It is turbulent times these days. Empathy and compassion are hard to find. I was with Pappettan when we ran into a friend of ours. He looked devastated. He had a squabble with someone, and there was a war of words. I am not sure who was this someone and who finally won the argument. But our friend seemed tired and wounded.
Pappettan: *in a cheerful tone* Cheer up, dear friend.
Our friend: *still hurt* You didn't hear the accusations. How can he say it?
Pappettan: *nods and continues* Those are only words.
Our friend: *sad* Those words were sharper than a knife.
Pappettan: *adopts his saintly stance* Always a remember a 50-pound note.
Our friend: *puzzled* What about it?
Pappettan: *in a calm tone* You may get it fresh from the bank. You may get it crumpled on the street. But the value is still 50-pound.
Our friend: *thinking*
Pappettan: *continues* The same 50-pound note may change hands. For one person, that might be only thing for survival. For another, it might be added security in the bank.
Our friend: *a bit puzzled* That is true.
Pappettan: *smiling* You are the 50-pound note. In whatever shape, your value is the same. It doesn't matter what others think.
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