Ra-june. One of my favorite days in Bangladesh.
(Ra-June. Wearing my orna I gave him as a blanket)
Ra-june is a street boy. He lives on the streets and begs for his family. Ryan and I met him one evening around 11:00pm. He was begging for money. We instead took him to get some food. He was inspiring. When told to get whatever he wanted all he would pick out was one roll. Upon prompting I was able to convince him to get a few other things, but always he insisted on the smallest amount. When we finished we started walking away with him, only to find out that he would not be eating this food. It was for his little brother and mom. I quickly returned to the store and bought him some food for himself. He was so grateful, offering me his food. This is a boy who had nothing. Not even a place to sleep, for I saw the hard pavement that his lightly clothed body would be laying on that night. He had no blanket and it was cold. Even I a foreigner would sleep with two blankets that night. But still he took no more or asked for anything. Ryan and I were so impressed with this boy, his tattered clothes, bare feet and wholesome heart, broke, inspired, and pulled at my inner most soul. This boy was something I never expected to find on the streets, he was more then I think I could ever have been if I was in his shoes.
(Ra-June and I right before his bath!)
The next day we met up with Ra-june and this day was my most memorable day in Bangladesh. Ryan and I took him with us for the day. We took him out shopping, let him pick out (with LOTS of prodding) new clothes, shoes, toiletries, we went to lunch together, got him a bath. It was the most amazing day ever. This boy was inspiring. Never once did he ask for more, never once did he complain. During this day his eyes changed from pools of nothingness to flickers of joy. He gave me Joy. We met his mother on the street and his brother.
(Ra-June and Ryan after Ra-June's bath and his new clothes!)
Ra-june was the most remarkable person I have met in a long time. Life had given him nothing, yet when given the opportunity to get anything and everything, he was not greedy. He was not entitled. He was happy. He was content. He was Inspiring. That day Ra-june challenged me to look at every principle and stance I have built my life on. That day he inspired me to be a better person. To be content and not always looking for more. That day Ra-june gave me Joy again. A joy that was not found from getting but from loving. A Joy is not based on your position or location in life, it is based on a choice. It is based on something bigger then me. It is based on God. Ra-June's attitude is something I aspire to.