It’s Wednesday, so I wanted to go out and get some Living by Givingwisdom. #WisdomWednesday
The very first place I turned was to the only Baba I know – my best friend, Mitali’s real Baba. I’ve only known Baba for a couple years. In these two years, I have come to know a man who is humble, courageous and a treasure of words. My conversations with him have not been extensive in length, they haven’t needed to be. Instead, they have been powerful burst of transfixing stories and lessons. Baba has also been battling cancer for the past two years and I have witnessed a family surround this man with love and care that defines inspiration.
A month ago I had the pleasure of attending Mitali’s sister, Mona’s wedding. The entire experience was breathtaking, from the saris to the decor, to the sheer volume of family members who traveled from all around the globe to be a part of this ceremony. I was just enchanted by the entire evening.
(Here is the most beautiful picture of the family at the wedding. Photo by Beth Kelley)
It was the conversation that I had with Baba at the end of the evening that has left an imprint on my spirit forever.
As I was extending my appreciation to him for including me in this family event, he took my hand and said, “I love you too. You are my child too. You are all my children.”
Now, these may seem like simple phrases, but for me, they are three of the most generous ever to be spoken. And the authenticity in which he delivered such declarations struck right at my heart.
Thus why today I wanted to share Baba’s love and his wisdom with you. I asked him to share his advice on how to live more generously and why it is important to do so. Here was his response.
“I’m a simple man with just a couple ideas. It’s hard to describe how to be generous when you never think of the way you live as being generous. It’s just the way I am.
First: Always give without expectation. It’s important that you do give, share and provide because it’s the right thing to do and not because you expect something in return.