Read Small Deed #3
Smile! Be it your CEO or a roadside beggar that your eyes meet. Don’t think to smile.
To smile is something age-old we keep hearing. The point in this post is to smile without discrimination. Most of us carry enough ethics to smile at friends and teachers during college and at colleagues and higher officials at work. How many times have we bothered to smile at a beggar, a house-keeping guy, a hotel server, a scavenger, a shop keeper, a bus driver, a biller, your maid or your car driver? I don’t see this happen at least in India. Somehow people celebrate an inner joy by having grumpy faces at these people.
There must be a route we take to office or college on a regular basis. Whether we take a walk, a bike or our car, we must be meeting few of these people in a day. Let’s smile at them for the sake that we meet them everyday.
There could be exceptions. Sometimes it could be unsafe as in a pretty girl smiling at a bus driver or a male biller or conditionally unnecessary like in to invite a underpriveleged kid to run behind you for money (These are pitiful attitudes that are already strongly rooted in India). But where we know it’s genuine, let’s smile. Whether it’s coming out of hypocrisy or of humility, let’s smile.
Of course, the other person might not have been waiting for you to smile at them. Neither this may uproot the discrimination we hold in our hearts. However such small acts of kindness gives ourselves a profound worthiness, a sense of gratitude to everyone around the place we live in, a small reason to keep your day smooth. Most important, as our children observe us they grow up with an understanding to value humans as humans beyond their status and profession.
Wishing that you may never have to fall short of smiles glaring at you wherever you travel along life!
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P.S. Anything you think can be added here, please leave a comment or an email. It could be anything from removing waste from roadside to donating blood. Your suggestion will bear you a virtue and an acknowledgement in a new post.
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