Let us be nice and smile to people we meet. We don’t know what they are going through, and they might just need that smile. Life gives us many such moments to make others feel better. Tomorrow, when we feel low, someone might smile and we may feel better too.

The following incident was narrated by someone who one day saw himself in an old man’s shoes as the latter struggled to give way to others behind him. We become more and more aware of incident like this as we grow older because perhaps, we see ourselves there one day soon.

The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.-Kalu Kalu

He was about five or six people ahead of me. I was in a hurry and saw him as an obstacle. I’ve seen people get off the end of an escalator and stop dead in their tracks, gather their things and suddenly there’s a pile up of angry people behind them. You can’t stop an escalator full of people behind you. Like the Energizer bunny, they keep on going.

This man was well aware of the challenge. He tried desperately to step aside. Fumbling with his small packages, struggling to gain his footing, you could see how troubling this was for him. “I’m sorry. Please forgive me! I don’t mean to hold you up,” he said as he struggled to get off the escalator.

I suddenly saw this in a whole new light. It was like I was watching my future. I felt sorry for him. I felt sick to my stomach because this man was apologizing to everyone, when we should have been helping him and calming his fears.

One by one, people zipped around him. I heard a few angry comments whispered as one lady passed by him.

I saw me. By the time I got to him he was just about steady on his feet.

“Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t know there was more,” he said.

“No, sir. No more with me,” I said. This really hit me hard. I realized right then how sad it was that the world was in such a hurry. That, of course, included me. But…no more with me. Count me out.

This wonderful man paid his dues. For whatever time he had spent on this earth, he most likely walked many rough roads and too many important miles. Now he should be apologizing for moving slower?

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.-Ralph Waldo Emerson

My heart ached as I looked into his eyes. I wished that I could see what he had seen all those years. The small soft pockets under his eyes and the gentle lines that curved up and around them told me he had many happy moments, too. Those were traces left behind from laughter and a smiling, happy man.

“My friend, can I help you with those things?” I asked.

Hesitant at first, he finally said, “Well, yes, thank you!”

I placed my hand under his left arm and walked with him a safe distance away from the rush of people.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others. Audrey Hepburn 

“So what are you shopping for, sir?”

“Oh, just a little something for my neighbor. She’s a young mother raising kids on her own. She’s always so nice to me. I thought a box of candy for Mother’s Day…” he said, stopping suddenly as he searched his inside pocket of his sport coat.

“Do you need something?” I asked.

“Oh, no. Here. I think I have it right here. I always carry them with me,” He said. Then pulling out a hand full of papers he shuffled through them and handed me a business card that read:

“John A. Pomicter

Friend to all…enemy to no one!

I said a prayer today and you were the answer. Thank you!”

“That’s for you,” he said. “Thanks for stopping to help an old man.”

“My friend, you helped me. I discovered that I was unhappy with the world and I was part of the problem. Now I’ll be part of the solution. No more with me!”

“Then this was meant to be,” he said smiling.

“You know God sends me gifts every day and always at least one special person. You were my gift for today! Let’s go get some chocolates, my friend.”

By Tim Pedrosa

Scatter seeds of kindness everywhere you go; Scatter bits of courtesy and watch them grow and grow. Gather buds of friendship; Keep them till full-blown; You will find more happiness than you have ever known.

Tim