A simple act of kindness
A pat on the shoulder can make a money heart flicker. Just starting a conversation creates an environment full of life. We as humans take for granted the small details that we face each day.
We are too busy holding our phones. Scrolling to social media and video sharing applications. Flicking the screen to check the lates viral videos and trends.
This is now the norm. We do a lot of things to catch attention. Looking at lovely colors on the screen of our mobile phones is non stop. Do you remember yourself not looking or using your phone just for a day.
From the time that we wake up and before we hit the hay this is the only thing that can make us sleep. The power is in our hands. But sometimes the consequences are fatal.
Conversations today are limited to group chats and instant messages. Where we laugh at the emoticons on the screen and disregard the person next to you.
Mark was walking home form school one day when he notices the boy ahead him had tripped and dropped all of the books he was carrying.
Along with two sweaters, a baseball bat, a glove and a small tape recorder.
Mark knelt down and helped the boy picked up the scattered articles. Since they were going the same direction. He helped to carry part of the burden.
As they walked Mark discovered that boy’s name was Bill, that he loved video games, baseball and history.
And that his having troubles with lots of his other subjects and that he just broken up with his girlfriend.
They arrived at Bills home first and Mark was invited in for a coke and to watch some television. The afternoon passed pleasantly with a few laughs and some shared small talk, then Mark went home.
After the simple Gesture
They continued to see each other around school, had lunch together once or twice, then both graduated from junior high school. They ended up in the same high school where they had brief contacts over the years.
Finally the long awaited senior year came and three weeks before graduation, Bill asked Mark if they could talk.
Bill reminded him of the day years ago when they had first met.
“Did you ever wonder why I was carrying so many things home that day?’ asked Bill.
“You see, I cleaned out my locker because I didn’t want to leave a mess for anyone else. I had stored away some of my mother’s sleeping pills and I was going home to commit suicide.
But after we spent some time together talking and laughing, I realized that if I had killed myself, I would have missed that time and so many others that might follow. So you see, Mark when you picked up those books that day, you did a lot more, You saved my life.
Ultimately the power of a Simple Gesture is more than enough to change someone outlook in life. Remember that life is beautiful. We should celebrate it.
Letting someone feel in a simple way that you care is the first step to reconciliation with life.
It will remind them that giving up will not give them the freedom.
Consequently it will only end the things that they have worked so hard to achieve. So think of happy thoughts, smile to a stranger. Lend your hands to the needy. Help others who are in their lowest point.
A simple act can make a difference.