Imagine living in a temporary shelter that was built from a few timbers and roofed with some coconut leaves? Especially, when you are very old and without any other’s support. Lot of people would come forward to blame the sons, grandsons, relatives and neighbors. But only a handful would come forward with an absolutely wonderful idea like this to take care of them and make their life unforgettable at the end.
What is most inspiring about this story is that, those who came forward to support this grandfather and grandma are also form a relatively poor background. Yet, their dreams were big and imagination was broad. They could not wait seeing these helpless elderly couple spend their life with such a misery in a temporarily shelter that could not even hold a strong shower at times. So they left their difficulties’ aside and started building a better house for them.
It is such a pleasure to see what they’ve built for this elderly couple. Imagine how much of joy and fulfilness this young group would’ve felt completing their task. When we find so much of young life’s spending too much of money on unnecessary things, wasting so much of money on partying, dust thousands of bucks for excessive birthday celebrations and other not so necessary things these young souls from Unwatuna, Sri Lanka sets a great example by showing us how can a small group make a such a difference in someone else’s life.
If every young soul thinks the way these guys did we would easily get rid of all homeless elderly out of their misery. We would be set a great example for their own sons and daughters. This is practicing Buddhism. This is living Buddhism. May the Triple gem bless you brothers !
Photo Credit – Chanaka Kasun.