“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with”
– Mark Twain
We all have special days in our lives that we would like to celebrate with our close ones to share the joy. It may be a birthday, graduation day, wedding day or even the day you became a parent. No matter what, we all prefer to receive surprises, gifts and parties to remind the value of ourselves within their hearts.
Can we make someone happy on our special day and celebrate it with them rather than having a party?
This was the thought that drove us towards having the series ‘Share the Joy”. We, Rotaractors of Alumni of University of Moratuwa perpetually attempt to make a difference on someone’s life. This time, we decided to donate our wish-funds and celebrate the birthdays with someone who needed our help more. Rotaractors who are having birthdays on months; July, August and September joined with the first “Share the Joy” day.
Our next goal was to find a suitable place filled with little hearts. Yashorapura children’s home in Ratmalana provide shelter for twenty female children. With all the preparations, we went there on 1st December 2019. As we entered to the place, we were warmly welcomed by the Thero and advised us to prepare “Buddha pooja”. We offered the initial part of the lunch to Lord Buddha wishing us good health and better future.
Then we went to meet our glittering stars. They were wearing the same frock and waiting nervously to see us to spend the time with us. They came up with bunch of questions to get to about university life and to seek advices for their studies. We were thrilled by their enthusiasm and happily encouraged them to do their studies better.
All of them behaved in well-mannered way showing the positive effect of growing up in a Buddhist environment. Before the lunch, they all got together and thanked us for sharing our time with them and wished good for us, our relatives and closed ones. The day came to an end once we shared snacks among them.
Dorothy Day had said once, “the best things to do with the best things in life is to give them away”. The time we spend with those little hearts veraciously corroborated to this statement.
Rtr. Sumadhurie Hansika