Story of Others

Recently, my grandmother was narrating an incident about her and my brother and I was like why I am not in the story and started to think of some ways to throw myself into the discussion. And then I was like, why can’t I sit back and enjoy the story of these two lovely people in my life and not try to make myself as a topic of discussion. Sometimes, I do need to learn how to just listen and not try and make myself a part of every conversation that happens on this planet.

Moral of the story: Listen to stories of your people and strangers, you’ll end up listening to yourself somewhere.

P.S . I am a good listener. But can become a better one.

P.P.S. I am not trying to defend myself here. Just a fact…ūüėč

Hottest months of Compassion

The months of May and June, besides being the hottest months , are the months of Compassion, Love and Kindness.

 

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Chabeel being offered on the road

 

If you see a crowded road or a street; if you see cars, scooters, autos,cycles, buses and what not, lined up all the way; then you know that the chabeel (sweet drink ) is nearby. Every year and every time, I see this, my heart smiles. This selfless act of serving cold and sweet chabeel in this scorching heat is a respite to many. Through such benevolent acts of serving, sharing and giving , we are connecting with our humanness and creating the atmoshphere of love and gratitude.

All of this began after, the sixth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Arjan Dev Ji, was tortured in the month of June around 400 years back. He was made to sit on a burning hot iron plate and in boiling water, while hot sand was poured over his body because he had refused to stop preaching his message of God.

It’s his sacrifice that has tranformed into¬†these selfless acts of kindness and service.

May there be more and more of kindness, compassion and gratitude in all of us !!! And we all, always remember, what it means to be human.