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SIMPLE GESTURES

07 Jan 2019 05:13am IST

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Arlette Azavedo

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07 Jan 2019 05:13am IST

Report by
Arlette Azavedo

Often, it's not the wealth you have but what's inside you that others need. Remember that a simple gesture can make a big difference to someone’s life as well as your life. We often feel that we don’t have the time or energy to extend ourselves to others with the simple gestures that compose what we call good manners. Yet, when someone extends a kind of courtesy to us, we always feel touched. 

When my husband died unexpectedly, my family/friends took me under their wings. Every day for an entire year, they would send me messages/card saying “Just Thinking of You” or “Hang in There’. They would call me every single day and visit me at least once a week, this surely saved my life. Someone who lends a helping hand when we are struggling with our lives creates an everlasting impression.

A popular story about a simple gesture goes like this   “Mark noticed the boy ahead of him had tripped and dropped all his books he was carrying along with other things. Mark helped the boy pick up the scattered articles. He helped to carry the burden. 

As they walked Mark discovered the boy’s name was Bill, was having a lot of trouble in his life. They arrived at Bill’s home and Mark was invited in. Thereafter, they met around school, had lunch together. Finally, the long-awaited senior year came; Bill asked Mark if they could talk. Bill reminded him of the day when they first met. 

“Do you ever wonder why I was carrying so many things from school that day?” asked Bill. “You see, I had cleaned out my locker because I didn’t want to leave a mess for anyone else. I had stored away some of my mother’s pills and I was going home to commit suicide. But after we spent some time together I realised that if I had, I would have missed that time and so many others that might follow. 

So you see, Mark, when you picked up my books for me that day, you did a lot more. You saved my life.”

Apparently, these people carry with them the elegance and grace of another time, and we are always thankful for our contact with them. The world is too hard and you never know what to expect from life. 

The only thing that you can really depend on is one another. Therefore, small gestures of love during the difficult patches of life make a big difference. 

The world needs love, trust, and today we lack it. Let us try to be more helpful, kind, generous, loving. 

Let us try to be humans. You never really know what your simple act of kindness will do for someone’s day, whether the impact will be small or huge and life changing, but with lots of little acts of kindness I think we can make some big changes in the world.

Well, a drop added to a drop added to another drop - makes an ocean, isn’t? It's just a collection of drops, that's all it takes to make simple gestures of kindness towards others. If every person in the world did one small good deed for another person every day, then the world would be a better place.

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention” — Kahlil Gibran

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