Spontaneous Acts of Generosity

October 01, 2022

Quote of the Week

"The law of love could be best understood and learned through little children." - Mahatma Gandhi

The Other Pair

This week we pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary (2nd October) and happy to share with you a short film based on an incident in his life. One day, as Mahatma Gandhi stepped aboard a train, one of his shoes slipped off and landed on the track. He was unable to retrieve it as the train was moving. To the amazement of his companions, Gandhi calmly took off his other shoe and threw it back along the track to land close to the first. Asked by a fellow passenger why he did so, Gandhi smiled. “The poor man who finds the shoe lying on the track,” he replied, “will now have a pair he can use.”

This short film made by then, 20-year old filmmaker, Sarah Rozik, won the Jury's special award at the 2014 Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival. [Watch Here]

Reading Corner

Title: Grandfather Gandhi
By: Arun Gandhi , Bethany Hegedus , Evan Turk (Illustrator)
For: Age 4+

Mahatma Gandhi's grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light in this uniquely personal and vibrantly illustrated tale that carries a message of peace.

How could he "a Gandhi" be so easy to anger? One thick, hot day, Arun Gandhi travels with his family to Grandfather Gandhi's village. Silence fills the air, but peace feels far away for young Arun. When an older boy pushes him on the soccer field, his anger fills him in a way that surely a true Gandhi could never imagine. Can Arun ever live up to the Mahatma? Will he ever make his grandfather proud?

In this remarkable personal story, Arun Gandhi, with Bethany Hegedus, weaves a stunning portrait of the extraordinary man who taught him to live his life as light. Evan Turk brings the text to breathtaking life with his unique three-dimensional collage paintings. [Know More]

Be the Change

Close your eyes and recall a memory when you either received or did a spontaneous act of generosity and reflect on what is it that inspire us or prevent us from spontaneous acts of kindness. While we cannot plan for spontaneity :), this week stay aware and open to let go of 'your plan' and spontaneously go with the flow of 'Nature's plan'.