New year brings promise and hope but not to this young child who is left at the mercy of nature.Can you imagine what it is to go hungry?Just imagine going without food for a day…..and there are millions who dont even get water to drink for days, leave alone eat a meal.This picture is so heart wrenching and is a harsh reminder of the grim reality that we are very fortunate while others suffer. UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAQ) in the edition of their annual hunger report have stated that around six million children each year die of hunger and malnutrition.
Let us take this opportunity to change the life of a few needy people in this new year and help build a world without poverty. Are our thoughts trying to help sustain a soul in need? Or are they turning a blind eye to the one who cries for help? Are they reaching out to answer a call? Are we directing our thoughts to where they can do some good and really make a positive difference? God has equipped each of us with this great gift to convert our thoughts into powerful prayer-that is, praying for someone instead of just thinking about them. Thoughts turned into prayers will materialize into God's blessings,protection,power,strength and God's healing balm poured out on those we pray for.
This picture was e-mailed to me by a friend with her new year resolution not to waste food and requesting me to do the same.Our traditional upbringing has taught us to respect the food we eat as God (Para Brahma Swaroopam). Let us all resolve and pledge this new year – “not waste food”.
“I promise I will never waste my food no matter how bad it tastes and how full I may be. I pray that He will protect this little boy, guide and deliver him from his misery. I pray that we will be more sensitive towards the world around us and not be blinded by our own selfish nature and interests. “
This would be one of the best resolution’s we could ever strive for – “not waste food ever”. It is not a difficult promise to keep and serves as a constant reminder to us that we are all the same with each of us having equal right to survive. Should we allow this child’s call for help remain unanswered like screams of millions like him that exist and somehow don’t disappear when the camera shoots their plight? Those of us who follow the practice of not to waste food also have the responsibility to ensure that the people we know, our friends and loved ones also follow the same.Let us all endeavour in our efforts to spread the word among friends,loved ones and community to inculcate this healthy practice to “not waste food” and also to get our children into this habit so that they can promote it further.I hope this picture will always serve as a reminder to us of how fortunate we are and that we must never ever take things for granted.
I have made my promise.Will you all make yours too...never to waste food?!Its the least we can do for a hungry child.
"Those who tell you it can't be done have always been around, but throughout history progress has always come from those who said it could be done."