*Encounter with a kind Rickshaw Puller**
I was walking down the road just to change my mood and relax my nerves. I saw, someone coming from the opposite side and giving the rickshaw puller some food. I was not shocked to see that because in India, some people don’t like to waste the food and when the food is left they gave it to the needy.
This story is not about the person who gave the food to the rickshaw puller this is about the rickshaw puller himself.
When that person is gone, he looked around and saw another rickshaw puller. He, with the food in his one hand, approached that fellow, and asked him if he was hungry. The other man replied in the affirmative. He then offered him half of the food given to him, came back and started eating his share in silence.
When he was done, I approached him and asked him, “Weren’t you hungry, pal?”
He: I was… I haven’t had anything from the morning.
Me: Is he your friend?
He: No. I just came in this town few days back. I know why are you asking? You want to know why I gave him the food?
Well, I was curious to know why??
He: I don’t know that he was hungry too. I asked him and he said yes so I shared the food with him. He was here before me. It’s his spot. I am new here. If I hadn’t been here today that guy would have given the food to him. I accepted the help because I was hungry. And I just couldn’t eat without asking him.
I was astounded with the answer.
I had no reply.
I was in tears, but I tried not to show him.
I shook hands with the man with some sort of pride in his actions and moved on thinking about the lesson I just learned from him.
I had everything I can dream of yet I don’t share it with my own family, but that rickshaw puller who had so little to offer and he didn’t think once before sharing it with others.
Moral of the story: Don’t wait till you achieve something to help others just do it now with as little or as much as you have.
You won’t get any poor by giving.