The year was 2009. At the time, I was single, living in Mumbai and working as a Research Analyst for a Financial Services firm.
On the surface, it was like any other day. I boarded my regular train to work. My mind, however, was in a huge turmoil. Sometimes, when we overanalyze the small little things in our lives, then add a dash of guilt and a heavy dose of self-pity to it, we can feel the weight of the world on our shoulders. I can see that now. However, at the time I just could not seem to stop the downward spiral of my thoughts.
It was at this point that I heard a voice break into my thoughts..”Beta (Child)…” Before I could figure out the source of the voice, I felt a hand on my shoulder. After the initial shock and disorientation that I felt, I realized that the lady beside me was trying to get my attention and say something.
This is what she said: “Beta (Child), I see that you are disturbed about something. I don’t know what you are going through. I don’t even know who you are. However, there is one thing that I do know. I know that it will all be ok. I know this because nothing really bad can happen to good people. So, cheer up.”
In my state of utter surprise, all I could really come up with was a “Thank You..Thank you so much Aunty”.
That little exchange on the train jolted me out of my melancholy mood, instantly. I realized how trivial my problems were, and was totally amazed at the kindness of a random stranger. She did not know me at all. She could have cared less about what I was going through. But she chose to reach out and offer comfort.
After all these years, that time in my life, that train ride, and that lady, appear to be from a different lifetime. However, I never quite forgot how she made me feel that day.
Kindness might just be a word, but one word of kindness can have a huge impact on someone.
Have you ever experienced kindness from unexpected quarters?
*This post is written for the AtoZChallenge.
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