Kindness can never be given away, it always finds it’s way back to you.
A 6 yr old boy was in the market with his 4 yr old sister. Suddenly the boy found that his sister was lagging behind. He stopped and looked back. His sister was standing in front of a toy shop and was watching something with great interest. The boy went back to her and asked, “Do you want something ?” The sister pointed at the doll. The boy held her hand and like a responsible elder brother, gave that doll to her. The sister was very very happy. The shopkeeper was watching everything and was amused to see the matured behaviour of the boy.
Now the boy came to the counter and asked the shopkeeper, “What is the cost of this doll, Sir!” The shopkeeper was a cool man and had experienced the odds of life. So he asked the boy with a lot of love & affection, “Well, What can you pay ?” The boy took out all the shells that he had collected from sea shore, from his pocket and gave them to the shopkeeper.
The shopkeeper took the shells and started counting them as if he were counting currency. Then he looked at the boy. The boy asked him worriedly, “Is it less?” The shopkeeper said,” No,No… These are more than the cost. So I will return the remaining.” Saying so, he kept only 4 shells with him and returned the remaining shells. The boy, very happily put those shells back in his pocket and went away with his sister. A worker in that shop was very surprised watching all this. He asked his boss, “Sir ! You gave away such a costly doll for just for 4 shells?”
The shopkeeper replied with a smile, “Well, for us these are mere shells. But for that boy, these shells are very precious. And at his age he does not understand what money is, but when he will grow up, he definitely will. And when he remembers that he purchased a doll with shells instead of money, he will remember me and think that the world is full of good people. It will help him develop a positive attitude and he too in turn, will feel motivated to be good.”
Mind Mantra – Whatever emotion you infuse into the world, it will further spread. If you do good, goodness will spread. If you do bad, negativity will spread. Realize you are a very powerful source of energy. Your good or bad behaviour will come back to you magnified. Perhaps not in the ways you want, and probably not in the ways you can understand. But it will come back nonetheless. Always show kindness, not as a result of how other people treat you, but rather, as a reflection of who you are. To read more posts by Danstan, click HERE