If you have read my previous blog The Ultimate Secret to a Happy Life, you would know the old beggar (let’s call her Ms. Beautiful) I had introduced. There is another pleasant thing that I discovered recently.
The day after Christmas, I took some pudding cake for my colleagues. I wanted to give some to Ms. Beautiful too. So, that evening, while leaving from my office, I looked out for her. She was there sitting at her usual place. I gave the cake, exchanged greetings and left.
The following evening, i.e., 27th December, I left from work a little late. Ms. Beautiful saw me from a distance and gave a big smile. I smiled as I walked towards her. She impatiently waved at me, wanting to talk. I went to her and knelt down to hear what she had to say.
She looked at me with eager eyes, “Where did you get that cake from?”
“Oh why? Did you like it?” I bent towards her.
She smiled, “I loved it. It was great!”
“Wow!! Really! Do you want more?” I felt excited over the fact that she loved the cake.
“Yes, there are three people who live with me; I want some for them.” Looking into my eyes, she waited for my response.
“So, there are three people already. Including you, it’s four, right?” I smiled back.
“Oh, I already tasted this lovely cake. I don’t want it. I want to take it for them,” She clarified.
After talking to her for a little longer, I got up and left. As I walked towards the bus stop, I was struck by the level of generosity Ms. Beautiful had.
If I were in her place, I would have done just the opposite. I would have asked for more so that I could have enough before I gave it to the others. Yes, I am selfish, especially when it comes to food that I love. However, here, I saw an attitude that contrasts mine.
Though she has almost nothing, she is ready to think about the other people at home. I don’t think those people are her real family, but that didn’t stop her from being generous.
It is ironic, isn’t it? The more we have, the less we give. But, it’s just the other way round when it comes to people like Ms. Beautiful.
Generosity is not in giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is in giving me that which you need more than I do. ―Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam
What I saw in her was a selfless desire to give someone what she loves. I realised I am not even a little close to her in this attribute. She showed me that generosity requires us to live a selfless life.
Without being selfless, can we ever think of being generous?
Generosity is a sign of a selfless heart. –JK Darling