My 84-year-old Uncle has been an incredibly kind person all his life. He has been my inspiration to practice compassion since childhood. Ever ready to help a friend in need, he was loved by family, friends and colleagues.
After he lost his wife a few years ago, it became his turn to cook for himself and his caretaker. He would make an extra portion of breakfast every morning and send it, piping hot, to his neighbour. He did that for many years until he moved into a retirement home. There he found a new passion. He would stitch bags and pouches for the staff with his sewing machine. The old members of the community loved his pouches so much that they would request him to make them one their birthdays!
He endeared himself to everyone with a kind word, lots of humour and a helpful demeanour. The whole community missed him when he went to visit his son and relatives. I met him recently at a family function where he observed that my helper’s sandals were not looking “fancy”. In spite of his inability to walk, he took her to the nearest store and got her a fancy kurta, leggings and matching sandals. His kindness extended to everyone he knew, irrespective of who they were, especially anyone who could do with his help.
Today he is unwell, and in hospital, and I remember the trail of kindness he left throughout his life: my role model, my inspiration, my love. Get well soon with the Divine’s blessings.
The little things we do matter a lot to another person.