Don’t Wait For The Brick
A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door! He slammed on the brakes and drove the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car, shouting, "What was that all about and who are you?
Just what the heck are you doing?
That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money.
Why did you do it?"
The young boy was apologetic. "Please mister ... please, I'm sorry... I didn't know what else to do," he pleaded.
"I threw the brick because no one else would stop..."
With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car.
"It's my brother," he said.
"He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up."
Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, "Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me."
Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out his fancy handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay.
"Thank you and may God bless you," the grateful child told the stranger.
Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the little boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home. It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!
* So many people today in a fast-moving world have become so busy pursuing their career, fame and glory and material wealth that they hardly have time to pause, ponder and reflect on the meaning and purpose of life.
* So many have become less and less aware of or sensitive to the untold plight and suffering of so many unfortunate ones. We have become more self-centered and caught up in sensual pursuits for the pleasure of ourselves.
* Isn't it important in this short and uncertain life of ours to do the little that we can to reach out to others ... to bring some joy and happiness to so many unfortunate ones.
* One would have lived a life well, a life with meaning if one lives by the maxin :
"SERVE TO BE PERFECT. ( This is the Compassion aspect of Dhamma practice )
BE PERFECT TO SERVE." ( This is the Wisdom aspect of Dhamma practice.)
* Doing Dana or charity is of utmost importance in the Spiritual Path.
* One needs to develop or purify the mind ( essentially through Meditation ) concurrently with the outreach work. Otherwise one may be 'burnt out' ...one
cannot truly grow spiritually.
Bro. Oh Teik Bin