A Special Birthday Gift
I feel blessed and I have countless reasons to say so :-). Few days back I met a bunch of souls who not only talk of kindness, service, prayer or gratitude, but I saw them breathing, feeling and living all those words that they spoke, creating those ripples which moved me and my loved ones to do something special for our super special sister Jigi who has a heart like a child and interestingly shares her birthday on children’s day :-) 14th November. She was away for an event in Mumbai and so I thought of doing 14 random acts of kindness on her birthday and the journey started. Couple of friends got together and had a fun filled day.
While driving on the roads I see those traffic police who stand there for hours in sun, rains, cold no matter what the season and guides us so that we are safe on roads. At times I see many people breaking the rules even though they stand there for long hours to ensure order on the roads. So a thought came why not to serve them with tender coconut for doing such tender job :-)
So we went to the coconut wala who I call chacha as he resembles a lot with people staying in my old neighborhood where I spent all my childhood where the most talked community, the Hindus and the Muslims shared a beautiful space is what I experienced. When we told him about the plan he tried to find sweetest coconuts from what he had with love twinkling in his eyes. Though we started the act everyone joined us in full spirit with their full heart.
On our way ahead we thought of the security guards outside the malls and buildings who guard’s us from??? still thinking :-) As soon as I started walking towards them they all sat in an attention position with no expressions, as soon as we offered them sweets which came as a gift from a very dear soul Mayuree didi, I could see smiles flowing down along with warm wishes saying, “Tum Jiyo Hazaro saal” (May you live a 1000 years!).
Out next special person was “Masi”. In her glass of tea which she serves the most prominent flavor anyone will find is of love and compassion. Her day starts around 6 am and ends till the Venus rises but that smile on her face never fades. This Masi of ours and my mother shares a very similar trait of smiling whatever it takes and so I picked up one of my mom’s saree and tagged her. I could see her eyes sparkling with joy and the very same smile of my mother which took me down the memory lane with all the time spent with her.
Then came a thought of why not anonymously decorate a friend’s house with rangoli who is soon going to get married. And with the nature at its best, we got some leaves and flowers from the surroundings itself and created art with heart :-)
Jigi had brought this traditional string instrument few months back. The day she got it, she instantly felt to gift it to our Yoga teacher but that had not happened so far. So thought of doing that today. Our yoga teacher is surprised and may be thinking of pursing a new hobby now :-)
That day was a blessing for us as we had that opportunity to serve ourselves, interact and share some beautiful moments with random people like kids staying in our lane, my street dog, guards, traffic police, people living on the streets, grannies at Kamatibag, some of our friends and many more who not only blessed the birthday girl but even us with loads of luv, smiles, prayers and good wishes. Different people were celebrating her birthday at varied places but everything seemed all in-tuned and inter-connected in synergy.
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."