祝我幸福快乐 / May I Be Blessed with Happiness

English version below……


难以想象今天会是我听见最多次“谢谢”的一天。

打扫完屋子后,我便决定到Nex购物中心去,想要买一对蓝牙耳机给玲玲。

在公巴上,我一如既往地看着我的书,也没有注意到巴上有些什么人,而晴朗的天空骤然间阴霾了起来,更下起了倾盆大雨。

过不多时我便到站了。

当我正准备下车的时候,看见身前一名婆婆双手推着小小的购物车也正要下车,身形迟缓,而门外更是稀里哗啦的雨点,我想也不想便对婆婆说:“来!我帮你把推车拿下去。”

也不等婆婆答不答应,我的身子已经在车身与车站之间的空隙,淋着雨提着车子就往下搬,根本没有意会到婆婆是否能够安全下车。

待我把车子放好回过身来时,才发现婆婆正步履蹒跚、手忙脚乱地想要下车。我急忙伸出右手托住婆婆的手臂,让她可以安全且从容地下车。

当我们都挤入堆满其他路人与搭客的巴站后,婆婆满怀欢喜地直对我说:“谢谢!谢谢!谢谢!”然后手握着推车转身便走。

由于雨势颇大,行人步道上早已堆积了缓缓而流的“小溪”,把婆婆的布鞋都浸湿了。我默默地望着婆婆佝偻的身躯,忍不住地跟在她的身后,看看究竟她是往哪个方向走,而我又能够帮些什么。

路上行人匆匆,偶尔会有一两个路人也想伸出援手帮助婆婆,可都被她温婉拒绝。这一切都被我看在眼里。

我只好假装悠哉闲哉地走在婆婆身后,直至来到通向隧道的阶梯前,我才又向前帮婆婆把推车搬上那只有三层的阶梯。婆婆依然满脸感激地对我说“谢谢!谢谢!谢谢!”。

可是我已经开始感觉不好意思了,于是便硬着头皮开口问婆婆要去哪儿,心里想着若是她要去的地方不远,那么我便送佛送到西吧。

然而婆婆似乎听觉不好,没有给予回复,只是朝通往地铁站的自动扶梯前进,我赶紧上前对婆婆说:“婆婆,我帮你吧,免得你不小心跌倒。”

“哦不行,我必须要依靠住推车才能行走,因为我双腿无力。”听她这样说,我只好不勉强。

这时,我们已经来到了自动扶梯前。为了他挡住其他的路人好让婆婆顺利踏上扶梯,我刻意微微站在婆婆的后面右侧,同时以双手握着婆婆的肩膀与手臂,确定她站稳了我才也踏上扶梯。

为了避免别人匆忙的脚步不小心会撞到婆婆,酿成巨祸,我在扶梯上始终没有移动自己的身子,哪怕我挡住了其他的路人。

就在那时,婆婆突然间转过身来,对着我说:“谢谢你啊!我祝你幸福快乐!”而我却被这突如其来的祝福给萌呆了,根本不知道如何应付,只是傻傻地对婆婆笑笑。

到了隧道里,我仍然与婆婆若即若离,总是不放心让婆婆一个人走,心想若是她要去搭地铁,我便跟到地铁站,把她交给站内服务人员,我便可以安心地离开了。

可是,她却和我一样要到购物中心去,于是我便再次扶着她上了另一个自动扶梯,来到了商场,我才在婆婆的连声道谢下和婆婆挥手道别。

与婆婆分手后,我惯常地来到商场外面的回廊,抽出一根香烟,望着雨帘,憨憨地发呆。那时的我,早已让刚刚收到的那句祝福填满心胸,深深地被感动了。

抽完烟后,我便来到了指定的商店,却发现耳机断货了。无奈只好到大众书局看书,竟然被我看见我最崇拜的新加坡才子梁文福的新专辑,如获至宝,感觉今天确实是收获良多。

当我正在排队付款的时候,我是第四个客户。当第一个离开之后,却见第二个客户还在手包里慌忙地搜寻,似乎找不到银行卡付款。

反正我也不赶时间,因此也没有觉得不耐烦。

但见她叨叨絮絮地不知在和身边的女儿说些什么,只是隐隐约约地听见她问孩子是不是有把什么东西交给她。

然而孩子脸上却现出一副懵懂的模样,回头望了一眼。

也不知为何,我突然意识到一定是女子把银行卡交给孩子,而孩子也不小心地掉了。

于是,我回头朝地上望了一眼,只见不远处一张粉红色的身份证静静躺在地板。

我向前弯腰将身份证提在手中,然后隔着第三个客户对着女子问:“小姐,你是不是在找你的身份证啊?”我把手里的身份证扬了扬。

女子立刻点点头地答“是!你在哪儿找到的”。我伸手一指地板,说在那儿捡到的。女子充满了感激地想我道谢,同时以埋怨的口气数说孩子,怪她不小心。而我一直疑惑为何小女孩砖头回望的时候,竟然会看不到那张身份证呢?

