The good that men do lives after them —

I was just thinking today,my daughter turned 15 a couple of weeks back. Who did we invite to her birthday party ? Mostly her friends and children we knew. But if I had happened to see a poor laborer on the street, driving home from work, would I have invited him to my daughter’s party ? Most certainly not.

As human beings we tend to be exclusive rather than inclusive,which is ironical because, everyone says ” man is a social animal”.Then why is it so difficult for me to bring people I don’t know home, or talk to someone I have never talked to before in the mall, or smile at someone just for the pleasure of smiling ? Why is it so difficult for me to give ?

When it comes to getting gifts, I would be first in line. I want to get birthday gifts, anniversary presents and X’mas gifts are an absolute must. I need new clothes all the time. I love to gift myself good food, books to read, pleasant times, my time anything for myself. But when it comes to giving, why are my fists so tightly clenched ?

Recently I read about parents who had abandoned a child of theirs with the surrogate mother, just because the child had Down’s syndrome. That innocent baby does not have the good luck of growing up with his parents just because he is maimed. We know that when we give a feast, we need to invite the poor, the maimed, the lame and the blind to the feast, not people who would repay you with return invitations.

One of the ways we can show concern for some one we don’t know is by reading through the writings and posts on the blog spaces of people we don’t know and ” commenting” and ” liking” them. Who knows, it might make the day of an unknown person.

Lets challenge ourselves to move out of our comfort zone and provide a kind word, a comment, a recommendation, a gift, a smile or a meal to someone from whom we don’t expect anything back.

The good that we do will indeed live after us and we will be repaid in full.

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