What if I tell you that there are other than conventional ways of helping a poor or underprivileged then normal ways of charity like giving money or ‘used’ stuff? What if I tell you there is a way by which you can help someone make smile, fill an empty stomach without making someone feel small or ashamed? Well yes, there is a concept quite popular in the West and I so wish it soon sets and spread in our country too.
At many a places in the West, people pay for one or more person in advance in a café or food joint and when a needy comes, he can ask for food or coffee, sit like other normal people in the restaurant and eat without feeling little or ashamed because of the status gap. In other area, when someone pays for extra coffee, they paste it on a wall saying ‘free coffee’, when a needy comes and sees it, he can order ‘coffee on the wall’ and have it without feeling small in front of others because of his condition. This concept has names like ‘coffee on the wall’, ‘suspended coffee’, etc. The concept may vary a bit but the feeling is same all over the world, to offer a hand to help without making someone guilty of the burden. It’s just another way of making someone taste the feeling of equality and luxury (yes for them having a cappuccino or latte in a well furnished ambience is nothing less than a luxury) without having to make them feel like it is a ‘favor’.
Think about it, you go every weekend, you spend or I should say waste money. C’mon I am not going to lecture you up on saving it but just think about it, you spend 500 rupees or more on a simple get together with friends almost every week. The branded café house, or a pizza joint, cost you almost this much every time but you still go and enjoy until your pocket allows. But you frown with the thought of giving even a ten-rupee note to the poor. Don’t skip or make a change in your routine life, you have earned the money and you are solely the master of it. You can sure wear braded, eat branded stuff too but then sitting in a luxurious ambience and talking about ‘how poor our country is’ ‘how under developed we are’ ‘poverty is a big issue’ won’t solve anything. You need not to change your lifestyle but change your thinking. Isn’t it an amazing concept, don’t you feel you should initiate it? Just because life has not been that easier for them or they can’t afford it doesn’t mean all their lives they should just ‘wish’ for them, dream about them? It isn’t a big deal for you maybe but for them it might mean the world. We can’t sit and complain about things and wait for them to miraculously solve, we need to change and act too.
Offer a hand to help, let’s make someone smile and not burden them with ‘favor’, do it, forget it and keep doing it. No, they just don’t deserve a charity, a ‘used’ stuff perhaps they deserve a wish to be fulfilled, a dream to come true. Contribute to a change, take a step and I promise you, you will feel amazingly peaceful at heart, you will sleep a bit better, you will feel a bit more deeper and you will smile a lot longer in life.