English version below……
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…..