I recently had a conversation with my Dad that I woke up thinking about today. One evening over dinner he said to me, “Putta (which means “child”) we come into this world alone, and we leave this world alone. You have to be ready for that eventuality. The thing to think about is what did you leave behind? We can’t take our money with us. What did we do with it when we were here?”
My Dad is an amazing man. Life was not easy for him at all and he has persevered through the greatest of challenges to create the life he has been able to live. He understands firsthand what it’s like to have been spared desperation and poverty because of the kindness of others. He has given his girls an incredible life. We have grown up always feeling like there was plenty. But he never wanted us to forget that being kind and generous to those less fortunate than ourselves is very important. In his mind, in fact, helping others in need is an imperative. It feeds one’s soul, makes the world a better place, and keeps us humble. I am so grateful for my Dad’s insights and constant reminders to be kind and compassionate. I hope I can be an inspiration to others the same way he has been to me.