当收银员开始为她点货计算,女子却每过十多秒便回头对我说:“谢谢!谢谢!”。我总是报以一个轻轻的微笑,对她说:“不客气……”

在女子付完款之后,她还是没有忘记最后一次对我说声谢谢,而我心里却充满了一股莫名的感动,感谢上天今天让我听到了最多的谢谢,感谢上天让我执意要去购买蓝牙耳机给玲玲,虽然最终没有买到我要的东西,可是我却做了两件好事,还买到了我喜欢的CD。心里面真的绽放出一朵很美很美的微笑。

这个世界发生的一切,真的是让人无从捉摸。每一件事似乎都是无意安排,却又似乎早已编排好来让我充当好人。反而是我原本要做的事情竟然没有办成。

还记得那天也发生了一件颇为好玩又奇怪的事。

那天,我搭乘地铁准备回家,在某个站看见一名妇女急忙忙地在闸门关闭之前闯入车厢,还一边气喘吁吁地对着站在门口处的年轻男子问:“这是不是到xxx站的?”带着耳机的我,似乎听到“后港”这两个字。

而年轻男子仿佛被这突如其来的一幕给吓蒙了,只是随意的点点头。

于是妇女松了一口气,找了位置便坐了下来。

我站在当地想着女子想要去的地方若是后港,那么她是肯定搭错车了,因为我们这一趟列车正往反方向行驶。我踌躇了好一会儿,不知道该不该冒昧地向妇女询问她要去的方向,害怕万一我自己听错了,惹来一身糗事。

结果当然是善意战胜了虚荣,我鼓起勇气地向妇女询问,证实了自己没有听错,便如实地对她说她搭错方向了,并提议她到下一站下车到对面月台等车。

恰巧我也该在下一站下车,于是我俩一起下车,我再次提醒她上了对面月台的车后,只需两个站便可以下车了。她连忙向我道谢,并问起我的职业。我虽然感觉这一个问题有点奇怪,似乎与她没有什么关系,仍然礼貌地回复。然后,她便说她要到后港去看歌台,说有某某艺人会上台演唱,并邀我一起去看。我委婉的拒绝然后便与她道别了。

而就在我转身之际,我看见了她脸上的那份感激以及遗憾

我不知道上天这样的安排究竟有什么道理,或许它安排的不是我的故事,而是婆婆、女子与妇女的故事。我只不过是她们生命中的一个过客,是她们善良背后所造的善果,在当时当刻给予她们所需的帮助。

而我从中也再次地感受到助人为快乐之本的真谛,更可以感受到她们对我真诚的祝福,哪怕是无言的祝福。

祝我幸福快乐……

25.02.2017

文/林顺源


I have never imagined that I could have received so many “thank you” in a day. But it happened!

After doing my house chores, I decided to go to Nex shopping mall to get a pair of bluetooth ear piece for Elaine.

It was sunny when I boarded the bus and as usual, I began to read my book the moment I found a seat. Halfway through the journey, the weather changed suddenly and heavy droplets of rain began to pour from the gloomy sky.

When I reached my destination and prepared to alight, an old lady was in front of me, with both hands holding on to a small shopping trolley. The doors were opened and the rhythm of the rain rushed into my ears. As I witnessed the weak movement of the old lady in front of me, I said to her: “Aunty, let me help you with the trolley.”

Before she could say anything, I have already alighted from the bus and standing between the stationary bus and the bus stop, with rain falling on my back. I quickly brought down the trolley and placed it under the shelter, without thinking of helping the old lady to get off the bus.

As I turned back, I realised that the old lady was struggling to get off the bus, with her hands holding tightly to the hand grills. I quickly extended my left hand and grabbed her by her arms so that she could alight safely.

When everything was over and we were standing in the crowded sheltered bus stop, the old lady smiled and said to me: “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”. Then she grabbed the handle of her trolley and turned to leave.

As the rain was quite heavy, the pavement was wet with streams of water running everywhere. The old lady’s shoes were wet. As I watched her feebly movements, I began to worry for her safety and hence I pretended to be busy with my phone and walked slowly behind her.

She was approaching the entrance to the tunnel that leads to the shopping mall and train station and when she reached the entrance that has 3 elevated steps, I hurried forward and helped her to bring the trolley up. She thanked me again with full of gratitude and I started to feel “shy”. I spoke and asked where she was heading, hoping that her house would be nearby and I shall help her all the way.

Perhaps due to old age, the old lady did not respond to me and moved towards the escalator that leads down to the underground passage. Once again I moved forward and offered to help her push the trolley, but she rejected and said she needed the trolley so that she could walk steadily.

