In my meditation group he was the only man. Patiently he used to sit there, quietly listening to 9 talkative ladies sharing endless stories about hopeless mum-in-laws and cluttered houses. He would smile a shy little smile and sometimes give a comforting comment.
One day he shared his story.
He had been a successful business manager. Married with 2 sons. One morning, many years earlier, he had woken up and he could not see. He was taken to the hospital and they found out he had a stroke. He never recovered on the one side of the body, but he was able to have some vision again on the one eye. His wife had left him and he had lost his job.
- But I am happy, he told us in his calm quiet way. - I am happy I am alive. I see clearer than I have even seen, and I am happy that I have got this chance to do good, to help.
He told us that the source of his happiness was helping others. - It can be just a little bit of help, he explained, - helping an old man to carry his bag, give out food to street children, hold a door open for someone. Small helping acts. Big helping acts. It doesn't matter to the one you help. Maybe that person has the worst day of his life. If you come there with a smile, with a kind act, with some help - it might mean the world to that person. On that day. In that moment.
So true right? You never know what luggage persons around you carry. You might Make Their Day, just by offering a little bit of help or some kindness.
And the best part: you will feel so great also! Maybe even happy? The health benefits of helping others should not be underestimated. Have a look at this article if you want to see proofs:-)
How do you help others? Please share.
1-30 April 2015 I participate in the A to Z blogger challenge, and this post is written as a part of that challenge.My theme for the challenge is Happiness. I hope you enjoy coming along.