A child with a magnanimous heart

Once on a cold December afternoon reaching back home after school, the mother noticed that her son did not bring back his school-jacket that he wore in the morning. She scolded her son for being careless on losing his jacket. The little child got scared and started crying. Sobbing, he said he did not lose the jacket but gave it to another child. Shocked, the mother became even more angry after learning this bit of information and threatened him that she will report the matter to his father who would spank him when he comes home after work. On further questioning the little one revealed that while he was coming back from school he noticed a child on the street that did not have enough clothes on him and was trembling in the cold. ‘I offered him mine since he needed it more than me’.

magnanimous heart

On hearing her son, the mother turned into stone and immediately realised her mistake. Her eyes welled up and tears started flowing. She took her son in her arms and kissed him incessantly. Looking heavenwards, she begged for God’s forgiveness. Compassion and universal brotherhood, more often than not, cannot be taught in any class. It is a rare and innate quality found in the DNA of very few that makes them sensitive to the needs of others. This is what makes life inherently beautiful and world a beautiful place to live in. As we age we lose this quality while focussing on acquiring worldly possessions and accumulating wealth. We as a society have to learn to be sensitive while fulfilling our duties and chasing our worldly dreams.


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