Let me share with you how someone made my day recently…
So I was walking along the street this hot afternoon when I noticed a young lady lamenting and almost shouting; the intriguing part was that she was talking all to herself. I determined to find out what was wrong so I approached her and we had this conversation:
Me: Hi! What seems to be the matter?
Lady: (Looking a little less concerned but thought of it as an avenue to vent her anger) What does it take to get a cold drink around here?
Me: (I paused a little; being surprised) Ummm it’ll take ten naira and a shop that sells one.
Lady: (A little amused by my response but wouldn’t show it) Oh... It would take a lot more than that. I’ve been to almost all the shops here but no luck…
Me: You mean they don’t have?
Lady: Not really, they all don’t have a hundred naira change.
Me: Hmmmmm that’s serious… Well, why don’t you just get the water and leave the change for them?
Lady: Leave? Absolutely not! I don’t like wasting money.
Me: Ok… Collect any amount of change they’ve got and leave the rest for them..
Lady: Still no! I Can’t waste a dime… No way
Me: Would you rather go on being thirsty than to leave some change with them.
Lady: I know but I still can’t waste any money, not at this time.
Me: (Getting tired already) But it’s not really ‘wasting money.’ It just depends on how you see it.
Lady: Is that so?
Me: Yes, you could give the change to someone or buy something with it for someone or even use it to pay for someone’s expenses too. In all, you’ll be putting a smile on someone’s face. And that is way more expensive than your money.
Lady: Really? Then why don’t you put a smile on my own face by getting me the drink?
Me: (Chuckles) Oh I would have but since you said they don’t have a hundred naira change, I doubt if they would have five hundred naira change (Showing her a glimpse of the note from my wallet). But if you stick around, you might just get your smile.
Lady: And how long will that be?
Me: A week, a month, two months, seven years… I don’t know but one thing is sure: It will come. You just have to wait for it and don’t expect it too; else you might not even know when it comes and not appreciate it when it does.
Lady: You know what? I think I saw a child back there crying. Let me go put a smile on her face.
(She leaves for the shop… Few minutes later, you could hear the voice of a woman shouting “God bless you my sister. Oya say thank you to aunty.”)
Lady: I feel refreshed and happy too. Thank you very much.
Me: Thank God for everything. So I have one question for you…
Lady: What is that?
Me: Now, what does it take to get a cold drink around here?
Lady: (Smiles as she throws a light punch over my shoulder) Well, aside the things you listed earlier, it takes love, compassion and good intent.
(We smiled at each other and walked together)
The same thing with life, what you are chasing after or longing for is not hung on a tree, it’s in the hands of someone and they won’t give it to you until you possess these things:
LOVE: The whole essence of life is love. Learn to love and live in love, love everyone around: you don’t know who is carrying your blessing
Then COMPASSION: Have compassion and render assistance to people. See, don’t just eat your three square meals; consider those without food to eat. Don’t just wear your fancy dress all day; reach out to those with just rags to wear. Don’t just drive in your car; help those who walk around the street… Have compassion on people.
Finally, GOOD INTENT: The good book puts it this way: God loves a cheerful giver. So it’s not all about what you do but your motif in doing it. Have good intentions towards people. Seek; strive to put a smile on people’s face genuinely. Don’t love or have compassion on people because you’re expecting something from them but because it’s the right thing to do.
If you do all these things, you’ll be amazed how the whole world would work just to favour you. And sometimes, where you least expect is where your miracle will emerge from. These three factors among others are what it takes to get what you’re looking for in life.
So keep at it, the door won’t remain closed forever.