This happened a few months back. A lady was sitting in front of a small temple. My friend and I were passing by and happened to see her. At first, I thought she needed food or money. I had two full packets of buns and took one packet and walked towards her. Then I saw that she was, in fact, selling some leafy vegetables and she had a big smile on her face. Her smile was so vibrant that I was shocked. She gave what she had for just Rs 20, and I took them. She was still smiling. A smile of pride or joy, I was not sure, but, definitely, she was not expecting a donation.
I couldn’t bring myself to give her the packet that I had. I felt she gave me something more valuable. That smile made me think for days. I felt a bit embarrassed, but something happened that day that makes me wonder still.
Some people are not rich, but carry a lot of wealth within.
~ HARISH P S