Helping others is undoubtedly a good act and makes us feel good. But we need to guard against unwittingly strengthening our deep rooted ego. And we also need to take care that the receiver of the help does not in any way feel small or inferior. The little story (fictional) below illustrates the art of giving true help devoid of ego.

“I heard my mother asking our neighbour for some salt. I asked her why she was asking as we already have salt at home. She replied “Its because they are always asking us for things; they are poor. So I thought I would ask for something small from them so as not to burden them, but at the same time make them we feel as if need them too. That way it will be much easier for the neighbour to ask for anything they they need from us”!

So my dear friends bye for now and take good care of yourselves.

πŸ™ Namaste


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.

18 responses »

  1. Superb and very memorable, thanks for sharing this, Steve

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  2. Great. πŸ‘ŒπŸ’•

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  3. S. says:

    Buon inizio settimana πŸ™‚

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  4. Joana says:

    Wow what a very inspiring story.

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  5. Binky says:

    It is always best if you help from the heart and not help to make yourself feel good.

    Merry Christmas, Dilip!

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  6. ssbonsor says:

    A good way to respect the poor.


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  7. Rajagopal says:

    What a noble soul your mother is…! The cited gesture of her’s stems from a magnanimity of spirit. It may not be workable at all times to keep looking for materials one can take from another who has been a frequent recipient of things in our possession. But it is always possible for one to be grateful to the other for offering the opportunity to help out every time (s)he comes to us with a need. The attitude of gratitude dispels the ego factor.

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    • Dilip says:

      Dear Raj I hasten to clarify the ‘mother’ in the story is not my mother. My fault I should have made it clear at the outset. You are right when you say “The attitude of gratitude dispels the ego factor” and that exactly is the moral of the story. Thanks my friend I always cherish your response as they add value to what I try to convey.
      Regards and best wishes.

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