‘Amazing life’ is a regular thread about little things that make us happy. Today’s weird little thing is Being happy for strangers
It is just amazing how a smile can be contagious. It is one thing I would love to be contaminated with.
This is an old story about a day that happened to be pretty gloomy and dead. It was the day when it didn’t go too well in the office. Friends didn’t have time. I did not want to spend time with family. It was hard to focus on anything and window shopping was the only shopping because it was free and affordable.
Even on that day, stuck between 5 people, hitching a ride in a bus, when I saw that little girl hitting her nose with her hand, almost with the expression ‘Where did this thing on my face come from?’ and her mother looking at her in aw and disbelief, redefining beautiful; that split second of magic made me smile for a night and even the next morning.
That is the power of happiness and it comes in strange packages – correction! – stranger packages.
I am sure you would have had those moments in life when you look at something really everyday, in a different way, connect with it and end up smiling ear to ear. A little hard to explain, but it’s not laughter, not a humorous smile, neither sarcastic, nor sadistic, its not bound by the axis of being real and artificial; I feel neither English nor any other language has an adjective for it – its just a smile.
They come by at traffic signals, at bus stops, on silent evenings, on really really early mornings and with good news – even when it has nothing to do with you, good or bad.
In times when winning a race about creating strategies that ensure others fall so that even if you are not the fastest – you can win, its funny that such a feeling can exist.
Today I read in the news about Mohammad Aamir – spent 14 years in Jail for being wrongfully accused and finally freed to a dead father and and paralyzed mother. At least he saw the world outside of brick and mortar before his sun set far east. A touching account of how truth triumphed finally – better late than never. That put a smile back on my face in the middle of thoughts about how to handle the very-ignorable problems that I, just like rest of us, was crying over…I was happy for a stranger and it felt great.
So my tip is:
Find such moments when you can smile for others. Close your eyes and think about that moment because smiling for others is certainly better than smiling at them.
PS- You can read the full story about Mohammad Aamir here – Its motivating!
Cheers to that one smile; Abhi