Watching my Dad from close quarters has taught me a lot about giving unconditionally. Performing acts of charity and giving are his second nature. While there are too many instances to enumerate, the following incident brings a warm glow to my heart.
When I was studying in Maryland (this was in 2006), my parents had come from India to visit me. We had gone out to spend the afternoon at the Union Station mall. As we parked our car and stepped out, a young girl with a music kit, looking distraught, came to us.
“I am a musician from New York City, ”she told us, still flustered, “I have lost my wallet, and I need to go back to New York City. I have no idea what to do. Maybe, if I can get a dollar each from several people, I could get enough money for a bus ticket back.”
Without thinking twice, my Dad took a $20 bill from his pocket and handed it to her. I still remember the shock on her face – she did not expect this. “Thank you so much, ”she said, “Can you give me your address? I will send you a check when I get back. ” My Dad replied that that would not be necessary and that she could pay this forward by helping someone else.
Thank you, Dad, for inspiring me to be a better person.
Making kindness one’s second nature is a worthwhile goal to aspire for.
~ Prahalad Rajkumar