The ability to symphatize and listen to someones woes is a rare virtue.Not that we dont find any lonely heart clubs or orphanages around.But the charity I feel begins within yourself.I have heard many people who claim that they would first succeed in life and earn lot of money and then build great organisations which would wipe out poverty from the face of earth.The dreams most of the time have hit dust.The human greed is endless.We never reach a "enough is enough" stage.There is always more demand and less supply of money.A odd smile at the stranger,a honest compliment,a freindly heart to heart chat may not cure AIDS.But it may reduce your blood pressure,make you happy and by some fortunate accident you may pass on the joy to someone else.Sometimes a good intention itself gives so much of hope to this gloomy world.Expanding your world takes very less time.When the suprises of good luck and joy from unknown people hits you,the world seems like a beautiful place with so many people to care and so much of life left to offer.I read a story in "nipun's blog"...
[link provided at the bottom of the blog..]
There was a guy who deeply fell in love with a girl.To him she was the most important thing on earth.Then one day she left him for no reason.He was shattered and broken hearted.The world to him was cruel.He spent his days in misery. Then one day his mother told him that the only way he can start loving life again is to do one act of kindness everyday.The boy started helping people in small ways.By being nice to the neighbors and showering his love on strangers.He slowly expanded his heart to love people he did not even know.The hatred was replaced by trust.He continued his ritual for along time.The ritual became a purpose and the purpose turned into a mission.He may not get one of those awards for social service nor get any monetary reward ..But I feel he is the most successful guy ..because he has a rich heart ..filled with...JOy..
Few quotes to chew upon
A native American grandfather was explaining his grandson about how he felt.He said ,
"I feel I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is vengeful violent one,the other wolf is compassionate one.’ The grandson asked him.'Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?'
The grandfather answered the one I feed
Empty pockets never held back anyone. Only empty minds and empty hearts can do that.
By Norman Vincent Peale.