“About 20 years ago, I bunked (skipped) college that day and went for a random movie with friends. On the way to the theater, I took the ruthless local trains in Mumbai and as karma would have it, got pick-pocketed (wallet stolen). On the way back, completely forgot about the pickpocket incident, bid adieu to friends and got into a bus. The bus was on its way when I rembered my penniless situation… I ran to the front and requested the driver to let me off and explained (more like mumbled) him my situation. He let me get off and there I was walking on a bridge trying to figure out my options – searching my backpack for maybe even one coin to call home.
I must have walked 10 minutes and reached the end of the bridge, still in deep thought, when a girl in a blue tee shirt, maybe a year or two younger to me, asked me if I had gotten pick pocketed. I was speechless and must have barely managed a “huh?”… She handed me a Rs10 note (more than enough for the bus ride) – and explained she was on the bus earlier, had heard my story, got off at the next stop, waited for me for 10 minutes to hand me money.
It still gives me goosebumps everytime. Thank you.”
Have you gone out of your way to help someone in need? Not only is it usually pretty easy for you, but a small act of kindness can change someone’s life. How powerful is that? Every day you have a chance to change someone’s life. You never know what someone else is going through, even when they’re trying to appear strong. The least you can do is offer to help. As a bonus, you’ll feel pretty good, too.