One day, when I was still childish, I was troubled about something from school. My dad had a piece of suggestion to offer me as solace, “Never expect help from the person you help. Help for you will come from unexpected sources”.
Needless to say, I did not realize the head or tail of that statement then. But as time flew by, it actually began to sound right. I taught myself to be nice to everybody, to be ready to lend a hand to people around me and became a firm believer in the principles of humanity-until of course, a confrontation happened and made me question my beliefs.
One pleasant morning, a few days ago, I was heading to work. On the way near a bus stop, I saw a lady struggling with packages and fuming for some reason. She was a familiar face – we have passed each other on numerous occasions, going in opposite directions but I don’t think she must have noticed (gauging from her reaction).
Now she was pretty old and was struggling to lift a considerably heavy bag for her age. Like a responsible citizen and good human being, I walked up to her, smiled and offered to help. In return, I get scoffed at, and get to hear a generalized bad opinion about my country. Stunned at the unexpected reaction, I replied that the opinion needed a change. Pat came a reply, in an anguished voice “Give me a reason to.”
Now, if an “offer to help” wasn’t a reason enough, then I am at loss at what might be. I was unsettled for the remainder of the day and my belief in humanity lay pretty shaken.
Who would like to be shouted at by strangers, in full public view – for offering to help? I saw the same lady, reading newspaper at a bakery shop the next day. I wondered if I would be in a hurry to help someone, any time soon. And I found myself unconsciously shaking my head in a no.