First things first. Yes. This blog still exists. Phew!!
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I have always preferred using public transport for travelling. You get to observe people, their moods and actions and learn a lot. Some speak to you directly or through gestures or you could be a spectator of someone else’s conversation. Whatever be the way, there is always something you could learn. Some might change the way you see the world. Some, they way you approach people. And, some, your understanding of life! If only you are mindful and notice.
I usually catch the bus at 8.15 AM. Most of the time, this old lady takes the same bus carrying a bag full of fresh greens and vegetables ready to be sold in the market. It takes more than an hour to reach her destination, City Market. Every day is a struggle for her to get into the crowded bus. And, she doesn’t demand a seat!! Trust me, not even once have I seen her asking for a seat! She adjusts herself within whatever space is left to keep her legs firmly down. Never have I sensed a ray of helplessness or irritation or fatigue in her face. She seemed to take her life as it comes. One day at a time. Today both of us alighted at the same bus stop and I offered help to carry one of the bags. She accepted and on we walked.
She shared how happy she felt to earn her own living selling the fruits of her hard work.. vegetables and flowers that she sells, I mean. Also, how all the struggles vanish the moment she sees her bag almost empty or empty. When it was time to part, she said, “I have had many ups and downs in my life. During hard times, I recall the best days I have had and hope I will have much more meaningful up, again. During the best days, I always remind myself that, nothing is permanent. I take life one day at a time. So, I never worry about carrying the same bag and boarding the crowded bus. Tomorrow. And the day after. Every day”. Smiled and off she went.
I feel life is at its best, when it teaches some very important lessons. We all know everyone’s life has some issues or problems, yet some are well at looking at the bright side of it. If there is one thing that I learnt from these instances is to show gratitude towards God for making my life much better when compared to them and be grateful for whatever life has to offer. Life could be compared to a flute.. has holes. Emptiness. But, when you take time to work on it, sincerely, one day, you will hear magical melodies.
Care to read other such instances?? Here it is