Once, I was travelling by train. Each row on either side of the aisle had two seats on one side and three on the other. My row consisted of two chairs, and I occupied the window seat. The window seat in the opposite row was occupied by a man around 33-34 years.
A lady got in with her two daughters, aged eight and twelve. She requested the man to take the aisle seat beside me; this way, she would be able to sit with her two kids and monitor them. A typical mother’s attitude, always looking out for her children!
Normally, people adjust when they see mothers travelling alone with small kids, but to my surprise, the man refused, saying that he wanted the window seat. The lady didn’t say anything and fell silent. I imagined myself in her shoes, offered the man my own seat, which he was happy to accept, and took the aisle seat beside him.
The lady and her daughters were delighted. She thanked me and had a comfortable journey with her children. The girls read stories, sketched and generally had a good time. This taught me an important lesson: we can make someone’s life a little more comfortable and happy by small acts of kindness. Being sensitive to another’s needs and making little adjustments is enough to precipitate a big change.
Act with sensitivity and kindness. It will make a huge difference in the lives of people around you.
~ Ritu Sharma