good ourselves and more than that, make a difference in someone's life.

While writing this post, i couldn't help but remembering this dialogue of Joey's from Friends. Listen to it and have a good laugh :)

-Vignesh P.S.: Did someone figure out the head fake about this post ? It is a desperate attempt to prove that this blog is still not dead :)