Bangalore is known for its heavy traffic and hectic commutes across the city. It is not unusual to see people lose their patience as they navigate the crowded, slow-moving sea of vehicles on the streets. Everyone seems to be in a hurry and can be quite insensitive and mean to one another in their desperation to be on time or just go home after a tiring day! The stress is quite evident on their faces. Anyway, what we know is that managing time and emotions appear to be quite a task for most traffic warriors.
But then there are some wonderful moments of understanding and kindness, like the one I’m about to share. I opted to use a shortcut, a narrow street, to avoid the congested main road. Lots of commuters on two-wheelers take these alternatives – sometimes the big guys too (what a bother!) Anyway, as I was about to make a right turn at a narrow junction, another rider suddenly appeared to my right. We both immediately braked and quite spontaneously waited for the other to pass. In a couple of seconds, he decided to go ahead first but not before acknowledging and breaking into a warm, kind smile. This simple moment with a total stranger was a moment of aliveness and gratitude for me. For a few seconds, I reveled in an act that was one of spontaneous connection, mutual kindness, and care. It was beautiful.
Kindness fuels gratitude.