This morning, I needed to get some work done on my car. It was a hot, sunny day, and as I was rushing towards my car, I bumped into an elderly lady who was dragging a trolley. I realized that she was walking towards the bus stop next to my building. I greeted her and asked where she needed to go, thinking that I would drop her off if she were going the same way as me. Unfortunately, we both were going in different directions. She mentioned that she had just missed one bus and would have to wait for the next one. Being a weekend, the frequency of the bus service was not high. I asked her to get in the car and that I would drop her. She quickly came and thanked me repeatedly. There was an expression of relief on her face.
She introduced herself as Naima from Jordan. Her husband had been stuck overseas for over a year, and she had no one to help her. She paused, looked at me and told me that she was a Muslim. I replied that it didn’t matter as we all are human beings first. There was a smile on her face, and she thanked me again. I gave her my phone number and told her to call if she ever needed help.
After I dropped her, I felt a deep appreciation for my ability to drive a car anywhere I wished to. It was a reminder for me to appreciate all that I have. There was a sense of healing and gratitude in my heart.
Thank you, Naima.
Life is a blessing and appreciating everything is the way to happiness.
~ Rupa Om