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The art of living lies in giving

“My journey of spreading happiness amongst the underprivileged started when I was 9. I have fond memories of going to a school for the visually impaired with my grandfather to celebrate festivals. This ritual instilled the art of living in me. Maybe that’s why I continued it while I was growing up.

On one serendipitous occasion, I played Holi with 120 visually impaired children, and just like that, it changed the trajectory of my life.

I realized that it doesn’t take a lot to make a difference. Out there- many are looking for help, many can provide it, but very often, there isn’t a link between the two. With this philosophy that there are two kinds of people in this world- those who are blessed, and those who have wishes left unfulfilled, in 2014 I set out to establish my organization to bridge this gap and named it Wishes and Blessings.

This organization was set up with the sole motive of spreading smiles and making dreams come true!

Today, after 5 years, I can proudly say that my organization has grown leaps and bounds.

But nothing can always be ALL WELL.
Life has to throw its unexpected challenges to test your grit and patience, and the same happened with us too.

The unprecedented situation of Covid-19 and the lockdown shook up not just our organization but the entire fabric of our nation.

It did appear to be tough initially. But, my team and I rose to the occasion and took up the task of alleviating some of the pain and hardship that the homeless, daily wagers and underprivileged families were experiencing.

Thus, to meet our new goals, we expanded our scope and doubled our efforts to ensure that no one sleeps with an empty stomach.

Each day, we are working hard to reach out to highly vulnerable people in the corners of our country. It’s tough, and the stories from the ground are heartbreaking.

However, the smiles and blessings we receive from our beneficiaries push us to work even harder each day. Their smiles make it all worthwhile.

The best part is, we all sleep peacefully at night, with the thought that we are making a small difference in the lives of many.

If someone were to ask me what I dream of, it would be this- I dream of a world where there are no disparities, and each one is blessed with what their heart desires! “

This story of Dr. Geetanjali Chopra not only inspires me but also reminds me of my grandmother.

My grandmother used to cook meals for around 30-50 people daily. Whenever someone used to ask her the reason behind this, she used to say one thing, “Even animals can feed their own. To live it right, humans should not just feed their own, but everyone they can.”

In this world, there is a huge disparity between the rich and the poor.
The former never have enough to satisfy their wants, and the latter never get enough to fulfill their needs.

Thanks to the social awareness campaigns, people are now realizing that the true art of living lies in giving. People are now not just living, but also helping others to live. They are coming forward and sharing their blessings with those who have basic wishes of survival from life.

But this is not enough.
Many times, people don’t know who needs help and who doesn’t.

To solve this dilemma, we need more organizations that can connect these two segments and bridge the gap between the seekers and the givers.

Dr. Geetanjali Chopra is doing her bit and certainly doing it well.

She is not just living it right but also helping others live it right. She is not just spreading smiles, but also smiling more for being the reason behind those smiles.

I wish her and her organization all the very best for the future and also hope that they are able to fulfill as many unfulfilled wishes as they can.

As for the rest of you, I wish that you learn this art of living as soon as you can.

Love,
Shiyali Sharma

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