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Being a friend

Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person's life. For better or for worse. This is where friendship comes in.

india Updated: Dec 26, 2003 17:01 IST

Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person's life. For better or for worse. This is where the power of friendship comes in. Most people go through life with so-called friends, but who are not really friends in the true sense of the word. Yes, they hang out together, eat together, drink together, yet go their ways once the partying together is over.

It is so rare to find a true friend that I decided to make this subject a part of the Practical living Series, just to demonstrate how, with one small gesture of friendship we can change another person's life! And of course, we are also enriched with that warm feeling of knowing that we have a truly loving friend around us.

You have probably heard the story of the schoolboy who was so cruelly disappointed with life, as his 'nerdish' way of life formed the butt of mean jokes from all his classmates. One day, he cleared out his locker, carrying all his load of books home, when his classmates pushed and pummelled, till he was thrown to the ground, with his glasses flying about ten feet away from him.

One young boy saw the incident from afar, and ran to help him get back on his feet, saddened by the cruel and mean way this boy had been treated. He took the crying boy home, and made him laugh till the boy was so grateful he started looking out for this only friend as an anchor of love.

When the 'nerd' graduated as the topper of his class, he stood up on stage, thanked all those he was meant to thank for being with him, and gave a special mention to his 'only true friend'. Narrating the aforesaid incident he explained that this small action of his friend, who had helped him that day was the most significant turning point in his life. For he had cleared out his locker to say goodbye to his school and schoolmates. You see he was planning to commit suicide that weekend!

Wherever you are placed, in the middle of happiness, or discord, sadness or misery, remember that it is never by accident that you have landed there. Let us look for the opportunity and the 'design' by which we can uplift the situation to turn it into a win-win one for all. You never know, that but for your help, the situation could turn really nasty and irreparable.

Take responsibility for the fact that while you are there, there is some part for you to play. For if you do not remain a silent spectator but actively participate to enrich other's lives in every which way you can, you have discharged your duty well and truly.

Be a friend to all, even if they are not so well-known, you never know how this small change in your attitude could benefit someone exponentially. Life entangles us all in each other's lives to impact one another in some way. Look for God in others.

Friends are angels who help us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly!

First Published: Dec 26, 2003 17:01 IST