To avoid accident, as we approached the escalator, I stood behind her, slightly to the right, so that I could block the other users. I held her shoulder and her right arm as she slowly pushed the trolley onto the escalator and stepped on it. Then I followed behind, still blocking the other users’ path, so as to prevent anyone who may be rushing and accidentally brush against the old lady.

As the escalator descended slowly, the old lady turned her body suddenly and said to me: “May you be blessed with happiness.” I was caught by surprise and did not know how to respond and could only smiled at her.

It appeared that her destination was also the shopping mall, so I helped her to get onto another set of escalator, this time going up, before I waved her good bye under her continuous “thank you”.

After that incident, I stepped out of the shopping mall and noticed that the rain has become just drizzles, and lighted a cigarette. I stood in front of the drizzling water droplets and let my thoughts fly. I was so touched by the old lady’s blessings.

After the smoke, I proceeded as planned but the AirPods has run out of stock and I decided to visit Popular Book Store to see what I can get for myself.

I was delighted to see my favourite talent, Liang Wen Fu, has a new (it may not be new but I’ve not seen it before) album and decided to purchase it. I was the fourth customer in the queue and when the first customer has finished, our queue was stuck as the second customer, a lady, was frantically searching her bag. It seemed that she has couldn’t find her Credit Card for the payment, I thought to myself.

As I was not rushing for time, I waited patiently and overheard her grumbling to her child who stood beside her. I could vividly hear words like: “Did you pass it back to me….?”

The little girl seemed lost and looked back. At that moment, I assumed that the lady must have passed her Credit Card to her daughter temporarily and the little girl might have dropped it somewhere.

I turned my head and looked behind me.

About 1.5metre away from me, I could see a pink card (Singapore Identity Card) lying quietly on the floor, as if it was waiting for me to pick it up.

I picked up the Identity Card and waved it in my right hand and asked (with slightly raised voice): “Miss, are you looking for your Identity Card?”

The lady looked at me with surprise and replied: “Yes, and where did you find it?” I pointed to the location where I found the Identity Card, which caused her to throw a stern look at her daughter and kind of blamed her for her carelessness. Of course, she has not forgotten to thank me for the kind help.

As the cashier was taking stocks of her purchase, the lady kept turning her head towards me and thank me for the help numerous times. All I could do was to smile at her and said: “You’re welcome…”

Before she left the counter after paying, the lady said “thank you” for the very last time. I was truly touched by her gesture to thank me so many times. It was just a simple act of mine, and I”m sure anybody would have done the same. As I stepped out of the book store, I felt thankful for the number of “thank you” that I’ve received in just an hour or more. I felt grateful that I have insisted to shop for a bluetooth AirPods for Elaine, and even though I have not gotten what I wanted, I have helped two person and bought a CD for myself.

I could feel that there was a beautiful smile blossoming in my heart.

Such is the wonder of this world, which is so unpredictable. Everything seemed to be so coincidental, and yet seems to be pre-arranged for me to be the kind soul to those two ladies. And what was amazing was that I did not accomplish what I set out to do in the first place!

I recalled something similar happened a few days back, which was kind of funny and weird (at least to me)

I was in the train on the way home when a woman rushed into the cabin through the closing doors.

As she tried to catch her breath, she asked a young chap in front of her whether was the train heading to xxx station. I was with my head set and couldn’t hear properly by I thought I heard the word “Hougang”.

Perhaps the young chap was shocked with what happened and didn’t hear clearly what the woman had asked. He nodded his head quickly without saying anything.

Feeling relieved, the woman found a seat near to where I was standing.

I was pondering over what I have heard and if I have not heard wrongly, then she was travelling the opposite direction. I hesitated for a while, struggling between approaching the woman and clarify with her or not, as I didn’t want to look like a fool in front of the public, just in case I have heard wrongly.

Kindness has won over the fear of being foolish and I decided to ask. I certainly do not wish that she travelled the wrong direction just because of my foolish fear in me.

So I asked and confirmed that she was travelling in the wrong direction and guided her to stop at the next station to board the train on the opposite platform.

As we alighted in the next station, I reminded her that the station she wanted to go was just 2 stations from where we were. She thanked me and asked me in what profession I’m working as. Though I was puzzled by the question that has no relation to us, I replied politely.

Then she told me she was going to Hougang to watch a staged performance and invited me along. I kindly rejected her and as I turned to leave, I could see her gratitude showing on her face. My heart was also filled with gratitude. I was thankful that I have helped someone whom I do not know.

I do know what reason the universe (or God or heaven or whatever we believe in) has for these “pre-arranged” incidents. Perhaps, I was just part of the storyboard of those kind souls (the old lady, the lady in the book store and the woman in the train) who have been kind and I was sent to appear in their life story to help them through some “difficulties” as part of their karma for doing good deeds.

But again, I am thankful that I have once again experienced the happiness of helping others, as I could clearly feel their gratitude and their blessings for me., regardless spoken or not.

May I be blessed with happiness…..

25.02.2017

Francis Lim

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