Last week, I went into a convenient store at a gas station. As I entered, I overheard a gentle voice behind me asking, “Can you please buy me a juice? Can you please buy me a juice? Can you please buy me a juice?”
Wondering why the person was repeatedly asking, I turned around to look. It was a homeless man standing at the entrance asking persons who entered to buy him a juice. Everyone was ignoring him so he kept asking hoping someone will care enough to help. It was an extremely hot day, a juice cost almost nothing and it was a modest request; yet no one budged or even looked his way. I was appalled at everyone’s response, or lack of response for that matter.
These little things that we ignore is life’s way of testing us. With all that’s been taking place in the world lately—catastrophic natural disasters, strategic bombings, falling nations, economic downfalls and job cuts—the possibility of any one of us ending up homeless is very high. We might think we have it all and it could never happen to us, but life has a funny way of teaching us lessons. Karma is real. The tables can turn any day and we too can end up asking for help—perhaps also getting ignored.
So let’s not get too caught up in our busy lives, believing we’ve reached our destination. Having success and wealth is not what life is about, in fact, it does not make us any more of a person than someone without. If we don’t practice compassion, life will eventually find a way to make us learn how; and I assure you, life is not a lenient teacher.
What would you have done if you overheard the homeless man? Comment below and share you thoughts.
Smile! Life is better when you’re laughing!