“Realize deeply, that the present moment is all you ever have”
It was raining heavily that night. I went to drop my brother at the railway station of my city (Tatanagar). It somehow looked like this.
(This is not a real picture, It is copied from google just to give you guys a better understanding of the scenario)
As the train was late by an hour, I and my brother decided to have a walk on the platform in which his train was supposed to come.
After some time, we sat down on the chair available at the platforms in India.
While we were discussing things about our new venture, an old lady came to us carrying a heavy and dirty bag with her. She had few coins in her hand.
She said “Beta 2 rupye de do, dukaan mein bol rha hai 10 rupye nahi hai ye (pointing to the coins in hand)— coffee pina hai beta“
(She asked for Rs 2, as the coffee which she wanted to purchase was of Rs 10 and the shopkeeper was not giving her the coffee by the coins she had already, which was Rs 8 in total)
Till this moment I was just considering her a normal beggar who makes excuses to get money.
But still I took out my wallet, and Unfortunately, I had no change except a 5 rupee coin.
When I gave her the 5 rupee coin, she was least interested in knowing what amount she is getting rather she asked me,”beta, 10 rupye ho gye na” ( Is it 10 rupee now?) by showing me all the coins she had.
I made her understand that I gave her an extra 3 rupees, which she can use tomorrow.
That old girl literally blew my mind saying “Thank you beta, coffee peena hai. Thank you.” (Thank You, son, I just want to drink coffee. Thank You)
This old girl did not know how to count her coins but she was so courteous that she thanked me! WOW.
I saw her going to the shop and giving the coins she had in her hand to the shopkeeper ( I kept the extra 3 rupees in her bag when I told her to use it tomorrow. So she had a total of Rs 10 in her hand )
The shopkeeper handed her the coffee. The expression which I saw on her face after the first sip of coffee was priceless.
She was so enjoying it, I loved watching her drink the coffee.
I wish I could make you all see the happiness in her eyes.
I missed the chance to get a pic of her 😦
We are always worried about something or the other. Incidents like this make us realize the real importance of happiness, which is not really dependent on what we have. It’s inside us.
This old lady just wanted a coffee for her happiness. I was giving her extra money but she was more interested in her present happiness which was obviously ‘The Coffee’.
PS: What can be a better example than this for people who run after a life which will surely ensure a better standard of living in future, but ruining their present?
After this incident, I realized “The Eternal Life is given to those who live in the present”