Meet my newest brother! We look so much alike, don’t we?
Father Vinayak Jadav, from Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India, came to Cincinnati first in 2006 when he worked as an intern here at Franciscan Media. My mom (my predecessor in my current role as editorial assistant) took Father Vinay under her wing and has dubbed him her adopted godson (hence making him unofficially my “godbrother”). This past weekend marked Father Vinay’s fourth visit to Cincinnati to reconnect with his “family.”
I was fortunate enough to spend some quality time with my “brother.” He is one of those people who nourishes my soul with each of our conversations. His cheerful and peaceful mannerisms and inspirational words of wisdom always brighten my day.
During one of our discussions, Father Vinay gave me food for thought. On the topic how people handle situations in various ways, he reminded me of the old analogy of the two subliminal “bears” that reside within all of us all: the aggressive one and the tranquil one.
Depending on which bear we “feed” in others will make a difference in which bear is the one to surface. If the “food” you are offering to that person is negative (a mean-spirited personality or sarcastic tone of voice), then the more hostile bear will be that one responding to that “food.”
If the “food” you are feeding is constructive (positive conversation and encouraging attitude), you will bring out the peaceful bear.
That conversation reinforced my appreciation of the truth that our words and actions DO indeed make a difference in the lives of others. Maybe the next time we wonder why someone reacts unreasonably, we should look in the mirror for the cause and begin to analyze what quality of “food” we are dishing out.
I hope and pray that, God-willing, someday in the future my “brother” can return to visit his Cincinnati home. My family and I already miss him!