We all live a very busy life. We are busy with our career, family, friends, businesses or we are stressed about our finances, health etc… Because of this, most of the time we tend to ignore the people we meet in our daily lives like a taxi guy or a newspaper guy or even some old friends or colleagues or say even a person sitting next to us in a bus or a train and the list is endless. We may take their services, or we may have spent time with them in past or we may make a whole journey together but still we may never have a conversation with them. It’s not because we don’t want to have a casual conversation with them, it’s just that our minds are pre-occupied with many thoughts, about our lives. So every now and then, when somebody asks us a simple question like ‘how are you doing?’ we feel good.
One such incident happened with us some time back. We had an appointment with our doctor one evening. So we got down our building and walked down the street to get a taxi. Soon we found one and got into it. We told the driver the name of the hospital and started putting our seat belts. Just as the driver started the car, he asked “Everything ok Sir?” We both looked at each other and told him everything was ok. His question and concern floored us completely. We were complete strangers to him but still he didn’t forget his compassion. We both were touched by this simple question asked by him.
Many a times we go about living our lives in such a mechanical way that we don’t see the pain or trouble the other person is going through in his life. We meet so many people in a day but we hardly have the time to ask them how they are doing or how things are going on for them. We may ask our family or friends but not some random person we come across.
This one simple question snapped us out of our mechanical ways of doing things and made us more human. He could have said a routine hello and taken us to the hospital but he went one step ahead when he heard that we were going to the hospital. There was no selfish motive behind this because he hardly had any benefit by asking us the question.
I felt good hearing the concern because it once again proved that humanity exists. He asked us this question out of choice not as a part of his job. This may be a small gesture but it is a powerful lesson because one such instance is enough to make somebody a better person. So for me it is an act of goodness on the part of the taxi guy. This is one small example I bring to your notice so that the next time something similar happens to you, you notice it, feel good about it and become a bit more compassionate.