I had a hectic day at my healthcare centre tending to patients, training staff and using appropriate safety measures for COVID-19. Because of this high-risk situation and to be extra safe, I usually avoid carrying cash. My PPE was extra heavy, and I was sweating profusely.
I was surprised to see a man in tattered clothes, begging for money, near the centre where we took a lot of care to maintain social distancing. The man could barely speak, and in broken Kannada, he conveyed that he hadn’t eaten anything. None of my staff and security personnel stepped forward to help the man. He wasn’t wearing the mask properly too. At that moment, pangs of helplessness gripped me completely.
I gave him a packet of biscuits and guided him on how to take care of himself in this situation. I don’t know if he was able to grasp the whole COVID-19 situation, but I could see hope and gratitude in his eyes. He thanked me and left happily. This incident has made me more humble. I realised no matter what, we cannot let go of kindness. Despite the pandemic, we all can do our bit to make this world a better place.
Kindness in a nutshell – be kind whenever possible and in any which way.
~ Sanjana Om