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The joy of giving

As living beings it’s an universal act to feel and reach out to help the needy even if is a total stranger. Across all religions it is a act of virtue.Even greeting with a smile counts as one. I came across a very heart warming message that is awesome in its spontaneous reaching out without affronting the delicate sensibility of the helped person. Here it is all yours to judge.

*Joy of giving*

One of the great Hollywood actresses, Katherine Hepburn was possibly the only person who won the Oscar Award four times, apart from being nominated a dozen times, but was never present in the grand ceremony to receive it.

She had a strong belief that only the affection and love of the people who enjoyed her acting and cinema was the greatest reward for her.

Katherine Hepburn was from a middle class family with a modest upbringing. But, her parents instilled strong values in their growing up days.

*One such incident was narrated by herself later, in her own words:*

“Once when I was a teenager, my father and I were standing in line to buy tickets for the circus.

Finally, there was only one other family between us and the ticket counter.

This family made a big impression on me.There were eight children, all probably under the age of 12.

The way they were dressed, you could tell they didn't have a lot of money, but their clothes were neat and clean.

The children were well behaved. All of them standing in line, two-by-two behind their parents, holding hands.

They were excitedly jabbering about the clowns, animals, and all the acts they would be seeing that night. By their excitement, you could sense they had never been to the circus before.

It would be a highlight of their lives.

The father and mother were at the head of the pack standing proud as could be.

The mother was holding her husband's hand, looking up at him as if to say, "You're my knight in shining armor."

He was smiling and enjoying seeing his family happy.

The ticket lady asked the man how many tickets he wanted?

He proudly responded, "I'd like to buy eight children's tickets and two adult tickets, so I can take my family to the circus."

The ticket lady stated the price.The man's wife let go of his hand, her head dropped, the man's lip began to quiver.

Then he leaned a little closer and asked, "How much did you say?"

The ticket lady again stated the price.

The man didn't have enough money.

How was he supposed to turn and tell his eight kids that he didn't have enough money to take them to the circus?

Seeing what was going on, my dad reached into his pocket, pulled out a $20 bill, and then dropped it on the ground. (We were not wealthy in any sense of the word!)

My father bent down, picked up the $20 bill, tapped the man on the shoulder and said, "Excuse me, sir, this fell out of your pocket."

The man understood what was going on. He wasn't begging for a handout but certainly appreciated the help in a desperate, heartbreaking and embarrassing situation.

He looked straight into my dad's eyes, took my dad's hand in both of his, squeezed tightly onto the $20 bill, and with his lip quivering and a tear streaming down his cheek, he replied; "Thank you, thank you, sir. This really means a lot to me and my family."

My father and I went back to our car and drove home.

The $20 that my dad gave away is what we were going to buy our own tickets with.

Although we didn't get to see the circus that night, we both felt a joy inside us that was far greater than seeing the circus could ever provide.

*Moral :*

_That day I learnt the value of *Giving.*_

_If you want to be large... larger than life, *learn to Give.*_

*The Giver is bigger than the Receiver.*

_Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get_ -

_it is only concerned with what you are *willing to give*, which is everything*_.

*Katherine Hepburn"*

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