DONT WE ALL
One evening I was leaning on the bonnet of a BMW car parked in
front of a fast food joint. I had just come out of this
particular one, my friends and I had gone to eat inside.I had
come out first and was waiting for them to join me so that we
could go back to home.It had been a very tiring day for me ,all
I wanted was to go home, take a shower and rest my back on the
softness of my bed. On impulse I turned to look over my
shoulder, coming my way from across the parking lot was what
society and I would consider a bum. From the looks of him, the
obvious was stated; he had no car, no home, no clean clothes,
and no money. There are times in a day when you feel generous
but there are other times when you just don't want to be
bothered. This was one of the "Don't want to be bothered" time
for me. "I hope he doesn't ask me for money," I whispered half
aloud to myself. And He didn't.Maybe he had heard me and maybe
not. He came and sat on the curb in front of the parking garage,
I looked at him closely, and from his appearance he didn't look
like someone who had money to even afford a bus ride to God
knows where he had come from. He kept starring at the car, his
eyes moving to and fro, like he was relishing the thought of
owning one. After a few minutes he finally spoke. "That's a very
nice car," he said. Although he was ragged, he had an air of
dignity woven around him. And this revelation startled me.
I said, "Thanks," and continued looking towards the door,
anxiously waiting for my friends to come out so that I could be
rid of him. He sat there quietly as if reading my thoughts and
waiting for me to ask him to go away, yet I remained silent,
waiting for the usually plea for money to come. The expected
plea never came.
As the silence between us widened something inside said, 'ask
him if he needs any help.' I was sure that he would say yes, but
I held true to the inner voice.
"Do you need any help?" I eventually asked him. He answered me
in three simple but profound words that I shall never forget.
Most times, we often look for wisdom in great men and women. We
expect it often from those of higher learning and
accomplishments. Today I was thought a lesson. A lesson I am
hoping someone else would learn too. I expected nothing but an
outstretched grimy hand, but it never came. Rather he spoke
three words that shook my body from my head to my toes.
"Don't we all?" he said. He inhaled deeply and continued.