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Monday, August 24, 2009

The joy of help - HT inner voice

AND WHO SAYS IF I DO SOMETHING FOR OTHERS, I AM DOING IT FOR THEM? IT'S FOR MY OWN PEACE


We consider ourselves the kindest of the persons on earth. We give charity, do sacrifices and give trouble to ourselves in order to prove our so-called magnanimity. Sometimes we do these acts as repentance, while on other occasions for self- satisfaction.

I too, like many others, used to consider myself a kind-hearted person. I always gave a helping hand whenever the need arose. My philosophy in life is to help others even if it is not that easy. And the return you get comes from those you help in the form of happiness and satisfaction.

Incidentally, I work in the human resources development area. By virtue of being in this area, I come across people with scores of personal problems. I try to deal with them in the most humane manner. I considered blood donation as the noblest of the karma and started donating blood, wherever called for.

I came across a case in my organization in which the son of one of our employees was suffering from a deadly disease. I, without waiting for him to ask for it, offered myself for blood.
I left that organization but kept in touch with him and kept donating blood.

Recently, a news item caught my attention. It said a young boy from Delhi donated all his organs before dying. He gave life to three persons with his eyes, heart and liver. Can you imagine the joy and buoyancy he would have brought in the lives of these persons and their families?
And since then I was forced to look within and be more charitable. This was the time I realised how small I have been. But the generosity and magnanimity of such people inspire you to do more. And who says if I do something for others, I'm doing it for them?
It's for my own peace and satisfaction. Am I not being selfish even there?

Roopak Vasishtha

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