A friend of mine got very lucky this summer. The generous owner of the business he works for bought him a car and asked him to pay back whenever it is convenient for him. Earlier it was a three mile commute for him and he couldn't even afford a public transport. He was homeless a couple of years back.
A few days back when I met him, he asked for my advice about something. He had been saving money for the last few months so that he can pay the owner back in next few months. However, he was wondering if this time he should spend the money to fix the broken window of his car as the owner didn't mention any timeline he needs the money by.
It was a difficult question for me and it made me thinking. We are all given a gift, aren't we? The gift of existence! I don't know the gift is from whom, but I know for sure that I owe my existence to someone. And that someone is not only my parents, it is someone or something much much bigger than them!
But then I realized something else. I never paid back to this planet. Ever. All my life I used all my financial, emotional and spiritual accumulations to fix my own life - to read a book, to buy a trendy car, to go to an expensive vacation and many others.
I could have done better. I could have initiated a fundraiser for a friend who was struggling to make his ends meet. I could have stood beside someone who was going through an emotional crisis. I could have arranged for an evening class to educate the under-privileged children. And I could have done many more.
I just didn't realize earlier that I owe it to all. I took my existence for granted. And kept delaying to pay back.
Just like many of us.
Abhimanyu Gupta lives in Chesterfield, Missouri with his wife Nilanjana & son Anusurya. His profession is software testing and his passion are music and books. He can be reached via Email, LinkedIn or Facebook.