Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Long Forgotten Lesson of Happiness


Just a few days back I had a life changing experience. An experience that taught me a lesson long forgotten, a lesson given to me by a child, a lesson that reminded me the joy of giving and sharing.

Engrossed in the zeal of attaining more, be it power, wealth or fame we tend to forget that in the process we are just hoarding everything and the irony is we don’t even have time to enjoy or relish what we have attained.

Am sure everyone was told at least once when they were young that happiness is increased when it is shared, but honestly when was the last time we shared something good, like praise, achievement or a present? Am not including pain and sorrows because that comes naturally to us – the adults, the mature ones.

Only a week back I managed to take out some time from my hectic life to visit a Children’s Ghar which was literally like our own homes and spend some time with the beautiful young children. While I was admiring the well kept and tidy rooms of the children – which were cleaner than my own room - I saw some unique figures stuck to the walls. I asked my young enthusiastic guide Farzana (a child of 7 years of age from that Home) as to what they were and from where they got that stuff. That child, full of excitement told me that it was gifted to her and all her fellow mates by a foreigner.

A bit hesitant I asked her further, “Do you have more such figures with you?” and Farzana with her eyes brighter than before ran to her cupboard, took out a beautiful envelope and presented it to me saying, “Here it is and you can take as many as you want or you can keep the whole.” Still uneasy when I opened the envelope I found that there were just 4 or 5 left and I took two of them.

How many of us can do that? How many of us have the heart to offer something whole that you know that you will not get around easily? Children are the best teachers in this world. When you will observe them closely you will learn the joy of giving, the undivided attention while doing something, being content with one’s belongings, ignoring every small defeat and continuing the untiring effort of achieving something without disappointment.


Kriti Tuteja,
In awe of the Generous Childhood.