He recounted that when he was young, his family was poor. On his seventh birthday, he and his mother went to a cake shop but had no money to buy a birthday cake. He was disappointed and refused to leave the shop. Then, a middle-age man who was standing behind them, saw the awkward situation and bought a birthday cake. He then offered the cake to him and wished him a happy birthday.
The mother was so grateful to the man and requested him to note down his address so that one day she could return the money to him. However, instead of noting down his address, the middle-age man wrote something else. He then promptly left the shop. The gentleman never get to know the man’s name but he never forget this incident, which created a change in him. Upon hearing his story, the grandmother thanked the gentleman profusely and requested him to note down his home address on a piece of paper. She hoped to return him the money one day.
It turned out that the little girl wanted to buy the cake for her grandfather because it was his birthday. The grandfather was old and fragile. Indeed, he was happy to see his favorite cake but lamented to his wife that she should not have spend the money on the cake. At that point of time, she related what happened and passed him the piece of paper from the gentleman. In it, the old man saw the message “A little act of caring creates a seamless ripple”. This was the same message that he himself wrote when he gave a birthday cake to a young boy more than thirty years ago. The story ended with grandmother and grandchildren singing birthday song to the grandfather.
The above story was based on a video produced by the Singapore Committee Chest as part of a series of initiatives to celebrate Singapore’s jubilee birthday next year. Even though this was probably a fictional event, the story moved me.
Sometimes in life, it is not how much you gain or what you possess that matters; it is what you do that make a difference to the society. A little act of sharing or caring to others, especially the poor, can help to make a positive impact to others. Just think about it, wouldn’t it be a wonderful experience if you can make a difference to another person’s life? It is in this spirit that I started this blog in 2010. Basically my goal is to share information on how to build wealth and I hope that readers can benefit from this sharing.
I also hope that after I passed on, my children would read this blog post and grow up with the right moral values in life.
As Singapore celebrates our 50th birthday next year, let us cherish our history and reflect on how to make our society a better place to live in.
SG Wealth Builder