It was 1o pm, a dark cold night. I was with my mom standing outside my aunt’s house waiting for my dad. A man in a bike came closer and stopped. The fear shifted me two steps to the right guessing him to be a chain snatcher. The man says “ Hello Auntie” to my mom and she was trying to figure out who he was. “Auntie, don’t you remember me? The guy who would vend flowers to your place 6yrs ago.” Well the man had changed a lot in appearance and I could hardly identify him. My mom, genius among all in the family remembered him and they started talking.
The man was very humble and talking to him made us appreciate his goodness for hours. During the conversation a line caught my thought. He said “I crossed in front of you once, after going to the next road I realised it was you and now here I am.” This line reminded me of the times when I pretended not to have seen someone so that I could avoid talking to them, the times when I felt “Oh, it’s ok to move ahead than to spend my 10 minutes here.” Was I too selfish? Hmm… well I don’t know! But yes! I agree I was a little reluctant to give my time to someone.
I think most of us have done this, pretending not to have seen someone 😀 This reminds me of a funny common Facebook experience. There are a few Facebook friends who are friends with you from years but hesitate to even smile at you when met face to face 😀 I had 100 plus juniors on my Facebook page and only a few would smile and talk when met face to face 😀 Haven’t you experienced such incidents? Wait!! Is it only me who experiences such things? :O Oh! Probably, it’s only me 🙁
The flower vendor spoke to us for just 10 minutes but he had so much more to give us. He left behind the ‘feel good’ feeling for us and his words reflected his personality so well. As Rudyard Kipling says
“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
We all are busy running behind so many things in life. Taking out time for someone may seem a waste of time for us but it means a lot more to that someone. A simple smile, a few humble words, a simple touch of care and a genuine concern is all what it needs to make someone feel loved and we know it isn’t a tough thing to do. Right?