Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt
Social work has been my passion since my teenage. Or rather say it is in my blood. So from an early age, I started to donate some amount of money I earn to a social cause. What I believe is nothing gives you satisfaction more than feeding hungry people and quenching their thirst. We are proud of our name, fame, and money but one day we have to leave everything. So it would be better to live in impermanence.
When I first share my feelings with my friends in doing social work they laughed at me. They thought it was not the right age for me to start social work. They tell me we need lots of money to do social work or to help others. But I don’t agree with them. Theodore Roosevelt quote “DO WHAT YOU CAN, WITH WHAT YOU HAVE, WHERE YOU ARE.” is the perfect quote. If we think we earn a lot of money and start to do social work one day then that day will never come. We will be so trapped in this materialistic world that we rarely get time to think about other happiness. So now, the present time is the right time to help others.
Nowadays people are becoming more selfish. They are busy worrying about their own family and cleaning their own house only. They give a damn about the poor and needy people. They never think about others’ happiness. I feel pity for these kinds of people. I want them to realize that nothing lasts forever. If people realize this there won’t be poor and hungry people anymore. In contrast to this, people are always worrying about their life only.
Well, every year I celebrate my birthday with orphans, street children, slum kids, old age home people, etc. This is just a small effort from my side. I donate fruits to the beggars once a month on a full Moon day ( Poornima) at Bouddhanath. Before I used to give them some money. Later on, I came to know that some beggars used that money to buy alcohol. Therefore, I started giving them fruits that are good for their health too.
Whenever I see poor people, or disabled beggars my heart melts with pity. I feel like helping them in whatever way I can and I am doing so. This is just a small effort from my side. I believe a drop makes an ocean. What I felt is every individual must realize that death is eternal. It can come to anyone at any time. Just close your eyes and feel as if you are going to die now. At that time you feel sorry for yourself because your whole life you just care about yourself. You didn’t do a small thing that makes other people happy. You wanted to live more but nothing is in your control now. Just imagine and try to face the reality. We are in a queue of death. What is the difference between animals and you if you die silently? Please wake up and feel death as a reality of life.