Sometimes I think about what exactly does ‘ generosity ‘ means. I know it means that we are willing to help someone in need, either in kind or in cash. Listening to someone with interest is also being generous. How many people do really listen? Most of us want to tell our part of the story. If we have enough and more money it is very easy to give away some of it. Of course we should have the heart and the inclination to do so. The other day someone was saying that giving money was the easiest thing one could do. Everyone needs money and we have this feeling of being very generous. But, I believe that giving away something when we ourselves are in need of it is much, much more , it means a giving heart.
She works the whole day and she is the sole earning member of the family. Her husband is an alcoholic who works when he needs money for the arrack . She tells me that he gives her some money on those rare occasions when he is not drunk. Sometimes she hides the money and he does not know whether he had ever earned it or if he had poured it down the drain. She takes left over rice or any other leftovers home. And I have always seen her make two packets of the rice. One packet she gives to the sweepers who work by the road side. I see her do this most of the times and all these thoughts came to my mind when I saw her give away a packet of cooked rice to an old lady walking by, who was very happy to receive it. This was true generosity.