While studying in college, my friends and I had gone to the city for an outing. While we were waiting for our cab to arrive, an old woman holding a stick in her hand approached us to buy her some food. We all stood silent for a moment. One of my friends asked if we could buy her a packet of biscuits. I knew she couldn’t bite by seeing her, and suddenly I felt ashamed for not doing anything. I told my friends that I would buy her something. There was a restaurant where I ordered a plate of idlis, paid and told the cashier to hand over the food to the old lady, as we would go as soon as the cab arrived.
When I stepped out of the restaurant, the old lady cried, saying she hadn’t eaten for the past 3 days, and thanked me for helping her. I was taken aback by her gesture and said no problem. Our cab arrived, and we left.
But I still felt that I should have brought her another two more idlis so that she could eat the whole day. I was sad that the money I would spend on the outing will be paid to a fancy cafe or restaurant only and that I could have helped someone in need.
Help someone in need without thinking twice as it will bring immense happiness to everyone concerned.
~ monisha shree