I walked out of the tube station one afternoon and was really feeling great after completing an important errand. I was caught up in my own thoughts walking behind two very suave, well-heeled and well-dressed gentlemen. Half my luck or blessing to be walking behind two classy characters. Anyway, as I came around a corner I noticed a young lady who was very upset. I could see that she was crying a great deal. I was debating whether or not to stop and talk to her. Well, my Melanesian or Christian spirit prevailed upon me to stop and ask if she was alright. So I did stop and I asked if she was fine. She just said she needed a good cry so I assumed that the sooner I left her alone the better she’d feel – a bit of a contradiction there I s’ppose. Anyway, I thought better than to hang around so I walked on. She was still crying but in a kind of subdued way.
I left her and headed for the main walkway. I noticed that the two classy fellas had stopped a little way off looking towards me. As I came near them they asked if she was fine. I said the lady just wanted to have a good cry. One of them then said that I was very kind to have stopped and talked to the lady. He said if I hadn’t stopped they would have walked back to talk to her. I said it was better that someone stopped on the off-chance that she may want to discuss whatever was upsetting her. I thanked them for their kind words and headed for the shortcut.
I realised that our humanity does strike a common chord no matter where we are in the world. I didn’t know the lady or the two gentlement from Adam, yet we spoke to eachother. It seemed to me that kindness should not have a price on it nor should it be withheld ’cause we’re scared of what others might say. From this encounter I realised that a little kindness does strike a common chord – it touches our humanity and connects us to eachother.
A small example of life in my day. Now that is not a bad day at all.