I would start with a story. A man goes to a restaurant and orders a sandwich. When the waiter serves him the sandwich, he throws it in a trash-bin and orders one more. Even the other sandwich lands in trash, without that person eating even a mouthful. He repeats this process three more times before he is asked the reason why he does so.
“I can afford it.” comes the answer.
“But are you really hungry? If not, why are you ordering the food just to throw it?”
“I told you. I can afford it.”
End of story – and one question for you: what do you think about this man?
I guess many of you would despise him for such behavior.
But if we think a bit further, isn’t this something similar to what many of us are doing daily in our canteens? We take large helpings of food, which then we are hardly able to finish. And finally the food ends wasted.
There are millions of people in our country and in many other countries who are not able to earn enough even to take one meal per day. If today we take our food with just a little more watchfulness, eventually it would help so many people who go to sleep every night with an empty stomach.
There is a custom in many religions to say prayers before having their food. People used to thank God for giving them food for that day. They considered themselves blessed and privileged to be able to have food.
Today, just because we can afford much more luxury, we take so many things for granted. Let’s think about others and let’s not waste food.