A lion was in labor yesterday! I know that because it was a sunny morning. A sunny Sunday morning with little showers of rain. If you do not understand the link please check your childhood!!!
Unlike most Sunday’s after church, yesterday I stayed back for about 10 minutes to discuss something with a new acquaintance. Typically, I am one head in the sea of people who leave church, walk right through the gate and disappear into the different corners of our Eko. Hardly do I need to say hello to anyone. I don’t know them and they don’t know me (Before I am crucified, I don’t think it is ideal either but hey- that’s my reality now- a comfortable reality) So you see an extra 10 minutes is a big big deal!!!
Ok. 10 minutes was over I said my good byes and I was back to the normal me- ears plugged, music jamming at the highest volume. I was ready for my long walk home. I love walking by the way. I do not know how to count in kilometers but trust me I walk long long kilometers. I enjoy it especially when I have music with me- I look a lot at the same things I have seen- hoping to see them in a different light, I smile at people, I scowl in reply to the hellos of young men, I stop to greet the elderly and I just walk. Anyway As I curved into a corner just a few meters away from church a car pulled over just beside me. It took the couple a while to catch my attention. I unplugged my ears and got ready to describe the way to wherever they were going to until the gentle man said “where are you headed” I was a bit confused but since they were a couple I looked at the two of them and said the name of my street. “come in let’s take you closer” one of them said. Still in my state of confusion I paused looked at them and quickly realized that this was a simple act of kindness- one that seemed to be a stranger in my life and in the lives of many others I concluded. I slowly walked in, thanked them profusely as I dropped off and kept thinking of how believable it would have been if they had only stopped to ask about a location or if they never dropped me at home (I mean, elections are coming- and Yes I believe that people are used for money juju- and Yes I am educated!).
Anyway, their single act of kindness urged me to write this piece and because of them, I urge everyone who reads this to introduce a kind stranger to someone this week. It often requires nothing more than an intention to be more mindful about the other human around you- Below is my list of kind strangers that cost little to nothing to achieve yet could change someone’s day dramatically. Some I have tried others I hope to try:
- Buy a meal for someone who cannot repay you- a cleaner, a security man an absolute stranger
- Pay the bus fare of someone seated next to you or even the entire bus if you can!
- Allow the old man standing in the brt take your seat
- Send text messages to old friends- tell them you remember them and you care
- Volunteer some hours to teach in a school, hold a child in a motherless home, give to a charity
- Have a little conversation with the mallam on your street, ask about his family, wish him well
- Offer a free ride to a stranger!
And here is my wish for you this week- it’s a tweaked version of to Neil Gaiman’s quote:
I hope you will have a wonderful week, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.”