To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task – Sophocles
There once lived a man who was very helpful and kindhearted. He would help someone even without asking them to pay him back. Owing to this habit of his, he did not have a lot of money, but he was able to live an agreeable and content life.
One day while he was walking on a dusty road, he saw a purse. He picked it up and noticed that the purse was empty.
“Yes this is my purse.” A beautiful young woman shouted, as she came running in his direction accompanied by a policeman.
“Where is my money?” The woman asked as tears ran down her cheeks.
“It was empty when I found it.” The man replied innocently.
“Please give me back my money. It is for my son’s medicines, he is very sick. He’s been like this since he was born, and he has no one but me to take care of him.” The woman begged.
The man thought. “She is a single mother, and she is definitely telling the truth. I should help this needy woman.”
“Take this.” The man said as he handed over all the money that he had.
The woman left and the policeman took the man for further questioning.
As the woman walked towards the medicine store she counted the money, only to realize that it was more than twice the money she was carrying in her purse.
A few days later, the woman was walking towards the same medical store to purchase medicines for her son when she realized that she is being followed by a man.
Fearing that she is again going to be robbed, like the last time. She tightly grabbed her purse against her chest and shouted. “Help! Help! This man is trying to rob me.”
Hearing her, a group of people immediately rushed towards the man and started beating him.
A policeman rushed to the scene and shouted. “Leave him! Leave him alone!”
Hearing the policeman’s words the crowd dispersed.
The woman observed the policeman’s face and realized that he was the same policeman whom she took along to inquire about her purse.
The woman then turned her attention towards the slightly bruised man sitting on the ground. “Look! He is the same person who robbed me last time.”
“He was not the one who stole your money. He is not a thief. But seeing your condition, and hearing about your son, he gave you whatever money he was carrying.” The policeman told.
“The only reason I was following you was to make sure that no one steals your money this time.” The man said, as the policeman helped him stand-up.
The woman felt ashamed for her actions and after a couple of seconds of silence, said. “Please don’t go anywhere. Come to our place, and have dinner. I am sure my son will enjoy your company.”
Sometimes in our anger, desperation or frustration we make wrong judgments. But if we get the opportunity to rectify our mistakes, we should not hesitate. Always be humble and kind towards others who are less fortunate.