After breakfast, I was sitting by the window of my room when I heard my neighbour, Tara Mausi, crying loudly. She is an old and poor widow who lives in a one-roomed makeshift house. She lives entirely on her own as her only son has shunned her, and manages her expenses by doing odd jobs in nearby homes.
I felt a wave of sympathy on hearing her cry. I could see that she was all alone, so I went up to her house and tried to console her. Although I could not solve her problems, I heard her out patiently. Slowly, she stopped crying and relaxed. On returning home, I felt a sense of calmness that at least I could hear her out when she was in need.
Patiently hearing someone relaxes them enough and enables them to find their way out of any situation.
~ Vibhore Jaiswal