One fine day, I went grocery shopping. I live in India in Uttar Pradesh, where not many people understand English well, and not a lot of them are really familiar with dishes like pasta. They don’t really know the ingredients.
I saw this woman, from some other country, struggling to find something that she needed to cook – fresh cream. She asked the employees for help, asking for cream, which they mistook for cosmetic cream and gave her the wrong directions. When she mentioned that she was looking for a cream that’s eaten, they gave her mayonnaise. I observed all of this very closely. I just had a look at her basket, where she had pasta and instantly understood what she was looking for. I took the initiative of asking her if she was looking for fresh cream to make pasta, and she was so glad that someone understood. I helped her out and gave her what she needed, and told her to use the term “fresh cream” in future.
More than her, I felt so happy when I helped her. This incident happened almost a year ago, and I still remember how happy I felt. And it brings back a smile on my face. And sometimes I think that the same woman must think of that day sometimes and be grateful.
Just a little act of kindness can brighten someone’s day.