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பிறர்க்கு  இன்னுரை தானே -Offer A kind word to someone

யாவர்க்கும் ஆம்  இறைவற்கு ஒரு பச்சிலை 
யாவர்க்கும் ஆம்  பசுவுக்கு ஒரு வாயுறை 
யாவர்க்கும் ஆம்  உண்ணும் போது ஒரு கைப்பிடி 
யாவர்க்கும் ஆம்  பிறர்க்கு இன்னுரை தானே.   [தி. 252]

Yaavarkkum aam Iraivarkku oru pachilai
Yaavarkkum aam pasuvukku oru vaayurai
Yaavarkkum aam uNNum podu oru kaipidi
Yaavarkkum aam pirarkku innurai thanE

All can [offer] a green leaf in worship to God
All can [offer] a mouthful of grass to the cow
All can [offer] a handful, sitting down to  eat
All can [offer] sweet and kind words to others
All people want to be happy, healthy, peaceful, free from sorrow and free from all strains.
Saint Thirumoolar says that all can achieve these by doing just four simple things:

 1. always offer a green [Vilva] leaf to God with prayerful attitude
 2. always offer a mouthful of grass to a cow with compassion
 3. always offer a handful of food to the hungry, when eating and
 4. always offer sweet and kind words to all in need of them.

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I arrived at the address and honked the horn.   
After waiting a few minutes I honked again.   
Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.   
'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.   
After a long pause, the door opened.   
A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie.   
By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.   
There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters.  In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.   
'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said.   
I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.   

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.   
She kept thanking me for my kindness.   
'It's nothing', I told her. 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.'   
'Oh, you're such a good boy, she said.   
When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive through downtown?'   
'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly..   
'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice’.   
I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening.   
'I don't have any family left,' she continued in a soft voice…'The doctor says I don't have very long.'   
I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.   
'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.   
For the next two hours, we drove through the city.   
She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.   
We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds.   
She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.   
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Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.   
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As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired. Let's go now'.   
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We drove in silence to the address she had given me.   
It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.   
Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up.  They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.  They must have been expecting her.   
I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door.   The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.   
'How much do I owe you?' she asked, reaching into her purse.   
'Nothing,' I answered.   
'You have to make a living,' she said.   
'There are other passengers,' I responded.   
Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.  She held onto me tightly.   
'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said. 'Thank you.'   
I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.  Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life.  
For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift?   
What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?   
On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.   
We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.   
But great moments often catch us unaware - beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one. 
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At the bottom of this great story was a request to forward this --- I deleted that request because if you have read to this point, you won't have to be asked to pass it along, you just will...   
Thank you, my friend. 
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance