I can’t help but share a life changing incident that I experienced with my father during my childhood . As far as I remember , I was studying in probably 5th or 6th Standard . I was not even a teen then . Me and my sister used to commute to our school i.e. St Mary’s via a shared auto rickshaw . It’s a three wheeler automobile extensively used for short travel in India .
Around 6 students from my locality used to go to school in the same . One fine day the auto rickshaw could not come to pick us up due to a mechanical fault in the automobile .
We had to ask my father to drop us to school via his FIAT car . He would have got a little late to his office but we were not left with much choice . While we were on the way to our school my father saw one of my friend Gaurav and his brother Sunny along with his two sisters waiting at the bus stand waiting for the government bus in order to go to the school.
My father said
“Arun , your friend along with his brother & sisters are waiting for the bus. Lets take them along with us !’
I replied promptly ” Papa , how can we adjust four more persons in the car! It will get all crowded here. There’s not much space to accommodate them . We can leave them , they will come on there own !! They haven’t even seen us ! ’
My dad Replied immediately “Beta DIL ME JAGAH HONI CHAHIYE BAKI TO AAPNE AAP BAN JAATI HAIN…” ( In Hindi)
English Translation : “ Son , We only require some space in our heart … All other physical space then gets created automatically… ”
These words really gave me a 1000 watt shock and I felt guilty for how selfish I was behaving .
I realized the importance of sharing . That day I was saved from becoming a HU-MEAN instead of being HU-MANE.
I am thankful to my father for teaching me a valuable lesson where I realized that as human beings , it’s our moral duty of the blessed of us the help the rest of us until the rest of us become the best of us . Lets not forget that in this fast paced life we are
EMOTIONLESS MEAN MACHINES ….!!!