My Dad had a small plaque on his desk forever until he passed away. It said simple words that he preached as well and instilled it deep into my mind which had eventually become a core formation of my character and happiness in my later life helping me through some of the darkest hours of my life.
It said;” Blessed is he, who expects nothing” in return for his good deeds and had a monotone picture of geese flying in their standard “V” formation across a cloudy sky.
He explained to me the plaque and the picture in great detail once. He explained to me that the Geese are migrating birds who fly for thousands of miles south especially in fall/winter. Further, they fly in a V shape because in such a formation it helps the birds to gain a great span and distance with little effort. The upward thrust produced by the bird in the front helps the following birds to glide into the air waves created with very little physical effort. However the leading bird takes the brunt for leading the flock. But very soon the leading bird is often taken over by one of the following bird as a gesture of good will and good deed to give it some rest, and thus they keep doing so until the journey is completed.
Also, fall is a season where many of us venture out for hunting these very birds. And when one of these birds is shot, or hurt, two birds immediately break from the formation and follow it down to protect it or give it comfort and company until it dies.
Similarly, they all glide down to the same lake to find food, share and eat from the same pool or pond and migrate to the same place, and work towards the same goal and fly towards the same direction all the time.
But what is surprising is also, is that they do all this in a team spirit helping each other with absolutely no expectations from the other what so ever. Each respects the other, helps the other, and breaks away from the formations to help the other and get back into other formations in their never-ending cycle of life without any expectations of each other.
Like wise, if we, a far developed species and a superior race amongst Gods creation who can communicate, interact, emote, feel, and are physically advanced, adopted the same selfless nature and worked towards the same goal and helped each other expecting nothing in return, our individual lives may be much happier, purposeful and gratifying.
The idea is a basic one where you help one and other and work towards the same direction for mutual benefit. But the principle is to respect each other, help each other, give the space to each other, protect each other, and benefit from each other while doing so. And the wisdom is to do it because we care for others and the divine creation as we would want them to care for us if and when we need their help. And we need to do it regardless of their caste, creed, religion, nationality or color. Especially when helping others or being charitable, we need to evolve into greater people to be human beings first and learn to look beyond our prejudice and notions of the man-made faith systems, and beliefs . Just as the other species who we consider lesser than us do.
Therein, in such a living one can easily find happiness, purpose and fulfillment in life and if once can think beyond themselves, such acts of selflessness and good may bring greater meaning to others and make their lives better. For he who does good, and expects nothing shall never be disappointed, but only rewarded for his deeds in a time and place and method that is unknown to us.
“Blessed is he who expects nothing in return for his good deeds”
Next time you see these birds fly across the sky, take a minute to watch them all flock together as a team in the same direction in the same old V formation and appreciate them for being wiser and nicer than many of us. Perhaps we could be as selfless and caring as they are without prejudice.