Ishika Gaur - 35

AUG. 11, 2020

Curtain Hug

Happiness begins from the moment you do something for others. Research indicates that volunteers and full-time workers in NGO are less stressed and experience improved mental health. When I was 18 years old, I saw a woman begging on the streets with her child carried on her arm. I was so disturbed at the sight of looking at someone so poor and sick, that I decided to help her. I went to her and asked what happened to her and why she was begging like this.
She said, " I had to leave my home because my husband physically abused me and now I don't have support from anyone so I have to beg and eat." I was devastated after listening to her story and decided to help her. I started giving food to her every day and when she was becoming healthier and happy, I got her a job as a maid in two houses.
I have come to know that the purpose of my life is to serve others. However, when doing so, I do not expect something in return; my intention is always to lessen other people’s misery. “Service to others should be sincere and done from the heart; only then it is fruitful.” Human beings should not only use their mind, body and speech for themselves but also to serve others. When you do this, nature, in turn, will reward you. Your constant inner intent should be towards helping others. If you are unable to do so for any reason, you can also make sure that you do not hurt anyone. This is an indirect way to help those around you.
The woman who was begging on the road now has her own house and lives with her child happily now.