Renowned poet William Wordsworth once rightly said, “The best portion of a good man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered, acts of kindness and of love.”
While we raised the topic of New Year resolutions with a group of students at Punjab Agricultural University and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Wordsworth’s words came naturally to mind.
According to them, rather than setting selfish resolutions for the coming year, it is more vital to perform good actions that are helpful to society, be it big or small. So, could they share some resolutions that made them feel good about themselves and inspired others?
“I have regularly enlisted for blood donation at various hospitals in the hour of need. Last year, I donated blood to a little boy in presence of his parents and doctors at one of the hospitals. It was a profound experience to watch his parents pray during the process. I don’t have words to express how thankful they were and how it touched me,” says Gurpanth Dhaliwal, while Amninder Singh Sekhon says that several weeks ago donated money and clothes to Jammu and Kashmir flood victims.
“Weeks after the flood, we met a group of victims who were collecting donations in the form of clothes and money. Many of us generously donated and inspired many at the campus to do so,” says Amninder.
Simratjeet chipped in by saying that he donated old clothes and shoes every year to underprivileged employees at his mess. “Their happiness in return for this act makes me feel blessed,” he says.
Just last month, Gurpinder Sangha raised his voice against an incident of eve teasing. “There were two boys who were constantly passing lewd remarks to a girl in a bus I was travelling by. People around were mute spectators but after I raised objections, others also joined in, following which the two boys apologised. If we continue to remain mute spectators, such cases will never end,” says Sangha.
Lovepreet Singh Brar, on the night on December 31, 2012, got help for one of his close friends who was a drug addict. With the permission of his parents, he got him admitted to a drug de-addiction centre. Within a month, he was out of the influence of drugs.
“Now, whenever I meet him or his parents, they appreciate that gesture which changed their troubled family life for the better,” says Brar, who visits residents of old age homes and orphanages to spend time with them, every few months.
Way of the world
So, which direction do they think the world should go to make it a better place to live? They all came up with excellent suggestions ranging from imbibing a deep regard for nature to alleviation of drug addiction to corruption and health awareness.
However, Brar and Karanvir Sandhu recommend something different. “Various countries should set up joint health care centres where rare blood groups must be identified. So that anyone in need in any part of the world can receive aid in these centres. Same goes for organ transplant. Medical scientists should also make an effort to introduce resistant genes from one race to the other susceptible race to reduce the occurrence of common diseases. This will not only encourage friendly relations among nations but also benefit the human race at large,” say the duo.
Taking inspiration from American musician Brad Paisley’s words, they reiterate, “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” The choice is truly ours!