The most easiest of human traits is perhaps our power to connect with people, their emotions and feel. Yet, it is only seldom that we let ourselves do exactly that – feel.
Why is it easier for us to connect over the pains of a complete stranger; raise likes, votes and shares than connecting with the people we meet almost every single day?
I live far away from home. I am one of those who can immerse themselves into solidarity and not care about the world.
But I care because I choose to.
Our caretakers in the hostel – all of them – are mostly our age. They sit behind the food stalls early in the morning drowsy eyed and wearily late into the night to attend to our needs – us, the rich spoiled brats. If you live in a hostel, and there are people who look after you even in the most smallest way possible: thank them with a smile. A simple ‘thank you’ always lights up there face.
Just two syllables is all I ask. Try it. At first there may be some who would unhear you, some who would look up quizzically. Then, there are those who would dazzle you with a grateful smile. That one smile is always a good way to start your day.
Count the smiles you have earned not the scars you have gained and you’d find living life a tad more worthwhile.