In life we would rather be teachers than students. But we have to be learners till the end of our lives. A regular churchgoer felt a prompting one Saturday morning to go to the church. It was empty save for a woman in faded jeans who did not seem well off and was dusting and arranging theΒ  benches. He concluded that she was doing this work to earn some money for her family. The manΒ  returned to his car and took out two fifty dollar notes. He waited till the lady was leaving theΒ  church and tried to help her by handing over his donation. She refused his offer, but he insisted and finally she accepted the offer. He accompanied her as she left the church. Imagine his consternation when they came to a brand new BMW and the ladyΒ  entered the car. As she was leaving she handed him her card. The result of her humility was that now there are two people every Saturday morning in the church dusting and arranging the benches.

His lesson on generosity turned for him into a lesson on humility!

We need to be careful never to fall in the trap of generosity which may be couched in our ego. Let our generosity always be tempered with humility.

Cheers πŸ™‚


About Dilip

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are music and growing culinary herbs. Love to play golf and do yoga regularly. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

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  1. Ankur Mithal says:

    Well said. You really have no idea about the other person’s story.

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  2. Christy B says:

    The story had a surprising end! The BMW.. he had been quick to judge.. a good reminder not to do so! πŸ™‚

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  3. Cecilia says:

    Very inspiring! Thank you so much!

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  4. Parthiv Dave says:

    Good lesson… refreshing to read your blog! Regards.

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  5. An excellent lesson indeed Dilip.. Never assume.. and we all judge another by their outer skin, rather than what is inside.. A great lesson in humility indeed..

    I hope you and your family are well my friend..
    Sending Blessings to you and yours Dilip..
    Sue πŸ™‚

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  6. sindhoooo says:

    A touching story… Such a wonderful example of humility! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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  7. ShethP says:

    Wow. Such a profound, eye-opening lesson. Thanks for sharing. Reminds me of the time when a man clad in a vest with holes came to shop at a store, and when he left, we saw him get into a Mercedes. Appearances can be deceiving, and apart from learning humility, we should certainly learn not to assume.

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  8. renu says:

    It tells us nevr to assume anything

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  9. Of course ! We all need humility πŸ˜‰

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  10. Rajagopal says:

    The story may be fact or fiction, yet the moral enshrined in it is one of life’s lessons for all. Nice to catch up with you, Dilip…πŸ˜‹

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  11. So true, my dear Dilip! Happy Monday and week ahead, my friend. πŸ™‚

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      So so wonderful to hear from you dear Marina and thank you for your good wishes. A rather long sabbatical from my end. But now I hope to catch up with my dear blogger friends to enjoy their creative works once again.
      Cheers and kind regards πŸ™‚

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  12. Binky says:

    I suppose most of us make assumptions of others when we do not know the full story.

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  13. Good advice well-illustrated by your story, Dilip. –Curt

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  14. Eric Alagan says:

    A marvelous lesson – and thank you for sharing.

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  15. Never be judgemental about another. Be humble no matter how high you rise. My two lessons learnt from this story. Thanks for sharing Dilip!

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  16. slalvani167 says:

    Indeed, a Refreshing Lesson!!

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  17. A very good story, indeed.

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  18. Hariod Brawn says:

    A touching little anecdote, Dilip, and one with a moral. I suppose it’s rather difficult to avoid projecting some sort of narrative onto others, that is, in the event of us not knowing the actuality of their circumstances? Perhaps it’s even necessary up to a point? I sometimes wonder how many of my brain’s perceptions are true reflections of the world I inhabit, particularly the visual percepts.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Absolutely spot on Hariod it’s true most of us are quick to react purely based on our perceptions. An interesting translation from a Hindi quote is “whatever you see is not real and what is real you don’t see”.

      Thanks and best wishes always πŸ˜€

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  19. Pilgrim says:

    That is a judgement of his part. Never assume. Good lesson to learn.

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