I happened to read this small story in The Speaking Tree feature of Times of India November 13, 2016 (Sunday) and it moved me. It speaks of how intuitively all of us have humanity active and burning within us. All it takes is a small step to create a ripple!
Below is the story in the original format as I read it in the newspaper:
On my way, I found a piece of paper tied to an electric pole, with a small note on it. I was curious to know what was written on it, so I went closer and read it
“I lost Rs 50/- somewhere on the road. If any of you find it, please give it to me at this address. My vision isn’t great so please help me! “
Something within me urged me to look for that address. When I reached that place I found an old dilapidated hut with an old woman sitting outside it. She looked very frail. Hearing my footsteps she asked, “Who is it?”
I replied, “I came by this way and found Rs 50/- on the road, so I wanted to hand it over to you.” Hearing this, she began sobbing and said, “My dear, I have had at least 30-40 people come over and give me Rs 50/-, saying they found it on the road. I didn’t write that note, I cannot even see properly nor do I know how to read or write.”
I said, “It’s okay Amma, you keep it.” She asked me to tear that note on my way back. I walked back with a million thoughts as to who could have written that note. She would have asked everyone to tear that note but none did it. I mentally thanked that person and realized that we have to just feel the need to help, there are so many ways to do it. That person just wanted to help this old woman who lives alone…. Just then someone stopped and asked, “Can you help me with this address? I found a 50 Rupee note and want to hand it over to her.”
Humanity continues to be alive!