The Good Giver

Once upon a time, there lived a man who had a regular job and a regular life.

He had one habit, though regular to him, was eccentric to the public.

He walked to a pond to feed the fish every afternoon.

One day, a young man decided to understand the odd habit.

He asked, “Sir if you will please, why must you feed the fish every day? You can’t even tell if they eat it. So what gratification must you find in an act, of which, you can’t see consequences.”

The old man didn’t understand the question and asked the young man to elucidate.

The young man complied, “How is the act of feeding or your charity to the fish of value to you if you can’t see what happens with your charity. A dog may better communicate that, than the fish.”

The old man replied, “Son, an act, if so judged, is good if we care as little about the consequence as the act itself. I prefer walking to the pond and throwing food in the pond to see the fish eat it. And that is how much I care about. It may not be a good deed, but I know that it isn’t bad. And that is what matters.”

The Value I Learnt

Do what is not bad and that is good enough.

Like everyone, I too have been confused over my decisions concerning others.

I can’t solve my own problems, let alone others. By others, I also mean every living being.

It is just as impossible for me to know good advice on my friend’s marriage, as it is for me to know what is better ‘Plastic or Paper’.

How would I know it if my friend doesn’t and neither do the scientists?

It will only be speculation. But that is all we have got.

Hence, it becomes critical that I only say and do what I know for certain is not bad. I may not know what is best but we all know (most times) what is definitely bad.

Hence, when a friend asks me for advice, I will suggest what I know is not bad or admit that I don’t know enough but we can together find the solution through technology.

Similarly, I know that paper bags cause more harm to the environment than plastic does, but I also know that I can refuse to buy either and recycle the ones I have.

This way, with a conscious thought, I can offer only good to our world.

My Mother once told me, “Do good or do nothing.”

I agree.