The Dalai Lama says, ‘Never resist a generous impulse’.
A Generous Impulse
A child crying, pitifully, because she's lost and has no clue where her parents are. A mother, helplessly trying to maneuver her infants and a shopping trolley An old man, worriedly trying to cross a busy road, scared of the vehicles whizzing past. A young woman crying quietly, in a crowded bus as she gets off the phone. A man, car has broken down in the street, desperately trying to push it alone. A young boy looking hungrily at a street cart selling food, as if wishing he had the money to have a meal.
Do these evoke something in me?
Can I resist Calming the young child, and trying to find her parents? Helping the mom maneuver the cart? Taking the old man across the street? Asking the young woman if she is okay? Pushing the car and getting others to help? Buying the young boy a meal?
What do these things cost me? Some time, a little money, a small effort, moving out of my comfort zone. Not much, right?
I firmly believe that God is an ever-generous Father, who works through us to provide for others. Every day, we get a gentle nudge from him to reach out to another, if only we stay tuned to this.
May I never pass up on the chance to be kind and resist the impulse to be generous!